Eyeshadow Swatch Project: Oranges
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On December 30th, I was sounding off that I needed to get back to work because I was creating too many blog projects for myself...and CydonianMU (she did purples) said that I could join her, KimmieKarmaLove (she did blues), jadecarver (she did blacks/greys), RobynHeartsSlap (she did greens), and Raerae (she did reds and oranges)) in an eyeshadow swatching collaboration. ("Oh, I'm not helping, am I?" LOL) The general plan was that to start off, each person would pick a color and would make a list of their 10/15/20 favorite shades of that color...and then swatch them all. Since I was planning to do this for my entire collection anyway, this seemed a good way to get started! I've already begun adding the montages to some of my colors - several older, and some of the newer ones that I bought this winter but hadn't catalogued yet. I started with yellows and golds...and then just continued slowly swatching my way through my collection.
Going through my own collection, I've done:
- My favorite yellows and golds
- My favorite reds
- My favorite oranges
- My favorite greens
- My favorite blues
- My favorite purples
- My favorite blacks/greys/whites
- My favorite browns
My favorite peach/orange eyeshadow colors, alphabetically by manufacturer and then by color name, are:
- Aromaleigh v1's Brazen and Bitter — a bright deep orange with a gold duotone? Definitely sign me up for that!! This orange has some color depth, but it's not "rust" orange. It's also got a good pigmentation level, and the gold duotone to add some flash.
- Aromaleigh v1's Fawn — I know lots of people will class this as a brown; but for me it's right on the borderline of orange leaning into brown. It's a gorgeous neutral-warm matte, and was apparently a customer favorite.
- Aromaleigh v1's Flip Your Lid —
- Aromaleigh v1's Orinoco — ...and surprise, another duochrome!! This color and Zinnia are both very subtle duochromes - Orinoco has a slightly pinker, sheerer base than Zinnia.
- Aromaleigh v1's Zinnia —
- Bare Escentuals' Exotic Laura — so dark it's almost an orange-brown rather than a brown-orange
- Bare Escentuals' Fire Opal — when I first started collecting Bare Escentuals, there were lots of pots of this color for sale on Ebay for relatively cheap ($5 and $6 for a fullsize jar - so under half the retail cost.) People seemed not to like this color very much, for some reason. It works really well for me, either foiled or patted on dry over primer...but the duochrome's more noticeable when it's foiled.
- Bare Escentuals' Soft Focus Pure — one of those "instant basics" - it's the perfect peach for me, with just enough of a pink base that it's not a creamsicle orange.
- Everyday Minerals' Southern Belle — yes, Everyday Minerals is a company that I now avoid. And no, their shadows are, for the most part, not very pigmented. But this now-discontinued color is a softer peach with light sparkle, and it works very very well as a softer all-over color or a highlight. I can use EDM's sparkle-colors without huge amounts of fallout, which is another plus; and it's sheer enough to make a good blending shade.
- Meow Cosmetics' Blood Orange — I expected a bit more duochrome action in this color, as well, based on the description - but it is a good duotone with a deep red-orange base and a good contrast between foiled and dry application.
- Meow Cosmetics' Breakfast at Kitty's — I ordered this without getting a sample first, so I wasn't sure how this color would look. It's got the light base, more pigmented than Southern Belle but more neutral, with the gold shimmer over the top. Makes a great naturalistic "all over" shade as well as a good softer highlighter.
- Meow Cosmetics' Joy —
- Shiro Cosmetics' Seaking —
- The SheSpace's Champagne and Caviar —
- The SheSpace's Pearls of Wisdom — a near-neutral pearl/frost from The SheSpace with a very luxe-looking finish.
- The SheSpace's Pumpkin Head —
- The SheSpace's Seeds of Truth — this color was so similar to Pearls of Wisdom that I initially hesitated to have them both in my collection. Even applied dry, they have a very definite pearl finish - and Seeds of Truth has a very slight green duotone (not quite a duochrome, but just the barest hint of green when the light hits it at certain angles)
- The SheSpace's Whirling Golden Devils — most of the Leo collection colors were duochromes. This one is similar to The Golden Rule, with more of a pink cast to it.