I found an offer somewhere on Facebook to try some makeup for free from a brand I wasn’t familiar with: GA-DE Cosmetics, an Israeli beauty brand created in 1985 that sells makeup, fragrance and skincare worldwide. Their color cosmetics emphasize color harmonies, shades that are designed to go together, especially in their shadow offerings. A week or so later, I received a very pretty eye shadow with three neutral shades embossed with a beautiful lace pattern in an attractive, substantial, square clear plastic case. Frankly, it was almost too pretty to use, so I just looked at it for a couple of weeks after I received it. Silly, right?
Today was a gloomy, rainy, chilly day in New England, a good day to stay in the house and play with makeup. So I took out the GA-DE Icon Lace Pearl Grace Eye Shadow Trio in Tender Nights. Look how pretty it is!
GA-DE is a buttery powder shadow, easy to blend on the lid. Because the three shades blend into each other in the compact, it can be a little tough to get at the middle shade that’s sandwiched in between the two others. So the two neutral shades were more or less a blend. I was concerned that the matte black might be too dark for me, but it reads a deep charcoal that is easily blended out and it’s a totally wearable shade for mature skin. The two lighter neutrals are satin shimmer shades. The light beige one is a shimmery champagne and the toasty light brown is actually a shimmery rose gold. Although they are not sheer – they’re what GA-DE calls “a satin veil”, they are very light colors that provide a lovely bright shimmery glow. I wish they were a bit more substantial, but I still liked the look I got, sort of a shimmery evening look. I was surprised when I looked at myself wearing it in a video, the brightness really shows up in spite of the paleness of the shades.
Here are the swatches:
Also, the shadows feel good on my dry lids because they are infused with vitamins C and E.
Here’s the look as well as the products I used to get there:
- Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizer with SPF 30
- Lumene Time Freeze Anti-aging CC Cream in Light
- Tarina Tarantino Dollface Cheek in Feather
- NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer
- Urban Decay Anti-Aging Primer Potion
- GA-DE Icon Lace Eye Shadow in Tender Nights
- butterLONDON Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black, tightline
- Gorgeous Cosmetics Eyeliner in Miss G – a green gray, lower lashline
- Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil in Light, lower waterline
- Shiseido Lash Curler
- L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara
- Eddie Funkhouser Lipstick in Kiki.
It appears that GA-DE Cosmetics makes some lovely makeup, skincare and fragrance products. Take a look at GA-DE Cosmetics by visiting their website or shopping GA-DE on Amazon. Free with any $35 order from their Amazon store until June 30, 2015, you can receive a makeup bag filled with a full-size shadow single, full size lipstick and a mini nail polish. Nice.