Thursday, July 28, 2011

Morgana Lip Balm swatches - 6 shades

I ordered some Morgana lip balms which arrived on Saturday. Yay! I wore Diabolical Druscilla on Wednesday. I put it on before leaving the house at 8:15. It stayed on through my morning coffee and Cliff Bar (which I take to work with me and eat at my desk), and most of it stayed on through lunch (omelette) except the center of my lips. I reapplied and held up til I took it off before supper. Felt nice, like a balm, not sticky, not icky, not goopy, and highly pigmented.

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It's crazy bright outside, this really shows off the colors. No flash.

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For my "with flash" photos, I had to stand under the awning. It's so bright out that using the flash completely washed out the pictures. I like to take a "no flash" and "with flash" pic in the same spot for comparison, but it's just impossible today.

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There are 50 shades in Morgana's lip balm collection, because she's truly evil. I'm going to have to place another order and get about a dozen or so shades I didn't order because I was trying to show some restraint.

Morgana's color descriptions, my thoughts italicized after.

Countess Bathory - cool toned red with a hint of violet sheen
Everyone needs a great red lip balm, and this one is lovely!


Fusion
- pink with a orange-gold sheen
I'm not normally a fan of orange or gold but this has a really pretty shimmer to it.


Diabolical Druscilla
- hot pink with a violet sheen and hints of turquoise twinkles
my favorite of these 6, gorgeous shade!

Heliotrope - violet with a pink tint
This matches both the nail polish I'm wearing and my purse, which I didn't realize when I ordered it. I tend to go for darker purples but this shade just keeps jumping out at me!

Nevermore
- mauve-brown with a hint of pink-violet sheen
more brownish red on me, nice deep shade.


Starburst
- greyish-blue with purple and green sparkles
the sparkle comes through nicely. It' more greyish purple on me than blue, but that could be the sparkle. Plus you know I see purple everywhere.

Ok, so why do I swatch lip products on my arm and not show them to you on my lips? I suck at lip shots. I see so many great lips on other blogs and mine just aren't up to par. I don't want to not include lip product swatches, but haven't figured out how to get pics I'm satisfied with.

I hope you've found these pictures helpful, and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Evil Shades Franken Shadow Swatches

I received my Evil Shades order and these Franken shadows were enclosed. Franken shadows are the small amounts left over from leftover batches of discontinued shades, limited editions with just a smidge left, or any other small amounts of colors. It's a nice way to use up the leftovers!

I remember looking at them but didn't order any (I had to check my email since I order so many things I forget what I order, duh), so I'm not quite sure which numbers they are. The invoice said #4, which must be the second from left. A very nice special treat, so thank you, Evil Shades!

If anyone knows for sure which is which, please feel free to share. I don't want to put the wrong color numbers if anyone's interested in ordering these.

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The light pink on the left is a nice soft pearlescent shade, really pretty. I love light pinks.

The darker pink is the one I'm assuming is #4, which says "Purpled mauve with pink undertone and multi color shimmer". It's definitely a shade I'll wear.

The green is a soft springy green, nice amount of shimmer. I'm not big on greens but you know, this is really nice.

The last shade is black - I want to say it's matte but I really don't think it is. There's something else in there, and a bit of red sparkle to boot. Nice and dark, perfect.

Hope you've enjoyed these pics, and definitely check out the Franken shades! Thanks for looking.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Evil Shades more swatches

A few more Evil Shades swatches for you. Yes, I realize these are a hodge-podge, from different collections with no rhyme or reason. It's hot and my brain isn't working.

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Evil Shades color descriptions, my thoughts italicized, if I have anything to add.

Dreamspeaker
- Soothing lilac with silver shimmer- summons an Icy dreamy lilac with silver sparks bursting through.

Faeries Song - Bright cheery purple with a posy pink shift.
nice amount of shimmer to this one.


Conjure
- Stormy sparkling purple- conjures up a mysterious blue shift that floats over the purple base.
a grey-purple-blue shimmery shade, the more I look at it the more unsure I am what I see!

Phoenix - Ash gray with fiery orange and red glitter
solid grey with bits of red glitter


Up til Dawn
- Soft nude/beige/skin tone with a silvery pink flash and green shift
a beachy champagne nue with a hint of greenish, more golden than pink on me. Great summery shade.

I hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Evil Shades Soft Shades

I ordered some Evil Shades samples, four from the Summer Lights collection. These are really great summertime shades, soft and pretty, a hint of color without being too made up for in the heat. Now if I'd have thought this through I'd have put the 4 Summer Lights shades together, then the other two, but doh! I didn't.


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Evil Shades color descriptions, my thoughts italicized

Sun Kissed
- Sheer baby pink with silver illumination and green shimmer
super soft & pretty shimmer pink. The green doesn't really come through on me, but that's ok, I'm not a green girl.

