Saturday, 10 October 2009

FOTD: The Cat Caught the Beetle!

I know I promised more Halloween looks but I couldn't help but playing with Meow's Egyptian Treasures collection again. As you all know, these colours are metallic and I think they're the best metallic colours I've ever seen (if you don't count in cream eyeshadows).

When I swatched the colour Miw, which is metallic neon-ish green with golden undertones, I was 100% sure i couldn't wear it. But I decided to give it a shot because it looks awesome in its sample baggie (a bit like acid green, like the shade they used in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series in the early 90's). Because it's such of a show-stopper, I decided to do a very simple look. I mean, anyone who can hold a makeup brush can replicate this so if you like it, give it a go!

The other shades I used were Hieroglyph (metallic chartreuse with verdigris overtones and metallic gold undertones) and Scarab (bold metallic olive with a chartreuse undertone).

Are you wondering about the name of this look? Miw is Egyptian for 'cat' and scarabs are these big dung beetles that have a metallic sheen to them. Scarabs were and still are thought to bring good luck.

The Cat Caught the Beetle!


Too Faced Shadow Insurance (as a primer on upper lid)
Meow Eye of Horus eyeshadow in Miw (middle of the upper lid)
Meow Eye of Horus eyeshadow in Hieroglyph (inner corner of the eye)
Meow Eye of Horus eyeshadow in Scarab (outer corners, wetlined on upper lashline and on lower lid both wet and dry)
Meow Lost Rainforest glow powder in Queen Alexandria (as a highlighter below brow)
Lumene Blueberry Curl waterproof mascara in Rich Black


Purely Cosmetics Skin Smoothing foundation
Meow Egyptian Treasures Blush in Isis (on cheeks)
Meow Lost Rainforest glow powder in Queen Alexandria (as a highlighter on and between browbones and cheekbones)


MAC lipstick in Sandy B

I really love all of these colours and I think they work well together. I started by applying Miw on the middle of my lids. I used a lot of the pigment but you can use it less if you want a lighter effect. Then I took Scarab and darkened the outer lid with it. I used Hieroglyph to the inner corners, and over the tearduct area. it really opens the eyes. I was going to line my eyes with Blacktrack but it would have looked harsh because these colours look almost smoky when blended in together. So I wetlined my upper and lower lashlines with Scarab, however I darkened the lower lashline by using Scarab dry.

The colours blend very well which is pretty unique for metallic shades. In my experience metallics are usually pretty "heavy" and when you try to blend them, the metallic effect pretty much disappears. Not with these babies. These are incredibly easy to work with and I think Meow has done an amazing job formulating these shades.

As you can see, the colours just glide from one to another seamlessly. I didn't have to blend in that much, I used a clean wide brush and went over the shadows with a windshield wiper motion.

I had to take the pics inside (however, I'm not using flash) because it was too sunny outside. I think my look would almost pass as a smoky eye, don't you?

I'm not sure about the blush. I love the metallic shimmer in it but I'm not sure if the shade is flattering for me. Or maybe I've used cool blush shades for too long!

I wanted to keep the lips pretty neutral. Sandy B is a frosty golden peach. Unlike many frosty shades, it's pretty moisturizing. My lips are in a pretty bad shape now but the frost didn't get stuck on the unflattering parts.

I also vamped my hair colour up a bit yesterday with my trusty colour mousse for the Death look I did. I think it's more visible with this look because the other was so... lifeless?

So what do you think about this look? Have you tried Miw?


Nea/ Fashioned in Finland said...

STUNNING! I'm glad I have a sample of Miw too :D

Saila, the Adventurous Purple Koala said...

Thanks, Nea :) Miw is lovely and as I said, it can also be applied more lightly. I want to see your take on it! :)

Phyrra said...

Love love love!
Miw is one of the shades that I think is a MUST HAVE from Meow's Egyptian collection :)
And I agree they're so easy to blend!
Looks gorgeous on you.
I like the lip color too.

Saila, the Adventurous Purple Koala said...

Thanks, Phyrra!

I think I need Miw in full size. I'm so glad that Tammy's making this collection a regular because these colours are beautiful, versatile and easy to blend. Although I have to admit that I wouldn't be sad to see a purple metallic...

Phyrra said...

A purple metallic would be YUM!

The Beautiful and Glammed said...

LOVE these blended shades, amazing!!!

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Saila, the Adventurous Purple Koala said...

TBAG: Thanks :) I'll definitely check out your blog :)