If you follow me on Instagram, it’s no secret that I am a sucker for a good shimmery neutral eyeshadow. Anything that is a great multi-tasker and will give me that perfect “glow”, I’m all for it. As a result of my love for a good glow, I have become obsessed with (well let’s call it collecting, hoarding is so harsh!lol) anyways I have started quite a collection of neutral, shimmery little jewels that I absolutely adore and use on my clients ALL the time. Since I have so many I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites with some good swatches so you can see the different shades and tones and why it’s sometimes necessary to have a little variety in your makeup bag!!


Left to right, Alima Pure “Venus”, Alima Pure “Camel”, Alima Pure “Chai”, Alima Pure “Paris”, W3ll People “Luminous Taupe”, Modern Minerals “Jaipur”

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow “Venus”: As you can see from above this one by FAR has the most sparkle to it, and I must admit is my favorite of the bunch. I just love how there are so many different tones of gold, silver, and pink and it’s almost like the perfect mix of warm and cool tones. Let me just tell you that this eyeshadow on the middle corners of your eyes will make your eyes POP, guaranteed!! Every single time I wear this I get compliments on my eyes, not joking!! You can also blend this out on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and bridge of your nose to give yourself a super-glow, but if lots of sparkle isn’t your thing I would steer clear of this little gem. Retail: $12.50

Alima Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow “Camel”: This is your typical bronzy gold that will is perfect for summertime or anytime you want to warm up your complexion. Above I watched it rather heavily but you can sheer this out and use as a highlighter as well. This would look especially amazing on tan or darker skin tones because this is definitely a sun goddess shade that gives off that perfect “just back from vacation” glow. This shade is a favorite of my clients! Retail: $12.50

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow “Chai”: I find myself reaching for this shade quite often because it’s a beautiful, perfect rose-gold shade that compliments everyone. As you can see from above, this shade is much more rose-pink than “Venus” and the sparkle is much more subtle as well. I use this shade often when I’m bronzing someone heavily because it imparts a healthy, more natural glow with it! I also like to mix this with Alima “Belize” bronzer to make a blush or mix with a clear balm for a gorgeous bronzy-rose lip!! Retail: $12.50

Alima Pure Luminous Shimmer Eyeshadow “Paris”: Now this shade is more cool toned and looks almost slightly purple above but it’s not really at all. It is just a simple sparkly beige that looks insane with a smokey eye!! I like to use this as a base and just pack it on the lid then line the eyes heavily with black liner and it makes for a simple, yet striking smokey eye!! I like to describe this as a “your skin but better with a touch of sparkle” shade. Retail: $12.50

W3ll People Elitist Mineral Eyeshadow “Luminous Taupe”: This eyeshadow is definitely cool toned and more of a frost finish than sparkly. I only use this as an eyeshadow as it is much too frosty to highlight with but the pigment in this is quite impressive. I use this often when clients request a more silvery smokey eye. I find this shade to look beautiful on those with warmer and darker complexions because this is a shade that can easily wash someone out! The price tag is higher for this but the quality is top of the line! Retail: $16.00

Modern Minerals Mineral Eyeshadow “Jaipur”: It is described as a “light sandy beige with a hint of pink shimmer” and I would say that’s pretty accurate although the pink is really subtle. I actually get a lot of light gold tones from it and it gives off more of a pearlescent finish and not so in your face sparkly. This shade makes for a great highlighter because it leaves you with a lovely candlelit sheen that gives off a natural glow. This was my first Modern Minerals purchase and I am really impressed with the quality of these!! Retail: $12.50

Not only are all these gems beautiful, but they are clean and green of course. I absolutely love, love, LOVE seeing all these amazing nontoxic makeup options growing in popularity and the swatches above are proof enough, that you don’t have to compromise quality when you switch to green beauty!! If you have anymore questions regarding these brands or green beauty, feel free to contact me, I’m always happy to help!!


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