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Whats In My Zuca Kit – Eye Products Part. 1: Cream Shadow & Gel Liner

Following on from Whats In My Zuca Kit – Foundations and Concealers, we are now moving on to Eye Products.
As this is a rather large section of my kit, I will break it down into 3 installments; first up will be cream eyeshadows and gel liners, the second part will be powder eyeshadows and primers and the third will be pencils, mascara and lashes.
As with the other Whats In My Kit posts I will list my go-to products and kit regulars.Cream Eyeshadows

These have become the main category of eyeshadows in my kit over the last few years. I can work so quickly with cream, there is no fallout and more often then not they are incredibly pigmented and blend beautifully. They also last a long time and little or no touch-ups are needed. This is so important when I am working on long shoots or on sets where continuity is required.

I have about 50 cream pots, which I chop and change dependent on the job, there are usually about 10 in my kit at any one time.

Although I should palette them, I just can’t bring myself to do it yet! I love the little pots. It’s funny that I can slice and dice lipsticks but not touch my cute cream eyeshadows!

Here are the ones I use the most, that never let me down and look the same on the lid as they do in the pot:



The top row of pots are multi-use; Benefit pots can also be used as eyeliner and I use the MUFE Aqua Creams on lips and cheeks also. The great thing about having a bunch of different pots in my kit means I can also mix them together to make different shades.

Gel Eyeliners

Gel is my liner of preference. Such fantastic pigmented products, a dream to apply, that stay on and look fabulous. I also use some of these as cream eyeshadows also but I have to work a little faster as they set quickly. As with the cream eyeshadows, I carry about 6-8 gel liners in my kit at any one time, occasionally adding a new one, such as MAC Fluidline Siahi below.



The reason I use gel over liquid and cake etc is that I prefer the texture and look. For me, its also the only way to maintain a high level of hygiene (which I am fanatical about, there will be a separate post about this soon). I can scoop some liner out of the pot on to an empty palette and use a brush to apply quickly. Liquid liners usually come with a pen applicator which I never use on clients/models as its a sure fire way to spread germs and cake liners are mostly activated with water, which I just don’t have time to do.
The Make Up For Ever Flash Palette


This beauty gets a section all of its own. I love love love this palette and my kit is never without it. It comprises of 12 grease paints which can be used on the eyes, lips and cheeks. I can mix them together to make different shades, it can be used to even out skin tone, as eyeliner, as highlighter, as contour, for special effects, for face painting, wet or dry. You name it, it does it!
So that concludes the first part of eye products! Look out for part 2 next week: powder eyeshadows & primers.
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  • Reply Estée

    >I never used to like cream eyeshadows, but for the past few months I have been obsessed!
    Nice collection!

    March 8, 2011 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Niamh

    >wow, Simone, I seriously need to invest in some good creams. I do love the old-school lushness of certain powders, but from your magazine shoot posts it's obvious that creams can be used to amazing effect.

    March 8, 2011 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up

    >Simone…I'm loving these posts!
    With all your knowledge and tips…thank you!

    March 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply Simone G

    >Thanks for all the nice comments ladies. I do love cream eyeshadows! I picked up RSVP by Benefit again yesterday as I'd run out, a gorgeous neutral colour.

    March 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm
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