A Look Into Beauty Bay’s EYN Bright Collection

When Beauty Bay launched their first own-brand eyeshadow palettes in September 2018, I thought to myself I’ll have to try those. Finally, over a year later, I got around to it. And I can confirm that Beauty Bay weren’t messing about. After trying their EYN Bright 9 Colour Palette, I am obsessed.

The EYN Bright 9 Colour Palette is a modest collection of rainbow-hued eyeshadows. It has shimmer, glitter and matte formulas in an array of colours, and funky shade names to match. Processed with VSCO with dog1 presetDescribing the palette, Beauty Bay promised that all of the shades are blendable and highly-pigmented for soft and subtle or bold and eye-catching looks alike. And IMO, they delivered. The pigment and durability of all the shades in the 9 colour palette is STRONG. Once I had swatched the shades, I couldn’t wait to get creative.

My Look

I used the EYN Bright 9 Colour Palette to create a blue-pink-purple look with a bright lid. I started by applying Tutti Frutti, a salmon pink matte, across my crease and upper eyelid with a large blending brush. I then deepened the pink base by using Spectrum Collections’ A07 brush to darken my crease with Surrel Strawberry, a strawberry pink matte.Processed with VSCO with dog1 presetAfter creating a pink base, I took Blue Vibes, a deep blue shade, to my crease with the BH Cosmetics 103 Small Shader brush. I very slightly blended it into the top of my eyelid and to the outer corner of my eye to add some dimension.

For the eyelid, I simply applied Lagoon, a teal shimmer, to the middle and inner corner of my eyelid with my fingertip. I am really loving ‘messy’ and loose make-up looks recently. Not only do they look good, but they take the stress out of trying to create a precise look like a cut crease or halo-eye.Processed with VSCO with dog1 presetAnd to complete the bright eye look, I applied Candid Candyfloss, a light pink shimmer, to my brow bone and inner corner with the Spectrum Collections A12 Fluffy Pencil brush.

On my eyelashes I wore Benefit’s Bad Gal Bang mascara – my firm second favourite to Roller Lash. On my lips I wore Jouer Cosmetics’ High Pigment Lip Gloss in the shade Beverly. I chose a gloss that had a bright strawberry-pink tone similar to the initial pink base I created with EYN palette. Big up co-ordination.Processed with VSCO with dog1 presetIf the EYN Bright 9 Colour Palette is anything to judge by, Beauty Bay’s entire EYN Bright collection shares the same levels of pigment pay-off as brands like Juvia’s Place and Violet Voss.

My favourite shade from the 9 colour palette is undeniably Lagoon. The shimmer’s pay-off, as I hope comes through in the pictures, was on Jeffree Star highlighter levels – BLINDING. Even when applied with a fingertip, Lagoon’s pay-off was smooth and blendable, but intense.

After trying Beauty Bay’s 9 colour EYN Bright palette, I intend on upping my rainbow-hue dosage from 9 to 42 ASAP.

Shop the 9 shade palette here: https://www.beautybay.com/p/beauty-bay/eyn-bright-matte-9-colour-palette/ and the rest of the EYN Bright collection on http://www.beautybay.com.

A Bit Of Naranja

Orange radiates a niche glamour only held by vivid colours. I’m aware that it doesn’t cause the riot that neon green and fuchsia have proven to be capable of, but doesn’t that make it more stylistically ideal? Orange gives a nod to modernity while embracing the every-day ordinary. 

It’s not a colour here to ruffle feathers or knock new-in neon off it’s throne. Yeezy haven’t drowned Kim K in it, so fast fashion and beauty brands haven’t exhausted it – yet. 

But I do prefer the Spanish word naranja over orange. The extra syllable adds a bit of flair that better represents the pizzazz that the colour possesses. I translated this flair onto my eyelids.
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2 Shades of Orange

I wanted my look to be a matte orange only – no crease-deepening browns or lid-enhancing glitters. Which meant that I only used the two orange shades on BH Cosmetics’ Take Me Back To Brazil Palette.Processed with VSCO with c1 presetI laid a base with the lighter orange shade with the Spectrum Collections B06 tall tapered brush, buffing out the colour and covering my lid. I then packed on the darker orange over my lid with the CO6 brush from the same Spectrum eye set.

The CO6 Tulip brush is my favourite because it’s ideal for contouring as well as packing on colour. The versatility is all down to it’s dome-like shape.Processed with VSCO with dog3 preset
I did a soft look all over my skin to match the ease of orange, opting for dewy complexion with NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation and a subtle highlight by Pixi Beauty.

A major discovery I made in the composition of this look is that an ashy brown lipstick with a warm gloss on top matches orange eye-shadow.

So, I used my all-time favourite liquid lipstick and shade, Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Posh Spice’, and patted on Pat McGrath Labs Clear Gloss (unfortunately no longer on sale) with my finger. Finger application was necessary because I wanted my lips to be dewy like my skin rather than light-catching glossy.

In make-up, orange is an ideal colour to chase because it is close to the burnt tradition that we all know and love (read about that here). It takes burnt and removes the dust, leaving a bright colour that is easier to style and easier to love. 

 

Juvia’s Festival Palette Review

Juvia’s latest palette is one of 9 exuberant mattes and shimmers. The lack of “filler” shades and irrelevant colours that eventually blend into one makes this the ultimate summer (and thus festival) palette.

Festivals are generally agreed as the best time to be colourful, bold and extraordinarily creative. My festival memories of past summers are rife in glitter and crayoncolour aesthetics. These ventures are set to only get bolder this year.

A good palette has a mix of shimmers and mattesmattes are the vital base and transition shades. The pink undertones in the warm oranges and reds of this palette work with shimmered overtones in the gold, black and blue shades to inject a colourful energy into the exciting palette.

Although, as much as I love a vibrant shimmer, I do believe that it’s essential for matte shades to outnumber shimmers in eyeshadow palettes. Luckily, modern day makeup does pigment pot, loose pans, loose glitter, gel glitters and more to couple with matte palettes and matte shade groups.

Juvia’s Place kept this in mind with the curation of the Festival palette. The shimmer shades are not overbearingly glittery, nor do they seek to be. The vibrancy of the colours behind the shimmer takes aesthetic precedence.

The colour coding of the mustard, oranges and reds encourages mix’n’match looks if two-tone lids aren’t your forte. The ability to mix colours so effortlessly, and for them to blend on the lid so seamlessly, is what makes this palette take an early lead in the festival makeup of 2018.  

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When I first used the palette, I couldn’t believe how pigmented the shades were. Nor could I believe how each variant of red and orange (both over and undertones) was distinctive and didn’t blend into one general shade when applied. Admittedly, the shimmer shades aren’t as pigmented as the mattes, but applying these on top of wet concealer would help them zing.

A large blending brush with the level of pigment given creates some vibrant and effortless looks. Start with the paler orange or mustard shade and build up a base on your lid before embellishing with bold reds or the shimmer shades. I tend to apply the shimmers with a flat brush: large for an effortless shimmer look or small for a precise or cut-create look.

My only issue was how loose the shimmers tend to be when you pack them on. I suggest applying these before your face makeup due to the amount of product that escapes the brush and finds itself under your eyes. Once applied, however, the colour stays in place.

I created the above look with purely Juvia’s Festival shade. I built a base by mixing the mustard and pale orange before defining my crease with  the darkest red. After that, I applied the gold shimmer to the large of my lid (on top of wet concealer) and the black shimmer subtly in my outer corner.

You can purchase Juvia’s Festival online at Beauty Bay in the UK at just £20. Worth the money? Definitely.