It’s been a while since I last wrote about a Jane Iredale product. I seem to have strayed again, seduced by the glitzy lights of other brands. However, the truth is that Jane Iredale has never been far from my mind. Today, I’d like to take you back to the mineral makeup brand that got me started on my journey of beauty awakening.
The Jane Iredale Daytime Eye Shadow Kit is one of two neutral palettes that I have, the other being the all-too-famous 28-Piece Eye Shadow Neutral Palette from Coastal Scents. I do tend to use the Jane Iredale one more often. Having 28 shades is fun but these 5 are really all that I need.
Jane Iredale has four eyeshadow kits in its collection. The other three are called Nighttime Eye Shadow Kit, Bling Eye Shadow Kit and Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Eye Shadow Kit. Sigh, all are my perpetual lemmings!
The palette of this Daytime Eye Shadow Kit looks luxurious in gold but it has a pretty standard design as it looks quite like some five-pan palettes of some other brands. It has a mirror and comes with a simple brush.
The five colours are named (L-R) Oyster, Almond, Cappuccino, Dark Suede and Charcoal.
It’s got a simple list of ingredients:
Mica, Boron Nitride, Dimethicone, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
How I Use Thee
I’m sure I don’t need to go into detail about this but these are other suggestions offered by Jane Iredale: Oyster is not only for the eyes. It can also be used to highlight the top of the cheeks. These eyeshadows can be used wet for eyelining too. I’ve never tried out any of these suggestions but on the eyes, Oyster is indeed a perfect highlight shade.
Why I Love Thee
I hate eyeshadow fallout on the cheeks. Firstly, it’s annoying. Secondly, those tiny bits not brushed off and left on my cheeks can clog my pores. Talc is the culprit, I believe, and I’m very particular about this. I don’t exactly have the problem-free skin that you fortunate ladies have, you see. So, I always apply powder eyeshadow with a piece of tissue held under my eyes to catch the fallout. Yeah, I know it’s not the most convenient and elegant-looking.
With this Jane Iredale Daytime Eye Shadow Kit, there isn't much fallout to start with and the little that there is, I can tolerate because it has no talc. Be gone, you clumsy piece of tissue!
The shadows apply smoothly and they have good pigmentation, especially with an eyeshadow primer. The colours on this palette are so easy to work with. You can’t go wrong with these neutral shades in any combination. This kit is ideal to get you from a natural look (images right, top pair) to a smokey eye look (images right, bottom pair). Jane Iredale Eye Pencil in Basic Black is the other product used from this brand.
Why I May Not Love Thee
Oh-o, this seems to be a recurring theme when I write about Jane Iredale: it ain’t cheap. Compared to other similar-looking palettes, US$46 is on the high side. But compared to other palettes, this one has simple ingredients with some botanical extracts thrown in. It’s a consolation for this spending, I suppose.
The brush is basic and quite scratchy. For this price, I would expect a better quality brush. Having said that, I do use it occasionally though for the sake of convenience if I’m short of time.
Final Words To Thee
Neutral, simple and talc-free. I can almost forgive the unpalatable price tag. When I hit pan on my current palette, I would love to buy another piece of this Daytime Eye Shadow Kit. That would be ideal, but I’m making no promises, Ms Iredale!
If you're curious about my love affair with this brand, you might want to read my Letter to Jane Iredale and my other declarations of love for Jane Iredale's products. Alternatively, do check out the Jane Iredale website.