Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadow in Private Beach is quite beautiful – shimmery bronze with a mauve undertone – and it’s the mauve element that makes the shadow a little interesting. I found that it took some thinking and experimentation to work out exactly what shadow to pair Private Beach with to make that mauve appear more strongly. For a long time this sat in my collection unused because it was simply too sheer for me to wear on its own. Browns overwhelm the subtle mauve undertones, greys turn blue on me no matter what, and black was too harsh. You can see from the photo above that a wet application doesn’t really do much to intensify the colour either.
So here is Victoria’s Secret Eyeshadow in Private Beach applied to my lid:
As you can see, I definitely need more definition.
The most successful pairing I’ve tried so far is Private Beach with Mac’s Satin Taupe, as together they enhance the mauve undertones of both shadows. Below I’ve added Satin Taupe to the outer corner and the lower lash line:
Adding a purple liner further intensifies the purple look. Here I’ve used I’ve used Chanel’s Stylo Yeux Long Lasting Eyeliner in Cassis:
Below is the completed look:
On the rest of my face I’m wearing Kryolan TV Painstick in NB1, Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre in 20, Chanel Joue Contraste in Orchid Rose on the cheeks, Dior Amber Diamond as cheekbone and brow highlight, and Chanel Glossimer in Unity.
The quality of the shadow is nothing great. It applies okay, but it’s quite a sheer shadow which takes some building up. In addition to this, over time the shadow seems to develop a hard layer which has to be scraped off with a nail or a knife.
Nestled amongst Satin Taupe and Chanel’s Cassis Eyeliner, I think this shadow contributes to a pretty look. This combination also offers an office-appropriate way to wear the purples that are so popular this season. However, given the quality of the shadow I don’t think I’ll be exploring the rest of the Victoria’s Secret range.
I bought Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadow in Private Beach for USD $10 from Victoria’s Secret in the US.