Beach Party - Sheer white (appears pinkish in the jar) with pink to blue luminescence and pink copper sparkle
It's appears not quite white on me, more ivory/cream with lots of shimmer. Gorgeous!

Valkyries - A light dusty neutral pink opalescent. (perfect highlight color)
I agree 100%!

Lazy Daze - Sheer violet with a pink luminescence and green sparkle
shimmery soft barely there pinkish hint of lilac, again, the green doesn't really read on me.

Vacation Paradise - Soft sheer Violet blue with blue undertones and aqua sparkle
an icy blue shimmer


Sovereign - Pure silver with multi colored sparkle
super sparkly, but still soft silvery shade that's a good way to add some silver without being too in your face.


These shades would all appear different if you use a colored base or cream shadow underneath. Evil Shades does show swatches over both a white cream pencil and black base, and the colors really do pop. Since I'm completely lazy and don't use a colored base 99.9% of the time, I just swatched them over a thin layer of UDPP, which is my standard swatching method.

Hope the pictures help, and thanks for looking!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Black Rose Minerals Perpetual, Bleed Black, Stardust, Violater swatches

Last four of the Black Rose samples I purchased. These are swatched over a think layer of UDPP, and the glittery Stardust and Violater are patted over Pixie Epoxy.

The uneven Stardust swatch is no reflection on the product, but due to my icky swatching. I was racing a thunderstorm, so I didn't want to take the time to clean it off and reapply it neater because I was afraid I'd miss the sunlight. And yes, my arms are sunburned in the pictures.

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A piece of glitter hit the light just right on this picture.
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Black Rose Minerals color descriptions, with my thoughts italicized.

Perpetual
- A light to medium silver gray, this beauty shimmers with violet and green sparkle. We recommend with a sticky base or wet to bring out the true complexity of this one.
medium grey with shimmery hints in there that look green and sorta pink/purple.



Bleed Black
- This dark, sooty black is a great addition to a smoky palette. Worn dry, it’s a smoky charcoal gray heavy with bright silver glitter popping out. Wear it wet to deepen the charcoal tone.
I wrote soft sooty black with silver shimmer before I read the description. Ha! I'm not great at color description so I always amaze myself when I see what's in the official description. Perfect amount of shimmer.




Stardust
- A glitter explosion of purple, pink and ocean blue! Black Rose recommends using Pixie Epoxy or similar sticky base underneath.
Aqua, pink, and purple massive sparkle. Shake the bag well to ensure even distribution of color before applying.



Violater
- An explosion of red and various holo glitters! Black Rose recommends using Pixie Epoxy or similar sticky base underneath.
Pink and red glitter really stands out, but there's ever color imaginable in there. Shake the bag well to ensure even distribution of color before applying.


Stardust and Violater are "all over" shades that you can use anywhere, eyes, lips, hair, in your nail polish, etc. When I removed the swatches from my arm, the glitter did not feel scratchy like some glittery shades do. These two are patted over Pixie Epoxy. No sense using mega glitter if you're not using PE!

Hope you've found these swatches helpful, and thanks for looking.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Black Rose Minerals - brown / orange swatches

Some more Black Rose Minerals shades, all very autumnal colors. I am so done with summer.

All swatched over a thin layer of UDPP.

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Black Rose Minerals color descriptions, with my thoughts italicized

Minky - Our very favorite color! Is it purple? Is it red? Is that green I see? Yes, all of the above. This shimmery duochrome is great for a smoky eye look. A true color changer, it's extremely versatile. When dry, it truly depends on what base is used to determine the color. When wet it brings out all the highlights in a beautiful rainbow mess.
A green/brown shimmery duochrome, sort of reminds me of Coco Mauve / Chameleon Glitter.

Indy - We named the dog Indiana, but we saved this brave matte just for you. A sultry, earthen brown, this color is great for any adventure you might find yourself if – be it exploring hidden temples or fighting Nazis. True to color wet or dry, we love the texture of our gorgeous mattes!
deep chocolate matte


Gossamer - This little red monster shimmers with just a slight touch of silver to send chills up and down your little rabbit spine. Wet or dry this one is true to color with a touch of deeper color when wet.
a light shimmery deep pumpkiny-red. Who doesn't love Gossamer (from Bugs Bunny)?


Tik Tok - Return to Oz with this golden, rusty red. Wear it dry for the rusty orangy red, heavy on golden shimmer. Worn wet, you get a real color changer. It truly changes from deep red to bright gold depending on light and direction. A great color with heavy saturation.
Rust orange shimmer (I wrote that before I read their description), the gold comes through more when you brush it on versus patting it.


