Tuesday Test-Drive: Party Peepers

Black Tie Violets

Seeing that holiday windows and displays are already starting to surround us, we decided to give the first of the holiday makeup collections a whirl in hopes of nailing down our signature look for the fast-approaching party circuit. First up? Clinique’s Black Tie Violets–– a collection of violet shades for eyes, lips, and cheeks that seem to be a fresh twist on the traditional dark, smoked out eyes and red lips.

Love it: The Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad with four shimmery violet shadows was easy to blend and created a super sophisticated twist on the smoky eye that really made our eyes pop. Plus, the glam compact is slim enough to pack for party touch-ups and we’re slightly obsessed with it’s Aero bar-esque shape.

Leave it: After we added the violet hued blush and lip to the mix we realized one royal-inspired feature adds enough purple to any look. Sultry eyes it is!

–Megan Kirkwood

Model photography, Anthea Simms