All-neutral eyeshadow palettes aren't new, especially since the crazy success of Urban Decay's Naked. Still, particularly for warmer months, many shadow sets combine neutral shades with bright pops of playful colour.
The new Rivages Eyeshadow Palette ($54) from the Lise Watier summer makeup collection is a beach-inspired array of sunny and sandy neutrals, with a deep chocolate, rich bronze and shimmering almost-black for drama. But there's no pop of bright colour, not even an ocean blue.
"Putting a bright bold in a neutral palette sends the message that that's the colour you should wear," says David Vincent, makeup pro for Lise Watier. "A standout shade takes all the attention and creates pressure to wear it. It becomes the descision maker; if you feel like that one vibrant colour isn't for you, you'll probably skip the palette entirely," he explains. "You see more possibilities in the palette without it."
Instead of throwing a bright statement shade into the eyeshadow palette, Lise Watier included it in their summer collection in the form of a limited-edition 24Hrs Glam Eyeshadow Crayon in City Glam ($23), an emerald green which can be worn as eyeshadow or liner, or as a base for the darker shadows. The creamy, waterproof formula has lots of pigment, says David, and sets in seconds. So if you plan to blend, apply and blend on one eye first, then do the other. Two other shades (not limited edition) include Sexy Glam, a champagne, and Chic Glam, a bronze.
Let's have a quick look at the rest of the Rivages collection. The Lise Watier Rivages Bronzer ($39) is similar to the popular Havana bronzer the brand released a few years back. This compact, however, is slimmer, and has a mirror inside the lid. "The pink in the bronzer mimics skin's natural rosiness and adds life to complexion," says David.
Also limited edition for summer are these Lise Watier Blush Fondant Suprême in Shell and Sand ($30 each). The cream to powder formulas blend really nicely, and if you're worried that they're too creamy for oily skin, they're not. (Try dusting on a light layer of a similar shade of powder blush for added staying power.)
For lips, there are three new, permanent shades of Lise Watier Rouge Sublime lipsticks ($23) each.
Anything ya gotta have? How about that bit of eyeshadow palette psychology re: a bright, bold shade amongst the neutrals?? Does it resonante with you?