I’ve mentioned it a few times before, but I really love Alima’s seasonal collections. The colors are always so pretty, and perfect for the season. Well, the Destinations Collection is no exception. The eyes and face collections are both beautiful! And I love the fact that each color is named after a destination. Today, it’s all about the eyes…
The 4 colors in the Destinations Collections: Eye with their official descriptions include:
New Orleans is a pearly beige-gold.
Juneau is an icy blue-green with golden shimmer.
Taos is a velvety red-plum satin.
Nashville is a smoky bronze shimmer.
For the most part, these are accurate. My personal descriptions are below. But first – the swatches!
Above is outside in the sunlight and below is inside. Sorry for the slightly blurry inside picture – I’m having camera difficulties ;o( I wanted to show the colors in the sun because they have such beautiful shimmer. Next to each swatch is a line of the color foiled. I love applying Alima’s colors wet as eyeliners, they always have a great pop when applied wet.
I agree with New Orleans description in that it is a pearly beige-gold. It’s sort of like a soft tan, but without the brown-ness that tan can be. It’s a really beautiful color that I think could be worn as a highlight or even all over. At first I thought this was a bit like the Delicious Summer Milkshake but it turns out they are quite different. Milkshake is much more yellow and not as shimmery. I think New Orleans is more versatile actually.
Nashville is described as a smokey bronze shimmer and I think that while that is accurate, I would add a soft, smokey bronze shimmer. While it is bronzey, and a bit smokey, it’s a soft brown. Some bronze shadows can be almost coppery and this isn’t one of them. It also reminded me of the Delicious Summer Coffee Frappe but when I put them side-by-side I saw they weren’t that similar. How could I doubt Alima in having two similar colors? ;o) Coffee Frappe is more yellow-toned and darker and brighter while Nashville can only be described as “softer” and a bit cooler toned. Here they are together:
Junaeu is described as an icy blue-green with golden shimmer, but I have to say I disagree. To me it looks like a warm silver. Blue-green sounds like teal, and this is NO icy teal. It’s a silver, but perhaps a warm silver. I’m not sure how to describe it other than that. You can see in the swatches above that it it’s pretty light on its own, but applied wet it really pops. This would be super fun to wear for new years or a night-on-the-town when you want your eyes to shine.
And last but not least, is Taos. It’s described as a velvety red-plum and I think that’s accurate. It’s not shimmery like the others, but its still a very pretty cranberry-like color. It’s sort of like a cranberry mixed with a brown. I wore this as an eyeliner one day and really loved it. The only thing is that if you’re fair skinned like me – you may want to be careful about wearing this under your eyes. Since it does have that red tone to it, it can make it look like you have allergies or have red eyes in general. Wearing it above the eye is no problem and looks lovely, but below the eye does look a bit red. Or at least, it did on me.
Out of the 4, I think New Orleans, Nashville and Taos go well together, and then Juneau and Taos go well together. While Juneau is a warm silver, it is still pretty cool-toned. Taos could really go cool or warm, and then New Orleans and Nashville are slightly warm toned. I’m not sure if I would mix Junaeu with Nashvilla, but the rest blend well. I like this set because I feel like it goes well for both fall and winter. I like warm colors in the fall and cool colors in the winter, and this has both :o)
Here’s an eye swatch with Junaeu all over, Taos as an eyeliner and New Orleans as the highlighter:
AND, be sure to check back soon because I still have the face collections to review and have a video tutorial that shows everything for an all-over face look!
Disclosure: Samples were provided to me by Alima Pure. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.