My Picks for the Best Eye Makeup 2011

January 13, 2012

It is Friday night! I usually don’t blog on Friday night as it is my “happy hour” time, but I wanted to lose a couple of pounds after the festive season so I decided to stay home and just vegetate, and in the meantime killing my time off blogging…This post is about my picks for the best eye makeup year 2011! The same with my previous post – I picked one or two of my favorite and most used items from every eye makeup category.

Best Eye Shadow Primer – Nars Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base


Best Liquid Eye Liner: Dolly Wink Liquid Eye Liner in Jet Black, reviewed here.

Best Gel Eye Liner: Bobbi Brown Gel Eye Liner – an oldie but a goodie!

Best Eye Liner Pencil: Dior Crayon Eyeliner Waterproof – I use an eye liner pencil to define the outer third of my lower lash line, and I like the Dior as it is soft and pigmented so doesn’t tug my skin, and it stays put for a whole day without any smudge.

Best Eye Brow products: I get asked all the time what eye brow products I used in my FOTD. They are always by my holy grail combination – The K-Palette Real Lasting Liquid Eye Brow Pen in dark brown, followed by the Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo in Deep Blonde

The Laura Mercier Brow Powder Duo in Deep Blonde has a light brown ashy color which works really well with my complexion. I use the dark shade to define my eye brow and the lighter shade to contour the bridge of my nose.Best Eye Brow Tint: MAC Brow Set in Girl Boy. If I go for a very soft and fresh makeup look, I tend to tint my eyebrow slightly lighter and I really love the color of MAC Girl Boy.

Best Cream Eye Shadow: Chanel illusion d’ombre long wear luminous eye shadow, I like the weightless texture and the shimmery semi-translucent finish.

Best Pigment: Inglot Pigments

Best Single Eye Shadow: Le Metier de Beaute True Color Eye Shadow. I haven’t used them long enough to do a proper review yet, but I was impressed and they win for their exclusiveness!

Runner Up: Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eye Shadow. Chanel offers a beautiful and wearable selection of single eye shadows. I have collected quite many of them and both the texture and the colors never let me down.

Best Eye Shadow Palette in general: Without a doubt that it’s my Suqqu Blend Color Eye Shadow, the entire range is easy to wear on a daily basis.

Best Cool Neutral Eye Shadow Palette: Other than Suqqu I have also included a few of my all time favorite neutral eye shadow palettes in this post. For the cool neutrals, Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in Prelude wins my heart. Do you know Chanel les 4 Ombres has also won the 2011 Japanese Cosme best eye shadow award?!

Best Warm Neutral Eye Shadow Palette: the legendary Lunasol Beige Beige – perfect for a “no makeup” makeup look.

Best Sparkly Neutral Eye Shadow Palette: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Golden Mink (reviewed here)

Best Collectible Eye Shadow Palette: Shiseido Maquillage Eye Creator by Alexander Wang (limited edition). This is my most precious makeup as I am huge fan of Alexander Wang’s modern and edgy design. I was lucky enough to snatch up some products from his first makeup collection in collaboration with Maquillage.

Best Drugstore Eye Shadow Palette: Kanebo Lavshuca Melting Eyes – as the name suggests, the eye shadows are so fined milled that they almost felt they were melting into the skin.

Best Mascara: The Helena Rubinstein Lash Queen Mascaras. I have both the original lash queen and the feline extravaganza lash queen. The feline adds more volume to the lashes but the original defines the lashes better and gives a soft and feathery finish. Absolutely adore this range!

Runner Up: Fresh Supernova Mascara – it gives super thick and dramatic lashes (almost doll like). The only downside is it doesn’t hold the curl well so I have to use another mascara or a primer underneath.

Best Drugstore Mascara: Kiss Me Heroine Make Volumising Mascara

Best False Eye Lashes: It’s a tie between the Princess Lee criss cross 7 in light black and the DUP Eyelashes. They are the most natural looking falsies I have used so far – soft and feathery and the human hair blend into your own lashes. I get a panic attack if I don’t have multiple backups of them. Just a note to those of you wanting to buy the Princess Lee lashes, be aware that there are so many counterfeit on the internet as Princess Lee lashes are extremely exclusive.

What a long post! If you have made it to here, well done! Hope you all have a good weekend 🙂

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Catherine chan January 13, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Hi there,
Can u share where to get the princess lee lashes please?


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

Hi Catherine, I bought the princess lee lashes from a reliable makeup store in Taiwan, and I am not sure where you can find them online.


Fusshia April 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Hi Reika, I thought you said in your Chanel Fauve and Taupe Grise FOTD post in response to Mulberrytea in the comment area that kkcenterhk sold authentic princess lee eyelashes.


Jamilla January 13, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hahaha! You and I like so many of the same things – Chanel, Suqqu, Helena Rubinstein!


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

I know! We have a similar taste in makeup 🙂


Claire January 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

Did I miss the review of Prelude??


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

Nope..sorry I haven’t had the time to review Prelude yet..will get onto that soon 🙂


baby in a corner January 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm

ha great selection – i don’t have access to as many of the lovely Japanese brands that you do but my faves were Nars Dogon (I think its HG for me!), Guerlain place vendome six eyeshadow palette and estee lauder new kohl pencils are amazing also!


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

Thanks for the tips darl, I will keep your suggestion in mind (esp the new EL kohl pencils!). Btw I like Nars Dongon as well 🙂


Chloe January 14, 2012 at 3:10 am

Do you mind sharing where you bought the Princess Lee lashes as well? and how would I know if they were fake? Great post btw! Some of these products are my HG as well and I would love to try some of those eyeshadows you posted!


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:23 am

Hi Chloe, I bought the princess lee lashes from a reliable makeup store in Taiwan, and I am not sure where you can find them online. It’s hard to say, once you have the real ones you can tell the fakes straight away from the packaging, the writing and the lashes themselves.


Megan January 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

I love this post, you have such amazing taste – I love everything that you have chosen


stephanie January 14, 2012 at 6:21 pm

wow all these products look so good… i do like the dollywink eyeliner though. its amazing!


onlyfr33b33 January 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

NARS primer is just MAGICAL, and I don’t need a lot of product. Totally love it!


Walls January 15, 2012 at 4:32 am

I agree, NARS’ smudge-proof shadow base is a must-have. I bought it on a whim several months ago, and thought to myself upon using it, ‘where has this product been my whole life?’. It makes shadows stay put all day and pigments retain their intensity. Must agree with your take on Prélude as well. By the way, what Chanel shadow single have you pictured? Thank you, Reika.


Reika January 15, 2012 at 10:24 am

It’s my favorite chanel shadow single – Fauve! It was limited edition in Australia.


Zuzu's Petals January 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I loved reading this post. Excellent selection!


amy June 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

Hi, i will be heading to taiwan next week and am very keen to get hold of some princess lee lashes, would you please share where is the makeup shop that you bought yours from? thank you in advance! 🙂


Reika June 6, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Hi amy I don’t remember the shop names. There are a couple of beauty shops around the train station that sells princess lee lashes.


Cindy July 21, 2012 at 5:34 am

Hi Reika, I’m heading to Taipei in a few weeks. Could u please share which store n street u found the princess lee lashes from?thanks!


Reika July 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hi Cindy you can get princess lee lashes from some of the beauty shops near the central station.


faye lu September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

loved this post! especially loved how all the palettes you picked were universally flattering =)


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