Current Obsession: Blue Velvet

“She wore blue velvet, bluer than velvet were her eyes…”

I couldn’t tell you why but for the last couple of months I have had two obsessions – deep blue eyeshadows, and David Lynch. Maybe it’s from being hypnotized by Isabella Rosellini’s performance in his extraordinary film Blue Velvet at an impressionable age (not to mention her blue eyeshadow in the movie!) or maybe it was my recent purchase of NARS Outremer cobalt eyeshadow that sparked my latest obsession. Whatever it is, it’s got me channeling Blue Velvet. Unfortunately the scene where Isabella Rossellini sings Blue Velvet  has been deleted on YouTube for copyright reasons (SO annoying when that happens!), but this video gives you an idea of why I’m so inspired:

 

And these are the shadows I’ve found to give me the velvety blue goodness I’ve been after. Just to be clear, it’s not a baby blue, or a pastel blue (although Lord knows I dug up enough of them when I was rummaging in the makeup Vault for this story), it’s rich, decadent otherworldly blue eyeshadows, from inky navies to brighter sapphire shades. Here are my picks:

Tom Ford Cobalt Rush – Tom Ford shadows (here I’m going to wax lyrical again) are absolutely beautiful. Soft, buttery-smooth, pigmented and come in quads of four colours that are gorgeous individually or used together. Cobalt Rush is his quartet of blues with a navy, a teal, a shimmering white and a beautiful grey-blue. Like all Tom Ford products it’s sophisticated and luxe. Do be careful when applying though as I find there’s quite a bit of shimmer fall-out, but the finish is so beautiful it’s well worth it. Pop a tissue under the eye whilst you’re doing your eye makeup to catch any fall-out.

Revlon 16 Hour Shadow quad in Serenity – Sky blue, glittery black navy, pale blue and a surprise pale gold for a highlight (which is what I love about it) make up this quartet of lagoon lovelies. Revlon’s new shadow quads come in all the colours of the rainbow and give long-lasting, crease-proof wear.

NARS Outremer – This is the shadow that got me on the Blue Velvet tip. It’s a bright, beautiful deep blue that has to be seen to be believed. It’s not like any other colour I’ve seen and makes other blues look flat and – just not blue enough. NARS China Blue is another of my favourite ways to sing the blues.

MyFace EyeTouch Eyeshadow Trio in BellBottom Blues and Silk Screen Art duo eyeshadow in Pop Culture – I’ve been a fan of the MyFace Trio eyeshadows since they were released, and I love this new addition to my collection. A beautiful shimmering cobalt, a pale white-blue and a navy Blingtone make this indispensable in my kit.

MyFace also have new Silk Screen Art duo eyeshadows in gorgeous colour combos dreamed up by celebrity makeup artist Kay Montano. Pop Culture is a bright vivid blue and a chartreuse green, and these are great eyeshadows for makeup artists to have in their kit as the colours are lovely but ones that are quite hard to find. Plus there is the ever-attractive MyFace price point – they aren’t expensive compared to a lot of other similar products.

Laura Mercier Eyeshadow in Deep Night – I think this was my original navy shadow in my kit and one I still use to today. Just a beautiful, deep matte blue with a hint of black, so perfect for a smoky eye or for lining (if you’re so inclined).  Her cake eyeliner in Bleu Marine is also gorgeous.

Chanel Eyeshadow Quad in Bleu Celestes – Ah Chanel I can’t do a job without you so it’s only fair I talk about my first blue eyeshadow quad that despite my plethora of other options, I can’t bear to part with. Bleu Celestes has a deep navy, grey-blue, a brighter blue and a shimmering white with that perfect Chanel finish that I can’t go past.

“You wore blue velvet, bluer than velvet were your eyes…”

6 thoughts on “Current Obsession: Blue Velvet”

  1. Purchased Revlons 16 Hour Shadow in Serenity and have worn nothing else in the evenings since – makes you want to dive into the colours, just beautiful

  2. You know what I love about Revlon’s new shadows, they’re ACTUALLY crease-proof like they say! I have fairly low eyebrows and smaller eyes so usually within 20 minutes of applying eye shadow I have to re-apply to even the colour out. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home last weekend after a night out wearing it for the first time that it looked just as good as when I first applied it!

    1. That’s good to know. I can only use them at work as I have an eye problem that means I can no longer wear eyeshadow and I’m always layering with shadows from other brands at work, so I didn’t know if they were as hard-wearing as they say.

  3. I’m going as her character (in the blue velvet robe of course) for Halloween and am trying to dupe her lipstick. In the movie it leans a little bit pink. Any suggestions?

    1. It’s hard to tell online – some of the pics it looks like a true red, and others it does have that pinky tinge to it. I reckon you wouldn’t go wrong either with a bright red like Lancome’s Candy Apple, or by mixing something like MAC’s Ruby Woo (a true red lipstick) maybe with a bit of MAC Beet lip pencil (to get the pink tinge). Head to the makeup counters to check some colours out. Inspired choice of costume by the way!

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