Having decided that I needed colour I spent a considerable time online googling the various options, no point wanting anything from Guerlain or Laura Mercier as neither of those are available in Huddersfield. Clarins is nice but safe, maybe? Lancome was a possibility but knowing that I love Estee Lauder DWL and having seen that the eye palettes were both beautiful and, comparatively, affordable I created a bit of a yearning for an Estee Lauder palette and given my new found love of colour the only one that was ever going to tick all the boxes was Blue Dahlia.
It wasn't until I got to Huddersfield I thought to consider that perhaps it was no longer available, given that it first appeared ages ago as part of a limited edition. Luckily I needn't have worried, apparently it was limited ed but proved so popular its now part of the main collection. Wanna see some pics?!
I am sure everyone has seen this a million times so these photos are completely self-indulgent. I fell in love with the teal and the shimmering navy but it's the taupe that pulls everything together and makes it all so wearable if you are a bit colour shy.
The white isn't white, it is an opalescent shimmer, no frost, no whiteness, just the most beautiful opal glitter. Not immensely wearable admittedly but to add a little something to an evening eye it's perfect.
The photo above best shows the glitter, especially if you click on it to see the larger photo.
As you would imagine the colours are a dream to apply. I very unusually have a morning where I haven't had to get up to do breakfast for guests so I had the chance to play. Ordinarily for the day I suspect I'd go taupe all over the lid and then use either the teal or the navy on my upper lash line and I would always intend to go all out and use the colour properly on a night out and then would chicken out and never do it. This morning I decided that if I was going to spend £35 on coloured eye shadow I wasn't going to shy away from using it.
A bit much for Co-op in Elland on a Saturday morning I'll grant you, but I do love it! I had read that the Estee Lauder way to wear was the teal all over the mobile lid, taupe in the crease and the navy on the outer corner and top and bottom lash line, or something along those lines so that's what I did. I still have slightly puffy eye lids as a result of a run in with corneal erosion on Thursday night, once they deflate fully things will look a lot better. I really like how the taupe took away the scaryness of all that colour and of course once I put my glasses on it takes things down a notch as well. For a night out I would definitely just put a little of the opal glitter in the inner corner just to lift that area and I might be tempted to pull more of the navy up into the outer V, I played it safe this morning so as not to frighten myself! I am surprised at how comfortable I feel in this much colour, I think the darker hair helps a lot and having agreed with Helen that scarves do me no favours I felt the need to wear this one just to pull things together until I stop spending money on teal eye shadow and start spending it on teal clothes! Just in case anyone is wondering I am wearing ELDWL, Clinique colour correcting powder, Laura Mercier Second Skin Blush in Rose Petal, Dior Addict Extreme lipstick in Paparazzi, Benefit they're real mascara and Benefit Browzings in light on my brows, which are also much better with my darker hair.
And whilst I need no encouragement if anyone has any other eye shadows that they think I might love please let me know. I did find the most gorgeous teal sweater in Monsoon that is now on my wish list, along with fuschia leather gloves from M&S, also on the list! As a result of all of this I felt it only right that my much beloved UD Naked palette wasn't left to languish lonely and unloved so I have given it to Emily, needless to say I am currently her favourite mummy!