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):
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.
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.
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’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.
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)