#FOTD featuring Eye of Horus | Review + swatches

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow palette fotd

It's always super fun trying out new makeup lines and I was really thrilled to try Eye of Horus Cosmetics after winning two eyeshadow trios off of Girl Loves Gloss during a blog giveaway ages ago. Eye of Horus is an Australian makeup brand known for their amazing eyeliners and mascaras and they are also cruelty-free! Inspired by the beauty of ancient Egypt, Eye of Horus evokes the glamour of that time with their dramatic black and gold packaging and focus on dramatic, vibrant color.

The two eyeshadow palettes that I won were the Isis Sun Goddess Shadow Palette ($46) and the Sekhmet Shadow Palette ($46). As a kid I was a big ancient Egypt geek (I even learned how to write in hieroglyphics with a special stamp set) and so I absolutely geeked out on this makeup concept. Isis is kind of a queen among Egyptian gods and is the goddess of nature and magic, while Sekhmet is the goddess of war - very interesting inspirations for eye shadows!

Both palettes are baked with a mix of shimmer and satin finishes. They can also be applied dry or wet to increase the intensity.

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Eye of Horus Isis Sun Goddess palette. Left to right: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze and Sacred Husk

Of course my eye was drawn immediately to the Isis Sun Goddess palette and I had to try this one out first. The Isis Sun Goddess palette consists of:
  • Enigma Mist, a soft shimmery peachy gold
  • Chalice Bronze, a golden shimmery light brown
  • Sacred Husk, a rich bronzey gold
I adore warm, golden metallic shades in summer, or pretty much anytime of year so this was right up my alley! Despite how pigmented they look in the pan, these shadows actually apply fairly sheer on the lid, but they can be built up easily. Out of the three, Sacred Husk is my favourite as bronze colors are one of my favourite tones to wear. I'd say Sacred Husk is quite similar to Chopped from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, but is a lot more sheer and more gold-toned. Enigma Mist is of course an excellent base shade while Chalice Bronze is a great lid or outer corner shade for creating dimension. All are shimmery but not so much that it's overwhelming and have zero fallout. I can even wear these all day without primer! 

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Eye of Horus Sekhmet Smoky Palette. Left to right: Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

The Sekhmet palette is a sheer smoky eye palette and consists of:
  • Elixir Sands, a matte peachy nude 
  • Silver Eclipse, a shimmery light grey
  • Raven Onyx, a deep blue-grey shimmer
I'm not a big fan of grey shadows so I was a little skeptical about this one, but it wasn't as bad as I feared. Again, these baked shadows apply sheer with no fallout and don't require primer. Elixir Sands is nothing to write home about, but it's nice that they included such a flattering matte shade to act as both a base and transition shade, if you are light skinned enough for this one to work for you. Silver Eclipse is warm enough that it doesn't make me look ashy like most grey shades do and Raven Onyx is great for darkening the outer corner. I actually wish the colors in this palette were more pigmented dry as it seems like the type of colors you'd really want some drama with. If you have blue eyes, I think Silver Eclipse would make them really pop when worn as a sheer wash of color across the lid. Next time I go out, I'd like to try these wet to see if that helps up the intensity! As far as grey shadows go though, I actually liked this one.

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow swatches
Swatches in indoor light: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

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Swatches in direct sunlight - check out that shimmer! Left to right: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

Out of the two, I'm definitely favouring the warmer Isis Sun Goddess palette more as it just goes so well with glowing, bronzed skin. Both palettes come in nicely sleek and travel-friendly cardboard packaging and also contain decent sized mirrors and brushes, which I didn't bother using.

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Swatches in outdoor light: Enigma Mist, Chalice Bronze, Sacred Husk, Elixir Sands, Silver Eclipse and Raven Onyx

While I was quite happy with my experiences with these shadows, I don't think I can really recommend them as they're just too expensive. At $46 each these are super pricey and not exactly great value considering you can get a Tarte or Urban Decay palette for just $10 more and those contain around 12 shades each. If price isn't a concern for you though, then by all means try these out! 

Finally, here's a look I wore recently featuring the Isis Sun Goddess palette and the purple shade from the Urban Decay Urban Vices palette (see my review of that palette here). I love this combo of gold and purple and it totally makes me feel like an Egyptian goddess... even when just going to a friend's house to watch Game of Thrones.

eye of horus isis sun goddess eye shadow palette review
Wearing Sacred Husk across lid + Urban Decay Urban Vices Hoodoo in outer half of lid and Chalice Bronze on under eye

makeup look featuring eye of horus
Wearing Sacred Husk across lid + Urban Decay Urban Vices Hoodoo in outer half of lid and Chalice Bronze on under eye

eye of horus makeup look

To really get that Egyptian goddess glow, I kept things light and dewy by applying the NIOD Photograhy Fluid (review here) to really amp things up and then a light layer of the Burberry Fresh Glow foundation (review here) using a damp Real Techniques Miracle Sponge (review here), then setting everything with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light.

Finally I strobed it up with my Charlotte Tilbury Bronze & Glow highlight - this stuff will give you crazy glow and I just went to town with it with a light fluffy blush.

Black mascara is a must here, so I used the Stila Extreme Huge Lash Mascara to get inky black lashes and then filled in my brows with my usual Clinique Pretty Easy Brow palette (review here).

Finally, I love brighter lips in summer so I slathered on my favourite Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Amazing Grace. I think I should have put a bit of gloss on this just because gloss always makes me think summer, but hey it still works as-is!

I hope you enjoyed this look! Have you tried any Eye of Horus products?

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