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Makeup Wars: Color of the Year Emerald Green.

Pantone officially declared Emerald Green as the color of the year. In case you wonder why you are seeing so many fashion items and accessories in green lately, this is why. While the makeup community might be a bit behind (except Sephora because they already have a Sephora + Pantone Universe Emerald Green Collection), many brands have quite a few green products in their regular line. These green products are quickly becoming popular; green nails and green smoky eye looks are popping up everywhere!


Emerald Green Makeup

While I tried to concentrate on emerald green for my picks, I just couldn't find many products that fit the emerald green description. I like to think of my picks as "emerald-ish" green. When searching my stash, I quickly discovered that I have no emerald green nail polish - or even anything close to it. What I do have though, are quite a few green eye liners and green eye shadows. These are my favorites.


Emerald Green Eye Liners

Emerald Green Eye Liners

1. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil - 16L Green
This pencil glides on with a medium yellow green sheen. It's very smooth and lasts until you take it off. $18.00

2. NYX Slide On Pencil - Esmeralda
This silky soft pencil applies very easily making eye lining easy. It feels more like a shadow crayon than a liner, actually. The color is a lighter emerald green with a bit of shine to it. $8.00

3. COVERGIRL Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliiner Pencil - Jade
This intense waterproof liquid pencil is an easy to apply and smudge eyeliner that has a built in smudger. The color is an emerald-teal shade of green. $9.99

4. Anastasia Covet Waterproof Eyeliner - Vert
This thin eyeliner is waterproof and pretty much budge-proof once you apply. Smudging is not really an option, so it has to be applied carefully. The color is a deep smoky moss green. $19.00

5. Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense - Intense Ivy
This quickliner is a very precise eyeliner that applies well and smudges easily with the built-in smudger. The shade is a real darkly pigmented ivy green, almost like a black green. $15.00

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Covet
The pencil formula is one of my favorites as it does just what says; it glides on like butter and lasts all day. In face, you need to use an eye makeup remover to get this long-lasting liner off. The shade is a beautiful emerald green with a bit of silver sheen to it. $19.00

7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Liner - 4 Diamond Lagoon Green
This is a waterproof liquid liner that applies easily with the precision brush. Like all of the Aqua products, this one goes on and stays on. The shade is a sparkling bright blue-ish green. $23.00

8. Laura Mercier Kohl Eye Pencil - Antique Jade
This kohl pencil offers a thicker tip and was actually formulated for lining the inner rims of the eyes. I use it as a regular liner and have used this color for years. Antique Jade is a dark, almost khaki green shade. $20.00


Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

Emerald Green Eye Shadows

1. NARS Duo Eyeshadow - Misfit
As one of my favorite shadow formulas, this eye shadow is super silky, highly pigmented and very long wearing. The shades include an ecru shimmer and a true emerald green shimmer. $34.00

2. Sephora + Pantone Universe Color Theory Shadow Block - Bionic
This shadow trio contains three shades; a true emerald green and two complementary shades. The green actually looks beautiful with the white shimmer and bold blue, which I like to use as a liner. The formula is very silky and lasts all day. $26.00

3. MAKE UP FOR EVER Eye Shadow - 168 Iridescent Lagoon Green
This truly emerald green shade has a bit of soft emerald green shimmer to it. It's a super soft powder that applies beautifully. $20.00

4. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour - Jungle
This creamy eye shadow applies like a dream. It goes on so easily, lasts all day and never creases. I love the different smoky effect this dark olive green gives. $24.00

5. L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eye Shadow - Endless Sea
This super soft velvety formula glides onto lids and lasts through everything. Endless Sea is a pretty teal green with a jewel tone look to it. Not exactly emerald (they do have a golden emerald in the collection) but pretty enough and very wearable to be mentioned. $7.95

6. bareMinerals Prime Time Primer Shadow - Racing Green
Made to be an eye shadow primer to intensify a loose powder shadow look, I like to wear it alone. The creamy formula applies with fingertips and leaves a soft wash of color that adheres to the lid. Racing Green is a shimmery emerald green/gold shade. $12.00

7. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Super Shimmer - Peacock
This highly pigmented, soft shadow contains beautiful, subtle shimmer in a great soft emerald green shade. I wore this shade or another very similar Clinique shade when I got married. I am sure there was no super shimmer formula then, but the color I remember well. $15.00

8. bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 - The Winner Is...
The mineral powder shadows are super silky and long lasting, not to mention good for you with the mineral infused formula. The duo contains Chart Topper, a shimmery gold and Hit Single, a shimmery light emerald green. $20.00

9. Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour - St. Germain
This luxurious sateen shadow looks like silk when applied, but feels almost creamy as it is applied. It is easy to blend as it wears well with no creasing all throughout the day. The shade is a light golden emerald green that looks different depending how the light catches it.

10. Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint - Mighty Moss
One of my new favorite shadow formulas in an easy to apply stick comes in this great jeweled dark green shade. The color payoff is soft, hence the tint name, yet beautifully colored and very long-lasting. $16.00

11. bareMinerals Eye Color - Oz
This long lasting, loose mineral powder formula can be applied wet or dry, depending upon the look you want. Oz is a vibrant emerald green. $14.00

12. MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Cream - 22 Emerald Green
This super pigmented, long-lasting formula offers a very rich, full on waterproof color. This a golden emerald green shade. $23.00

Check my Makeup Wars blogger friends and their Emerald Greens.

Reader Comments (39)

Holy Green Spam, Batman!!!! I really just drooled on my desk right now. My shopping list is extensive on your post alone!
ERMAGHERD! Look at all that green! So amazing! Thanks for the swatches too. This does help. I can't wait to fill up my shopping list with some of these items!
You've seriously got greens covered!!
Brooke -
The green trend is really growing on me, can you tell? Bummed that I couldn't find the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Edgy Emerald or the L'Oreal Infallible in Emerald Green either. Those are on my must find list.
Pink Sith -

Swatching them was the only way that I could demonstrate how different emerald is being interpreted by so many different brands. I think some are really way off from what I see Emerald as.
Kelly -

I am loving Emerald Green (some more than others, though).
I love your green products. I am going to try with a few of the liners!
I am trying to bring some more green into my style with accessories, ie. scarf, hand bag and jewelry. I thought about doing my nails but never thought of eye shadow or makeup. What a great thought!
Barbara -

I think that bringing in a liner is the easiest way to get into the green trend.
Jenna -

I am in search of a new green bag for summer, and I do need to get some emerald polishes. I think a shadow or a liner (obviously) is a great way to add in some of the color of the year too.
Great swatches! It is funny how so many products look green but wear so differently. And I know that green looks great with brown eyes and green or hazel eyes, but makes my blue eyes look red and it makes me look almost sick.
I *adore* that Queen Collection Jade - I used to use it all the time before I was taken. Unfortch, I can't find that line anywhere around me, so I haven't been able to replace it yet, but I will. Oh yes, I will...
I love green and have been looking at some green makeup for a bit. I really like your suggestions and plan to check some more out. For one, I will be purchasing the Nars eyeshadow. I looked at it before and passed, but I can't any longer.
Wow!!! You have quite an assortment of Green liners and shadows! I am impressed!
Wow! I love Jungle!
I just added soooo many items to my shopping list because of you. Teri, you need to stop with the pictures!
Nice! What a great collection! I love the NYX and Anastasia eyeliners!
I'm totally envious of all your green shadows. I'm newly into this color and will use this post as a guideline. I adore the Bare Minerals duo with The Winner is - it's one of my very favorites.
I definitely need to pick up a few of those eyeliners!
Oh la la, I pretty much want to eat everything on here. Of them all, that NYX liner rulesssss in payoff!
For the love of green woman that's a lotta fab greens! I just added a ton to my shopping list!
my wive would look pretty using Diamond Lagoon Green combine with long dress in same color as her eye liner and a set of high hills. Where I can buy this one?
Lauren -

I am sorry to hear that you can't wear green, but I totally understand. The same thing happens to me when I wear purple on my eyes.
Paula -

I love the Vivid Impact Liners. I just used Truffle to a stub but found another at a Walmart that I had never gone to before. Hope you can find one! If not there is always the P&G eStore.
Harlene -

That NARS duo is what is making me fall in love with emerald green. The green in the duo is GORGEOUS!

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