Sunday Riley eyeshadows: Olive Branch and Leprechaun review and swatches

Top of the morning to you lassies*. I have two lucky products for you today. Sunday Riley is a new line sold at Barney’s and it’s grabbed my heart (and my wallet). I feel like I’ve found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  Sunday Riley is a “real woman” who began her own skincare company. She’s recently branched out into cosmetics which are sold exclusively at Barneys. Here’s a picture of my jackpot (which includes Pot of Gold actually):

Sunday Riley eyeshadows: top Siberian Sable, Olive Branch, Leprechaun, bottom Pot of Gold, Burnt Eggplant, Lady Godiva

I’m going to thrill you with several reviews over the next weeks to keep the suspense going! We’ll start with Sunday Riley Prismatic eyeshadows in Olive Branch and Leprechaun.

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Leprechaun was the start of this collection and if it looks used that’s because I received it in a swap so I didn’t start with a totally pristine shadow. If you look carefully at the above picture you can see there’s a difference in texture between the two shadows. Sunday Riley doesn’t explain the textures of their shadows so you are basically taking a chance or relying on reviews like mine or from other blogs like The Beauty Look Book  and The Non-Blonde.

Olive Branch and Leprechaun are a perfect combination. They work together exactly the way you’d want them to. So often I’ll buy an eyeshadow and then wonder what it will go with in my collection. These two are like peanut butter and jelly; made for each other. Olive Branch is a light green with slight gray undertones while Leprechaun is the darker big sister made for the crease or a smoky eye.

My pictures and swatches aren’t totally accurate since there’s more green to both of these than appear in the photos. But the green is subtle without any blatant tones. These are easy to wear shades that I think would suit most skintones though may not show up on women of color.

Olive Branch

Olive Branch swatch

Olive Branch

While these complement each other perfectly there is a difference in the texture of Olive Branch and Leprechaun. I’d describe Olive Branch as a satiny matte shadow. I’ve worn it on the lid with Leprechaun in the crease and reversed the order as well. Leprechaun isn’t so dark that it can’t be worn on the lid with Olive Branch in the crease above it. There are also some gold and brown tones to Leprechaun. For a totally different look I’ve worn it too with Sunday Riley’s Pot of Gold (review upcoming).

 

Leprechaun

Leprechaun swatched

Leprechaun’s texture is a little rough. It’s unlike any of my other Sunday Riley eyeshadows so I don’t know if this is typical of the shadow or an anomaly. While it feels a little coarse when applying it, it goes on as smoothly in the long run. There’s a little bit of shimmer to Leprechaun but not enough that I’d consider it a shimmer shadow. It’s a beautiful shadow.

 

Olive Branch top, Leprechaun bottom

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

Olive Branch and Leprechaun

As much as I like these and my other Sunday Riley shadows they aren’t perfect. I find some fading with them and almost always touch them up if I’m going out in the evening. I also don’t think they have the smoothest touch. I find they aren’t silky smooth like I’d describe Le Metier de Beaute’s eyeshadows. Of course that won’t keep me from adding to my collection.

“La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir”* — Have a great St. Pat’s everyone. — Marcia

 

 

*Top of the morning isn’t actually an irish expression, it was made up in Hollywood.

*La Fheile Padraig brea dhibh go leir = have a great St. Patrick’s Day. (from irishcentral.com)

 

Comments

  1. I’ve seen these shadows popping up SO MUCH. I want them.

  2. I’ve been wanting to buy Sunday Riley so I’m looking forward to your reviews. It’s hard to tell the textures on Barneys site.

  3. Can’t wait for the Pot of Gold review!

  4. Mamavalveeta03 says:

    I bought “Siberian Sable” and I LOVE it! It goes on so smoothly, little to no fallout, and staying power galore! A new fave. Now I’m dying for more colors.

  5. Those look awesome! I can’t wait to try them out!

  6. I am so intrigued by this brand. The funny thing is I’m most interested in trying her foundations. I have no idea where that lemming came from? Of course being in Canada this isn’t exactly accessible. LOL I love a challenge don’t I? *sigh*

  7. What a pretty pair. How does Leprechaun compare to Lancome Erika F, in your opinion? It looks almost duochromed in one of The Non-Blonde’s pics but I’m guessing it’s not?

  8. I wish I had Erika F to compare it to. It’s not available to me in the US unfortunately.

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