Glitter, glitter everywhere…makeup lovers don’t despair! That was so corny. Let’s get back to regular scheduled programming, shall we? Apparently, glitter is trending right now. So says Sephora (#trendingatsephora). And I don’t know about you, but I’m not too old for glitter yet (or ever). Anyway, I was really interested in trying the new Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duos that I spied on the website several weeks ago. I ended up ordering one. But, as luck would have it, Sephora was offering trial sizes with purchase as well, allowing me to try more! Yay!
The Sephora website says: A long-lasting, liquid and glitter eye shadow duo. These dual eye shadows offer rich, metallic pigment with a foil finish in one swipe. With liquid eye shadow on one side and glitter on the other, these gorgeous shades spotlight eyes.
If you’ve never heard of Touch in Sol (I hadn’t either), they are a Korean brand founded by Sean Lim. The brand claims to “embrace the spirit of innovation…creating unique products in rich colors, featuring the latest technologies”.
When I purchased the Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo, I hadn’t seen any reviews or heard anyone talk about them. Fast forward a couple of weeks and it seems that they’ve been getting some buzz. And they’re selling fast on Sephora. Though I still haven’t read/watched any reviews, I have glimpsed a few Instagram posts. Anyway, I’ve been testing these pretties for about two weeks now and have quite a bit to say. Get ready for a long and detailed post. Lol.
The Duos are packaged in a double ended tube with the liquid eye shadow on one end and the glitter eye shadow on the other. On the liquid (cream) shadow end, the applicator is a cushioned, fluffy doe-foot while on the glitter side you have a flat plastic spatula type applicator.
I purchased the shade Lottie (pictured above) and received deluxe sized samples of Margaret, Talia, and Adelio with my Sephora orders.
Before we take a closer look at each shade, I just want to note a few things. Each Duo is swatched on my arm and applied to my eyes. As a result, these are more like eye swatches than “eye looks”. I wanted to show how each shade looked on its own. Oh how I wish I was better at taking photos (or had a better camera). Unfortunately, my eye shots don’t fully capture the stunning shimmering glitter effect that these shadows give.
Application notes: I used my fingers to apply the cream shadow portion, blending it out into the crease with a small, eye blending brush. With the exception of Lottie, I also applied the glitter on top of the cream base with fingers. The best way to do this is by patting on the glitter very sparingly and then pressing down gently while swiping across the lid.
Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo – Margaret
Although Margaret is described as a champagne, it’s definitely a rusty copper. Of all the duos, the liquid/cream shadow portion of this shade is the most glittery and intense. In fact, as you can see from the arm swatches, the cream looks almost identical to the glitter portion. Consequently, you need less of it to achieve a full on foiled eye. However, you will also have to be the most careful with Margaret lest you give yourself crepey eyes. Especially if your lids have folds like mine. Actually, in this photo, I may have been too careful because I could have added a touch more to the eyes to truly reflect Margaret’s opacity.
Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo – Talia
Described as a silver, Talia has a hint of a yellow undertone to it that almost make it look like an extremely pale gold. To me, it’s a very interesting shade and one of my favorites in terms of the color. There’s a beautiful shift to it. Unfortunately, it was the messiest to apply. I experienced more glitter fallout while applying Talia than I did with the other shades. That being said, I suspect that some of this fallout has to do with application method. More on that below.
Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo – Adelio
Burgundy is a pretty accurate description of Adelio. The cream shadow portion of this shade is not as metallic as the previous two (Margaret & Talia) and has more of a satin finish. This actually makes it more wearable if you’re not into full on bling on the eyes. Also worth noting, the glitter portion of Adelio is more red toned than the cream portion.
Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duo – Lottie
Like Adelio, the cream and glitter portions of Lottie, described as a plum, have slightly different tones. The glitter is lighter with red and purple undertones while the cream portion is a deeper truer plum with brownish undertones. As a result, this shade has quite a bit of dimension. Also, the cream shadow is more subdued containing less glitter and having more of a satin finish. Because Lottie is the full-sized duo, I’m able to speak to the application mechanics. The doe-foot for cream application was comfortable and efficient. It did a great job of spreading the product evenly on the lid, though I did blend out with a brush. To apply the foiled glitter, the spatula applicator did a fantastic job of transferring the product to the eye with barely any fall out. Still used fingers to blend.
Now for some additional observations. The cream shadow portion in all of these duos applies smoothly and evenly blending out easily with either fingers or a brush. It does set fairly quickly, however, so work fast. When applying the glitter, fall out was minimal with Talia having the most fall out overall. However, as noted, I was using fingers. When you use the spatula in the full-sized version, fall out appears to be less of a problem. Once applied and set, I experience no fall-out during wear time. Lasting power is incredible (10+ hours) yet they are pretty easy to remove.
You can apply Touch in Sol Metallist eyeshadows sparingly, sheering them out for a subtle look or go all out with a heavier layer for major sparkle. Bear in mind that adding layers may increase the chances of the eye shadow creasing and/or getting that crepey look. Interestingly, however, even on those occasions I applied too much, the shadow seems to settle and smooth itself over time.
You may have noticed from the swatches, but the “glitter” in these duos is not a traditional glitter or even a micro-glitter. Rather, it feels and blends more like an intensely glittery loose pigment with an almost wet effect. In fact, Touch in Sol refers to the glitter as a “Foil Finish Glitter”. I’ve swatched the glitter portion of Margaret next to my MAC loose glitter in Reigning Riches so you can see what I mean. While the Touch in Sol glitter may seem chunky, it actually blends down smoothly
Which brings me to another point. At first glance, the Touch in Sol Metallist eye shadows did remind me of the Revlon Photo Ready Eye Art duos. For one, the packaging is very similar. As is the concept. The major difference between the Revlon and the Touch in Sol versions, however, is the formulation of the glitter portion of the products. The glitter portion of the Revlon Eye Art is more akin to a traditional glitter and is suspended in a sheer base. Therefore, not only are we talking a texture and formulation difference, but the Touch in Sol glitter is far more saturated.
So what do I think of the Touch in Sol Metallist eye shadows overall? I’m a fan. Furthermore, I think the formula is unique enough to warrant a recommendation. If you like glitter. Formula wise, because of the cream end, Lottie and Adelio, in my opinion, are slightly better than Talia and Margaret. Lottie is my absolute favorite shade. We all know that purple is lovely on brown eyes. Add to that the tonal differences between the cream and glitter and this duo can definitely stand on its own for a complete eye look for day or night.
The Touch In Sol Metallist Liquid Foil & Glitter Eye Shadow Duos retail for $25.00 USD and are exclusive to Sephora.
Have you tried any product by Touch in Sol? How do feel about glitter on the eyes? Are these duos of any interest to you?
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