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22 August, 2014

Indie Friday: Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection

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Happy Friday, everybody! Today I have some pics and swatches to share with you of some indie eyeshadows that I think are absolutely lovely: The Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway collection.

Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection GDE

Some of you are probably already familiar with Glamour Doll Eyes—they've actually been around since 2008! They sell a variety of makeup items including eyeshadows, blush, lip stuff and more, but the shadows make up a large portion of their catalog. They sell both their own custom blends and a smaller number of unblended pigments (marked with a * for your browsing convenience). All of the shadows in this collection are unique Glamour Doll Eyes creations. Some (but not all) of the shades in this collection are vegan, so I've marked the ones that are as such.

The jars pictured above are sample sized (1g in a 5g jar), in case anyone was wondering. And I think these stickers are unique to this collection, because they're covered with illustrations of tiny clothes! So cute.

Time for your closeup, shadows. (Click to enlarge.)

Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection GDE Buyer's Remorse Avant-Garde Spikes & Pearls sample jars

Shades pictured left to right:
  • Buyer's Remorse: A light teal with a subtle gold sheen and a pinkish purple sparkle. 
  • Avant-Garde: A matte magenta base with an orange sheen and a bright blue sparkle. (Vegan)
  • Spikes & Pearls: A dark brownish purple matte base with a green and red/pink sparkle. (Vegan)

Swatched over Etude House Proof 10 Primer (standard eye primer) on the top and Darling Girl's Glitter Glue on the bottom.

Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection GDE Buyer's Remorse Avant-Garde Spikes & Pearls swatches

The blue sparkle in Avant-Garde REALLY comes out over a sticky base, as you can see. I really like Buyer's Remorse for a pop of color on the lower lashline.

Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection GDE lovelock Nice Kicks Grandiloquent sample jars

Shades pictured left to right:
  • lovelock: A sheer ivory base that rubs down into a pinkish purple sheen with green and pink sparkle.
  • Nice Kicks: A muted green with a strong copper and gold sparkle and a slight brown sparkle.(Vegan)
  • Grandiloquent: A light matte grey base with a subtle orange sheen and gold & turquoise sparkle. (Vegan)

Glamour Doll Eyes Paper Runway Collection GDE lovelock Nice Kicks Grandiloquent swatches

Swatched over Etude House primer on the top and Darling Girl's Glitter Glue on the bottom.

Blurred for effect! Nice Kicks and Grandiloquent are much more vivid over the sticky base.

General thoughts/impressions:

I found these shadows easy to work with, and I was kind of surprised at which ones ended up being my favorites. I find myself drawn to really bright, vivid shades a lot of the time, but the second set of three (lovelock, Nice Kicks, and Grandiloquent) ended up being my faves even though they're more muted. I feel like lovelock and Grandiloquent in particular are tame enough for everyday wear, but the sparkle makes them unique without being totally over the top. And I *LOVE* the subtle pinkish-purpleness of lovelock ... this is the color I imagine unicorns to be. Neigh.

I would strongly advise using a basic eyeshadow primer (at least) with these shadows, as most of them aren't nearly as vibrant over bare skin. Some of them do really "pop" more with a sticky base (I used Darling Girl Glitter Glue, as referenced above), but I think all of them looked lovely over regular primer.

Where to buy:
You can find all of these shadows individually on the Glamour Doll Eyes website, or purchase the entire collection as a discounted bundle. Both full-sized bundles and sample-sized bundles are available. Just for reference: The entire sample jar collection is $10.75, which I think is a great deal because there really is a decent amount in those jars.

What do you think of the Paper Runway Collection? Which shade is your favorite?

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were provided to me for review purposes, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. I did not receive any other form of compensation. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. Oh my god these are beautiful swatches. I think my favorites are Buyer's Remorse and Nice Kicks. I wish I could paint my room with both.

    Just out of curiosity, what did you use to swatch them? Your swatches look so crisp and clean!

  2. I usually just make a bunch of little rectangles on my arm with Scotch tape as a "stencil" of sorts. That way I can go nuts applying them with a makeup brush and just peel off the messy edges, lol.

  3. Man, that's a really smart idea! It's hard to get a perfectly even swatch when you're trying to fit 10 on your arm.

  4. So true! You could even do a grid of little squares if you're trying to fit a ton of them in.

  5. Buyer's Remorse is unfff! Perfect mermaid color~

  6. Buyers Remorse and Avant Garde are my fav of the bunch. Does the glitter glue make your eyelids stick to your crease? Ive never used an eyelid glue before.

  7. $10.75 is good price for all six shades! I wouldn't mind that they are sample sizes because the full-sized jars usually end up being more than what I need, anyway.

  8. Nice pigmented shadow !! Would love to see how you do the eyes with these shadows ♥

  9. It's not really glue so much as a stickier-than-average primer, but once it dries, it's dry. No more a sticking issue than a cream shadow.

  10. Wow these are simply gorgeous. Great swatches :)

  11. Definitely. I don't know that I've ever completely used up every bit of an eyeshadow. Plus if I really love one of these enough to use up the whole sample size, it's easy enough to go back and buy the big jar by itself.

  12. I took some photos like that, but they came out blurry so I didn't use them. :( I really like Buyer's Remorse (the seafoam green color) on the lower lashline! It looks very fun even if the rest of your makeup is ordinary.

  13. Thanks! And they are pretty darn awesome.

  14. ohh I see...thanks for the info

  15. Somehow I totally missed your question before ... but yes, Emma is correct! It's mildly tacky as opposed to full-on glue-like, if that makes sense.