Following up with my Hard Candy nail post from a few weeks back (here), I have been waiting with glee to finally share the joys of the Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette*($7.98 CDN) that has been just wow for me. I have always wanted to give Hard Candy makeup a whirl, but maybe I needed some guidance as to where to begin. Natural eye palettes are a good place to start when trying out a new makeup line because at this point in the beauty game, we have certain standards that ALL neutral palettes must abide by. I must be able to take the palette from day to night and I can’t use up too much brain power when trying to put a look together. Behold an incredibly priced AND gorgeous option!
Housed in a hard golden tin, the Natural Eyes palette contains 9 eyeshadows as well as the bestselling Eyes the Limit Long Wear Eyeshadow Primer and mini Take Me Out Liner in Soy. A welcome surprise in this palette was the addition of one of the nicest eyeshadow applicators I have ever seen! It picks up and applies shadow beautifully because it has an almost sponge-like texture found in most blending sponges.
There are three 3 looks that can be done using this palette with the day look being row 1 (horizontal), evening in row 2 and finally night in row 3. Granted “evening” and “night” seem fairly interchangeable in my mind. The palette also comes with simple instructions on how to achieve each look.
I also decided to try the crazy shiny Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss in Knockout Punch* (4.98 CDN) and 1000 Lashes Mascara in Midnight Black* (5.98 CDN). The lip gloss was a bit unwieldy in terms of getting a crisp line around my cupid’s bow, but did have some crazy glossy colour payoff. Unfortunately, the mascara did nothing for my baby lashes despite applying 3 coats. The formula is incredibly light so those with lashes will probably find this mascara just fine.
GET THE “EVENING” LOOK!
Hard Candy Fast & Fabulous Long Wear Primer*
Lancome Teint Miracle in 03
Wet n Wild #621A Blonde Moments Brow Pencil*
Apply Eyes the Limit Long Wear Eyeshadow Primer* followed by the first shade in row 2 from brow to where brow bone starts. Apply the second shade all over the lid. Apply the third and darkest shade in the outer crease and blend into upper and lower lash lines. Using a smudgebrush, line lower lash line with shades 2 + 3. Apply first highlight shade in a “C-shape” to the inner corners of the eyes.
Line upper and lower lash lines with Take Me Out Liner in Soy* and finish off with three coats of 1000 Lashes Mascara in Midnight Black*.
Mary Kay Mineral Cheek Color Duo in Spiced Poppy*
Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lip Gloss in Knockout Punch*
Final verdict: This palette for $8 is positively smashing! Pigmentation was bang on, my swatches are without primer and I felt like I could have kept the swatches going all the way around my arm! I even love the eyeliner and primer that were included! What a great little kit for ANYONE. The eyeshadow applicator can be washed like a regular makeup sponge and reused. I have nothing but positive things to say about this palette and highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it!