The Body Shop – Shimmer Cube Palette in Green & Smudger Brush
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A duo from The Body Shop for you today, it’s Shimmer Cube Palette in Green and the Smudger Brush.
Shimmer Cube Palette in Green – I used to have one of these Shimmer Cubes in a browny/gold shade years ago and found that it was a bit crumbly, but The Body Shop have definitely improved the formula of these since then. Available in 7 shades, the Shimmer Cube Palette contains 4 little cube blocks of eyeshadow – each one in it’s own removable lidded perspex box so you can take them out of the palette, rearrange them, or take them out with you.
Three of the green shades are iridescent and shimmery, perfect for highlighting the whole of the eye area or smudging into the crease of the eye socket. The darkest jade green shade has more of a matt finish which makes it great for contouring the outer corner of the eye for a dark, smokey look. The shadows are pretty much crease resistant, just don’t apply too much as it’s more likely to crease or move if it’s too thick (if you want to prevent any eyeshadow creasing check out Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – it really works!).
You can apply the green Shimmer Cubes dry – I find The Body Shop Smudger Brush is great for this – or you can apply them wet for a stronger colour. The darkest jade shade is great for applying wet, just dampen a thin eyeliner brush then use it to apply the pigmented dark shade along the upper lash line and smudge a tiny bit at the outer edge of the lower lash line too for extra drama.
The four green shades look quite dark and dramatic in the palette, but when applied to the skin they’re much prettier and more subtle.
The only downside to the Shimmer Cube Palette is that the ingredients include parabens… I’d love to see The Body Shop replace these with a more natural preservative ingredient.
Smudger Brush – this isn’t really a brush at all, it’s a large foam applicator – like a giant version of the ones you get free in eyeshadow palettes (only better)! Now I know not everyone likes a foam applicator, but I actually quite like them as long as they’re good quality and don’t fall apart as soon as you use them.
This Smudger Brush from The Body Shop is good quality and the foam is just right – not too solid and not too soft. It’s perfect for applying a pale highlighter shade of eyeshadow all over the eye area right up to the brow bone. I find it sort of ‘presses’ the colour into the skin and helps it to really adhere, preventing powder drop-off – it’s particularly good for applying the palest shimmery green shade from The Shimmer Cube palette above. It’s not for detailed work though, due to the size of the foam pad, so keep it for applying eyeshadow to large areas – you could even use it for applying highlighter to small areas too.
UPDATE 31st Jan 2018 – Sadly both of these products have been discontinued. If you like a bit of shimmer then you might want to try The Body Shop Shimmer Waves, containing 5 shimmering shades suitable for use on cheeks and eyes, just £16 each. I’m struggling to find many sponge smudger brushes to rival this one, but Forsters Eyeliner Smudger Applicator is just £4.95 from Essentials.
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