Until almost a year ago.
I have a coworker who LOVES makeup and always has always had BEAUTIFUL eyeshadow. I oooh'd and ahhh'd practically daily. Out of the blue one day, she said that I NEEDED to go buy the new Alice Through the Looking Glass pallet that Urban Decay had just released. Me, that chick she's worked with every single day for 6 years and had only seen with eyeshadow for special occasions. Me, the chick that SHE had to put the eyeshadow on for. I seriously had no clue how to make it a pretty and kinda artsy expression.
My 6 year anniversary was coming up, so we knew that there'd be a $50 bonus coming. I set aside a little more. I looked it up, $50 wasn't going to cover it! **GULP** The most I had ever paid for eyeshadow was around $4 for Covergirl....this was HUGE.
Ulta brand nude matte eye primer -Check
Alice Through the Looking Glass pallet -Check
Here's what I bought...well, Googled images of what I bought:
It was strange getting the hang of applying the primer. As easy as it seemed (and really is), it took me a couple of attempts to not get too much on the lid that it practically looked like paint. I use an amount equal to about half a grain of rice. I dab it around and then blend it in.
I already had a few basic brushes from E.L.F. from past attempts at adulting. It was nice to finally get some use from them! I start out with the TIME eyeshadow in the top right corner. I used the E.L.F. concealer brush to create an eyeliner look on the bottom lid.
You're about to see what is probably the opposite of most make up tutorials in the next couple of steps. It seemed that the majority of the tuts instructed to started at the inner lid and work out with the colors. Maybe this is the norm, or maybe that was just the few that I looked up. Again, NOT an expert. Not even close. I finally discovered that I get an easier blended look going the other direction. So, here I go. I apply TIME again to the outer corner and angle it upwards to make a good sized triangle.
Next is BANDERSNATCH for about another 1/3 of the lid. I tend to go pretty high up on the lid, my eyes open pretty wide and makes the shadow not visible. Plus, behind glasses it is harder to see as well.
And then for the pop of color, I really love HEADS WILL ROLL. This is the main color that Shannon decided I needed. I think the rest of the pallet was just a bonus!
I definitely feel that the amount of pigment in the higher end shadows helps make the added expense a little easier to bear. I added one color to my collection, its a white sparkle that I think is called Vinyl Bride. I don't use it often, so that $19 will last quite a while. I've been working the same colors of this pallet for over 11 months, you can hardly tell it. See for yourself! This was taken about a week ago: