As mentioned in my intro post to Daniel Sandler’s Autumn/Winter 2012 collection – Escape to Hollywood – the line focuses on wearable shades that evoke a modern take on 50’s and 60’s Hollywood glamour. As soon as I heard about the collection I knew it would be something I’d love and I was happily proven right. I’ve waxed lyrical about the Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet already, so now it’s time to turn my focus to the two eye shadows in the collection: Polychromatic Eye shadow in Lava and Sheer Satin Eye shadow in Burnt Sand.
|Left Lava, right Burnt Sand.|
Starting with Burnt Sand which is a very wearable, muted gold shade with a slight metallic finish. It works well on its own but is also neutral enough to work as a base for stronger eye looks. It can be intensified and turned into a highlighting shade when applied with a damp brush. It’s also soft enough for a day time look (applied as a wash all over the eye) but again can be built-up for a night time look with a bit of liner and/or kohl.
Next up is Lava which is the shade that excited me most as I’ve been on a hunt for a flattering red shade that was red enough to add colour, but not so red that it’d end up leaving me looking like I’d developed an allergy. This is the Goldilocks of reds for me as it’s exactly what I needed. It’s a tricky shade to describe but I’d say it’s kind of a smoky burgundy with a hint of gold that stops it looking flat. Again, it’s wearable and very easy to work with; it blends like a dream and is perfect for creating a colour-based smoky eye.
In the press release, Daniel suggests using Burnt Sand over the entire lid and blending Lava on the outer corner, socket and under the eye. On nights out I always default to various shades of brown smoked up with eyeliner, but last night I was feeling adventurous so I tried these shades instead, and here’s the finished look:
I lined the upper lash line with liquid liner, used a brown kohl pencil on my lower water line and finished with one coat of Benefit They’re Real on the upper lashes and as you can see, for blue-eyed girls like me, these shades make eyes pop. The three products I was sent have been an amazing introduction to the Daniel Sandler range as I’ve found them all incredibly flattering whilst being exciting and enjoyable to use and wear.
Escape to Hollywood is available now and both eye shadows are priced at £10.25 each.
Disclosure: PR samples.