Ah, eyeshadows. They’re the icing of the makeup cake: most makeup users in Singapore don’t ever get to the pinnacle of makeup that is eyeshadow. “They’re too over the top,” we hear you say. That’s a myth that we are going to try and bust, because eyeshadows are life-changing. If you manage to get the hang of it, makeup will never be the same for you again.
But eyeshadow palettes can be super intimidating for beginners – where do you even start?!
We’ve been through the same thing and we totally get that. So, when we saw this eyeshadow palette claiming to provide effortless looks for makeup users of any level, we were very intrigued. We are talking about the Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette from Rimmel London. Could this be the eyeshadow beginner’s holy grail?
In order to test this out, we sussed out an appropriate talent to undergo this
Meet Floria! While Floria is no stranger to makeup, she does not usually wander into the realm of eyeshadows for many, many reasons that we all can empathise with. It takes too long, it takes too many products to create different looks, it easily slips over the top, and it’s just too much trouble.
Can Rimmel’s Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette change Floria’s mind on eyeshadows? We were just as excited to find out as you are, so we challenged Floria to do three looks with the one Blush Edition palette: a romantic date look, a work-appropriate look, and a night-time party look.
Read on to see how Floria and the eyeshadow palette got on!
Eyeshadow look #1: The Valentine
With Valentine’s day around the corner, we challenged Floria to come up with a wearable but romantic date look that anyone could easily throw on and wear, even if they’re complete beginners to eyeshadow!
DV Tip: Here’s something many beginners don’t know – use an eyeshadow primer if you want your lid colours to stay vibrant and intact for the whole day! Floria used the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Eye Primer.
The great thing about this primer is that it also keeps your eyeshadows from creasing, which is especially a problem for those of us with oily eyelids.
Floria swept the peachy pink shade with gold shimmer (Shade A; 5th from left) all over the lids as a base shade.
Floria chose a shimmery brown shade (Shade B; 9th from left) and piles the colour into her crease, making sure everything is well blended out.
With the same shimmery brown shade (Shade B), Floria dabs a very tiny bit on her lower lashline for more definition.
The pigmentation of the shadows are extremely buildable, making it ideal for beginners as you wouldn’t accidentally end up with panda eyes with just a tiny dab of the brush.
The finished look
Using the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Be My Baby (SGD12.90) as her finishing touch, Floria has managed to create a suitably subtle eyeshadow look with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette Blush Edition!
We love how she used just the tiniest bit of pink that adds a bit of delicate femininity to the eyes, while also adding a dab of darker pigments that strengthened the contours of her eyes without being too overpowering.
Eyeshadow look #2: The power woman
Most of us spend more time at work than anywhere else, so an eyeshadow palette that claims to be versatile needs to be able to provide a work-appropriate look that is both flattering yet professional at the same time.
For her base shade, Floria uses a neutral, matte brown shade (Shade C; 5th from right) all over the lids.
Because it’s a darker shade, the line between a professional look and a party look is a thin one – you don’t want to be wearing a smokey eye at work! Luckily, the palette allows Floria better control over the pigmentation of the shade she’s chosen, so she manages to keep the intensity of the shade at a level that she wants.
Next, Floria follows up with a darker brown shade with gold glitter in it (Shade D; 2nd from right) on the outer corner of her eyelids, as well as along her lower lash line to amp up the contours of her eyes.
The finished look
The office isn’t generally where people would experiment with bright lip colours, so Floria has chosen to finish the look with a MLBB shade: Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Moca (SGD12.90).
This brown-based eyeshadow look Floria has created with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette Blush Edition looks more professional, and we can see how it’d make anyone look more put together.
We also love how Floria has been able to create this look within two short steps – ain’t nobody got time to fiddle too long with makeup in the mornings when we’re rushing for work!
Eyeshadow look #3: The party regular
What good is makeup if it can’t bring you through those days (and nights) when you need a bit more fun and relaxation in your life? For our last challenge, we asked Floria to create a look for the party animals out there.
To prep herself for an easy and beginner-friendly smokey eye, Floria first lays her base with a black-based shadow with purple shimmer (Shade F; 1st from right).
Floria also applies just a tiny bit of the same shade along the outer corner of the lower eyelid to bring the look together.
Next comes the magical part. Floria chooses a shimmery, pale gold shade (Shade F; 1st from left) to layer on top of the darker shadow. When layered, it actually turns into an almost shade-shifting silvery colour that is both mesmerising and party-appropriate.
The finished look
What is a party night without that classic red lipstick? Floria uses Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Plum This Show (SGD12.90) to cement that party-ready look.
Most Asians, even those comfortable with makeup, get quite intimidated at the idea of a smokey eye, but we’re sure that everyone would agree with us that the look Floria has managed to create with the Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette Blush Edition is so wearable!
The palette allowed her to control the intensity of the smokey eye she was creating, and the brush that is included in the palette also did a fantastic job blending away any harsh lines, making sure that it didn’t look anything close to the dreaded panda eye.
How did Floria like it?
Don’t just take it from us; we’ve also asked Floria for her opinions on how she liked the palette she used for these three looks:
I liked that the 12 versatile shades are all neutral and easy to use, with a good mix of shimmery and matte shades. The shadows are very buildable and they’re also very easy to blend, making them really suitable for eyeshadow beginners!
Overall a good beginner palette with a very reasonable price tag.
Sounds like a winner in our books!
What looks can you create?
The Rimmel London Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette is available locally in not just the Blush Edition, but also the Nude and Smoke Editions as well!
All three palettes will be retailing for SGD26.90 each, exclusively at all Rimmel counters in major Watsons stores islandwide, and on Watsons online.