The Non-Blonde and The Beauty Look Book have both featured Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Shadows ($26) recently. They left me more than curious - interested enough that I've placed two orders with Barneys New York. I received Pot of Gold Prismasilk Eye Shadow with my first order.
I was notified a day after I ordered that other shades I selected were back-ordered. That was a bummer. I ended up with only one eye shadow. Fortunately, I ordered other Sunday Riley makeup to try. At least I received one eye shadow to "discover."
Sunday Riley's multifunctional wet or dry formula can be used as a traditional eyeshadow or as a precision eye liner. The ultra-fine, long-wear formulation is air-milled for exquisite texture and rich, stay-true color. Micronized spherical pigment particles impart effortless blendability and instantly satisfying color payoff.
The Prismasilk Eye Shadows are offered in a range of finishes, from matte to satin to illuminating shimmers. I am always drawn to shimmer shadows, and Pot of Gold (#112) looked perfect for me (as much as one can tell with online swatches).
I took my swatch photos in full sun - and cold, dry wind that kept blowing specs of "stuff" onto me and the products I was photographing. Despite all that, I think my swatches show the stunning gold of the well-named Pot of Gold pretty well. It's not bright yellow gold, but it's not antique gold either. I think it's a blend of those two shades - a blend that I love and a color I will wear frequently.
The texture of this Sunday Riley eye shadow is nice and creamy for a powder. It applies evenly and easily, despite the powdery fall-out around the compact (a feature of many powder eye shadows). I applied it for my photos with a sponge-tipped applicator, and there was virtually no debris. I've tested it with a brush, and it applied well, but with a little debris that I cleaned up easily. If you use a slightly damp brush, there's no fall-out. Once applied, the gleaming (not glittery) color lasts for a full day.
When I first unwrapped Pot of Gold, my reaction to the packaging wasn't positive. I thought the clear plastic top on the compact, embossed with "SR," looked cheap. After I thought about it, I realized that it would be useful for easy identification if I had a handful of Sunday Riley eye shadows - a goal. The price is reasonable, so I got over it quickly.
I have a list of shades I'd think I'd enjoy next. Once Barneys restocks after its gift bag event, I'll order more. I think I'd like to have some of the shades Gaia and Sabrina bought next. They are variations of neutral shades that are in my comfort zone. When I have more shades, those clear plastic tops will come in handy.
Have you tried Prismasilk Eye Shadow? What do you think?
Photo at top courtesy of Barneys; other photos by Best Things in Beauty