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Are you Shimmery or Matte?


So here are two EOTD's for you guys. Easter it is :)

I have always been a fan of matte colors, even before I discovered them as I was always slightly uncomfortable wearing shimmer on my lids. This applies especially for everyday looks.

Although I wear soft shimmery colors, I always feel the need to tone it down a bit as I do not want people to think that I am wearing a lot of makeup.

Shimmer, be it on the eyes or cheeks (or even foundation, tut tut Photoready!) usually tends to give an impression that one is 'made up' as the actual texture of the skin is matte. I tend to wear pretty light and neutral shimmery colors for the day but still feel uncomfortable when someone's looking at my face.

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my shimmery colors for a night out, parties or occasions as nothing else works better for that oomph effect. But for everyday casual looks, it has to be matte for me.

Besides I have a large lid area with a lot of space between my lid and the brow bone. Hence the shimmer is more obvious in larger areas rather than those with a smaller lid space and socket area.

I love the depth and drama matte colors bring along. To me, they define the eyes much better and give the whole look a 'neater' appearance. Shimmery colors make it difficult for me to define the eyes, especially in the crease area giving me a 'no crease' look.

I tried to keep the above looks similar to help you judge which looks better. The first look is created using all matte colors from the Sleek Bohemian Palette and the second look has been created using all shimmery colors from the Sleek Storm Palette.

Both have MAC's Smolder smudged on the upper and lower lash line finished off with Rimmel Sexy Curves Mascara. I am wearing MAC's Select Cover up Concealer in NW35 in the under eye area and am loving it for now. Its liquid consistency helps it adhere well, plus it does not crease at all which is quite a shocker as far as concealers are concerned!

What looks do you prefer then? Shimmery or Matte? I would love to know how you guys pull off your shimmery colors!
Inner Belle said...

man i need the bohemian pallet, thats it Tuesday im going to pick me it up for sure!!!! fingers crossed they still have it!!

i love both matte and shimmers to be honest! its hard to find matte colours as vibrant as shimmer ones, i know what you mean tho, sometimes, shimmer can be a bit too much for everyday wear.

Great looks hun!!

TKOmulatta said...

I honestly think both look really great. Most of the time I try to mix it up, like if I'm wearing shimmer on the lid, I'll use a matte highlighter. I love both looks you did. Your eyebrows look great!

Computergirl said...

Two great EOTD! Love them both but 1st is probably one I woudl wear more. Great work! Emma x (P.s. priz i all packaged up and ready to send! Sorry it has taken a while, life is manic! Will hopeully get to the post office in time this week!

maya said...

Hi dear!
I like the matte version better. I find the shimmery version a little OTT. However, it still is beautiful.
I personally like to mix and match matte and shimmery eye shadows. I either do a shimmery lid colour and matte crease colour, or vise versa. If the overall eye look is shimmery, I go for a matte highlight for the brow bone, if it's an overall matte look, I go for a shimmery highlight.
But these are just personal preferences. :)
There are no rules to make up IMHO! So go with what you enjoy most.
xx

lucie.lovely.cupcake said...

I love the Matte look, gorgeous! x

Lavender said...

Your eyes are beautiful and the eye shadow is very nicely done!

D's Beauty Corner said...

I like the matte look. I agree with you in that it brings more definition to the eyes. A shimmery lid with a matte crease color is the best of both worlds :)

SilhouetteScreams said...

I'm a matte lover myself, though I tend to reserve them for when I'm doing insanely bright or dramatic looks :D I've been getting into shimmers a lot lately, but I'll always be a matte lover at heart.

The colours you picked for the matte look make your eye colour stand out a TONNE.

Lubna said...

Wow i really love the matte look on you!

desiiGirl87 said...

i'm matte all the way!
but do like shimmery colours for special occasions or when i want to look all made up!
i do find it hard to find good matte colours though..

xphoebelinax said...

you look beautiful either way but i am going through a matte phase at the moment :P so i'm going to go with matte! :D

graphology said...

I love this look, your Make-Ups are so pretty :-)

Lydia said...

I love mattes, thing is though, you can't find good mattes very often so I am forced to stick to shimmery most of the times!

I can't wait until I get matte colors from kiko and all the sleek palettes! Looking forward to trying the bohemian one!

Saimese said...

I love matte shadows more because I find them easier to apply. Both look gorgeous on you but I'm still leaning toward the matte.. beautiful colours!

Dee said...

Beautiful! I'm more of a matte girl now since I love how they contour and give the eyes depth. But shimmer looks amazing on you as well!

Nina said...

love the first one the most (though they both rock) and I agree about mattes. They do look a bit neater to my eyes, especially in pics. :)

Cynthia Zacharica. said...

I love love love the matte look. But the shimmery eyes look gorgeous too. So I have to have both :)

♥xx♥

The Beautifier said...

Hi hun! I love both the looks! I tend to wear the shimmery shades more during the night outs and matt shades during the daytime xoxo

CassandraKK said...

GORGEOUS!!!

xxoo

Kasia

Nicole said...

i used to LOVE shimmery colors. but recently iv been wanting a more matte look, at least on my lid. i don't mind some shimmer in the crease.

J-Ezzy said...

I want the Bohemian Palette!!! I love the matte look on you and in general. :)

Sadly I own more shimmery b/c it's what looks "pretty" at the store, haha

J-Ezzy said...

Did I mention how beautiful both eye looks are?!?!?! LOVE!

resham said...

both looks are absolutely gorgeous...I prefer mix of both...shimmery lids and matte highlight.
Not a fan of MSFs, due to high shimmer level...
u are lucky to have lot of space on eye to work..:)

Angelique said...

I love matte BUT that second look makes me love shimmer too!! Sooo pretty.

Palak said...

I love the matte look !

Chibu74 said...

I'm more of a shimmer person, but still love the matte one here...it motivates me to try some matte looks too....very pretty

Klaudia ♡☮ said...

both looks are beautiful! :D so bright!

Imo said...

Let me start by saying your eyebrows are amaing! 2 the first look is lovely this is my fave of the 2 and now I need to buy that sleek bohemian palette just coz you made it look so lush!

PInchYourCheeks said...

Shifa, the matt look is amazing. How on earth do you get your eyes lined like that??? I can never get my bottom line to smudge out like that without it looking like I have bruised eyes!

Get Gawjus! said...

@PinchYourCheeks - I lined the bottom line heavily, smudged it lightly using a cotton bud for the faded effect and then blended the rest with a concealer underneath :)

Thanks for the compliments gurlies! I love to wear both shimmer and matte together too :) And I usually pass by Sleek Palettes, but Bohemian is exceptional!

♥NaNa♥ said...

I like both!!

MEVISH said...

such amazing work keep it up! love the colours you selected for the looks :)

Gabriela said...

I like both but I prefer the matte one.

A.Co said...

WOW! SO PRETTY!

I was going to say matte, but now that I think about it, all my eye shadows are pretty much shimmery, to some extent.

I can't decide which I like more on you though... both are so great and you did an amazing job.

A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

Get Gawjus! said...

@J-Ezzy - Aww thanks a tonne :)

I really appreciate the compliments ladies!

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