Can I say it? Can say the C word? It’s October. Halloween Month. Then November. Bonfire Month. The comes…Christmas month. Yes. Although it means I have put my sandals and maxi dresses away, I do love this time of the year. I love the Autumn releases too – usually much more colour and richness and I do think it’s easier to get away with shimmer and sparkle.
So Sisley’s new Phyto-Ombre Glow eyeshadows (4 shades) is perfect for Autumn and Winter.
Phyto-Ombre Glow is a next-generation eyeshadow that captures and diffuses light in a captivating pearlescent halo. Extremely light and comfortable to wear, this shadow adheres better to the eye and is lighter than your typical powder, and more velvety than a cream. Invisible, and with an incomparable glide-on application, this subtle shadow works into your skin effortlessly with no risk of overdoing it.
The four colours, all suitably named (Silver, Gold Glow and Amber) and rich metallic shimmers, with a creamy powder texture. They are designed to be wearable metallics; some metallics can be harsh and unflattering (I for one used to commit the crime of applying metallic all over my eye area = swollen puffy eye look).
The eyeshadows are free of talc, contain mother of pearl and also white lily petal extracts, camellia oil and green tea leaf to care for the eyelids.
Each eyeshadow comes a very solid black case with a clear window so you don’t have to open it to see which shade it is and a sponge tipped applicator.
I love the pattern embossed (is that the right word?) on each eyeshadow. It looks like lines in the desert – very pretty and deep enough to last through a few applications (I hate it when a pretty pattern disappears with one swipe!).
These eyeshadows are very buttery soft. Do not press too hard as I did, because you will end up taking off a mini chunk of product! They do feel to me, almost like a cream, they are so soft.
Glow – I thought this would be more of an oyster type show because of the name but it’s more of a pale soft ambery-gold. It’s actually to me the most neutral shade and the one I would use as a highlighter on my cheeks.
Because these shadows have no chunky glitter they’re quite fine textures so work well as highlighters else where if you want.
Gold – is a very rich yellowy gold, with a tinge of orange. It’s a very rich 24k type gold.
I have always loved gold eyeshadow and it can be hard finding a good true 24k gold sometimes and I find this is quite close to that (as opposed to a dirtier gold). Once again the texture is of a fine shimmer.
Silver – This is a very true cold silver like a clean 5p coin. I love silver, always have, but I don’t think it always looks good on me but this can be used as a liner and it looks rather nice worn wet and also as a highlighter in the corner.
I guess the selling point of these eyeshadows is the texture and the finish, as the colours you can find similar dupes from other brands. Well – they are extremely soft, wearable metallics.
They feel like a cream, but they also have quite good adherence – they’re long lasting (they were still on my eyes after an 8 hour day, just foundation underneath, no primer). They are semi sheer which once again is for an elegant finish but if you want something really dense in pigment in these kinds of colours, then you might want a gel liner (applied as shadow) or a loose powder pigment. It’s a very fine, expensive kind of look and I think you’d want to wear these alone with some liner, or as a liner, or with some other colours too had a hint of glow. I wouldn’t necessarily put them together – it’ll look too ‘coin-y’!
I would say the shine comes from shimmer, rather than frost – I know because I can’t stand frosty shadows (that whitish cast) but I do like these. Those who are afraid of frost – I think you will be ok with these but applied to the lid rather than anywhere you feel is crepe-y.
Amber, the shade I don’t have is a richer bronze-brown btw.
The Phyto-Ombre Glow eyeshadows are £30 each and available from Sisley counters and online, such as on Selfrdiges and House of Fraser.