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Blue-eyed beauty

23 March 2009

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As a Taurus, I’m a creature of comfort.  I like my sheets with a high thread count; my cappuccino with extra foam; and my fat jeans with extra stretch in the hips for the times when the likelihood of heading to the gym is about as likely as the possibility of me saying ‘no thanks’ to the tiramisu that followed the filet mignon, foie gras and three glasses of pinot noir.  Likewise, my eye makeup routine is somewhat predictable, with some variable shimmery brown shade on the lids and gobs of DiorShow mascara on my lashes.

When presented with the opportunity to test a host of products that were anything but predictable – and blue – I was tempted to run back to my vanilla-flavored corner.  Sure, Gucci’s models can rock a major aqua eye and get away with it:  they have genetics – and master makeup artist Pat McGrath – on their side.  Could a real, grown woman get away with such a feat – while looking fabulous?  I invite The Vogue City readers to throw caution to the wind and find out.

Sue Devitt’s Microquatic mineral eye palette in Blue Waters, $37.50, blends hydrating marine substances with vitamins and minerals in a cobalt, cerulean, turquoise and cream-colored quad.


I was impressed with how effortlessly the powder shadow – almost creamy to the touch – swept onto my lids with nary a tug or pull, and with how well the richly pigmented formula lasted throughout a particularly tipsy Saturday night.

Elf’s waterproof liquid liner in Midnight, $1 (yes, you read that correctly), is the newest product in Elf’s ultra-wallet friendly line of cosmetics.


The formula is a bit inky and can smudge easily if not applied with a steady hand, but does the job as well as any of its drugstore counterparts.  To perk up tired eyes for less than the cost of a morning cup of coffee is simply divine.

Laura Geller offers a one-two punch with her Eye Rimz baked shadow liner in Crystal Cobalt, $23, and Marble shadow duo in Moonstone/Blue Heaven, $25.


Both shades are formulated from a liquid base that is quite literally “baked” into a hard shadow.  I found both products worked best when applied with a wet liner brush, though wasn’t particularly fond of the accompanying glitter that was a bit too Material Girl for my tastes.

100-percent-mascara.png 100% Pure Ultra Lengthening mascara in Blueberry, $25, smells as delicious as it sounds thanks to natural fruit pigments.  My skepticism admittedly swirled around a QVC-endorsed product, but after two coats (try a primer for extra staying power) and irises that popped against the subtle navy tint, I was hooked.

The verdict is in:  blue-hued eye makeup is fun, fresh and most importantly, wearable.  And if the thought it has you seeing red, take it all off with L’Oreal’s eye makeup remover, $8. loreal-eye-makeup-remover.jpg

-Karyn Polewaczyk

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2 thoughts on “Blue-eyed beauty

  • March 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    Hey Karyn, I am a Taurus too:) I am May 12th, what are you? I love my sheets and I have to tell you, the older I get the higher gets the count. My feeling though about the blue -hued eye makeup is that if you were old enough to try it in the 80’s(guilty as charged)you have to be careful what shade you pick now. You’ve got me curious about the Sue Devitt’s Microquatic mineral eye palette in Blue Waters, where did you find it?

  • March 23, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    My experience with blue eye makeup and the ’80s comes in the form of a 99-cent Wet-n-Wild palette my mother laboriously applied on my face for Halloween 1987, also known as the year I dropped out of dance class and not-so-coincidentally wore the costume she had prepaid for as my ballerina ensemble during trick-or-treat. Nightmares of cakey blue eye crust and too many KitKat bars were ingrained in my head for 22 years until I tried these products, I tell you.

    Sue Devitt can be purchased at Barneys, or at specialty makeup stores. As a purveyor of powder shadow, I have to say that her whole Microquatic line is really quite fantastic.


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