The Happy Skin All Eyes On Hue Eyeshadow Palette* (1,299.00 Php) was released with the Holiday 2014 collection (which was called “Save Room for Dessert” in case you’re curious to know) and is, for the moment, the brand’s only eyeshadow offering.
As is always the case with Happy Skin products, the packaging design is adorable. It’s made of that reinforced, coated cardboard that I love so much and it’s held shut by a strong magnet. The best thing about cardboard packaging is that you can drop the product without worrying too much about it breaking easily. Another plus is that they are usually lightweight. Put those two things together, and you have a travel-friendly product. And who doesn’t like great products that you can easily take with you?
Product info and ingredients list. I’ve never come across eyeshadows that have Argan oil infused into them before; the addition supposedly allows the shadows to condition your eyes as you wear them. That’s Happy Skin keeping its promise that all of their products will leave the skin healthy and, well, happy!
Also noteworthy is that this particular product from their range is made in Japan. If there’s anyone I trust with my face, it’s the Japanese — and, by extension, anyone who entrusts the manufacture of their products to the Japanese. Hehe.
The world of Happy Skin eyeshadows may as yet be small, but it is by no means boring. There are four shades in the All Eyes On Hue palette, namely: Oatmeal, Biscuit, Hazelnut, and Espresso. On first glance, I thought Oh, these look a little boring and I would never touch that salmon-y pink! but I guess you never really know an eyeshadow until you play with it.
It turns out that even Oatmeal and Hazelnut, which seem like your standard antique gold and light bronze, are different fro anything else I have in my collection. Espresso, for its part, reveals a different (read: purple!) dimension when swatched and worn, and Biscuit is great for cancelling out blue tones around the eye area.
Oatmeal is a light champagne that is perfect for use on the inner corner of the eye or on the center of the lid. It has just the right amount of shimmer to it so that whatever it touches instantly looks brighter, more alive, and healthy.
Biscuit is a salmon pink that might be tricky for girls with very dark skin to use. On ladies with light skin, it’s a nice shade to brush over the lid for a natural brightening effect, and on my medium skin I like to use it lightly over areas that are a little blue or grey. The salmon hue cancels out that darkness. It also makes a decent brow arch highlight.
Hazelnut was aptly named, that’s for sure. It’s not a flat hazelnut brown though, as the soft shimmer in the shade makes it sit in such a lovely way on the skin. I can see this shade working across a wide range of skin tones for various purposes. I personally use it as a one-shadow-look eyeshadow quite often.
Espresso, as you can see, is a funny kind of deep brown because it has a lot of purple tones in it. It shows clearly in the arm swatch above, but as you’ll see in a bit it doesn’t register as an actual purple when used on my eyes.
There are two looks that I consider my go-to looks when I pick up this palette, and I realised that they are pretty much “day and night” looks (even though I would also wear the night look in the daytime). For a four-eyeshadow palette, All Eyes On Hue is pretty diverse. I thought I would have to reach for a lot of other eyeshadows to round out the looks I made with this palette, but surprisingly it can stand on its own very well.
LOOK 1: Quick & Easy
For the more “daytime” look, I used Hazelnut all over the lid and on my lower lash line for definition, and Oatmeal in the inner crease of my eye to make me look more awake. No eyeliner. Loads of mascara. And that’s it!
When I want to change it up a bit, I’ll use a cream shadow underneath Hazelnut. A beige shade will bring out the brown of the eyeshadow, while a shimmery pink base will enhance the bright gold flecks of the shade.
I’m pretty sure this is what Happy Skin had in mind when they wrote the first few lines for this product’s description, which goes like this: “They say the eyes are the windows to the soul? Well, speak without batting an eyelash and seduce with eyes that smoulder!” Uh-huh. I pretty much pulled all the smoulder out of the eyeshadows and slapped it onto my eyes here and I love it. This look is so me — heavy on the smokey eye and very little else on the rest of the face.
Espresso plays a huge role in this look, as my smokey crease and outer-v shade. I have rather deep sockets, so I like to exaggerate the colour to ensure that the smokiness is still there when my eyes are open. You can see how high on the lid I have to go when my eyes are closed:
Hazelnut and Oatmeal play the same role in this look as they did in the first. You can’t actually see Biscuit, but I used it to blend out Espresso and it really helped take off the edge. Again, I did not use any eyeliner. That’s what keeps the look soft and sultry.
I wore this look on a date with my boyfriend and he loved it. I’ve noticed that boys can’t usually tell how much makeup you’re wearing as long as you wear a nude lip (haha), but Greg does make a comment when something is different and he liked the extra “smokiness” of this look in particular.
Of course, you could also follow the little cheat sheet included with the palette. This is essentially the “Red Carpet” look.
Yet another home run by Happy Skin. There are so many products in their lineup that I would recommend to both makeup newbies and hardcore junkies alike. This palette is no exception. I am sure they will come out with more eyeshadow palettes in the future and my mind is abuzz with thoughts of what they could come up with next.
The one thing I didn’t like about the All Eyes On Hue palette is that there is no mirror in there. The cheat sheet is cool, but it could easily be printed on a pamphlet instead. That said, there is nothing else I could ask for in a four-shadow palette. I’m in love with it and it is one of those products that I wake up feeling excited to use. After years of accumulating products, it’s nice to come across a simple palette that can make me feel that giddiness again — it’s that feeling that made me start writing this blog in the first place, and it never gets old.
Happy Skin is available at Rustan’s Department Store, Beauty Bar, The Landmark, The SM Store Beauty Section, Watsons, and Plains & Prints. You can also shop online at www.happyskincosmetics.com. Happy Skin ships nationwide and internationally.
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