Most famous for their cream products, RMS has recently branched out with pressed powder eye shadows, aptly named the Swift Shadows. Intended to deliver the same light-reflective finish as the company's cream Eye Polishes in a longer-wearing, buildable powder format, the Swift Shadows can be applied both wet and dry and are pressed with wild-crafted buriti and organic jojoba oils. The shadows are grouped into six different colour categories, with three varying shadows per category — amounting to 18 shadows in total. After being slightly disappointed with the longevity of their cream Eye Polishes, I was anxious to try these pressed powder shadows to see if they would hold up a little longer. Green and Pure was kind enough to send me 6 different colours from the line. Green and Pure is the ultimate Canadian green beauty destination! Check out all their green goodies!
“Formulated for those who prefer powder instead of cream eye shadows, RMS Beauty Swift Shadows are designed for quick and easy application. Mixed with the industry’s best mineral color pigments, Rose-Marie’s favorite wild-crafted Buriti Oil and organic Jojoba Oil, Swift Shadows will not dry out the lid like traditional formulas. Unlike other powder eye shadows, Swift Shadows are pressed, not baked, which avoids heat exposure and preserves the integrity of the raw ingredients.” Now that's what I call beauty without compromise!!!
The Swift Shadows create the same metallic look of the Eye Polishes when wet, only they last for hours without creasing. The shade selection is very wearable, featuring rich neutrals, earthy tones, and sophisticated purples. And best of all, the formula is extremely versatile – it can easily go from sheer, subtle coverage to rich, full-on opaque coverage just by mixing in a little water (which is definitely my preferred method for applying all six shades!). I've found the lasting power to be fantastic. I don't use any primer on my lids, except a dusting of concealer when doing my base, and the shadow stays put for at least 70% of the day before fading pretty evenly without creasing. It lasts longer when I've built the colour up - a thin wash over the lids does fade faster.
Each little compact costs $28 CAD which may not be as cheap as some brands, but definitely more cost-friendly than most. The only downside to the shadows is that some shades appear to be extremely fragile since they do not contain any preservatives and are pressed, not baked.
I would definitely recommend you to try these eyeshadows even if you’re not a eyeshadow lover (yet), as they might convert you and lure you into the wonderful world of RMS Swift Shadows. Just don’t blame it on me when you try one and end up wanting them all. And, if you don’t already have an eyeshadow brush that you love, Rose Marie developed a Powder Eye Shadow Brush just for this formula. It deposits just the right amount of colour and it’s a great size; big enough to do the whole eyelid, tight enough to work colour into the crease. And, it is cruelty-free and vegan, of course.
Overall, these are a luxurious addition to any makeup collection and a must-have if you prefer pressed eyeshadow over loose powder or cream finish. Check out Green and Pure online and get your shop on! They have everything your green beauty heart could want. Vancouverites, you can find them at Aberdeen Square, and everyone else, you can find them online at greenandpure.com!