It’s almost been a year since Ici Paris XL came with their own private make-up label BE Creative Make Up and I have to say they know their stuff. If you’ve seen the stands you know they have a very nice range to choose from and I have been picking up some stuff from them every now and then myself (which I’m hoping to show you soon).
One of the things I’ve especially been looking forward to is their limited editions, of which the Xmas collection should always be top notch luxury. When I saw it at the Ici Paris XL press presentation last year a lot of bloggers – myself included – were pleasantly surprised. The products look absolutely amazing, I just couldn’t keep it to myself! I know I’m a bit late to the party though, Xmas is long gone, but there’s still a lot of it left in stores for you to go and take a look. I’m not sure wether they sell these at all the stores, but I do know they hide them well (in the glass counters), so keep an eye out!
I got to try one of the Magnetic Eyes eyeshadow trio‘s. I’m not sure what it’s called, as the packaging didn’t mention a name (and the brush was also missing). No idea if it’s supposed to be like this, or if this was just the case for press samples. The packaging is a simple black plastic case with a pretty reptile print on top and holds 3 eyeshadow shades, a mirror and (normally) a double-edged brush. Due to its compact size and click-system it’s easy to bring along with you in your handbag. The shiny black packaging does attract a lot of dust easily, which might be a no-no for some. Wiping it with a humid cloth will get rid of that easily though.
The palette I got to try out is a gorgeous neutral trio with a shimmery champaign highlighter, a soft pink and a bronzy taupe shade. Like the name says, all 3 shades have a metallic finish and make a good match. To soften it down you might want to mix some matte shades of your own in there as well, especially for during the day. The texture is quite creamy for a powder and is fairly easy to work with. The pigmentation is really good, all 3 colors have decent payoff and sit well on the lid.
I created a FOTD (Face Of The Day) to give you a better idea on how it works out when applied. I used the champaign shade as a highlighter on and around the inner corners of my eyes and lower lash line and I blended it out. The next step as to apply the bronze shade all over the outer corners and just below the lower lash line and blend it out well to mix with the champaign in the middle. I added a couple of layers to make it look darker in the outer corners and create some depth in the crease. As the finishing touch, I put just a tiny amount of pink in the center of the eyelid to create a little more dimension. It’s a really soft and easy look to do everyday.
But wait, there’s more! These are the other eyeshadow palettes I was talking about. The Magnetic Eyes Trio comes in 3 colours. I’m not too sure about the bright one, but the other two are definitely up my alley. Neutrals FTW!
Then we have a bigger palette called the Be Amazing eyeshadow palette features 8 pretty neutral shades, from nude over green, rusty pink reds to purples. I wish they would do something like this with nudes and browns in different finishes (like the Naked palettes). Pretty please?
The cherry on the cake however is the Be Divine palette, which holds 2 blushes and 6 eyeshadows. It’s the most expensive of the palettes, but if the quality is as good as the trio, it’s definitely worth it! The colours can be worn all year round and there are plenty combinations you can create to choose from. So hey, it’s my birthday soon. I CAN HAZ?
The Magnetic Eyes Trio is exclusively available in 3 shades at Ici Paris XL for € 18.
The Be Amazing eyeshadow palette is available for € 25 & Be Divine retails for € 30.
Have you tried any of these? Or perhaps other products from the range?