The Best New Summer Eye Shadow Palettes

by Katie on June 29, 2011

Summer means that you have to think about your make-up differently especially as you’re probably changing your wardrobe and possibly heading to hot climates.  

Two of the best eye-shadow palettes that I’ve come across recently, manage to capture the first light of Summer heat while being gentle for pale or sallow skins.  What’s more, they’re rather elegant and simply a good excuse to indulge in a bit of pre holiday self-indulgent make-up purchasing.

Dick Page, Shiseido’s Make-Up Artistic Director says that the new Shiseido Luminizing Satin Eye Colour Trio (£34).  Warm skin and cool colours such as sweet peach, pale rosy platinum and cool shimmering pink create an elegant vision of summer beauty.  Finish off with sweep of fine eyeliner (£23) that gives the ultimate 1950’s sweep for more dramatic eyes. 

Over at L’Occitane, a whole new range of make-up has been released to accompany the release of Pivoine Flora fragrance, a peony filled delight that’s gentle enough for day without being floral over-powering.  

The Petals Eye Quartet (£22) by L’Occitane  (pictured above) feels very Stila meets Paul & Joe in terms of brand style, colour and texture.  But that’s no bad thing.  Enriched with softening Peony extract, the eye shadows are the gentlest colours in soft tones of rose, beige and wine shades.  The eye palette features a detachable mirror which simply slides out.  Clever.  Forget the Hallmark type, girly over indulgence with ballet dancers and sweetness and light that the imagery depicts and concentrate on the gorgeous subtle colours, suitable for all age ranges.

Paul and Joe’s typically pretty and covetable ‘Blue Horizon’ collection features some great swirl eye colours sold as individuals that create a long lasting wash of colour and, as always, are bang on trend.  I’m particularly fond of the new Eye Gloss Duo called ‘Depth’ which is a Biba’esque ‘1970’s melange of peach and mulberry.  Inspired by Mediterranean hues, the various duos (also including Smooth Sailing and Fathom) add shimmer and sparkle with their pearlescent gloss and metallic shine.  Pair up with a beautiful Paul and Joe nail polish in Vinyl red or Mediterranean Blue and you’re all set in minutes.  I like fast beauty.

All beauty items are currently available at major department stores throughout the UK.

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