My five favourite eyeshadows

I love eyeshadow, but as this post is going to demonstrate… I’m not wildly adventurous. I know what I like and tend to stick with it. You would think this would make picking favourites really easy, but it’s not.

Take a make-up drawer filled with a selection of neutrals and it can be hard to pick out the winners. Especially when trying not to make all the favourites from one brand! (I love MAC eyeshadow, but don’t want to be a MAC-a-holic…. it’s nice to mix it up!)

So these are the favourites I picked out…

MAC Naked Lunch
MAC Satin Taupe
Bourjois ’08’*
Estee Lauder ‘Twilight Rose’*
Boots 17 Not sure of the name, but it’s a gorgeous silver/khaki type of colour…*
The favourites…
So, here’s why I picked them…
MAC Naked Lunch & MAC Satin Taupe
I kinda have to talk about this together because these are my first two MAC eyeshadows and the ones I am repeatedly drawn to whenever I browse a MAC stand, despite owning them both and having back ups. So easy to wear, they go together perfectly.
Bourjois ’08’
This is one of the new ‘intense’ little round pots from Bourjois. The colour payoff on these is AMAZING! Just one swipe and the picture below shows how intense the colour is. This is actually the slight replacement of one of my other favourites (one of the original Bourjois Little Round Pots, in a warm reddish brown that’s lovely) but I can’t find it and this is a close colour match and even better pigmentation why.
Estee Lauder ‘Twilight Rose’
Another easy to wear shadow, a pinky shimmer – this is ideal for lazy days where just a quick sweep of colour is all I can be bothered with. It’s quite similar to Naked Lunch, but slightly pinker and less frosty.
Boots 17 Not sure of the name, but it’s a gorgeous silver/khaki type of colour…
I love this colour – Boots 17 shadows are really worth checking out for excellent value colour payoff and texture. This colour is a favourite because I think it’s quite unusual, it stands out to me amongst my sea of browns, gold and bronzes…
L-R: Naked Lunch, Satin Taupe, Twilight Rose, Bourjois Intense ’08’, Boots 17 mysterious shade…
Top: natural light
Bottom: flash

Seriously, look how pigmented that Bourjois shadow is!? Amazing…  plus the new intense pots are more compact and make-up bag friendly.

So there we have my favourites. If you had to pick your five favourite eyeshadows which would they be? I should add that I picked these as my five favourite single, powder, eyeshadows. If I was including creams then it would be a whole different blog post…

Those marked with a * provided as PR samples, others bought by me.



  1. kirstyb
    August 2, 2011 / 9:34 am

    love the pink one – pink will always win hands down! x

  2. August 2, 2011 / 2:16 pm

    Oh no! I need to know the colour of the Boots 17 one! Lol! Is it Champagne Gold? x

  3. August 3, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    wonderful picks. clearly you have good taste 😀

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