Pink / Mauve Eyeshadow Options

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! Or not (if you’re indifferent)! So I’ve been procrastinating and writing this post for a week. I’ve decided to be completely cheesy and post it today. If only it were a red eyeshadow options post. But this will have to do!

For the later part of last year, I found myself completely smitten with pink eyeshadows. A colour I had never really cared to look into before and was perpetually ignored because who on earth wants to look like a Barbie doll? Pinks have matured since, there are more nuanced muted shades to suit my taste.

If you’re bored of wearing the same browns and taupes, these shades offer more variety to switch things up. Some of the shades here are made for a smokey eye but others are strictly for everyday, swipe them on and get on with your day.

It was Burberry that first got me into this mess. I purchased Burberry Cream Eye Colour in Pink Heather which is just a perfect blend of soft pink and brown that keeps it earthy, much like so many other Burberry shades. The formula is very similar to Chanel Illusion D’ombre where it looks very stiff but applies in a sheer thin layer that can be built up. I find it really easy to blend with just my fingers and while it’s not the most long lasting formula, it holds up well for 4-5 hours without creasing on me.

After discovering that the Burberry powder eyeshadow formula is equally good, my eye turned to another pink. Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Rosewood is more of a mauve taupe shade. The powder is very soft and pigmented with really fine microshimmer. It looks more matte on the eyes though. I never really use this wet but I find the dry formula sufficiently pigmented. Rosewood pairs really well with a darker brown on the outer corner.

If you’re looking for something more sparkly, I highly recommend By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock which has just a stellar formula. This is another mauvey pink with a brown undertone and looks fabulous by itself or with something more elaborate like a smokey eye. For everyday, I do like to sheer this out or use it in combination with Pink Heather because it’s also great as a base. I have another post going in detail about the formula but it really is as good as it gets. It’s thin, super pigmented, doesn’t crease and lasts for the day with the same intensity as when you applied it.

Mac Eyeshadow in Expensive Pink is quite different from the rest as it’s one of the few peachy warm pinks I love to use. This one is definitely of the best Mac eyeshadows ever. It really suits tan skintones well and it’s just perfect for special occasions. I used this many times with a true gold eyeshadow or a warm brown. It’s one of the nice Mac formulas which is very pigmented and long lasting.

So I’ve mainly been focused on single eyeshadows but you can also find great pink tones in popular palettes. Urban Decay Naked 3 is basically all rose gold and the shade Buzz is what stands out the most. High on the sparkle factor, this one is a cool toned pink. A bit gritty but it’s looks great on the eyes.  Lorac Pro also features the shade Mauve which is exactly that. It’s probably the only matte shade here. I use this just by itself or with other shades as a a transition colour.

Well, look at that, I do wear red lipsticks! This one is Nars Cruella with combination of Mauve from the Lorac Pro palette and Burberry Pink Heather on the lids. I hope you’re all doing well! I got back from my honeymoon earlier this month. Bali was amazing and we had a stopover at Singapore because, well, shopping. Since then I was streamlining moving in but there were just so many social engagements, I never really had time to blog. My routine is more “normal” now so I’m hoping I can churn out a couple more posts soon. It’s already February but would anyone be interested in a 2016 favourites kind of post?


Mac Expensive Pink – Nykaa, Nordstrom

Burberry Wet & Dry Silk Eyeshadow in Rosewood – Nordstrom, SephoraFeelUnique

Burberry Eye Color Cream in Pink Heather – Nordstrom, SephoraFeelUnique

By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock – Nordstrom, FeelUnique, Beautylish

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Sephora, Nordstrom

Lorac Pro Palette – Nordstrom

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  • That is such a pretty look and you got a stunning collection of pink/mauve eyeshadows. And gosh, I adore Nars Cruella, it has taken over as my no. 1 red lips spot from Mac Ruby Woo.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • I bought Ruby Woo purely because I thought I needed it and it’s only been used a handful of times. The Nars formula is so much nicer!

  • Lovely photos! I’ve been dying to try that exact Lorac palette, I just keep forgetting to actually order it!
    I’m super into cranberries and light dusty pinks/ mauves at the moment, it’s pretty much all I wear so I’m loving this post!



    • Ohh I’m so glad you liked it! I wish I could pull off those magenta and warm red shades. They’re everywhere these days, palette wise. I’m sticking to my muted pink corner though! 😉

  • I would still be interested in a favorites post of 2016, I don’t think it is too late. Pinks aren’t really my thing, I am more into bronzes or maybe red, but I can get on board with mauve shades.
    Will you be sharing some impressions of your Honeymoon?

