FACT: People lose their minds over eye shadow palettes.
I love a gorgeous palette just as much as the next beauty junkie. Even as someone who’s mostly too lazy to bother with shadow on a daily basis, my Insta feed is regularly filled with carefully curated collections of shadows in different textures and finishes all claiming to be *the* palette to own (even if in reality, many look quite similar and honestly, how much eye shadow does one girl need?). I regularly join in the collective swooning and sighing over the next must-have creation, until I remind myself a few good palettes is all one really needs to complete her stash of products.
Mary Kay doesn’t really do palettes, but they do do color quads. Remember shadow quads? You probably started buying them in junior high at the drugstore when you first began exploring makeup, because they were a foolproof product that gave you segmented sections clearly stating what needed to go where – CREASE, LID, BROW BONE. Check, check, check and done – shadow is complete.
I’m here to defend the shadow quad today, because I recently gave Mary Kay’s latest limited-edition quads a whirl and was reminded of their simplicity. Hello, the brand does the work for you in determining four colours that work well together for a complete look! If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t really do makeup and you find your girlfriend’s collection of Naked palettes hella daunting, then quads are for you and there’s no shame in that.
Admittedly, this look was not an overall simple look because I had to bust out my new Anastasia Contour Cream Kit ($52.00, sephora.ca) and take it for a spin after it arrived in the mail today (S/O to that VIB coupon code, yo), so I spent a good chunk of time getting as sculpted as possible (even though I’m a bit rounder in the face these days). That contour kit is ahhhhmazing though! Creamy, blend-y, perfect goodness for even the fairest of us. I actually have a highlight colour for my ghost-like skin.
The shadow quad used here was Chai Latte, which you can grab for $21.00 by visiting Mary Kay’s website. Lip colour is Stila Cosmetics Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick in Patina ($31.00, sephora.ca), a.k.a. my go-to shade these days.
Not bad, eh? Hang on to your palettes ladies, but don’t be afraid to go a little old school with a shadow quad when you’re pressed for time or energy to do-it-yourself with your eye look.