Lunasol Modeling Glossy Eyes 01 Icy Glow
Encouraged by the successful introduction to Lunasol eyeshadow palettes (Beige Beige), I got four more. I bought Icy Glow with extra confidence, too. It is a cool-toned gray smoky palette with pinkish highlight colors and a gorgeous taupe, which looked like an easy one. However, for some reason it took a while for me to appreciate this palette.
You get six shades that differ in tone and texture. I think that having many colors in one palette might have killed the fun for me initially. Is the creamy white a base or a glossy top coat? (I'd never wanna put it on my brow bones.) Where do I place these two light shades that look only slightly different from each other? And the same question for the darkest ones. I would have to find a way to put all of them on together, otherwise what is the point? Such pressure.
Swatch first, panic later.
So, the first color is what makes the palette "Glossy". This is a silicon-based cream shadow with iridescent shimmer. Lunasol describes as a "glossy base", and I also find it works best that way. Charcoal gray could look harsh and somewhat dry (although everything in this palette has this lovely, almost creamy quality) and this base softens the whole thing. It never really sets dry, which could be problematic depending on how oily your lids are. Mine are getting drier so I appreciate the effect, but I find the colors don't last as long if I use the glossy base.
Icy Glow is best to use for full-on smoky eyes, and I pretty much went with classic placements here. The eyeshadows blend seamlessly, so there is freedom to do whatever you feel like to do.
(The pretty shimmer shows a bit better in this picture.)
An overall look
(In this look, I am also wearing Peripera I love B.B. Light, Etude House Pink Skull Cream Blusher in Funky Pink, and Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Rose Pulpe.)
I put together a lighter version that goes well with brighter lips.
(Wearing Lunasol Skin Modeling Liquid Foundation in OC01, Illamasqua Powder Blush in Morale, and I'm MeMe I'm Tint Balm in Neon Pink.)
I frequently reach for Icy Glow but find it most difficult for me to pull off amongst the five Lunasol palettes I own (the others are just so easy to wear). Still, it is an excellent choice if you're in the market for a cool gray palette. The seamless blendability and the thoughtful color composition makes my effort to hunt down a discontinued palette rather worthwhile.