Purple makeup collaboration

Today’s post is in collaboration with Analesha of Lipsandbubbles. We came across each other on the Beauty Review forum, and have been keeping in touch there and on twitter for a while now. We decided to do a collaboration around the colour purple, which is a hot trend this year.

I decided to showcase the purple look on my eyes, because I have quite a few purple eyeshadows and also was recently sent Maybelline color tattoo pigment in a purple hue. Purple looks great on with just about every eye colour, in my opinion. It might not be according to the colour rules, but I think if you like it, then wear it!

I applied my foundation as usual, using MAC Studio Sculpt and MAC Prolongwear concealer – I’ve previously written a post about my full base routine. Next up was filling in my brows, and I used Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Grey and a small angled brush.

The first step in my actual eye makeup application was my Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion which even comes in a purple tube, so on trend! The main product I used on my eyes was Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigment, shade number 15 – Potent Purple. The name is not wrong – it is a very potent colour, and I only needed a small amount to get a great colour pay off.I applied the pigment over my eyelid area using a large, dense eyeshadow brush –  it came in a set from Sephora about two years ago, but many brands stock similar products.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Potent Purple on lid
Potent Purple on my eyelid

Next I opened up a Maybelline eyeshadow quad that I bought last year. It’s 06Q, Amethyst Smokes. I have a couple of other of the ‘stylish smokes’ quads and really love using them – and they’re only around $16. I like that they have a few different colours that all work together nicely, even if you don’t use the guidelines for where they should be applied. I used the #1 shade which is listed as the base to highlight above the crease. I used a soft fluffy brush to blend it with the rest of the shadow, because I definitely didn’t want a big white line above my eyes! I like to extend my shadow above the crease/ eye socket area, because my eyes are slightly hooded and otherwise it not much of my eyeshadow is on show. I don’t go as far as my eyebrows though because it reminds me a bit too much of the eyeshadow fails I had as a teenager. Here’s a picture of the quad to show what the shadows look like – I didn’t take a photo of my one because it’s looking a bit battered.

Maybelline Amethyst Smokes

I think a lot of people would use black liquid eyeliner with look like this but for me, doing so would obscure my eyeshadow when my eyes are open, so I decided to go for a softer look. I wet a small angled brush and used the dark, semi-glittery shadow from the quad as an eyeliner. To complete the look I applied Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes mascara, which I have been loving lately.

Final look!
Final look with eyes closed so you can actually see the shadow!
Final look with eyes closed so you can actually see the shadow!

Aaaand here’s the full face look. I wore Natio Flutter lipstick which is nice and moisturising, and is a ‘my lips but better’ subtle shade.

Ta da!
Ta da!

So now that you’ve finished reading my post, go and check out what Analesha has to say about purple lipsticks at Lipsandbubbles

Lena x

Note: this isn’t a sponsored post. I was sent the pure pigment to review, and won the mascara from a competition on another blog, and purchased the quad myself. It just happens that all of my purple eye products are from Maybelline because they’re good quality and also cheap!



  • Great look 🙂 I’ve been using a lot of purple-leaning shadows lately too! Have yet to get in on the purple lippie action, but I suspect I’ll be picking up Pure Heroine at some stage…

    • I’ve been tempted by Pure Heroine but I just don’t think I’d actually wear it, a bit too bold for me.

  • moveloveeat

    The purple looks great on you Lena 🙂