Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadow in Private Beach

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.

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8 Responses to Victoria’s Secret Silky Eyeshadow in Private Beach

  1. Jade says:

    Oooh very nice, I like the combination you used 🙂 shame the VS shadow wasn’t very good, it sucks when you get a dud eyeshadow.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    Thankyou Jade! It is a shame about the VS shadow, but at least I can strike it off the list! 🙂

  3. Olivia says:

    Hmm this look like another shadow I have to add to my “nudist” collection! LOL

  4. Dempeaux says:

    Haha! It would fit in very well! 🙂

  5. jeanie says:

    Satin Taupe, Satin Taupe, Satin Taupe- oh my, I think everyone has this but ME! I love the look you created- that liner really is gorgeous on you! x jeanie

  6. I love that final look! The liner looks fab with the eyeshadows. Dark but with a bit of interest. These are absolutely my sorts of colours 😉
    Jane x

  7. Dempeaux says:

    Thankyou! Yes, I used the ubiquitous Satin Taupe, but in all honesty I haven’t really used it much before now. Every now and then I pull it out of my collection and try it with another shadow du jour, but it’s not always complementary on me. The combination here is probably the most successful one I’ve tried!

  8. Dempeaux says:

    Thankyou Jane! I’m really enjoying wearing this combination at the moment. It’s also a good way for me to use Satin Taupe, which has been a bit neglected in my collection up until this point!

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