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Awake Reflectance Eye Stardom Palette in E-2 Glowing Gold Review, Swatches, and FOTD

January 21, 2009

Taryn’s lovely package of Japanese goodness contained this beautiful Awake Reflectance Eye Stardom Palette in E-2 Glowing Gold, and since I’ve been using it non-stop since receiving it, I figured it was time I reviewed it for you!


Taryn and I had been discussing this palette at some point–she told me she thought I’d look good in these shades, and of course being the stubborn mule that I am I was skeptical! Jen looking good in anything other than pinks and purples? Say it ain’t so! But of course Taryn, with her Yoda-like makeup wisdom, new best!


While this isn’t necessarily the palette that I reach for when I’m going for a bright, night-out-on-the-town type look, it is the first palette I grab when I’m in need of a professional, work-appropriate but not too boring look. All of the shades pair together beautifully to create a subtle, understated eye that’s polished and subtle, yet has enough pop to be noticed.

Swatches Under Different Lighting
L to R: Shimmering white, light taupey gold, coppery gold, brown with tons of gold flecks

Each of the shadows is beautifully pigmented and wonderfully shimmery without being gritty or too glittery. Check out the simple (and very understated) eye I created using the palette below!





I just had to add in closing that I absolutely love the little eyeshadow brushes that Japanese palettes often come with. They’re so much better than the rubbish that high-end cosmetics companies such as Chanel and Guerlain include in their palettes, and are actually useful–what a concept!