Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bare Escentuals: Smoky Metallic Eye

This is one of the new kits from the last Q show. This kit comes with Steam eye shadow, High Shine Pewter, Big and Bright liner in Black Gold, and a small tapered eye shadow brush.

Steam is an interesting colour. It looks like a very light grey with sparkle in it in the jar but when swatched it almost looks creamy with a hint of gold. On my eye it looks neutral--it does not look grey or gold.

High Shine Pewter is not like any of the other high shine colours I have. It is a mid-tone shade, it seems to have a gray-ish purple base with a pewter shine. It looks purple in some swatches and up close on my eye (when I was putting it on) it looked kind of purple to me, but once I blended it and looked at it again it really does look pewter.

Big and Bright Liner in Black Gold actually seems to be a very dark brown/black. I'm not sure you can really see that in the swatch of it but it is lighter than Intense black and clearly more brown. It does seem to have maybe just a hint of gold sparkle but it is very hard to tell for sure.

Overall I like these colours. I want to foil steam and see what happens. I don't have anything like either of these colours so I am very happy to add them to my collection.


Too Faced Shadow Insurance,
50/50 mix well rested/clear radince all over,
Steam under brow and inner corner,
High Shine Pewter lash into crease on outer 3/4,
Big and Bright liner in Black gold upper and lower and HS Pewter along lower lash line,
Flawless Definition Volumizing mascara with Buxom mascara over it.

CHEEKS: Flourish blush
LIPS: Pretty Amazing Charisma


  1. As usual, Becky, great review and swatches! I always value your comments and comparisons. Beautiful application, as always!

  2. I really want these colors, but don't want the whole kit :(. My Charisma should be in the mail today and I can't wait! That color looks so good on you.
    Misty (mistyn3 on delphi)

  3. @Misty, Thank you! Maybe during a trade day you could get half jars in a trade.
    Charisma is really pretty. The formula is a little thick for my taste but I really like how well it stays on and that it feels like a gloss but looks like a lipstick.