Notes From The Powder RoomBRIGHT EYES: Not Just a Band I Sort Of Liked in Junior HighCézanne Colvin

I used to spend countless depressing hours in my bedroom listening to Bright Eyes when I was younger. Don’t ask.

Nowadays, I might halfheartedly rock out to a Bright Eyes song in my car if I happen to catch it during its biannual playtime on the radio, but I wouldn’t roll my windows down for it or anything and therein lies the sole difference between 2011 me and junior high me. Other than the fact that when I was in junior high, I didn’t have windows to roll down because I didn’t have a car. Talk about dark days.

Ever since a certain major airline lost my luggage and expensive eyeshadow collection a few years ago — that was a really traumatizing time in my life of which I prefer not to speak — I haven’t had much enthusiasm towards eyeshadow. To talk myself out of rebuilding my stash, I told myself that it was unnecessary and overpriced. You know what desperate times call for. I managed to keep this charade up until I found out about Sugarpill.

Sugarpill is a fun line of bold, vibrant pressed and loose eyeshadows and I fully intend on rocking them for as long as my youthful face o’ baby fat will allow me to pull them off. Everything is bright, funky in the best way possible and highly pigmented — so a fingertip’s worth will appropriately coat your eyelid for the evening.

I mixed the sparkly black Stella loose eyeshadow with a touch of the pink Dollipop pressed eyeshadow:

Future trend prediction: pink eye. Not in a conjunctivitis way, but in a Dollipop eyeshadow way. How could it not be? One thing that’s always bothered me about fall is that everyone seems to be dying for an opportunity to jump into browns. Why would I want to look like a dead leaf when I can look like a flower that is very much still alive? Seriously — why?

Is it girly? Is it gritty? I don’t even know. I don’t even care! It’s paradoxically dramatic without being obnoxious and eye-catching without being like, “Look at me, look at me!” Even though this is really more of a nighttime look, I feel like I might get away with wearing this during the day on the sole basis that I have very few feelings invested in what people think of my eyelids. Apathy is a wonderful tool and I encourage you to use it wisely and often.

Next up is the Burning Heart palette, which holds four colors: Flamepoint, Buttercupcake, Love+ and Poison Plum. I never thought red eyeshadow could be hot, but the worst-case scenario is that you look like a vampire, which is a great place to be. Just ask Stephanie Meyers’ accountant.

It also comes in this insanely cute packaging:

Here I am wearing Buttercupcake, Flamepoint, Love+ and enjoying the discomfort of my Ikea couch:

It’s like a sunrise is literally happening on my eyelids. Why stay up to watch it when you can just witness the miracle of space in the mirror at any hour of the day? I know: I’m freaking out too. I kind of thought red lips might be overkill, but I like to go big or go home. Anyone who tells you that they enjoy returning to their studio apartment is kidding themselves, hence my decision to go big.

One thing I really like about Sugarpill is that it’s like a color wheel of win. Buttercup and Stella? Fierce bumblebee. Love+ and Buttercupcake? Duh. Dollipop and Poison Plum? Killing it.

Anyway, what are you wearing on your eyelids this September? Don’t say brown.


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  1. I got the chance to buy some Sugarpill at a makeup convention in Pasadena (yeah, it was like dying and going to Heaven), met the girls of Sugarpill and they were the cutest booth there! I bought Stella along with a few other colors and I just stare at them all day… yeah, I wish I was joking about this.

  2. where can i buy sugarpill? lol

  3. I LOVE Sugarpill. Their eye shadows are super pigmented and gorgeous. I also love that they have some of the only true red colors that are eye safe. (A lot of other companies use red dye that can damage your eyes permanently.) Which is great if, like me, you want something a little more bold than burgundy and cranberry shades.

  4. I’m a little sad this isn’t a post about Bright Eyes. I wore my “Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band” tee just yesterday.

    Anonymous | 9/18/2011 09:09 am
  5. Wow! Your make up looks great! I wonder if they sell Sugarpill in Australia – will have to look out for it.

  6. Sugarpill looks amazing, thanks for the info. I also had my Bright Eyes phase, no worries. It happens to the best of us.

  7. I completely agree! I love Sugarpill and other bright color makeup brands so much and I could really care less about how people may judge my bright purple or green eyeshadow in the middle of a winter morning. I can wear any colors I want anytime and I love that! I don’t do makeup for others I do it for me.

  8. totally hoping for a Bright Eyes praise post too.

  9. I love pink eyeshadow! And it looks so gorgeous on you!

  10. Sugarpill is mostly vegan, right? Your makeup looks amazing!

    • Thank you, and yes! They put a little “vegan” symbol on the products that are vegan, so you can be sure before you place your order.

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/17/2011 08:09 am
  11. wow! your eyes look amazing. I am always so afraid to try bright colors on my eyes. But now I think I’m going have to try some of these!

    • Thank you! Tweet me some pics if you do, I’d love to see!

      Cézanne Colvin | 9/17/2011 08:09 am
  12. Haha. I was hoping for a Bright Eyes praise post too.

  13. I really thought this was going to take the vein of “not just a band I liked in junior high but still really love now because their new album is excellent”… because it is ;)

    Oberst-praise aside, this post was really cute! I hate to say I’m from the brown eyeshadow camp (it makes my blue eyes bluer, ok?), but I think today I’m going to incorporate some bright colors into my makeup.

  14. Does Sugarpill do an eyeshadow in brown?

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