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In the past, my go-to eyeshadows brands were Urban Decay and Too Faced. But recently, I was introduced to a line that is specifically made for women of color and Black women. Mented Cosmetics was started by two Black women, KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson. It started off as a conversation over drinks and evolved into a full-on lipstick collection. The brand aimed to offer nude shades for people of color and make them feel part of the often exclusive beauty realm.

This year, Mented branched out and created an eyeshadow palette with nine shades, the Everyday Eyeshadow Palette ($28). I was excited to try a line that would complement my skin, attend to the sensitivity near my eyes, and work for day and night looks. I received the palette and decided to document my experience.

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