Benefit is diving headlong into spring, with 6 new shades of their fantastically soft and smooth Velvet Eyeshadows ($18). The Velvet shadows were launched in the summer of last year with nine shades that focused largely on neutrals (score). Click here to see those swatches.
The spring launch brings a little more color (and a little more shimmer) to the table. Nice Melons is peached pink with a touch of gold. Buns is very muted (almost brown) rose.Â Shamrocker is a deliciously cooling mint; Mermaid is green teal duochrome with gold shimmer. Fancy Pansy is lilac that reflects a subtle blue sheen. Bo Peep is a frosty peony pink.
Despite the overwhelming springiness of the new shades, I think they’re here to stay. Sephora.com doesn’t distinguish between the original nine and the new six. [EDIT: I recently learned these shades ARE limited edition, so if you see one you love, don't wait.]
Benefit Velvet Eyeshadow: Nice Melons, Buns, Shamrocker, Mermaid, Fancy Pansy, Bo Peep