& Other Stories Lockram Cactus eyeshadow

Friends, comrades, bloggers: good news. I have a job! That, along with us having visitors, heading away on mini-breaks (I've wanted to say that since reading Bridget Jones), and general disorganisation on my part, has contributed to me being absent from writing. I miss it, and I miss you, and I will be catching up on everyone's blogs soon.

Onto today's post... I've mentioned it before, but I'll say it again: I'm an eyeshadow dunce. I tend to smush colour onto my lids, blend the shit out of it, and hope for the best. I don't do a full on eye very often, but watching lots of YouTube videos seems to have somehow imbued some kind of muscle memory into my hands so that it doesn't end in total disaster. Maybe it's like that thing where if you imagine yourself exercising, you end up getting some of the benefits without, you know, actually exercising. 

My most recent eyeshadow purchase is a £7 single from & Other Stories. Lockram Cactus is one of those chameleonic shades - it is duo chrome, flashing reddish brown and a darkened teal green with a fine shimmer, and foils beautifully when used wet. & Other Stories have named all of their makeup offerings after textiles, which Auxiliary Beauty has noted in the past. Lockram, apparently, was a rough linen used in England and France in the Middle Ages.

& other stories lockram cactus open

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Here I've used a fluffy brush (Bdellium Maestro Series 776, which apparently is very similar to MAC's 217 -- see Morgan's post on it) to buff it onto the mobile lid and diffuse up above my crease, then blended out a bit with my staple workhorse, Bobbi Brown's Taupe. I then took an angled brush (e.l.f. Small Angled Brush) and sprayed it with toner (L'Oreal Age Perfection decanted into a Muji spray bottle, which by the way has the greatest spray mechanism I've ever used), then used as eyeliner. 

& other stories lockram cactus full face

I haven't photographed it particularly well, but hopefully you'll see the flash of metallic green at the lash line. 

& other stories lockram cactus close up eye

Here are some arm swatches, both in direct sun and in the shade. The right side of the swatch is with primer (Art Deco Eyeshadow Base, previously seen here), which helps it come out more true-to-pan, although I didn't bother with it on my lids. 

& Other Stories Lockram Cactus in full sun

& Other Stories Lockram Cactus in full sun

& Other Stories Lockram Cactus in shade

& Other Stories Lockram Cactus in shade

You can see what it looks like when fully packed on -- this is the finger I used to apply it. 

& other stories lockram cactus finger swatch

I generally don't have the patience or skill to work with more than two colours on my eyes - three at the most. Something like Lockram Cactus, with its moderate pigmentation and flexibility, helps to take my eyeshadow game up a notch. 

Lockram Cactus in context, not that you can tell I even have it on. I have yet to master applying makeup so that it shows up on camera. Excuse the weirdo expression -- I was trying to look awake but instead I look like I've had too many cups of coffee.

Lockram Cactus in context, not that you can tell I even have it on. I have yet to master applying makeup so that it shows up on camera. Excuse the weirdo expression -- I was trying to look awake but instead I look like I've had too many cups of coffee.