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~Over the Top FOTD~ Antipodean Beauties Challenge

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It’s time for another Runway inspired Antipodean Beauties challenge. This weeks theme is ‘over the top’ and I thought the Dior 2011 Fall/Winter Haute Couture makeup was appropriate. Rainbow eyes and a vampy lip seem pretty over the top to me!

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I think that the model’s brows was covered and then drawn higher for the original look but I decided not to for my look. Covering the brows would allow for more space to fill in and, if I ever recreate this again, I think I would go to the trouble of covering my brows.

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The look calls for many bright shades so I decided to use my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and Sugarpill shadows. The shades I used are swatched above and from left to right they are NYX Jumbo pencils in Hot Pink, Yellow, Rocky Mountain Green and Electric Blue. The Sugarpill shadows are Dollipop, Buttercupcake, Acidberry, Midori, Mochi and Afterparty. The product swatched on the end is the Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner in Purple.

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I used the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils as a base and patted the Sugarpill shadows on top. I also applied Sugarpill Tako (white) to the inner corner and underneath the blue on the outer corner to anchor the brighter colours. I finished up by lining my eyes to add some definition.

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For the lips I used NYX Cocoa lip liner topped with Wet’n’Wild Megalast Lip Colour in Cherry Bomb.

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Wet’n’Wild Color Icon 8 pan palette in Comfort Zone (review, swatches & EOTD)

I picked up Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Comfort Zone eyshadow palette a few months ago but sill hadn’t featured it in a look so I thought today was the perfect occassion. I bought this palette because I wanted to find out what all the fuss was about Wet ‘n’ Wild Color Icon palettes and because the selection of shades seemed good.

The palette of 8 shadows is divided into two distinct quads. The left hand column is full of the warmer bronze and pink toned shades while the right hand quad is slightly cooler toned and focuses on greens. As with all Wet ‘n’ Wild palettes, this one has each shadow marked with the area of the lid the shadow is intended for. Of course you don’t need to use the shades in the way they’re marked.

Here’s the left hand column of shadows swatched:

 
Here’s the right hand column of shadows swatched:

The quality of these shadows is really good and it’s easy to forget that they’re a drug store product. All of the swatches above are done without primer. The only shade which was disappointing was the darkest shade on the green side of the palette. This shade was not very opaque and the glitter in the shade didn’t add any depth as it tended to just fall off.

I think this was a good palette except that all of the shades in this palette had shimmer or a metallic sheen to them and I think throwing in a matt shade would have been a great addition. I also thought that the balance in the palette was a bit off as there wasn’t enough distinction between some of the shades. For example, the shades in the first row look different in the palette but when swatched look very similar. This was also the case for the 2 dark shades on each side of the palette.

I have to be honest and say that I don’t really reach for this palette that often as I like to use one palette to complete a whole look and I don’t find that so easy to do with Comfort Zone. This probably has more to do with my personal application preferences though so I attempted an EOTD using only this palette below. It’s Australia Day today so, in the spirit of all things Aussie, I decided to do a green and gold EOTD.

I used the ‘eyelid’ shade from the green side of the palette on the lid and the ‘definer’ shade from the green side on the outer corner of my lid and into my creae. I used the ‘crease’ shade from the green side to darken the crease and a mixture of both ‘browbone’ shades to highlight the inner corner. I finished up the look by lining the outer 2/3rd’s of my top lashline with Milani Liquifeye pencil in gold and then lining the inner third of my bottom lashline with the same pencil.

Here’s the full face below (please ignore the crazy eyebrows!):

For the rest of the face I used Becca Luminous Skin Colour in Bamboo, Benefit High Beam illuminator on my cheekbones and Illamasqua Excite blush on my cheeks.  I finished off the look by applying Dior Addict lipstick in Nude on my lips and topped it with Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect in Linen Beige.
I purchased my palette from Crush Cosmetics for $14.95 and I think that it’s a great quality palette at a really good price point. I don’t think the shades are very original though and are quite easily dupeable so I’d only recommend it if it contains shades you don’t already own.
What do you think of the palette? Have you tried any of the Wet ‘n’ Wild eyeshadows yet?