Do or Don't: Jennifer Love Hewitt's Bold Gold Eyeshadow

JHL goes for the gold. Does this work or is it overkill?
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JHL goes for the gold. Does this work or is it overkill?
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Pampers launch, August 2013

I feel like it's been ages since I've seen Jennifer Love Hewitt. Possibly not since the vajazzling video—remember that? Now, she's all grown up with a baby on the way, husband-to-be and a shorter, darker hairstyle that is all business.

Plus, it looks like she's moved on from vajazzling to decorating her eyelids instead of her private parts. (Which I think we can all agree is a positive development.) At some Pampers launch in New York City this week, she showed up wearing an all-black outfit and neutral makeup, save for a major gilt trip in the eye area. The party was definitely happening all along the eyelids:

Jennifer Love Hewitt - Pampers launch, August 2013

You know what? I actually think this is a super-cute idea. The whole trend of using metallics to emphasize the eyes is something I've been banging on about for some time now, and I think it's a fun twist on the more expected darker, matte colours. It's a neat trick for bringing light to the eye area and is one of the easiest ways to add colour to your face without it being too strong (or noticeable when you're not that precise with your lines, as I discovered when I tried the trend myself). It works best the way JLH has done it here, with no other colours on her face or in her outfit fighting for attention. Even the hair colour and the bangs help draw the focus to the eyes.

But as usual, I think we need to inspect this right up close:

Jennifer Love Hewitt - Pampers launch, August 2013

Okay, this is where things start to fall apart a bit for me. I get that the lines of gold needed to be thick so that you'd notice it from far away, but up close I can't help but feel like it's a bit too much.

(The other thing I might nitpick about with Jennifer is the obvious lip liner—although it's not quite in Kat Dennings' league yet.)

Anyway, compare and contrast with how Olivia Munn (who does shimmery eyes a lot) worked her gold recently:

Olivia Munn, The Newsroom seasons 2 premiere, July 2013

It's a different look for sure, but I'm more drawn to Olivia's version when I see it up close. It just feels more sophisticated and neater in the application.

Then again, it doesn't have the impact of Jennifer's when you zoom out:

Olivia Munn, The Newsroom seasons 2 premiere, July 2013

Maybe the compromise is Jennifer's shade of gold but just a thinner line. What do YOU think?

Are you a fan of the gold eyeshadow trend?
What do you think about Jennifer Love Hewitt's interpretation?
Or do you prefer it more subtle, like Olivia Munn?