Im very late with my wrap up for November and it is a nice summary of how November was. Busy, with little time and energy for fun makeup play time. The audit arsenal consisted of 28 shadows from mainly Meow Cosmetics. A few shades from Emme Cosmetics, MAC and H&M were included as well.
As in previous months I’m supplementing the monthly arsenal, that consists of only shimmers/metallics, by using three palettes by Anastasia Beverly Hills as complements in the matte and inner corner highlight area. Those are the Modern Renaissance, Subculture and Prism palettes and swatches of those will be shown further down in the post for reference. I’ve decided to do this for the remainder of my first audit phase (the last month is February 2022).
In a little Nabla palette I assembled four shadows by Emme Cosmetics (Australian Amber, Jack, Antique Copper, Ember). Then we have two single pots – one by MAC (Stolen Moment) and one by H&M (Sharp as Mustard).
Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Shades of Meow (Whipped Cream, Sensuous) and Shattered Equinox (Deranged, Dour, Contagion, Turmoil, Melancholy, Tarnished).
Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Winter Spirits (Sirah, Chablis), Rainbow’s End (Lunulae), Glacial Grove (Copse) and Pandora’s Box (Indecency, Mayhem, Plague, Scourge).
Shadows from the Meow Cosmetics collections Egyptian Treasures (Sand Dune, Reincarnation, Obelisk, Temple) and Harvest Moon (Ecliptic, Nocturne).
That was the entire monthly arsenal. Let’s move on to swatches and my opinions on these products after using them during November.
I’m a bit surprised that I decided to keep all of the shadows above. All of the Emme shadows look dusty in the pan but perform well on the eyes. Stolen Moment (MAC) was more beautiful than I had anticipated and Sharp as Mustard (H&M) is just such a unique colour and I really enjoyed wearing it.
Moving on to the loose shadows from Meow Cosmetics. The most obvious dud of the above was Sensuous. It had a blue base that made it hard to work with. I seldom wear blue-green shadows anyway so it was an easy decision. Deranged had a similar base issue but I contemplated to keep it since the final effect on the eye was very pretty. But in the end I decided to let it go since I prefer keeping shades that are easier to use. Melancholy was just ok, but I have a hard time picturing myself reaching for this muted purple in the future so it can go as well. The rest of them were keepers. Whipped Cream was a surprise like, it is a beautiful neutral white inner corner highlighter. Tarnished, Turmoil, Dour and Contagion were simply very pretty shades on the eyes and I had fun wearing them.
Sirah turned out to be a matte, and I know I will never reach for a dark matte purple in a loose format. Chablis is a pretty gunmetal but yet another shade I will never reach for in a loose format. Copse was pretty but not special enough for me to keep. Mayhem and Scourge both had a very dark bases that made them difficult to work with. So those five are out. Lunulae is a very shiny pewter silver that I found very interesting and unique. The silvery taupe Indecency was also surprisingly shiny and pretty on the eye. And finally we have the third keeper, the stunning molten gold Plague. Lovely.
On to the final lot of shadows. Out of the above shadows only one was not working for me and that was surprisingly Obelisk. It looks stunning in the swatch but this one had a blue base as well that made it difficult to work with and not worth keeping. All of the others are stunning all over the lid shades and I am happily keeping all of them. Sand Dune also worked well as an inner corner highlight for certain looks.
That was my rundown of this month’s arsenal. Let’s finish off with a few looks from November.
Eyes: Plague – Sharp As Mustard – Sand Dune
Cheeks: Supernova (blush, MAC) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)
Lips: Velvet Blush Lightly (Lisa Eldridge)
Eyes: Jack – All Star – Roxy – Eros (liner, Chanel)
Cheeks: mix of Legendary and Immortal Flower (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – OMG (highlight, Illamasqua)
Lips: Velvet Ribbon (Lisa Eldridge) – Cherry (liner, MAC)
Eyes: Ecliptic – Whipped Cream – Dawn
Cheeks: Autoerotique (blush, MAC) – Silhouette (contour, Illamasqua) – Lightscapades (highlight, MAC)
Lips: mix of Burning Love (MAC) and Pink Opal (Linda Hallberg)
All in all I let go of nine shadows after this months audit, all of them loose shadows by Meow Cosmetics. A smaller number than I had anticipated.
Besides the eye shadow audit I managed to wear 19 blushes, 3 contour shades, 4 highlighters, 16 lipsticks, one lip gloss and 4 lip liners. The downsizing of my cheek products continues and every month I find items to put away. This month it was the blush Supernova by MAC, a bright hot pink, that I think I do not need to keep. I have several darker pink shades that en up looking similar on the cheek. Since I seldom wear bright cheeks like that anyway I do not need to keep many options.
Thank you for reading!