Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Blackened Goldy Green/Olive Shadows

You'll note that the title is extremely confused. I barely know what I'm trying to say here, but once you see the shadows, you'll know exactly what I mean. I have a particular liking for in-between shades that are nothing and 1000 different things at once. It's why I dove for Laura Mercier Black Karat as soon as it was released and why I picked up L'Oreal Infallible Bronze Divine.


Bronze Divine, despite its name, appears to be a dark golden olive. Black Karat is as the name suggests: blackened gold.


Top: Bronze Divine / Bottom: Black Karat

Like all the Infallibles I've tried, Bronze Divine applies smoothly and opaquely with very little effort. I've heard of people complaining of fallouts with Infallibles but I haven't had that particular problem. In fact, the fallout issue occurs with Black Karat due to its baked shadow formula. It's less troublesome when applied wet, and because it's a gorgeous shade, I forgive whatever issues I have with its performance.

Then as I was swatching the two, I remembered that I acquired MAC Gilt By Assocation last month. I was afraid that it would be way too similar to Black Karat, but its allure was irresistible nonetheless.



Left to right: Bronze Divine, Black Karat, Gilt By Association.


In the end, Gilt By Association and Black Karat bear more similarity. Gilt By Association, however, seems to be more black with traces of gold while Black Karat appears to be equal parts black and gold. Bronze Divine belongs in a category of its own away from the other two, with greens, golden bronzes and khakis.

All three are gorgeous shades that I find alluring and mysterious. But the troublesome nature of BK has me thinking twice about its merits and permanence in my stash. I think that I might be perfectly happy with just GBA and BD in my life. I see no reason to keep it just because it's Laura Mercier, even though I love Laura Mercier products in general.

Do you have any of these shades? How would you describe them?

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  1. I love this kind of color - I have the infallible & the LM :)

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    1. What do you think of the LM, Emi? I'm so torn about keeping it!

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  2. These sort of shades are so beautiful, I'm always drawn to colors that are a blend of many different tones. I have a NYX eyeshadow called antique gold - it's similar but without the blackness, lots of olivey gold brassy brown blended together

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    1. That sounds nice! I might have to go chase it down and have a look. :)

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  3. Hi Liz,

    I know what you mean about in between--- I always get confused with black/gold shades. You never really know what they look like until you swatch them. And even then, sometimes it depends on whether any gold glitter flies away!

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    1. So true! But the mystery is so alluring, isn't it? :)

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  4. I actually think the LM looks to be the worst-performing one. Does it still look like that when used wet? I love colors like this but hate if they all show up as black (a la NARS Night shadows) so I rarely pick them up.

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    1. The LM acts a lot more like an Infallible when used wet, but the extra step deters me from making the effort 99% of the time, ya know? It's also a bit of a chameleon, which I didn't mention in the post. Sometimes it looks close to the Infallible shade, sometimes more like the MAC. Maybe I should keep it after all. x__x

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    2. I rarely use shadows wet, so I agree. Although if it looks sometimes like two shades you have...why keep it?

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  5. Bd looks the most wearable for me but olive-y shades don't do it for me somehow, neither do blackish shades lol

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    1. Really? I think they'd look amazing on you, especially the blackish golds!

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  6. I don't have any of these, but I do like these types of shades too! You would ADORE GA's ETK #24 - sooty blackened gold/olive goodness. But, we all know that $42 is insane to spend on an eyeshadow (however.......you can always buy it from N.Marcus for $32 without shipping, like I did :D :D). In any case, I think Bronze Divine is gorgeous! I'm not sure what else you'd call these shades either, I think you hit the shade on the head as well as anyone could, Liz!

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    1. I love the ETKs #24-26 or something like that. Initially had my heart set on #25, actually. Even at $32 I probably won't go there any time soon, but I won't make promises because who knows when the crazy will hit me. ;) ETKs are now at the Eaton Centre Sephora and I do have a mall gift card. I just don't want to blow it all on just one small thing, ya know??

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  7. I know exactly what you mean about loving these type of almost indescribable shades - I can't resist them either! As to the Laura Mercier, you have no idea how many times I picked it up and was heading towards the cash with it, but always ended up leaving it behind. The reason, is that I tried to convince myself that I should own it, but every time I swatched it, I was left disappointed at the texture. So yeah, I think you're right about that too. As to Bronze Divine - it's fabulous!

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    1. PS: A belated Merry Christmas to you, my friend! I've been scrambling to do so many things, that I never got to send out my wishes to you all. Giant hugs & tons of love!

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    2. Merry belated Christmas to you, too, Eugenia! xoxox

      The LM really should be used wet or as a gentle final glittery touch to a base. I'm lazy and can't be bothered to deal with things that won't let me swipe and run out the door, but it is a gorgeous product in its own right and I AM TORN, I TELL YOU! LOL

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  8. I LOVE these shades, I usually call them blackened olive green hahahah, not exactly a tidy description. I hope Bronze Divine gets released in the US soon... I have a couple liquid liners in this shade, Illamasqua Wisdom and UD Smog :)

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    1. It's called Gleaming Bronze or something like that in the States! Consult this chart here :)

      http://macnunu.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/loreal-color-infallible-eyeshadow.html

      I'd say Illamasqua Wisdom is much more golden brown than these but absolutely gorgeous in its own way. Was thinking about using a gift card to acquire it but the store I can get it from sold out. :(

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  9. That Bronze Divine looks lovely. I'd love to try if if it ever comes to the US.

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  10. Gilt by Association is VERY close--I think I prefer it because of the pigmentation. I'm sure Black Karat looks fabulous when applied wet but truth be told, I never could quite get into using my shadows that way

    Hope you had a fabulous Christmas, dear wifey!! KISSES!

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    1. I'm too lazy to wet the shadows too. Let's not keep any of those, wifey! Giant hugs and kisses, dearest!!

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  11. I've looked at that Laura Mercier shadow so many times; picked it up and put it back down. It really looks lovely in the pan though!

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    1. It's also quite lovely when applied wet! I just can't be bothered to take the time for the extra step most times. Wish I had never seen it, LOL.

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  12. Dude, Bronze Divine is really pretty.
    A belated Merry Christmas to you, Liz, and an early Happy New Year!
    I hope 2013 is kinder to you and your family than 2012 has been.

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    1. Thanks, Boo! I hope you have a great holiday season as well. :) And go and get Bronze Divine the next time it's on sale!

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  13. Hello from me and a Happy New Year to you Liz! xoxo

    Aaargh! I bought Black Karat last year to keep for a rainy day treat and haven't used it yet - now you've got me just a little afraid to use it, lol!

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    1. Just beware of the fallout and use a wet brush! :)

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