“Down to Earth” was one of those phrases that I really had trouble understanding, when I moved to the US.
It’s one of those things that doesn’t really translate very well, I guess.
Hmm…scratch that. It actually doesn’t translate at all.
Fun fact: when I moved to the US, I’d watch reality TV in order to learn English (like ANTM, back in the day when it was the sh*t). Well..okay, I knew some English, but I was so embarrassed about having an accent or getting something wrong, that I barely spoke during my Sophomore year in High School. I’m convinced that some of my teachers thought I was a mute (some of them seemed to raise their voice when speaking to me, as if that would make me understand them better?).
Then, of course, there was that time when I went out to lunch with my boyfriend (now husband) and enthusiastically replied “yes!” when a waitress asked me whether I’d like to start with a soup or a salad. She asked the question twice. Both times, I gave the same answer. *Facepalm*
Ahh.. the good old times. I actually used to carry a polish-english dictionary with me wherever I went (this was pre-smarphone times, okay kids?).
So.. down to Earth. First few things that come to mind: practical and.. natural perhaps? Which is exactly how I feel about these Down to Earth palettes from The Body Shop.*
These three that I have here are:
Down to Earth Eyeshadow Quad Brown features 4 neutral eyshadow shades, inspired by nature: Oregon Sunstone, Peru Clay, Sienna Dust, Idaho Jasper.
Down to Earth Eyeshadow Quad Gold features 4 neutral eyshadow shades, inspired by nature: Sahara Dune, Aztec Gold, Essaouria Bronze, Amazonian Earth.
Down to Earth Eyeshadow Quad Grey features 4 neutral eyshadow shades, inspired by nature: Shades: India Rose Quartz, Atlas Rhassoul, Cerro Rico Silver, Siberia Anthracite.
Few things to love: nice pigmentation, minimal fallout, gorgeous packaging (you can actually mix and match these as the pans are removable and pop in and out very easily) and they’re pretty long-lasting and don’t crease throughout the day, even when used without a primer. They also blend very well and are 100% vegan.
Down to Earth quads in Gold, Brown and Grey
While these swatches might look nice and intense, if you love a good smokey eye, you might need to put some extra effort in, while layering these on. The formula is really nice and I’m so happy that the pigmentation seems to be consistent with these. I do think that these palettes are perfect for “everyday” use, or for someone who doesn’t like to wear eye makeup that’s too intense. Like I said, these really are down-to-earth: super practical and easy to get a long with if you like something that’s subtle and quick to work with.
So, if you’re a hard-core makeup junkie who loves dramatic and intense looks, you probably won’t love these. BUT, if you like something natural, delicate and functional for creating a quick look, these are for you.