Visée‘s Glam Glow Eyes series is from the line’s fall 2011 makeup collection. From what I have read, with its lovely packaging and easy-to-wear tone-on-tone color combinations, the series appears to be very well-received. After the positive experience with Visée’s Glam Shade Eyes in GR-5 (from spring 2011), I decided to go for Glam Glow Eyes in BR-3 and GR-4. Today I am reviewing BR-3.
The four colors in this palette are (clockwise from bottom-left):
- multi-hued high-toned fine sparkles with very little pigment
- pale ivory beige, moderately pigmented, with high-toned pearly shimmer
- medium bronze brown, moderately-to-well pigmented, glowy with pearly shimmer
- neutral dark brown, pigmented, velvety matte with sparse shimmer
The shimmery particles and the fine sparkles are multi-colored. The powder is generally very smooth, creamy, and blendable, and the staying power is very good. Even the fine sparkles (from the bottom-left shade) are smooth (not gritty) and have little fallout. The dark brown feels marginally drier. (Compared with the texture of Glam Glow Eyes, the texture of Glam Shade Eyes is also silky but it feels fluffier.)
The upper two shades (the ivory beige and the bronze brown) are very well-coordinated (in terms of both color tones and color depths) and are able to create depth and dimension for the eyes very easily. The bronze brown is pushing my limits a little bit (I generally don’t like bronzy shades), but the brown tone keeps the overall shade from being overly warm and bronzy. The dark brown finishes off the look nicely.
The bottom-left shade, with all the fine sparkles, is a little too bling-y for me. According to the application instructions (printed on the back of the outer box), after the three other shades are applied, it can be applied to the lower halves of the inner corners of the eyes to create a teary-eyed look or it can be dabbed onto the eyelids with a finger for an ultra-sparkly finish. I have tried the first look and I think it can look too sparkly for daytime. For me, I use a fluffy eyeshadow blending brush to dust a very light layer of the shade on the eyelids (after I apply the other three shades) or I (most of the time) skip the shade altogether.
As I mentioned earlier, I really like the packaging of this palette series. It is feminine, elegant, and quite Lavshuca-esque. On Visée’s official website, the cases appear to be in a light color, but they are actually in a rich dark-plum shade. Again, it is very similar to the plum shade used in some of Lavshuca’s packaging. The pretty lace-ribbon details are embossed onto the case.
Overall I like the superb texture of the powder and I like the shimmery finishes of the ivory beige and the bronze brown and how they create depth and dimension for the eyes. I would definitely say that this is currently among my preferred neutral-toned palettes.
I will review Glam Glow Eyes in GR-4 a little later.
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