EYES | Mustard eyeshadow vibes


Last time I was in Auckland I saw a gorgeous matte mustard eyeshadow at the Bobbi Brown store. Not being in a position to buy it at the time, I hoped I would be able to buy it from Sephora when ordering some other things, but they didn’t have it in stock, which led to several hours scouring the internet for the best matte mustard eyeshadow. Turns out they’re not that common! Eventually I settled on the Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow in M408 mustard. It’s definitely not a shade you can sweep across your lid when you’re in a rush to get out the door, but I love the colour.



These eyeshadows aren’t cheap at $21 USD a pan, although you get a discount if you buy more than one at a time. They are massive, though, almost blush-sized, so I can’t see me running low on this any time soon. The shade range is absolutely astonishing and if the quality of this one is anything to go by, they’re just as good as any other high end eyeshadows I’ve used.


On my skin in this look is the Diorskin Nude BB creme in shade 002. I’ve been loving this as it’s got a bit less coverage than a foundation (obviously) but still does a decent job at covering my redness – helped with some concealer, of course.


I applied the MUFE shadow all over the lid, defined the crease with MAC Soft Brown and then deepened it with MAC Espresso. I was a bit worried about wearing what is essentially yellow eyeshadow, but the warm brown tones I’ve paired it with ground the look and I think it’s actually quite wearable! I also went back at the last minute and dabbed a touch of shimmer on the inner third of my eyelid (MAC Amber Lights) as it was looking a little bit flat with all those matte shades.

So what do you think? Mustard eyeshadow, is it for you?

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  • Lena

    When I read ‘mustard eyeshadow’ I was like UGH but it looks really nice on you! I think blending it with the browns makes it look much nicer.

    • Thanks Lena! Sharon Farrell did a video where she blended it with purple and it looked awesome but I was scared that would look too much like a bruise.

  • This looks so nice on you! I don’t think I could wear it personally (mustard just doesn’t work with my skin tone) but I am envious because it’s gorgeous!

    • Thank you so much! It’s always scary trying out new and unconventional shadows so it’s good to hear I’m not the only one who thought it turned out okay 😛

  • Charli Marie


  • Love the mustard shade! It looks gorgeous on you.

  • Alina

    I really like it! My sister recently got a mustard eyeshadow from MAC and it looks amazing on her. Not something I would have ever guessed would be wearable, but it really suits you as well!

    • Thanks so much Alina!

  • Unpaletteable

    It looks lovely with the browns and the amber lights and your brown eyes. I wouldn’t know how to make it work on blue eyes though…tips anyone?!

    • I love how bronze looks with blue eyes, you could play up the bronze tones in the crease and pull that under the eye rather than the mustard?

      • Unpaletteable

        Good thinking Batman, maybe it can be done after all, thanks! A dash of liner might cut the mustard too…
        That MUFE shade is perfection but I think I have some mustard in a Sleek palette to play with until I figure it all out….you make it look so easy!

  • Thanks Albertine! Love your blog x

  • The colour is gorgeous! Don’t think I’m brave enough to wear it though 😀

    Ashley | http://artedellamoda.blogspot.co.nz/

  • Looks amazing! You’ve definitely made it work by using the browns to blend them out, not sure how well I could pull it off though!

    • Thank you Cass! You should try it out 🙂

  • Thanks Kristie! That reminds me I’ve got some Sleek palettes with some brights in them… I wonder what shade I should try next?

  • Catwalk Cult

    This looks really good on you! Doubt I’d be able to pull it off but wow! 🙂 I’ve never even considered mustard yellow as an eyeshadow shade to this is pretty unique 🙂 XX