Makeup Review: Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express

I don’t really do complicated eye looks because I suck at it but the Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude ($38) from Ilia just looks so gorgeous.

I just love the color story. It has the pinks that I love combined with muted mauves and browns. The shades can be used day or night. The shadows themselves are powdery but feel creamier as applied.

I always use the shade Undo, a matte nude, as a base. The shades Teardrop, a soft lavender gray, and Just, a slate brown, is what I like to use during the day. The shades are all matte and pigmented enough to create a light smokey eye for a subtle yet deeper eye look. I sometimes add Infinity, a taupe bronze, if I want to add some shimmer. For going out at night, I add Overcome, a deep burgundy to deepen the smokey eye look. If I’m feeling festive, I add Unravel, a dark violet shade with a tonal shift, that just looks amazing in the eye because of how it changes color depending on the lighting.

I also like that the compact is small enough to bring everywhere for retouches. It also has a mirror that I use for touch-ups.

To be honest, I am not friends with liquid eyeliners. I am not that good with eye makeup. I couldn’t apply an even cat eye, even a minor wing, to save my life. So, I have very low hopes when I used the Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express ($28). It has a felt tip and the liner is super black, which I like. It’s easy enough to apply and that’s saying a lot for someone who prefers pencils. I have yet to master an even application but the thin felt tip really helps.

The Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express were provided by @iliabeauty . Available at iliabeauty.com

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