Comparison: Gold Eyeshadows

Golds swatches

DMM Aries, Shiro Perfect World, HW Tchaikovsky, Shiro Remake, Baroque Versailles / AFK Solar Flare, HW 1000 Likes, HW Amber, Shiro Mockingjay, Corvus Clio

Recently I wanted to find a dupe for Shiro’s Perfect World, my favorite gold eyeshadow, which is now sadly discontinued. I asked for suggestions on Indie Makeup and More, and realized I already had a couple of the suggested colors in my stash. I wound up pulling out all my metallic golds and decided to swatch them all to compare. (I skipped my peachy golds and yellow based golds, since that wasn’t what I was looking for.) I figured it might be useful to someone else who was also looking for a specific kind of gold.

All shadows are swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion on the top/left and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on the bottom/right. The top picture was taken in indoor natural light and the bottom in direct sun, for maximum sparkle.

Gold swatches 1Dark Matter Makeup Aries, Shiro Perfect World, Shiro Remake, Baroque Versailles, AFK Solar Flare

Gold swatches 2Hello Waffle Amber, Hello Waffle Tchaikovsky, Hello Waffle 1000 Likes, Corvus Clio, Shiro Mockingjay

Aries 2Dark Matter Makeup Aries: “A light metallic gold with gold sparks. It also has an orange highlight that makes the color shift from a light to a more orange gold.” This is a pale sparkly light gold. Over primer it’s a little sheer. There’s a slight cool grey undertone to it in some lights. I don’t get the orange shift at all. If you’re looking for a sparkly gold, this is the one with the most sparkle out of the ten. (Previously reviewed here.)

Perfect WorldShiro Perfect World: “Pure, soft, slightly metallic gold.” This is my personal favorite gold. It’s description is spot on. It’s a neutral gold without noticeable undertones, and it’s very smooth and metallic. It doesn’t have any sparks. I’m super sad that Shiro discontinued it, since it’s great with my light skintone.

Tchaikovsky 2Hello Waffle Tchaikovsky: “Vibrant gold with red, silver, and blue sparks.” This is a neutral-toned gold, with a smooth metallic finish and noticeable sparkles. The sparkles mostly struck me as silver and blue. I didn’t really see red. Over Pixie Eposy it’s more densely metallic, but it looks nice over primer too. (Previously reviewed here.)

Remake 2Shiro Remake: “Shimmery gold-bronze with purple sparks.” This is a slightly warm, very metallic gold. When I reviewed it before I didn’t notice the sparks, but this time, with more experience looking at eyeshadow nuances, I definitely did, The strike me as bluey purple and are very pretty. (Previously reviewed here.)

VersaillesBaroque Versailles: “Antiqued molten gold.” This is a gold with a bit of a greenish tint to it, which makes it look antique. (The pictures pulled a little warm, but the green twinge is definitely noticeable in person. You can see the difference between it and the warmer golds in the shot of all them together at the beginning of the post.) It has a very smooth metallic finish, and a hint of silvery sparks. The antique greenish quality makes it distinctive in my collection.

Solar FlareAFK Solar Flare: “A bright and sunny gold with a metallic finish.” This is an orangey yellow gold, with less sparkle to it than most of the other golds I swatched. It’s like a mildly metallic goldenrod. Over primer it’s a little sheer, so it can come across as more yellow on the eyes if you don’t use a sticky base.

1000 Likes 2Hello Waffle 1000 Likes: “Dark gold shimmer.” This is a very warm orangey gold. It darkens as it gets more opaque and metallic on a sticky base. Over primer alone, it’s sheerer and lighter. The lumps you see in the swatch are 100% my fault for not waiting long enough for the Pixie Epoxy to dry. Last time I swatched it it didn’t have that problem at all, as you can see in this swatch. If you wait for your base to dry like a smart person, it applies very smoothly. (Previously reviewed here.)

AmberHello Waffle Amber: “Dark orange-gold shimmer.” This is a very warm gold, enough to make it look almost like a rose gold or a pale copper instead of a pure gold. It’s very smooth. Over primer it’s a little sheer, but on a sticky base it takes on a nice metallic sheen.

Mockingjay 2Shiro Mockingjay: “Metallic brown-copper-bronze.” So this one is more copper than gold (and as you can see, Shiro doesn’t even call it a gold), but in direct sun the shimmer takes on a bit of a yellow gold quality. In indoor light it looks like a shiny new penny. (Previously reviewed here.)

Clio 2Corvus Clio: “A slightly blackened molten gold with a metallic finish.” This is the darkest of my golds. It’s also the least shiny. Over primer it’s more of a tan brown with a hint of gold, but it’s almost matte. On a sticky base, there’s more of a sheen, but it’s still the least metallic of all the golds I swatched. Its darkness makes it excellent as a liner. (Previously reviewed here.)

