Monday, March 20, 2017

Rituel de Fille Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I purchased the sample pack, 5 samples for $15 plus shipping.  Although that's higher than I'd normally pay for a sample, I always prefer to buy a sample when I can so I'm not stuck with a full size of a shade or product that doesn't suit me.  I picked out one eye soot, one luminizer, one blush, and two lipstick shades.

The company's website states "Each set includes samples of five shades of your choosing, and contains just enough product for approximately 1-2 uses of each. Please note that these are not deluxe or travel-size samples, and are intended only to be used to evaluate full-size shades for purchase."  The samples are on the much-smaller-than-I'd-expected size, but I'm still overall pleased that I'm able to try various products and shades.   They also included a card with a 15% off code, which is nice, and will help recoup my $15 should I go for full sizes.

Photobucket, which is where I usually label my photos, has been uncooperative all day so I tried another site, so the font might be a bit odd.

Here's the sample set, you can see the samples are small.

And here's the items swatched, on bare skin, inside, no flash.

Sigil is an Ash and Ember Eye Soot, described as a warm champagne gold with hint of pale pink.  You can see the pink shimmer to it, but it's much darker than I expected.

Ghost Light is a Rare Light Luminizer, described as a cool toned pale pink and a shift of violet blue.  It's a really pretty shade, and it's creamy.

Delirium is an Inner Glow Cream Blush, described as ripened nectarine with golden highlights. I'm not sure how I feel about the golden highlights but will wear it before making any final decision.

Written in Blood is a Forbidden Lipstick described as a universally flattering blood red.  This is made with carmine.  It's semi matte.  Usually reds described as "universally flattering" or "classic" are always far more warm than I care for, this shade is much closer to what I look for in a red.

Fortune Teller is the other Forbidden Lipstick I chose, described as deep berry red with lacquer like depth.  Also a semi matte.   I really like this shade as well.

Despite the very small sample sizes, I will definitely be able to get several wearings out of each product.  The lipsticks I don't even have to put on to know I love the shades - but will wear them to determine if I really like the formula.  I have very similar shades in other brands, so it'll take a wearing or two before I decide if I want a full size of either or both.  The products went on very smooth and creamy, except for the Eye Soot which was a bit less so.  All in all, I felt it was $15 well spent, despite my initial feelings of the samples being small.

Hope that's helpful.

Friday, March 17, 2017

A Few More CF Foundation Swatches - Idun Minerals, KVD

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the items shown.

Swatches only just so you get an idea of the shades.  Obviously these are not blended, because I want you to be able to see the colors.

Top two photos are inside, no flash.  As always, wysiwyg.  I use an old Canon point & shoot camera, and nothing's altered, just cropped and labeled. 

Next photo is outside, no flash

Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Some Cruelty Free Foundation Swatches - Illamasqua, Illuminare, Too Faced, Cover FX, Silk Naturals

I purchased the foundations shown, except for the Cover FX N10; I asked for a sample on a recent Sephora trip, as they did not stock shade N0.

This is more a reminder for me so that when I feel the need to try a new foundation, I can look back at my own photos to see what worked for me and what didn't.  I put a dab of each foundation on my arm, bare skin, and brushed it in with a wet/dry brush.  They are not blended in, of course, so you can really get an idea of the shade.  I went a bit heavy on the Illamasqua CF 115 cream, but the rest I used an equal amount.

**Please note the Cover FX is their Natural Finish Foundation.  Sorry I didn't include that in the original post!!**

Note all the brands are cruelty free.  Also note the Silk Naturals are the HD cream formula.


And here's the two indirect sunlight / in the shade photos:

Note I did adjust the brightness of these two in Photobucket, by the amount shown below.
I know, you could probably care less, but normally my photos are only cropped and labeled, I thought it was important I mention it.  I wanted them a bit brighter without changing the color of the foundations.

I hope you've found these photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Monday, July 18, 2016

My Kind of Palette - Fyrinnae Unicorn and Makeup Geek swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the products shown.

First, I'm well behind in my swatching.  I've been on a low buy for what feels like forever, but picked up the Makeup Geek shadows and small Z palette last month using a 15% off orders $50 & up coupon code.  I also bought Fyrinnae's pressed Unicorn last week; I'd been patiently awaiting a restock on it.

Shadows swatched over UDPP with foam applicators (because why not give it a try); photos taken outside, no flash.

You know I'm really not one for palettes, so I thought it would just be easier to build my own.   Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

ColourPop Fall Shade Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I picked up a few of the Fall collection items during a recent sale, cheek color Never Been Kissed, liquid lippies Kapow and Bedazzled, eye shades Mixed Tape and Party Time.  Eye Candy is a regular shade that I'd meant to order and just kept forgetting.

Swatched on bare skin.  First photo outside, direct sunlight, kinda bright so a little washed out.

Inside photo by sunny window

Outside, indirect sunlight

ColourPop's color descriptions:

Eye Candy - cool toned ethereal lavender drizzled with tons of silver and pink glitter, metallic finish
Mixed Tape - mid-tone cool grey, pearlized finish
Party Time -  dusty mauve grey, matte finish
Never Been Kissed cheek -  dusty coral, matte finish
Kapow liquid lip - muted grey taupe
Bedazzled liquid lip - deep true purple

Hope you've found the photos helpful, and thanks for looking.