Beauty Road Test: Topshop’s Dark Side of Nude Eye Shadow Trios
Neutral enough for day, yet dramatic enough for night, Topshop’s Dark Side of Nude eye shadow trios will take you from the office to a night on the town in no time!
Wish you had an eye shadow palette that was neutral enough for day, but still dramatic enough for night? Have no fear: Topshop’s new Dark Shade of Nude capsule collection is here!
Inspired by the Rococo fashion trend, Dark Side of Nude’s two eye shadow trios ($32 each, topshop.com) are full of stunning metallic shades that take the gothic look to a whole new—and very grown up—level. They’ll take you effortlessly from the office to out on the town with minimal fuss and maximum glam—so you can probably imagine how excited we were when these fantastic palettes ended up in our mailbox!
The eye shadow trios come in two color collections: Atmosphere ($32, topshop.com), seen in the upper left corner here and featuring purple, green, and gold shades; and Prism ($32,topshop.com), seen in the lower right corner, which consists of black, pink, and silver . I tried it out in Atmosphere, and believe you me, I am head over heels for it! The shadows are smooth and chic, and they glide on evenly for a crease-free look that stays for hours.
My favorite way to wear them? Brush the green shade across the entire lid, use the purple shade in the crease, and highlight the brow bone with the gold shade; they each look fabulous on their own, too, though, so if you’re into a less involved look when it comes to your eye shadow, these little beauties have you covered. The green shade on its own gives a soft, mossy look; the purple gives an air of mysteriousness; and the gold gives just a hint of sparkle and shine.
Bonus: If you’re into the palettes enough to get both of them, we’ve got the lowdown on how to get the ultimate molten metallic eye. Here’s how:
1. Line your top lashes with Kohl in Coal ($8, topshop.com) and extend outwards, blending the linter with your finger to create a rough shape.
2. Apply the black shadow from the Prism trio across your entire lid and blend out with a brush to create a cat eye. Pro tip: You can neaten up the shape and fix any smudges with a cotton swab. Intensify the look by applying the shadow with a wet brush if you like
3. Brush on a coat of two of mascara to your top lashes.
4. And for the finishing touch, balance the dramatic eye with a subtle lip: Apply Topshop’s LIPS lipstick in Fawn ($18, topshop.com) ; then layer LIPS in pale pink Saint ($18, topshop.com) on top to add a gentle wash of color.
Topshop’s Dark Side of Nude eye shadow trios are available at topshop.com and select Topshop stores nationwide. Snap yours up and add a little bit of glam to your life!
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.