My Go-To Eyeshadows, Highlighters & Lipsticks For A Rose-Gold Moment.
It’s no secret: Rose-gold has to be one of the most loved colour ways in makeup. With a huge range of undertones, formulas and finishes, there’s something for everybody, but sometimes finding out what exactly you’re into or after can be a bit of an overwhelming process.
By now, I bet many of you know that my favourite types of product are eyeshadow, highlighter and lipstick (probably in that order too). Over the years, I’ve been fortunate enough to try and test a range of these kind of products which fall into the rose gold category, and today I’ll be sharing my top-shelf finds with you. As I’m still new to the blush game, I’ve decided to (largely) leave it out until I know more about what products are out there, as well as which formulas and colours I like the most. On that note, let’s start with eyeshadow…
CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘EXAGGER-EYES’ & ‘PILLOW TALK’ LUXURY PALETTES – £40 EACH
Charlotte Tilbury and rose-gold are almost synonymous, so it’s only makes sense to start off this post with my two favourite Luxury Palettes from the brand: Exagger-Eyes and Pillow Talk, which are both incredible eyeshadow quads for people who love lighter, ethereal, pretty or natural makeup, but still want the choice to amp it up with the pigmentation.
Exagger-Eyes is a more neutral rose-gold option, with subtle taupe undertones featuring throughout the four shades:
- ‘Prime’ is a gentle icy nude pink metallic.
- ‘Enlarge’ is a light to mid tone rose gold bronze metallic.
- ‘Pop’ is a taupe-rose with a pinky silver shimmer reflect, which looks much darker and cool-toned in the pan than it does on the eyes.
- ‘Define’ is a rose matte with a taupe undertone.
On the other hand, Pillow Talk is a warmer rose gold option, with nude pink hues and a stronger focus on the golden glow:
- ‘Prime’ is a pale nude pink metallic.
- ‘Enhance’ is a light pink matte with a nude undertone.
- ‘Pop’ is a natural warm rose with a golden shimmer reflect.
- ‘Smoke’ is a mid-tone warm pink brown.
Within both palettes, the mattes are extremely easy to blend. The metallic formula is creamier in the Pillow Talk palette, with the metallics in the Exagger-Eyes palette being more firmly pressed. However, this isn’t a problem for me, as I find it gives me more control over the amount of product I’m using and where I’m placing it on my eyes. Plus, they’re super easy to build up, so it’s no big deal. Both ‘Pop’ shades are designed to be used as toppers, giving a beautiful wash of shimmer across the eyelids, and these too can be intensified easily with applying additional layers. I can’t get enough of them!
(Exagger-Eyes – Shop Now)
(Pillow Talk – Shop Now)
HUDA BEAUTY ‘NAUGHTY NUDE’ EYESHADOW PALETTE – £58
If you’re after one palette with a larger range of tones, the new Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Palette may suit your fancy. From golden shimmers, nudes, pinks, plums, roses and dash of warmth, these 15 shades give you multiple options for what kind of rose gold look you’re after on any given day. The retention of warmth throughout the shades is a really nice tough, as the shadows are less likely to pull grey on darker skin tones.
If I have one critique, it would be the shade ‘Slippery’, which contains a collection of opaque shadow pearls encapsulated in a gel-like translucent balm. While it gives a somewhat rosy glow, it’s subtle. Personally, I wish Huda Beauty included another pressed-powder shadow here instead, however, for me it’s not a dealbreaker.
HUDA BEAUTY ‘MEDIUM NUDE’ OBSESSIONS EYESHADOW PALETTE – £27
As a more affordable option, I’d recommend the Huda Beauty Medium Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette. Containing 9 shades, with five easy-to-blend mattes, and four pigmented, creamy metallics, this simple palette is absolutely beautiful while being simple and effortless to navigate. Although one of the metallics is more of a warm copper, it does have some gentle rose tones to it, and gives this palette a fun edge for when you’re in the mood for experimenting!
NARS ‘SLAM’ POWERCHROME LOOSE PIGMENT – £22
Now, let’s move on to potted cream-to-powder pressed glitter eyeshadows (wow that’s a mouthful!), which happen to be a type of a product I’m in love with.
Firstly, we have the NARS Powerchrome Loose Pigment (which isn’t loose, by the way) in the shade ‘Slam’, a light-to-mid-tone rose-brown with high-shine neutral golden shimmer. Due to it’s creamy consistency, it can easily be be worn at full opacity, as well as a sheer wash of fine glitter. It’s perfection in a tub, and it’ll be a part of my collection forever (I just hope NARS don’t discontinue it).
KYLIE COSMETICS ‘MORE PIE PLEASE’ SHIMMER EYE GLAZE – $20 / £15
Despite having a silver shimmer reflect, the Kylie Cosmetics Shimmer Eye Glaze in the shade ‘More Pie Please’ has a light-to-mid-tone champagne pink base. To me, champagne means golden, albeit gentle, and it’s such as stunning shade that I’m going to be categorising it as rose-gold, even though I know some people will disagree, ha!
With its formula being ever-so-slightly chunkier than ‘Slam’ by NARS, the reflect is equally as high shine and sparkly.
