I impulse purchased this eyeshadow palette on the day it was released… a month ago? A month-ish? Long enough that it began to be buried under several layers of detritus on my office desk, only unearthed last week when I threw an extremely adult screeching fit at the disorganised state of my desk, my office and probably my life before proceeding to whirlwind everything into the trash/drawers/storage/etc and windexing everything else into a gleaming shine.
I give it a week before it turns back into a paperwork and shopping bag disaster zone.
Anyway! I found this limited edition Kit Summer Fiesta Eye Shadow Palette and went, wtf, that’s so pretty, why didn’t I use this immediately? Then I proceeded to do exactly that.
The ten eye shadows in this palette vary from arctic pink frost to deep charcoal satin, with a well curated mix of both warm and cool shadows that lend themselves to looks that vary from soft and dainty to a deep smoky midnight eye.
I’m generally a little wary of anything that involved baked eyeshadows – too many bad experiences buying ridiculously overpriced baked mineral eyeshadows from big name makeup lines that offered nothing but sparkly fallout and wishy-washy patchy colour – but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by this eyeshadow palette. The shadows have great colour payoff when applied dry on a damp base, and build to a brilliant lustrous shine when foiled with a damp brush.
Some quick’n’dirty swatches, all applied with a dry fingertip to slightly damp skin. From left to right, top to bottom:
- White frost with a subtle pink sheen.
- Shell pink frost, ideal as a highlighter on fair skin.
- Beaver brown frost.
- Sepia brown in a satin finish.
- Antique gold frost.
- Champagne frost, good for adding soft highlights to the inner corner of the eye or lifting the browbone.
- Camel brown satin.
- Tawny frost, warm without being overpowering. Applies brighter and cleaner when used wet.
- Cocoa satin. This eyeshadow has some golden flecks in the pan that are virtually indistinguishable when applied, even when foiled on with a damp brush.
- Charcoal satin with golden shimmer. It looks slightly green in the pan but maintains pure colour when applied wet or dry.
A perennial favourite look of mine – a warm orange/copper eye with pinched mascara to create a wide-eyed doll look.
I applied shadow 1 through the inside corner of my eye to highlight, brushed a sheer wash of shadow 2 to highlight under my brow, and applied shadow 8 over the lid and under the lower lashline. I finished the look with a dark warm brown frost eyeliner applied to the outer and lower lashline, some white eyeliner along the lower waterline and applied in a V on the inner corner of my eye, and a slick of black mascara pinched together to create a spiked ‘dolly’ look.
Excuse the slightly startled expression! I used a wet brush to foil shadow 2 over the lid and under the lower lashline, building up a lustrous pearly pink shadow that retained a lovely dewy look even when dry. I then blended a wash of shadow 3 through the crease and highlighted with an ultra sheer touch of shadow 6 before applying a light fluttery touch of black mascara.
At some point I’m going to achieve saturation point when it comes to the sheer quantity of eyeshadow palettes I own – and keep buying, as if on some Grecian quest to constantly toil towards achieving a goal of owning so many taupe nude eyeshadow sets that my house will collapse under their weight – but I’m rather pleased with my good taste re: impulse purchasing this Summer Fiesta palette, even if it took me the best part of a month to actually open it. It’s eminently wearable with a colour selection that’s on point for summer, and at a not too spendy AUD$34.95 it fits nicely into my little luxury budget. Nice. Nice!
Who: Kit Cosmetics
What: Kit Summer Fiesta Eye Shadow Palette
How Much: AUD$34.95
When: limited edition, available now.
Where: Mecca, Kit Cosmetics stores
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.