As handy as I am with makeup, I’ve never been able to master a convincing smokey eye. Typically my attempts to create a smoldering, sexy come-hither look end up with some seriously red, irritated eyes thanks to all the poking and pulling with various pencils and brushes. When creating big-night-out makeup, I usually go minimal on the eyes and play up my lips. But the desire to channel Debbie Harry in all her sooty glory has never faded.
When Prescriptives’ new Colorscope Creamy Eye Color in Smoking Gun landed in my makeup bag, I was both intrigued and skeptical. The steel gray cream, generously flecked with gold sparkle, looked muddy and dull in the small pot. It still looked dark and unappealing on my finger after I dipped it in the pot. But the eye color transforms into an incredibly wearable sheer wash of color on the eyelid. The glitter is evident, so this is not day-time appropriate. The application is fantastic- it goes on smoothly with a brush but I like the down and dirty ease of smudging the creamy shadow on with my fingers.
Colorscope Creamy Eye Color can be worn alone, and comes in shades ranging from neutral nudes to the darker Smoking Gun. The formula is long wearing and serves as a great base for layering powder shadows over it. I created my perfect smokey eye by adding Bobbi Brown’s Mahogany shadow – a very dark brown- to the crease of my eyelids and then blending like crazy. I was expecting the Creamy Eye Color to pull double duty as a liner with my liner brush, but I found the formula to be too sheer to make it worth my while. No matter – me and my Debbie Harry fantasies are officially grateful to have found this product.