Duochromes: A cruelty-free follow up to the one shadow wonder!

So, I’ve been perusing my collection, and noticed there was a bit of a gap in my post about the one shadow wonder.  My duochromes.  For those less makeup-obsessed than I, duochromes are eye shadows that reflect different colors depending on how the light catches them.  As such, they make a great option as a single shadow to put all over the lid and be on your way!  Serendipitously, Makeup Geek has just released a whole duochrome collection!  Actually, it’s not that serendipitous since this release is what put me in mind to write this post in the first place.

From what I’ve observed, the most common duochromes shades are those that reflect a mix of teal-green and burgundy-brown.  I have not 1, not 2, but 4 shadows that fit this description.  But, as you’ll see, they’re sufficiently different that I really did need all of them 😉

The first duochrome I ever used came in the Sigma Beauty Paris Palette, and I liked it so much, I bought it when it came out as a single.  Triomphe.  It’s definitely one those greeny-browns, but it’s on the cooler end of the spectrum and has kind of a gray sheen in some lights, which makes it a nice neutrally alternative for day wear.


On the warmer end of the spectrum is a new Makeup Geek release, Havoc, which has a lovely sagey, celery green tone that I think could make for a great daytime one shadow look.


Moving into night wear glamour for the greeny-browny category is Makeup Geek Secret Garden, a gorgeous deep green with a deep brown undertone.


For a true statement, there’s the glossy glamour of Ellis Faas Lights E305 Holographic Bourdeaux.  By the way, that swatch had completely dried down, and still has that stunning shine.  The dry down does take a few seconds, so I try to keep my lids fully extended after application to avoid creasing.


The final two shadows in my duochrome collection are both Makeup Geek shades and offer a bit of variety from the greeny, browny category.

For daytime, Rockstar has become a favorite of mine.  It appears kind of like a grayish white in the pan, but reflects a lovely pink shimmer, managing somehow to be simultaneously muted/subtle but statement.


I cheated a bit on the one shadow aspect, and put a bit of MG’s Barcelona Beach in the crease before packing Rockstar over the lid and blending upward.  I was really happy with how this look turned out.



As for the rest of the look, I think you could pair this with literally any shades for cheek and lip.

At the other end of the spectrum is Steampunk.  A deep, warm brown, which almost has a halo of black when blended out.


I was able to do a striking one shadow smoky look with this shade.  For the rest of the look, I made sure to choose a mascara that could stand up to all that darkness on the lid, and eek factor notwithstanding, I do think a look like this dark requires black or dark brown along the waterline.   And then warm (but not too warm) neutrals for the cheek and lip.



Clockwise: City Color Be Matte Blush in Papaya, Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara, Jordana Lip Liner in Rose Blush, ELF Essential Lip Stick in Maple Sugar.
Clockwise: City Color Be Matte Blush in Papaya, Jordana Best Lash Extreme Volumizing Mascara, Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Rose Blush, ELF Luscious Liquid Lipstick in Maple Sugar.

Hope this has been helpful; happy Friday 🙂

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*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer.  I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional.  There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.

**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.

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