So there you are! Ten of my golds swatched side by side. Hopefully this was helpful to someone else. If you’re interested in me adding in my more yellow or peachy golds, let me know and I can look into updating the post. If, like me, you were looking for a dupe for Perfect World, Hello Waffle Tchaikovsky or Dark Matter Makeup Aries are the closest that I have. Tchaikovsky looks closer to me over primer, but Aries is closest over Pixie Epoxy. Both of them are more sparkly than Perfect World, but it’s more noticeable with Aries. So if I had to choose one, I would go with Tchaikovsky.

How often do you wear gold eyeshadow? If you want some ideas on how I use it, all my posts tagged with gold are here.

Also, I finally got around to making a swatch gallery. It’s in the menu at the left and it has all my swatches sorted by brand. So hopefully that’s helpful to you!

FOTD: Black and Gold Eyeshadow

black and gold big I have a few AFK eyeshadows that I picked up in a destash a while back and hadn’t gotten around to trying out yet. It’s a kind of random assortment of colors, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, and wound up do a flared out black and gold look. I wound up using Baroque’s I’d Hate Toulouse You on both my cheeks and lips as well. I think it makes a really nice lip color, even if my application leaves something to be desired.

black gold look Darknessssss was a little bit tricky to use. I took a lot of blending and a couple layers to get it to show up as dark as I wanted and even then, it’s not as even as I’d like. But I’m pretty sure it’s been/is being reformulated. But AFK’s closed at the moment, so I can’t go check.

black and gold shadowEyes:

  • AFK Solar Flare
  • AFK Darknessssss
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Stila Smudgestick in Stingray
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit The Porefessional
  • Benefit Watt’s Up
  • Baroque I’d Hate Toulouse You

Lips:

  • Baroque I’d Hate Toulouse You
  • Lush Honey Trap

I started this look by priming my eyelids. Then I applied Solar Flare, a gold, all over my mobile lids. I applied Darknessssss, a blackish dark color, to the outer corner over the gold. I blended it down and in towards the middle and flared it up at the outer corner as well. I used a fluffy blending brush to blend the two together. Darknessssss wasn’t very opaque, so I had to apply a couple layers to get it darker. I brought a little bit of it under my lower lashes as well. The gold on my lower lashline was actually fallout, but I decided I liked it there, so I tidied it up and left it. I tidied up around the edges of the black as well. I lined my eyes with black pencil liner and applied mascara. I actually wore face primer today, mostly out of curiosity. I basically smeared it all over my face with me fingers before I applied my foundation (with a brush), my concealer (with my fingers) and powder (also with a brush). I used a blush brush to apply I’d Hate Toulouse You, a reddish blush, which I blended into the skin with a clean blush brush. I also applied a little bit of a golden highlight to the tops of my cheeks and blended it with my fingers. I decided to use I’d Hate Toulouse You on my lips as well. I exfoliated my lips (but not quite well enough, since I missed a patch of dry skin), then applied a thick layer of waxy lip balm. I used a brush to pat the blush on top of the balm and my finger to even things out. I didn’t do the best job applying it evenly, but I do think it makes a nice lip color.

This look makes me feel like I should be going to a Tiger’s hockey game. The goldenrod base of Solar Flare matches their colors pretty well. I feel like my application wasn’t quite on point today, but I enjoy what I came up with anyways.

FOTD: Bright and Springy Turquoise and Coral Look

turquoise and coralWhen I was trying out my new lip lustres, I wanted to do something bright and springy for Meloncholy, a bright coral orange. So I paired it with matching blush and sparkly turquoise blue liner. So much fun!

turquoise and coral lookThese are some of my favorite colors, and I can pretend I’m in North America and it’s spring now by wearing them!

turquoise and coral products

 

Eyes:

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro Gelato Beach

Lips:

For this look I primed my lids and applied Bubbles, a light tan shadow with a blue green sheen, all over my lid. I mixed Bulletssssss!, a sparkly bright blue, with superstar serum and applied it as winged liner. I patted a little bit of dry shadow over the top of the line for added sparkle. Then I curled my lashes and put on mascara. I did my face like usual, but used a small contour brush to very lightly pat Gelato Beach, a very bright coral blush, onto my cheeks. Then I applied Meloncholy, a bright coral orange lip lustre, with the doe foot.

I love this look, but it’s definitely bright. Bubbles is a gorgeous color and the sheen goes so nicely with the bright blue liner, although it doesn’t show up very strongly in pictures. Also, the tones of Gelato Beach and Meloncholy match so well! I’ll definitely use them together again. Do you have any great indie make up pairings?