If there is a way of making a crazy colorful eyeshadow palette vibrant yet wearable and elegant, Terry de Gunzburg would be the person to figure out how. The definitive proof can be found in the new *By Terry Magnet’Eyes Eye Designer Palette!
As a quick recap, By Terry Magnet’Eyes Eye Designer Palette (14 grams/0,5 oz. 78 euros) packs 5 regular eyeshadows and 5 pressed pigments. Quick heads-up: I notice a bit of medicinal smell (for lack of a better word) with the eyeshadows. I wonder if it is caused by one of the ingredients.
I am not going to lie: the first time I tried Magnet’Eyes on, I was sorely disappointed. I whipped up a look with the pressed eyeshadows, which turned out to be powdery, muddy, and lackluster. Moreover, while the pressed eyeshadows seem mostly matte, they actually all contain micro-glitter that ended up dropping down throughout the day. Not impressed!
Then I read Indigo Kir Royale’s post and the light bulb went on in my head: this palette has so much potential when it is used damp! Once I figured this out, it’s all smooth sailing from there.
Let’s take a closer look at the shades, followed by dry and damp swatches:
The dark blue is the only shade that swatches a little patchy damp, but it doesn’t seem to be problematic on the eyes.
The three lighter shades appear incredibly similar in the dry swatches, but once damp you can see it is no longer the case.
Again, I have to tell you point-blank that that if you do not like to use your eyeshadows damp, you might as well sit this one out because I don’t think you will enjoy it at all. However, it is wonderful if you are willing to spritz your brushes with a little water. The glitter stays put when used damp, which is essential when it comes to glittery eyeshadows. Moreover, the eyeshadows stay blendable. Some formulas are hard or impossible to blend if you apply them damp and then try to blend, but I didn’t have any problems with Magnet’Eyes.
This is how the eyeshadows look dry. I used the peachy coral in the inner third, the chartreuse in the middle, the brown in the outer third, and the light taupe in the inner corners:
I think uninspiring is the word!
I did essentially the same look using all the eyeshadows damp, as well as the dark teal over my lower lash line:
Now that’s more like it! I like how the shades are vibrant enough but at the same time not very in-your-face.
Here is another look I did with the white in the inner corners, the pale icy blue in the inner third, the turquoise in the center, the bluish gunmetal in the outer third, and the dark blue over my lower lash line:
All in all, By Terry Magnet’Eyes Eye Designer Palette is for those who want to play with colors and make them look elegant. I find it a bit of a pity that the shades do not work very well at all when used dry, but they are exceptional when used damp (because they stay blendable. These might just have to be the most properly-blended eye looks I’ve done damp). While the colors do not seem to make much sense at the first sight, they actually go very well together and you can create both warm- and cool-toned looks with it.
What do you think? Does Magnet’Eyes speak to you at all? I have never tried other By Terry palettes, although the feedback seems mixed.
PS: In Europe, you can find By Terry at Cosmeticary (non-affiliate link).