STILA ‘ROSE GOLD RETRO’ MAGNIFICENT METALS GLITTER & GLOW LIQUID EYESHADOW – £24
If you’re after an intense glitter formula, this is probably the product for you. Although her go-to shade is actually ‘Bronzed Bell’, these liquid, fiercely pigmented glitter shadows are a hit with Kim Kardashian (see her Vogue makeup tutorial here to see more), and it’s not difficult to see why. As the chunkiest glitter eyeshadow that I’ve mentioned today, these sparkle like no other product I have in my collection. ‘Rose Gold Retro‘ is a classic rose-gold shade, with a mid-to-deep rose brown base, a high-shine light pink and gold reflect, and icy silver glitter.
For application, you can either go straight onto the lids with the applicator, or put some product on the back of your hand and use a brush or your finger for more control. Surprisingly, these shadows have little fallout, but to prevent any random glitter deposits falling down onto your cheeks, I’d go in with a little at a time, and tilt your head backwards while applying the product.
HOURGLASS ‘IRIDESCENT’ STROBE LIGHTING POWDER – £38
Giving myself glowing, hydrated-looking skin is an essential part of my makeup routine. As someone who suffers with dry, textured skin on my cheeks, it’s important that I use products that helps my skin to look smooth, but which don’t look cakey, powdery or overly unnatural.
The Hourglass Strobe Lighting Powders have an unusual formula, and if you try to swatch them, you’ll get nowhere. With a fluffy brush (such as the MAC 137S Long Blending brush), get a good amount of product and swipe it across your cheekbones. As a baked formula, it’s fine and silky, and as you build up the layers and continue to blend, you’ll see a gorgeous glow appear that reflects the light beautifully. Without looking like a classic highlighter, instead the Strobe Lighting Powders are formulated to give you a glow that looks as though it’s meant to be there, rather than being “put” there with makeup.
For a rosy glow, the shade ‘Iridescent’ is my go to. Although it looks fairly deep in the pan for a highlighter, it comes off on the skin much paler. On my fair complexion, it’s very lightly blushy with a pearlescent reflection.
NARS ‘CAPRI’ HIGHLIGHTING POWDER – £29
If you’re after a highlighting option which falls under the more traditional umbrella, my recommendation would be the NARS Highlighting Powder in the shade ‘Capri’. As a nude pink, this highlighter suits a wide range of skin tones and ties together really nicely with rose-gold eyeshadow looks given its two distinct tones of nude and pink. With a creamy texture and satin finish, it’s more intense than the Hourglass Strobe Light, but still very much sways towards the natural end of the spectrum for highlighters.
CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘PILLOW TALK’ BEAUTY LIGHT WAND – £29
Although I adore the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand cream highlighter in the colour ‘Spotlight’, back in July I included the shade ‘Pillow Talk’ in my blogpost ‘Makeup That I Would NOT Repurchase’, as it’s way too dark for my complexion – at least as a highlighter. Looking back, I’m surprised that I didn’t think about using it as a luminous blush sooner. Even though ‘Pillow Talk’ will work perfectly as a highlighter on deeper complexions than mine, I was delighted to find a way to use a product I’d bought which initially I believed I couldn’t use.
For a lighter hue of colour, I place the product on the back of my hand, taking some on my brush (such as the … by Fenty Beauty) and making sure it’s evenly dispersed across the bristles, and then gently tapping across my cheeks. If you’re feeling brave, or want a stronger wash of colour, place the product straight onto the brush, ensuring all the bristles are evenly coated. Gently tap the excess on the back of your hand and then go straight to your cheeks. Personally, if you’ve got fair skin and are applying this as a blush, I wouldn’t put the product straight from the component onto your cheek. This usually leaves a cast and is harder to blend out.
MY GO-TO ROSE-GOLD COMPLIMENTARY LIP COMBO:
- Patrick Ta ‘She’s Bold’ Monochrome Moment Precision Lip Crayon, which is a chocolatey pink.
- Huda Beauty ‘Girls Trip’ Power Bullet Matte Lipstick, which is a warm natural pink with a subtle nude undertone.
- NARS ‘Reef’ Oil-Infused Lip Tint, which is a sheer rose bronze with fine shimmer.
OTHER LIPSTICKS TO COMPLIMENT ROSE-GOLD LOOKS:
- Charlotte Tilbury ‘Pillow Talk’ Matte Revolution Lipstick, which is a warm, natural pink.
- Charlotte Tilbury ‘Very Victoria’ Matte Revolution Lipstick, which is a rose with a taupe undertone.
- Honeylove by MAC, which is a matte light neutral pink with a neutral nude undertone.
- Velvet Teddy by MAC, a matte formula, which on me looks like a neutral-to-warm rose. It’s one of those colours which pulls differently on everybody. What I’ve noticed is that the undertone which shines through depends on each person’s complexion, and this makes it look flattering on everyone – at least from what I’ve seen!
- Charlotte Tilbury ‘Bitch Perfect’ K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick, which is a creamy true nude pink.
- Charlotte Tilbury ‘Yes Honey’ K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick, which is a light neutral caramel with a subtle warm rose undertone. Paired with a pinky lipliner, this colour is stunning with rose-gold looks.
What are your favourite rose-gold products? Or which products do you love to pair with rose-gold looks? Now that I’ve done a Nude and a Rose-Gold Edit, I’m really looking forward to expanding on this idea of telling you guys my favourite collection of products which fall under a specific colour category, such as champagne and bronze, etc. Let me know if that would be of interest to you!
As always, love, T x