One of my "beats" here at Allure is reporting on when a celebrity has dramatically changed their look, whether it's a new hair color or cut, a nude lipstick when they're known for red, or a new tattoo. And it seems to happen more than ever, with very few stars sticking to a signature look for years, let alone decades. One exception, however, is Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Zeta-Jones found a stunning look that worked for her sometime in the last century and hasn't strayed from it, only modernizing it a bit along the way. Her long, dark hair is basically… well… always long and dark, and her makeup nearly always involves sultrily lined eyes. So when the Oscar winner announced she was launching a makeup line, it did not surprise me in the least that she kicked it off with eyeliner and mascara.
In case you didn't know, Catherine Zeta-Jones has a lifestyle brand called Casa Zeta-Jones, in which she sells the cutest little shoes and seems to have several other categories in the works, like coffee, activewear, and home decor. Earlier this summer, the actor announced her makeup launch in cahoots with Wunder2, with whom she collaborated to create My Mascara and Eye Contact Long-Lasting Pencil Eyeliner ($18) in two shades.
I was genuinely surprised to find that the two shades did not include black, the color I assumed was Zeta-Jones's go-to. Instead, they're Beach Bronze, a brown-leaning copper, and Gilda Gold. Both have a noticeably radiant finish — you can see it just by looking at the pencil's tip — and I quickly found that it made for a subtly glamorous look after the incredibly easy application.
I applied Beach Bronze to my upper lash line, going a little thick toward my outer corner, and it glided on like a dream. I was worried that the temptation to smudge would be strong, but I was able to create a precise shape that tapered in toward my inner corner. I decided to use the much lighter-colored Gilda Gold along my lower lash line, and the metallic finish read like expertly-placed eye shadow.
My Mascara immediately proved itself to be a great everyday mascara for anyone who wants a bit more than the bare minimum from their everyday mascara. It isn't super dramatic, but it isn't super basic, making a noticeable difference in the thickness and length without making my lashes the undeniable centerpiece of my makeup. And according to the brand, you can build upon it even hours later if you want to up the glamour in the evening.
You might think the next products coming down the line would be a mauve-y lipstick or a radiant foundation, but Casa Zeta-Jones has just announced another eyeliner: Eye Contact Perfect Smoky Eye Pencil, which comes with a built-in smudger for easy blending. This time around, the shades are navy and brown — still no black — but after loving the original Eye Contact pencil so much, I have no doubt Catherine Zeta-Jones has another hit on her hands (and eyes).
Check out the new Casa Zeta Jones makeup collection at wunder2.com.
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