If there is one makeup product which I really don’t need to be purchasing, it’s probably eyeshadow. I have literal boxes of the stuff, and although I love it, I’m not some smokey eye whizz, which might explain why it takes me so long to plod through each palette. Yet, when I popped into Selfridges last week, I couldn’t help picking up one of Pat McGrath Labs’ EYEdols – a stunning neutral taupe called Celestial.
Packaged in the brand’s signature sequinned pouch – the shadow itself looks pretty plain from the outside. The plastic packaging isn’t particularly luxe, but when you crack the lid open, that’s when the fun starts!
One of 17 available shades which range in finishes from matte to shimmer and sparkle, these shadows feel like none of the others in my collection. So finely milled they feel like a cream on application (they are a powder – I double checked) the EYEdols are truly the shadow of dreams.
They’re also a more purse-friendly option of trying the brand’s shadows – the full palettes retail for a rather spendy £115, so forking £23 didn’t seem quite so bad! Depending on the light, Celestial shifts from golden to taupe, and the glitter seems quite tame in the pot.
The shadow’s finish really shifts depending on how you apply it – applied direct with the finger or with a densely packed brush, the shadow slips on, looking quite opaque and golden. The magic really starts though, when you apply with a fluffy brush – dusted over the eyelid, the shadow transforms into the sparkliest, glitziest magic you can imagine.
Dusted over the lid on its own, it gives a pretty sparkle to eyes, which looks glorious with a sweep of mascara and glossy lips. As a topper, it brings glamour to shadows I already own – with the glitter which lasts throughout the night. Obviously, it’s a pricey choice for a shadow which isn’t an exact necessity, but it’s just so pretty, I’m glad I picked it up!
Pat McGrath Labs EYEdol Shadows are priced at £23 each and are available here (UK) and here (US) (Pro-tip, if you’re UK based, it’s cheaper to buy via Selfridges as you won’t have to deal with the customs like you do on the Pat McGrath site.