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Latest Obsession: Warm-Toned Neutrals

April 13, 2018

Warm-toned neutrals are at the core of what I love and look for in eyeshadows. For my complexion as well as hair and eye color, warm sultry hues the likes of browns, bronzes, golds, etc., suit me the fittest and I embrace it to the fullest. Today’s post features my most-reached for warm-toned eyeshadow palettes and I swatched them all here for you guys!

Up first is the Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Ravine (reviewed + swatched here). I’ve had this one for a while since it originally launched. This is an amazing neutral option for a perfect and effortless everyday kind of look. Ravine offers a well-balanced mix of mattes and satin. Across the board each shade is incredibly soft and smooth with a velvety texture that allows for easy blending and layering. The colors are formulated with a high concentration of pure pigment powder which allows for their truest color payoff. All five shades are excellent in pigment, texture, and color deposit/payoff, including the mattes which are almost silk-like.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

  • Champagne Beige – is a warm, light beige with subtle pink undertones and has a matte finish
  • Neutral Brown – is a warm, light to medium brown with yellow undertones and has a matte finish
  • Plum Brown – is a warm, medium to deep bronze with just a hint of plum undertones and has a satin finish
  • Warm Gold – is a warm, medium golden bronze with yellow undertones and has a satin finish
  • Dark Cocoa – is a warm, deep brown black with brown undertones and has a matte finish

Next is a palette that I was taken by surprise by since it contained quite a few “out of the box” shades for me, which is the Naked Heat Palette (reviewed + swatched here). I’m the biggest fan of UD’s original Naked palette but have never taken a true liking to the since then predecessors. Naked 2 was too cool-toned for my liking, Naked 3 too pink, Basics was way too matte, and it goes on. I don’t know what drew me so hard to Naked Heat but this is truly an amazing palette. The colors are simply breathtaking, the palette offers a nice balance between safer neutrals as well as more bolder, richer colors that are on a completely new level. Albeit the textures in this palette while substantial seem a bit drier than prior Naked palettes, yet are quite strongly pigmented with semi- to full opaque coverage depending on the color, also are very blendable as well as buildable. Much to my surprise, I ended up totally falling in love with this palette. The warm, sultry nature harmonizes so beautifully with my skin tone that I seriously can’t get enough of it. At this point I’m still debating whether or not to pick up the Naked Heat Petite as like a base and transition layer palette.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

  • Ounce – is a warm, light golden beige and has a subtle pearl shimmer finish
  • Chaser – is a warm, light brown with peach undertones and has a matte finish
  • Sauced – is a warm, medium brown with orange undertones and has a matte finish
  • Low Blow – is a warm, medium brown with orange undertones and has a matte finish
  • Lumbre – is a warm, medium copper with red undertones and has a shimmery metallic finish. This color comes with a golden pearl shift
  • He Devil – is a warm, medium to deep brown with strong red undertones and has a matte finish
  • Dirty Talk – is a warm, medium to deep copper with both brown and orange undertones and has a metallic sheen
  • Scorched – is a warm, medium to deep red with brown undertones with golden micro shimmer and has a metallic sheen
  • Cayenne – is a warm, medium to deep terracotta and has a matte finish
  • En Fuego – is a warm, medium to deep burgundy with reddish undertones and has a matte finish
  • Ashes – is a warm, medium to deep red with brown undertones and has a matte finish
  • Ember – is a warm, medium to deep copper/bronze burgundy with olive undertones and has a shimmery metallic sheen

Natasha Denona’s latest Mini Sunset Palette (reviewed + swatched here) albeit small definitely packs a punch and completely has my heart. The shades have excellent color payoff, are buttery soft and smooth and are very easy to blend, layer and mix with one another or other colors. This one is more warm-toned than any other palette in my collection but I find it very wearable for my medium complexion.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

  • Guava – is a warm, medium brown with peach undertones and has a matte finish
  • Apollo – is a warm, deep burgundy with red undertones and has a metallic sheen
  • Dirty Mars – is a warm, medium to deep brown with subtle yellow undertones and has a matte finish
  • Sunbeam – is a warm, medium gold copper with orange undertones and has a metallic finish
  • Halo – is a warm, light champagne gold with yellow undertones and has a metallic finish

Lastly is not exactly an eyeshadow palette as it is a highlighter palette. I always have trouble finding a gold eyeshadow that shows up as an actual true gold on my lids. Urban Decay’s Half Baked is about as good as it gets for me but even then pulls more bronze than I’d like it to. The MAC Hyper Real Glow Palette in Get It Glowin’ (reviewed + swatched here) has two fantastic gold shades that stay true to pan even on my lids.

A look at the color selection and descriptions as I see them

Gold Coasting – is a warm, light to medium gold with yellow undertones and has a metallic finish
Get It Glowin’ – is a softer warm, light to medium gold with yellow undertones and has a metallic finish
Rosy Cheer – is a warm, medium to dark copper with golden undertones and has a metallic finish

In case you were wondering which eye brushes I like to use best, I have a review here and here from my Mikasa collection.

Do you have a preference for warm or cool-toned colors? What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes?

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