Gone are the days where green cosmetics lacked variety. You can pretty much find all types of colors, textures, and looks when it comes to eyeshadows. Today, I’m sharing some of the best eyeshadows I’ve tried so far (emphasis on ‘so far’ as I’m still continuing to try different brands hehe). For high-quality res and larger pic size, just click on the image. In most pictures you’ll see 2-3 swatches corresponding to a brush swatch, a finger swatch and, for some, a swatch with a wet brush since several eyeshadows can be used both wet & and dry.
CREAM eye shadows
There are not a lot of options that show mercy to oily and hooded lids. In terms of colors and vibrancy, I can’t resist the metallic finish of RMS eye polish. With an eye polish, you can create a stylish eye makeup look effortlessly. Luckily, I’ve found a way that keeps the product in place (see primer section below). The other brand that I’m obsessed with is Rituel de Fille. The texture of their Ash & Ember eye soots is unique, not too creamy nor too dry. It stays perfectly put. Plus the colors are IN-sane as you will see from the swatches.
PRESSED POWDER eye shadows
RMS came recently with a beautiful collection of pressed eyeshadows, thus solving the creasing issue that came with the cream versions. As you can expect with RMS, the quality is top-notch, I’m particularly fond of their Garden Rose collection.
There’s also FitGlow. I’m having a FitGlow love affair: ever since trying their lipgloss (here), I then got their eyeshadow duo “Bliss” (see how it looks on here) and later on their new blush. The FitGlow mineral eye shadow duo is crease free, stays on all day. I also love the color combinations they offer, Bliss was a reference to last year’s Pantone of the year colors.
Lavera is one of the first eco brands I used when I started my journey, and the eye products are brilliant. The Lavera beautiful mineral eyeshadow can be used both wet and dry with a lovely finish. The Quattro palettes are in my opinion, fantastic. Great quality at an affordable price.
Kjaer Weis (reviewed here) is definitely the luxe option, but the finish is outstanding. When I want to look ‘glam’ in a matter of minutes, I reach for KW’s “Magnetic” because you can create a chic look effortlessly. (You’re starting to see a pattern, I guess – I love when the product does the job for me) Another brand worth incorporating in your makeup bag is Colorisi. I bought one of their eyeshadows “bonbon” last year in France and the quality is impressive. The texture is velvety, glides on smoothly. The plum shade I got has a metallic finish and is the perfect day-to-night color. Colorisi has 5 matte shades and 10 satin/metallic colors. The ingredient list is also enticing, incorporating coffee seed oil, babassu oil, shea butter and avocado oil for soft and protected skin.
Last but not least is the PHB pressed minerals professional palette, I reviewed it (here) and it is the proof that you can have a cost-effective palette that ticks all the eco (and vegan) boxes. The eyeshadow’s pigmentation is A+, vivid colors and buttery soft texture.
LOOSE POWDER eye shadows
It was definitely easier for me to work with loose eyeshadows because of their high lasting power. I never experienced creasing (occasionally, fallouts but nothing too dramatic ) which is a huge plus. Also since I love shimmery/metallic finishes, it has been much easier to find the shades that I wanted in loose powder form. There’s more variety. My current coup de coeur is probably Hiro Cosmetics. The colors are swoon worthy and both shades (‘Hipster‘ and ‘Cupcake‘) that I own are duo chrome: depending on the light, the color changes for a unique effect. Modern Minerals Makeup is another gorgeous brand. Stunning colors, high intensity, and no fallouts. Also, they are infused with rose extract and vitamin E. Old favorites are also Alima Pure and Lily Lolo. Both have a large variety of colors and finishes (satin matte, shimmery, pearl luster etc.) and they are highly pigmented.
I’ve tried different primers and techniques, the PuroBio base has been so far the most efficient one. Mineral eyeshadows stay longer and it even improves the durability for RMS eye polish. For the latter, I’ve shared my favorite technique (here), combining both the eye polish and the Swift eyeshadow. That’s how you get the best of both worlds. Using setting powder, before and after also helps set cream shadows, but with Rituel de Fille, I do not need primers.
I hope this was helpful for some of you and that you will find some new favorites. What are your go-to eyeshadows? Do you want me to do this type of posts with blushes as well?
Green hunter, wellness junkie and pun maker on the website, I'm on a journey towards a kinder and healthier life. @lizthegreenspirit on Instagram.