Monday, April 22, 2013

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Fair and Square Review

Over the past year, whenever I've complimented my friend Laura on her eyeshadow, it turned out that she was wearing a Sonia Kashuk quad.

Her eyes always look so fabulously shimmery -- and if there's one thing that lures me in when it comes to shadow, it's shimmer.

I can't resist it.

So I'd been meaning to pick up one of the Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad for a while and when I was doing some Christmas shopping at the end of last year, I finally bit the bullet.

(When I said I have a backlog of products to review the other day, I wasn't kidding.)

Laura's usually rocking pretty purple shades, but there was one Sonia Kashuk quad that absolutely screamed my name. 

Fair and Square (44).

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Fair and Square

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Fair and Square
If you've been reading this blog for a while, I bet you know what shade it was in the quad that totally pulled me in.


The gorgeous peachy/coral shade.

It has a matte base, but it has very fine silver glitter scattered throughout it.

The other shades include a shimmery light warm brown; a sheer pinky peach glitter-infused shade; and a shimmery dark brown.

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quad in Fair and Square
Now, right off the bat, I'll admit these probably aren't the most pigmented shadows that I've ever come across.

But I think this is one of those rare instances where swatches don't do the shadows justice.  They translate much better on the eye than they down on the inside of my arm.

That said, it does require a little bit of effort to get the coral shade to look as opaque as I'd like.  I use a colored base under it -- I usually go with M.A.C's Rubenesque Paint Pot, which is a shimmery golden peach shade -- and pat on a couple of layers of the shadow to really deepen the shade.

When I do that, wowza!

Holy blue eyes , Batman!  (If you've got blue eyes, of course.)

I use the lighter brown shade to define the crease and the darker brown shadow to deepen the outer V.  The sheer glittery shade, which seems similiar in concept to the glittery topcoat that comes in the Revlon Photo Ready Primer + Shadow Palettes, is perfect for patting in the center of the lid over the coral shade to really brighten the eye and add plenty of shimmery goodness.

I do need to use a brow highlight shade from another palette, but that's not really a big deal.

The finished look is just so pretty -- it's glittery and fabulous and makes my blue eyes pop like nobody's business, though the overall effect is still natural so I can wear it pretty much anywhere.

I really love this quad.

I've worn it a ton since December, but I think it'll get even more use now that we've hit spring.

Have you tried any of the Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow Quads?  What's your favorite?


  1. Yay – a shout out to me! I actually used the pinky-peach shade today to go along with a shadow I used from the Balm’s Nude’tude palette you gave me for Christmas.

    In addition to the Fair and Square quad you reviewed, I have (of course) the Purple Haze quad. But, I am loving the Brown Eyed Girl quad. All four shades are heavily glitter-infused. There is a silver, a dark purple, a dark bronze and khaki green. I’ve used them all except for the khaki green and love them. (I’ve got to start experimenting with green – I picked up those green single shadows at Sephora in Vegas, but haven’t played around with them too much yet.)

    - Laura

    1. I definitely there are more of these quads in my future. The glitter in them is so unique -- it almost makes your lids look wet when it catches the light. So pretty.

      You definitely have to start wearing those green shadows. They're too pretty to go unused. :)


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