When I first heard of “baked eyeshadow”, I was instantly curious. What did it mean? I envisioned people putting makeup pigments together and baking them in the oven lol! But as it turns out, Baked Eyeshadow simply means that its compounds were “baked” together in the sun. Undeniably, they look really pretty as most are marbled, with at least 2 colours swirled within the compound.
Recently I purchased several Baked Eyeshadows from Ulta for their buy 2 get 2 free promotion – however, Ulta.com kinda screwed up and sent me 4 of the exact same eyeshadows, in Drama. At least it was a pretty colour! I absolutely love the teal and marine blue – they’re both colours I’ve been thinking would go well with my outfits, but somehow I’ve never been able to find them at the makeup counters at affordable prices.
Unlike conventional eyeshadows, Baked Eyeshadows can be applied dry or wet – Dry for a sheer application, and Wet for a deeper, more vibrant colour. Here’s my side by side swatches of it dry and wet (I just added water to the “dry” swatch to ensure a fair comparison + less wastage of product)
Certainly, when wet, the eyeshadows have a greater depth and also look bolder. However, I love the eyeshadows dry for a day time look, they go gorgeously well with my grey-toned outfits. Plus, it also struck me that those who love transitioning from day to night would love baked eyeshadows. Just pat on some water onto your eyelids and voila! Your muted day eye makeup transforms to a vibrant night makeup look! (I actually tried that and it works, haha.)
Reading reviews from ulta.com, many use the dark blue as a liner and the sea green as an eyeshadow. However, I decided to just swirl everything together and put it on my eyelid. Notice the gorgeous shimmer! NYX Eyeshadow base was used with this swatch. Pardon me for the messy application, I did it freehand without a mirror :)
When applying these eyeshadows wet, it is important not to swipe your eyeshadow brush over the colours. Instead, pat lightly to get the pigments out. However, unlike loose pigments, baked eyeshadow is much neater.
Quirkychic will be giving away 3 of these baked eyeshadows in Drama to celebrate the Chinese New Year period! :) Simply click here to find out how to redeem one :)