Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color- Fool's Gold & Twig Eye Shadows- REVIEW

Prismasilk Eye Color in Fool's Gold
Sunday Riley's Prismasilk Eye Color Eye Shadows come in 32 shades ranging in finishes from mattes to satins to shimmers, and finally to vibrant metallics (click here to see my overview and preliminary review from the November 2011 launch). All of the shades are gorgeously pigmented and ultra-finely milled making them exquisite to the touch. In fact, they are so soft and creamy that you will be tempted to apply them with your fingers!

Eye Shadow Display at Barneys New York in Beverly Hills
This luxurious formula is long-wearing and highly pigmented which is always a winning combination. These shadows are formulated to be worn wet or dry, alone or blended, and with or without a primer. They also work beautifully as eye liners- which I have found work best when applied wet rather than dry. 
Fool's Gold
Sunday Riley uses advanced Air-Milling technology which is credited for creating this ultra-fine luxurious texture. Air-milling evenly disperses the pigment throughout the entire shadow ensuring absolute consistency in every single application from the first use through the last one at the bottom of the pan. This alone makes a super concentrated single-stroke application- so you won't find a patchy, chalky, or inconsistent shadow anywhere in the Sunday Riley Eye Color range. The additional use of micronized spherical pigments create long wearing color that is always effortless to apply. 
Fool's Gold: the two left swatches were applied wet and the two right swatches were applied dry

Fool's Gold is a very complex shade with a base color that is best described as bronze. However, this color is so much more than just a shade of bronze due to its chameleon-like character when light captures its modulating magnificence. It reflects a myriad of multicolored shimmery goodness with a rainbow of colors- including the loveliest shade of teal imaginable. This shade is gorgeous, but it does have quite a bit of fallout when applied dry. However, this color is so gorgeous that it's worth it. If you want to avoid the fallout be sure to apply it with a damp brush. Fool's Gold also makes one gorgeous eyeliner-- especially when applied wet. This not only minimizes the fallout, but it also really heightens the intensity of this color. I also find that applying it wet over a rich black eyeliner further intensifies this color.

Twig is another gorgeous color from the new range of eye shadows. It lacks the same level of complexity that is found in Fool's Gold, but it is still one amazingly complex eye shadow.  It defies being given a single color description- instead it might be classified as a golden coppery rusty brown with golden champagne shimmer. Or maybe it is best described as a light golden bronze, or a golden beige copper with golden shimmer, or maybe a golden brown with gold shimmer. I think that it actually encompasses all of these descriptions- which makes for one spectacularly gorgeous eye shadow. Like Fool's Gold, you will experience some fallout with Twig, but the shimmer particles are smaller than those found in Fool's Gold- so the fallout isn't quite as pronounced.

Twig dry swatch applied heavily

Overall assessment: Sunday Riley has another hit! These are beautifully pigmented and lusciously creamy powder eye shadows. This line has an impressive range of eye shadow colors and textures, but you will find fallout issues with the shimmery and vibrant metallic shades when applied dry. This should not deter you from trying those shades- because they are truly a pleasure to wear.

I purchased mine for $26.00 each at Barneys New York.

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