Jillian Dempsey's Eye Tints (Part II)


Legendary makeup artist Jillian Dempsey has been leading the industry by translating her impossibly breezy LA cool-girl aesthetic into a covetable–and clean!–color line. It’s no secret I’m an unabashed fan of her work (as are Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence amongst the many others who continually request her for red carpet engagements and editorial projects).

Her fool-proof Lid Tints are a riff on the classic cream eyeshadow - finger-friendly, translucent, satin-y, and in a spectrum of shades that you’ve never seen before)—and didn’t realize you needed. (I’ve reviewed her initial launch of five shades, which you can find here.) You can be brazen with the application, they build up wonderfully and there’s no need to be perfectly precise. Packed with skin loving ingredients like Marula, Rosehip, Coconut and Jojoba Oils, Shea Butter and Vitamins A and C, these have an almost balm-like effect on the tissue thin skin around the eye area. As an exhausted working mother of three very young children, I skip the eye cream and reach for these time and again to rejuvenate and freshen up my tired eyes in the morning,

That being said, the latest launch of three shades are just as flattering as the initial iteration. However, the coolness factor is definitely kicked up a notch.

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Starting from the left is Ruby, a gleaming neutral crimson. My favorite of the pack, it gives the most modern, edgy eye when smudged with a brown eye pencil (check out her work using it on Caroline Hirons for inspiration!) or patted on the center of an otherwise bare lid before adding a flick of black liquid liner.) This is just on the rim of my comfort zone as far as color goes, which keeps things exciting. I’m often finding myself stuck in a makeup rut or burned out on the chromed out eyeshadow effects . If you’re a Sephora VIB-type with an arsenal of eyeshadows, Ruby won’t disappoint as you probably have nothing like it in your repertoire; you’ll be reaching for it time and again. Bonus: you can tap it onto lips and cheeks to get a fresh berry stain effect, making it a useful product when traveling.

Dew, top center, is a completely clear gloss. It’s definitely a product you see on editorials. Dew is the perfect name - it reflects light without looking too wet and there’s no shimmer at all. It’s fresh worn solo, but also modernizes any powder shadow texture when layered on top.

Glimmer, bottom right, is a universally flattering warm and sparkling nectarine. Tapped on the moveable part of the eyelid, it enlivens any eye color. And this shade being endlessly useful, adds a sensual post-summer tan effect to the cheeks. I can’t think of anyone this wouldn’t look amazing on and it’s a mainstay in my purse.

But again, if you’re at a loss what to pick up, make sure you get Ruby, pictured again below for good measure. And for further inspiration, check out Burberry makeup artist Wendy Rowe test driving the Lid Tints here.

Available at Jillian Dempsey’s site or Credo Beauty.


Glossier skin care

Glossier, the aching cool brainchild of Into the Gloss founder Emily Weiss, has been pumping out product after product to wild acclaim. The products work as they're aptly described, but the question of whether they're "clean" depends on one's definition. Phenoxyethanol is in the vast majority of their line, and while that ingredient has been arguably deemed safe and can be found in a number of clean beauty lines (Ritual de Fille, Red Apple, etc...), I generally avoid it particularly as I've been either pregnant or nursing.

Their Milky Jelly Cleanser and Soothing Face Mist, however, are blessedly sans phenoxythanol. The former is exactly what it sounds like, a cushiony face wash that slips on and rinses off readily, leaving the skin feeling comfortable and not overly dry. It's gentle enough to use in the morning, but I find it performs best when used with cleaning device like a Foreo. 

The Soothing Face Mist is, frankly, lovely. It has a delicate rose scent and offers a delicious sensory experience. Use it between washing and a serum to help active ingredients soak in, or as a finishing touch after applying makeup to make things look a little softer and more effortless. (Pssst - True Botanicals users, this is a fantastic way to activate your Vitamin C or Antioxidant powders).