Eye Shadow Duo
The Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duo is a very good option at the drugstore, and it easily competes with some of the better options at the cosmetics counter as well! The shades have a nice color payoff and creamy texture, which lends to a smooth application that meshes well with skin. Most will find these wear throughout the day without creasing or fading.
Of the six combinations, each shadow duo applies sheer at first, but builds color quickly for a more pigmented look if desired. The color range offers mostly neutrals that work well together, with one or two trendier shade combinations (i.e. deep blues and moss greens). The duos feature combinations of matte, satin and shimmer finishes—the shimmer options are finely milled and won’t flake off to ruin the rest of your makeup.
Each duo is packaged in a sleek black compact (no mirror or brush is included). Overall, the Eye Shadow Duo is an excellent option to consider, and you can’t beat the price!
- Has a smooth, creamy texture and even color application.
- Mostly neutral, wearable color combinations.
- No flaking or creasing.
Sonia Kashuk At-A-Glance
Strengths: Affordable and widely available (though exclusive to Target stores); good makeup remover; the makeup is still the star attraction, with impressive options for foundation, powder, blush, lip color, eyeliner and especially makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: The concealers, eye pencil, and brow shapers are a letdown; the makeup palettes may seem convenient, but several of the included products perform poorly.
Perhaps best known for her years of work with supermodel Cindy Crawford, makeup artist Sonia Kashuk's well-chosen selection of makeup has been available exclusively at Target stores since the mid-1990s.
Kashuk's brushes have been a strong point, and now that they've been redone they're better than ever, and still affordable. This is definitely a makeup collection worth visiting, and you'll find some premium options among Kashuk's powder foundation, regular powders, and blush. Several other products, from foundation to lipsticks, are also worthy of attention, though this is not a line that caters to darker skin tones. Ironically, it's the latest cosmetic products that met with the most critical reviews, largely due to poor execution or their gimmicky nature.
Note: Sonia Kashuk products are also available at select Bloomingdales locations in New York and California. The company also maintains freestanding stores in New York and New Jersey.
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