I think we have all had that moment. That moment when you fear for the safety of one of your favorite objects. That fear that clutches at your heart when you worry that if something were to happen to that favorite object could you replace it? In truth I have quite a few objects that I love, but I try (notice the use of the word try) not to get so attached. It’s only material items and they all have fade away into their infinite nothingness at one time or another. The rational me realizes that material items do not have an infinite quality and their and were always meant to have a temporal life. But the ridiculous part of me, the one that likes shiny objects much like a crow, becomes somewhat attached to some of our pretty things (wait, should I worry that I’ve dissected my personality only to reconfigure it in a plural nature?). Well, that side of me has sent me on a frantic search. Yes a frantic search for eyeshadow.
It may be better to tell you my tale of woe from the beginning, so this ramble seems less idiotic. I have a “collection” of various make-up products, but I found it hard to use them. I mean, I have but two eyes and locating the right shade seemed cumbersome sometimes when one has to root through said collection. To compound the problem I ended up buying and forgetting some products while amassing a large inventory that is both hard to categorize as well as utilize. A couple of years ago I decided I would buy palettes to take out the pans of eyeshadow and organize them in a way which made sense. Originally I had them labeled and organized as well as remembering which ones were which. But I kept acquiring more and more palettes which allowed a false sense of confidence, some of the labels have fallen off and I have forgotten some of the less used products as I have, in my infinite wisdom switched around the pans in various palette coordination. I finally had to have an intervention with myself. This year my goal has been to keep my purchases down and to work on shrinking the my inventory. And slowly I’ve been using up my product and reacquainting myself with some interesting acquisitions by continuing to switch products in various palettes.
In the shuffle I found the most beautiful plummy taupe with a slight sheen/shimmer to it. It’s just a simply beautiful shade, and it had been neglected for long time. It’s texture is both creamy and powdery and it’s application is just fool-proof. With one swipe you get the a wash of taupe and plum just enough to have create depth to your eye. It’s one of those easy colors to apply and leave the house for your day out and about, but can also add dimension to your look if you are trying to blend with other colors. As the French would say c’est manifique, I say it’s terribly chic. Then one day I realized how gorgeous it was and ranked it as a staple. However by the time I realized it I had no idea which one it was. To add to my pain I had used it so much I hit pan and in my clumsy attempt to find a replacement it broke in my bag. Luckily my bag was not soiled, but my heart was broken. So I am not desperately trying to find it or to find a duplicate for it.
So apparently I had the insight to document my eyeshadows in photos (I just realized it tonight), but not to label them. I found them in the palettes, and I think it’s the one on the left (in the black palette). But the one on the right looks similar. If I’m right and it is the one on the left, it’s a Smashbox eyeshadow. So thusly, here is my first hurdle; which one is it?
If it is Smashbox, and I think it is (I think I gave the Stila palette to my best friend, I’ll check with her), I think they made this color as a one-off. The closest colors they have in their range are Minx and Truffle. Now Minx is to be discontinued and when I swatched it, it looked darker and bit more to the grey side than plum. I have not been able to find Truffle to swatch, but the Smashbox gal said it’s more to the purple side than Minx. Truffle is not available in a single pot, but is available in palettes and in the trio which means you have pay more to get other products you may or may not want, not ideal. Hurdle #2 is where to find it or a duplicate.
Now there are a lot of taupe eyeshadows out there, but finding the one with the right influence of plum in it has proven to be difficult. I am still searching but have thus far come up empty. I did find a lavender almost taupe in my own arsenal, one that I had forgotten about (it’s like finding buried treasure with me, isn’t it?). It’s Innocence from Lorac and turns out it’s not a duplicate as it’s a bit more purple than taupe. The search continues both in-house and other sources, does anyone have suggestions?