An Ode To Copper-Toned Eyeshadows

16 January, 2015 An Ode To Copper-Toned Eyeshadows

Whenever I’m looking for a new eyeshadow, I always gravitate towards neutral, copper-brown shades. Perfect for any eye colour and incredibly versatile, warm browns suit an everyday look as an all-over wash of colour, or amped up with shimmer packed onto the lid.

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From left to right: MAC Antiqued, Rimmel Brixton Brown, TOPSHOP Golden Aura, Makeup Revolution Iconic 2, Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet

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From left to right: MAC Antiqued, Rimmel Brixton Brown, TOPSHOP Golden Aura, Makeup Revolution Iconic 2, Charlotte Tilbury Bronzed Garnet

The first shade that I’m currently obsessed with is from MAC, and it’s their Veluxe Pearl Shadow in Antiqued (£13 here). The duo-chrome formula creates a fairly complex shadow, so within this one shade are multiple facets and tones of copper, red and bronze. This would look beautiful packed onto the lid for a dramatic look, or blended with lighter MAC shades like Woodwinked, Patina or All That Glitters, with Antiqued acting as the smoky, defining shade.

The reason I purchased the Rimmel 5-Pan Eyeshadow in Brixton Brown (£6.99 here) was because I had heard it was a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Palette, one of the most coveted products on my makeup wishlist. Whilst the shades aren’t completely identical, the deep marsala colour in this palette is so beautiful, and unlike a lot of shadows I’ve used before. It’s fairly shimmery but very blendable and finely milled. This is a great quad to have in your collection, but I would have happily paid the money just for this gorgeous shade in the middle.

The TOPSHOP Golden Aura Palette (£12 here) is one of those great, everyday palettes for when you’re not sure which shades to go for, and it features a beautiful deep copper that’s seriously blendable and buttery soft. I love applying this shade all over the lid, with the central red-bronze from Rimmel’s Brixton Brown palette in the crease for a unique take on a regular smoky eye. The look would also look amazing on warmer, deeper skin tones.

I received the Makeup Revolution Iconic 2 Palette (£4 here) from the lovely Polly from Polly’s Pocket Book back in December as part of my Secret Santa gift, and have not stopped using the cranberry-bronze shade in the palette. This is slightly purple-based, and it’s a lovely cooler shade that works well with golds and champagnes.

A true , rich copper-red from Charlotte Tilbury that’s great incorporated into a smoky eye is the Colour Chameleon in Bronzed Garnet (£19 here). This can be worn either as a defined liner applied from the crayon, or drawn onto the lid and up into the crease, and smudged out with a fluffy brush. The pigmentation in this crayon is incredibly intense, and once on the lids, it’s not going anywhere. Bronzed Garnet is a gorgeous deep red-toned copper that’s great for daytime and evening looks, and pairs really well with a berry lip. It’s suited for green eyes especially, although I like it with my boring brown ones.


Which copper shadows do you love? Let me know in the comments, along with any questions or recommendations!

Have a fabulous weekend!

Jess, X