It seems Estee Lauder are continuing their innovation in eyeshadows into the new year, and their first collection by Tom Pecheaux this year is Cyber Eyes, a collection of six “tribryd”* gelee eyeshadows, four mascaras, and six eyeliners. I selected a few to get a feel for the collection:
Here you can see Cyber Copper, Cyber Pink and Cyber Green eyeshadows (the other available shades are Cyber Teal, Cyber Lilac and Cyber Silver) with Blackened Cocoa and Blackened Plum Eyeliners. The other shades of liner are Electric Teal, Blackened Olive, Blackened Sapphire and Blackened … um … Black …
Here are the shades with flash:
The shades are beautiful, as is the product in the pan. The Cyber Eyes shadows are a creme/gel/powder, which lends them to being used either wet or dry. Used dry, you get a beautiful sheen, and a complex shade on the skin:
They are easy to blend and last extremely well on the skin with or without primer beneath.
Applied wet, you can see how the colours deepen, and gain a lovely metallic finish:
Even the pink, which applies a little more sheerly than the other two shades.
The pencils are a real treat, being both densely packed with pigment, and very, very soft and easy to blend. I think, if it came down to it, I’d say the pencils were the best part of the collection, but it’d be a very close-run thing.
Here are swatches of both Blackened Plum and Blackened Cocoa:
Plum is at the top and cocoa is at the bottom. Blackened Cocoa is lovely, but I’m a little disappointed with the Plum, it’s a little more of a navy blue with a hint of purple than a plum, which is nice in itself, but it’s not the shade I was expecting from the name, I always think plum should be on the redder side of purple than the blue. That aside, these are lovely, lovely pencils, soft, smudgeable and unbudgeable.
MrLippie and I had a bit of a giggle over the name of this collection, as there’s very little “cyber” about it (and hey, “Blackened Black”, really? How much more black can it be? Answer: none, none more black*), and it has to be said that with the exception of Cyber Green, the shades themselves aren’t hugely original choices, but these are lovely, glorious glowing eyeshadows and I can see I’m going to get a lot of wear out of them.
Cyber Eyes Shadows are available now, and cost £19 each. The liners cost £16 each. Some of the shades are limited edition though, so you’d better get your skates on …
The Fine Print: Cyber samples, through the interwebs.
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