Friday, January 20, 2012

Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color: Lady Godiva, Fool's Gold, Leprechaun & Burnt Eggplant


Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Colors are finely milled and richly pigmented eyeshadows. I fell in love with Leprechaun on The Non-Blonde and agree whole-heartedly with her review. While at Barneys I was particularly impressed by the color selection and I had similar challenges to Gaia narrowing down my initial picks. I of course was drawn to the more complex shimmer neutrals and picked out Lady Godiva, Fool's Gold, Leprechaun and Burnt Eggplant ($26 each).

As I swatched each color at the counter, I found that many of the shimmery shades applied slightly different than what you see in the pan. This is due to the blend of many different shimmers and pigments. I wouldn't call any of them duo-chrome, but the shimmers are quite complex.


Lady Godiva 104 is a sandy-beachy shimmer neutral with a hint of mauve. I found it almost identical to Sanders 100. In the pan they looked practically identical. On the skin I felt Lady Godiva was slightly cooler-toned. On the skin, I find that Lady Godiva darkens a bit to add a bit of a paler-mauvey-nude-champagne finish. It works as an all over lid shade, layering creates a contour color, or you can use it as a highlight. The texture is very soft (think along the lines of Urban Decay) and easy to blend, although I do believe you will need to experiment with different brushes. I used a Bobbi Brown Brush on one eye and a Laura Mercier on the other. Both created a bit of powdery debris in the pan and I had fallout when applying. Using my Edward Bess brush picked up the most color without having any fallout. Do note that once on the eye I feel these last all day.


Fool's Gold 111 is a gorgeous deep blackened bronze with gold flecks. It rivals Burberry's Midnight Brown. I did find that Fool's Gold is best when applied with a damp brush. It blends/smokes out easily. Applied dry I ended up with tiny bits of gold glitter and brown shimmers all over the cheeks. At Barneys, the SA showed this layered over Casablanca (a shimmery steel blue grey) and the result was stunning. I didn't pick up Casablanca because I found it too blue but I have to admit I was tempted. Fool's Gold changes color depending on how the light hits the pan. Fallout issues aside when applied dry, I do think this applies much better than NARS Night Series eye colors. 


Leprechaun 116 is summed up in full by The Non-Blonde (see her review here). Leprechaun is a beautiful mixture of olive, green, gold, brown. The shimmer factor is high but not overly so. I find it a more office-appropriate version of Lancome's Erika F. I had fall-out issues with this color as well, but it applies beautifully dry. You just need to clean up under the eye with a q-tip.


Burnt Eggplant 128 is one of those odd-ball shades. It appears more brown in the pan but applies more plum. This one is my favorite out of all the ones I picked out. The shimmer is finely milled and applies softly as a nice contour shade. The pigment is intense but layerable. It's a good soft plum-brown without being too harsh.


Swatched, two views:



Ingredient listing:


Overall a thumbs up. Sunday Riley Eyeshadows can be found at Barneys New York. Try this link for online access, it might be hit or miss for going through (found this via a google search): Sunday Riley Prismasilk Eye Color.

19 comments:

  1. Thank goodness I'm taking a trip and will get to see these colors at the counter in a few weeks. The colors are so pretty and unique. Thanks for posting this!

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  2. Those look gorgeous. Thankfully for my wallet they seem completely out of my reach!

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  3. OMG super like the Fool's Gold and Leprechaun
    so such a nice colors :)

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  4. I've been trying to limit myself to brands that I know and love (saving money and all that), but you make it so hard! I really like Leprechaun and Lady Godiva. Burnt Eggplant seems nice too. Fool's Gold looks gorgeous in the pan, but I am a little disappointed that it has such bad fallout when used dry. I think eventually I will need to check these out in person. Let's see if I will have the resolve to walk away without spending any money lol. Thanks for your lovely review. :)

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  5. Stunning, I really like the look of this line and really hope it makes it over to the UK :)

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  6. Thanks, Sabrina, for the tips regarding brushes and application. I've never let fallout deter me from trying a particular eyeshadow because I know that most--not all--can be avoided by using the correct tools and technique. The more important issue is always whether the shadow stays in place or drifts onto the cheeks during the day. Applying beautiful shimmer always seems to require a bit of planning :-)

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  7. I will have to look into these. I have seen other posts on their makeup, they offer my kind of colors. Promising!

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  8. Preciosas! Unos colores divinos!
    Un besazo!

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  9. My eyes opened wide in wonder when I saw this! Gorgeous! How do you find the packaging - does it have a light plastic-ky or more towards heavy acrylic? thanks... milktea :)

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    1. I'm still evaluating the packaging. The blushes and eyeshadows have the same compact shape but different designs. I tend to prefer some kind of consistency within brands. The lids of the shadows aren't cheap/flimsy but not heavy acrylic either - somewhere in between. It is nice to be able to see the color from the top though. Bottom line, I don't love it but I don't hate it either.

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  10. Hi.. thanks for the swatches... did you get a chance to look at the foundation?

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    1. I looked at the cream foundations briefly but not in depth.

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  11. Thes shadows really remind me of Rimmel London's Colour Rush Metallique single shadows (they have a crown embossed on them). I believe that these shadows are discontinued now, but the way the Sunday Riley shadows glisten with shimmer and the way that they swatch it just seems so similar to the Rimmel shadows. I even think the packaging looks similar though not the same.

    But like always thank you so much for your fantastic swatches and reviews!

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  12. Wow, I want all of these. I hope they'll be available in Canada soon!

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  13. Oh those shades look lovely! I think the Burnt Eggplant is my favourite shade from the swatches - don't think this brand is available in the UK though :( xx

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  14. Do you think that "Burnt Eggplant" is too much like Jouer's "Amaretto"??? I don't want dupes!!

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