welcome to Part Four of my Coastal Scents quad series. If you haven't already, I'd love it if you would check out the first three parts as well. This palette contains some of my favourite shades, and one of my least favourite. Of course, you never know until you buy these things, but hopefully I'll be able to review each shade well enough, so that it may guide/aid you.
(left to right: Cherry Moss, Ivory Dust, Elven Midnight, Ice ballet)
Cherry Moss (top left): stunning. Just plain stunning. Of all the colours I have reviewed so far, this is by far my favourite. It's a reddish-brown duo chrome that can look green depending on the light. It doesn't have fallout problems, and feels like velvet in the pan.
Ivory Dust (top right): and this one? not so much. Dust is apt in this case. So chalky, chunky, piecey, glittery, it's a tough colour to work with. If you tap your brush into it, and examine said brush, you'll see all the individual particles of colour you've picked up. You know what I mean? Not a fan. At all.
Elven Midnight (bottom left): another beauty. It looks quite dark in the pan, and it can be built up (as you'll see in a bit), but you can really blend this to your desired intensity, and have it look like different colours. It's definitely not 'gun metal' as the CS site claims, more of a metallic silvery-purple.
Ice Ballet (bottom right): a shimmery lavender colour. This suffers from a bit of fallout, but it's such a great colour I think that can be forgiven. It too has quite a silvery metallic finish, and goes so well paired with Elven Midnight (as you'll also see).
Let's start with something simple and summery with a pop of colour. Pack Ivory Dust all over your lid. Make sure to tap off excess, and know that it may take you awhile to build up the colour you want. Maybe even hold a tissue under your eye to catch fallout (this shade is lucky it's light.. a darker hue would be an unmitigated disaster). On a stiff angled/ straight cut brush, line your lower lash line with Ice Ballet. Add mascara, or some falsies, and you're good to go.
Here you can see part of the spectrum of Elven Midnight. It may look like Ice Ballet, but all the purple in this look is Elven Midnight. First, pack the colour onto the lower half of your top eyelid (i.e. keep away from the crease). Using a stiff brush, pull the colour down along your lower lash line as well. Now, the best way to do this next part (considering all of Ivory Dust's faults) is to take a white/ off white eyeliner pencil, and trace a thick line, almost in a half-moon shape, from inner to outer corner of your top lid. Feel free to go over the line to get some colour intensity, and to make it as thick or think as you like. Next, take your stiff angled brush, and stamp a line of Elven Midnight above the white line, again following that half-moon shape. Now, taking another small stiff angled brush, stamp ivory dust over the white line you created. This will intensify the white, and add a shimmery pop every time you bat your eyelids. If you have quite hooded eyes like I do, you'll only see the head and tail ends of said line when your eyes are fully open, but it will have the effect of opening up a hooded eye. Your last step is to go back in with Elven Midnight and intensify the colour; Ivory Dust may have diluted it a bit. Add mascara, and done.
My absolute favourite look thus far, this is a very sultry smoky-adjacent look. Start by packing Ice Ballet all over the lid. With a tiny brush, pat some Ivory dust under your brow, and in the inner corner/tear-duct area as a highlight. Now, take Elven Midnight on a stiff straight edged brush, and create a defined outer V; pull the colour up from the lower lash line towards the tail end of the brow, stopping at about crease height. Using that same brush for a precise edge, pull the colour inward into the crease and about a third of the way across the eyelid. Pack the colour onto that outer corner until you achieve the desired intensity. Line your lower lash line with Elven Midnight too. Now, for that added somethin somethin, run a liner along your waterline. I've used a bronze liner, but feel free to use black or any colour you feel like. You can do this same look with so many different colours, and a contrasting colour in the waterline will really make the look pop. If you feel like, add a half strip of lashes, as I have done, to intensify and elongate that outer V, giving you a more cat-eyed look.
Ah Cherry Moss. How Purdy thou art. Also how much of a pain in the ass. You would not believe how much effort it took to get this to show up on camera AT ALL. Maybe on someone with a lighter skin tone? I'm going to try it on my mother, and i'll get back to you. However, I do not think that's the problem. The colour is just so multifaceted that I think it's tough to capture all the nuances. Anyway, for this look. Prime your eye, preferably with a matte primer (there's going to be enough shimmer up in here). Give that a minute, and then cover your eyelid with a matte white shadow, or with a white liner pencil that you can smudge and blend out. Use the same pencil to line your waterline and the inner corner of your eye. Next, simply pat Cherry Moss all over the lid, and along the lower lash line. Blend the colour up and into the crease as well. The more you blend, and the thinner the shadow gets, the more the reddish tones come out. Just keep pat pat patting away. Next, to ground the whole look, draw a thin line of liquid liner along the upper lash line, and flick it out very slightly. The end. I'm going to add a few more shots with glasses so you can see how the different looks wear in that case. Quite well, I think, in this case.
This points again to how the colour looks different under different lighting. Using a flat shadow brush, pat Ice Ballet on the inner third of the eyelid. Using the same brush, pick up more Ice Ballet and some Elven Midnight, and pat it onto the outer third of the eyelid. Mirror that on the lower lash line. Next pat some Ivory Dust under the lid, and on the inner tear-duct. Now, pack pack pack Cherry Moss on the bare center of the lid to bring out its green shimmer. Pull the colour over the entirety of the outer third of the lid as well. Use a pencil brush to line your lower lash line with it. You can leave it there, but especially if you're wearing glasses, or looking for some drama, add some lashes (they don't have to be as psychotic as these).
Should I do a 6th look? Let me know if you'd like one.
There we go, Part Four, I hope you enjoyed it/ got inspired by it.
PS: I tried Cherry Moss on my mom, who is whitey-mc-white (ok, it's not that bad), and it turned out SO BEAUTIFULLY. I did her makeup for her night out tonight, used Oatmeal Tan from Palette 1 in the crease and lightly washed over the lid. Then put Cherry Moss on top. Then for a real pop I put Aluminum Taupe from Palette 1 just on the center of the lid. Stunning. Honestly.