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • I actually have a travel section on the blog which is blank so far. I might post some photos from Bali and our villa which was amazing. Working on the 2016 post now though. 🙂

      • I saw the section, so I wanted to nudge you in this direction 😉

  • The Burberry cream colour is just stunning, love it! I would still be interested in a 2016 favourites post, why not x

    Beauty with charm

    • You know when you find a product that hasn’t been spoken about to death? Feels like a small victory to discover something new, that’s exactly how I feel about it. xx

  • I’ve recently started getting into pink eyeshadow too and it’s such a great way of injecting a bit of colour into your makeup looks while still remaining relatively neutral. I would never go for a true pink, but mauves and rosy shades are so, so pretty! Burberry’s Rosewood and the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in Misty Rock have been on my radar for quite some time, so I need to make a note to check them out in-store. I would love to pick up another Ombre Blackstar as the formula is the best in terms of cream eyeshadow. I recently got the Lorac Pro Palette and I love Mauve in it! I created a look the other day using it with Pewter and Espresso, and I love the way it turned out! The MAC eyeshadows in Haux and Malt are another couple of my favourite pinks too.

    Tenneil | Like Neon Love

    • True, my eyeshadow top drawer is such a mix now. It used to be strictly browns and now you can find olives and pinks in here. Not sure which other colour I can explore now, the current peach trend looks promising though!
      Urban Decay Naked and Lorac Pro will always be my favourites but I like Lorac a bit more because you can get such different looks from it. I’m done with Mac eyeshadows now that my palette is all filled up, unless I manage to use them up ofc.

  • Bernadette

    All these eye shadow options look gorgeous! They are definitely my kind of shades.

    • I feel like these would go on anyone if it’s the right shade and undertone.

  • I have a Bobbi Brown shadow stick on a mauve shade and absolutely love it- they’re such fab shades for adding a muted wash of colour during the day and can be layered with darker or more shimmery options for an evening look!

    • Oh I need to check that one out. But you’re right, as a base with sheer shimmer over it, these shades looks amazing!

  • I’m so in love with blush and burgundy eye shades at the moment, love these picks!

    x Annabelle

    • Thanks Annabelle! I so want to try the warm red/burgundy eyeshadow trend as well but if I can’t use it for everyday makeup, I don’t want to spend any money on it.

  • I’m really an eyeshadow girl, but my the UD shade in Buzz looks stunning! Have a lovely day 🙂

    • Buzz is stunning, i tend to now use it so often because I have to bring out a palette to use that one shade but it’s so pretty!

  • I’ve read lots of great reviews on Burberry’s Rosewood! I have banned myself from buying shadows as I don’t wear it often (or at all) nor can I blend them and look amazing like your eyelids! I do have an old palette from Lise Watier and the pinky shadows were beautiful!

    • We all have our makeup preferences, so that makes sense. I’m not amazing at blending, but I try. xx

  • Kate

    I love pink eyeshadows! You have a really beautiful selection here. x

    Kate Louise Blogs

    • Thanks Kate, do you have any favourites?

      • Kate

        There’s a couple in the Nude Tude palette by the balm which are really pretty, plus I have a little quad from L’Oreal, but I can’t remember what it’s called! x

  • Can’t wait to see more posts, and I don’t think it’s too late to do a favorites :). I really want to try Pink Heather. It is stunning. I think I remember you snapping about it once, and I fell in love then.

    Nida | Caked To The Nines

    • I’m gonna go ahead and say you *need* it since you remembered! But really, out of all the shades in that range, Pink Heather is by far the most unique!

  • I love pink/mauve eyeshadows. They look so romantic and make so many eye colours pop!

    • I always thought a pink eyeshadow would look too pastel on me but it was just a matter of finding the right shades that suited me. xx

  • Mystic Rock and Expensive Pink are lovely shades!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • I looove this type of color family for the eyes. Have you tried the Tarte Tartelette palette? I think you’d like the tones in that one as well and they pair really well with the Naked 3!

    • No but you’re right, it has the right kind of mauves and browny pinks! I’ll look into it! xx

  • Samileen

    I’m loving the burberry shades. And I need them in my life. Rosewood look absolutely stunning.

    Saman || BeautyDetour