My friend, Ally, always has really pretty eye makeup long past bar close when the rest of us are wiping our raccoon eyes away. She told me her go-to product is Revlon's Illuminance Creme Shadow palettes. She's got them in every color - the shades go on smoothly and layer with each other and powder shadows. So pretty.
Clinique was the first brand of "real" makeup that I started wearing, way back in 1993. As I got older, I began to experiment with and branch out to other, more "grown up" brands like Bobbi Brown. So I sometimes forget just how great Clinique's products can be. Take the Color Surge Eye Shadow Quads - a selection of 4 fool-proof shadows that won't flake or fade. I think Spicy (shown) creates a great neutral look, appropriate any time of day. And the slim compact fits into even the most over-stuffed bag.
I find Stila's eyeshadows to be the easiest to blend and some of the longest-lasting shadows in my collection. The brand has a number of shadow palettes (as well as empty palettes for you to fill with your own selections) but my favorite is the Smokey Eye Palette- the Sapphires. There's something both daring and intriguing about using blues to create a sexy smokey eye- blue makes every eye color pop. This particular combination of light and dark blues is gorgeously wearable. And the palette actually talks you through each step of the smokey eye - a definite first!
And the one palette I can't personally vouch for, but desperately want to. Look at the gorgeous embossed print on each bar of shadow. And speaking of those shadows - what a beautiful combination. This is one of three Shimmery Sparkling Eyes Tribal Quad Shadows from Global Goddess. This collection of plummy mauves, called Arusha, would create a pretty day look or a more sultry night look.
Photo credit: Revlon.com; Clinique.com; Stilacosmetics.com; GlobalGoddessBeauty.com