Giza - What secrets do these pyramids hold? Only you will know for sure. This matte golden tan has terrific texture and is a bit darker dry and wet.
a lovely cinnamon matte


Vixen - This little beast is a gorgeous rosy brown. Wear it dry for a softer, shimmery brown with pink undertones. Wear it wet to bring out more of a silvery, deep champagne hue.
a shimmery medium brown with goldeny pink hints

These are shades I don't normally wear but they all make me hungry. Weird. Hope you've found the pictures helpful, and thanks for looking.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Black Rose Minerals - more swatches

Some more Black Rose minerals swatches. I took a bunch of these on the same day, so my arm is a tad sunburned.

These were applied over a thin layer of UDPP.

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Black Rose Minerals color descriptions, my thoughts italicized

Rapunzel - Let down your hard and revel in this delicate and light pink with fantastic golden shimmer highlights when worn dry. Wear it wet to see it change completely to a true rosy gold with a delicate shine.
a light to medium pink, not what I'd call soft pink, but really pretty with nice amount of shimmer.


Femme Bot - She’s beautiful and deadly, this one. This matte pink borders on the mauve side but is not boring in the least! Great color coverage wet or dry, you’ll lave the guys wanting more every time. Dry it has a deeper mauve color.
salmony pink matte


Titania - A gossamer lavender, this divine shade is delicate, but not understated. A mauvy tone, it borders between lavender and a rosy pink. Sheer when dry, shimmery when wet.
mauve-ish pink with shimmer



Maleficent
- A gorgeous violet matte, there’s nothing wicked about this one except how much you’re gonna love it. Great color saturation wet or dry, however wet does bring out a slightly deeper shade.
Deep violet purple matte, really pretty.


Miner Infraction - Beware! Cave trolls! This one is a deep shimmery mud brown. Looking like something from the earth, it's a glittering gem indeed both wet and dry.
shimmery purplish (bordeaux?) with brownish undertone. I thought it would be more brown and thought maybe I had some cross contamination. I used a clean brush, swatched, then wiped it off and redid it with another clean brush, but it still looks more purple to me. That's a good thing in my book.

Sweet Hereafter - This smoky black has heavy undertones of red shimmer that give it a real kick. Wear it dry for a sultry smoky eye and wet to deepen the dramatic effect. Great as a liner or for the classic “goth” eye.
blackened red - patted on it's more black, but sweep it on with a brush and the reddish really appears.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Black Rose Minerals - neutral shade swatches

Some Black Rose Minerals neutral shade swatches. My arms are slightly sunburned and appear a bit more pink near the first two shades, Sponge and Zealous. Ouch.

All swatches over a thin layer of UDPP.

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sorry about the shadow - it's from my other arm while taking the photo.
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Black Rose Minerals color descriptions, with my thoughts italicized


Sponge
- This delicate yellow borders on white. A pearlescent sheer finish when dry and a shiny shade of pale yellow glistens when wet.
It's like the antique white color my Mom used to paint all the walls, but in a good way, ivory with that hint of yellow.


Zealous
- A light coppery orange, it gives a certain zest to highlight a warm look. Also pearlescent both wet and dry.
In the pics it looks like Sponge, but in person it's more peachy than yellow on me.


Dusty Trails - Here in the wild, wild west this is the color of desert sage. A lustrous sandy sheen with just a hint of pink. More matte when wet, but beautifully dusty when dry.
My favorite of these shades. It's a pinky nude on me, nice shimmer without being OTT.


Skink - Slip into something slippery with this barely there neutral. Dry shows off a very subtle pinky-beige that shimmers beautifully. Worn wet it becomes a champagne metallic finish with shimmer blending out on the edges. Recommended as a perfect highlight, wear it paired with a dark matte for a dramatic look or alone for a natural neutral!
light taupe shade with multi sparkle

Mummy May I - A light, dusty beige on the very verge of a pink hue. Such a sheer shade is a perfect neutral for any living dead girl. Recommended best dry or with a sticky base, wet does tend to wash out the color.
It's really pretty, and I'd use it as a crease color. I don't think it's light or sheer on my skin, but a nice medium brown, like milk chocolate.


Confused
- What color is it? We don't really know. But our sources tell us there may be violet, gold, green and/or blue. What we do know is that it's a great sheer neutral. Wet or dry, it's a conversation starter. Best worn with a sticky base.
Perfect name, because it is confusing. It's lighter on me than Mummy May I, like a little extra milk in my milk chocolate. Loads of sparkle.


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

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Fyrinnae Shadow Swatches

I placed a small Fyrinnae order on 7/7, and it arrived much faster than I'd anticipated (7/16). I only ordered 8 samples, and received 1 free (Montalivet). I've had some of these shades before but who knows what I did with them. These are swatched over a thin layer of UDPP.

Panda paper!
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Fyrinnae's color descriptions, with my thoughts italicized. I write down my thoughts on the colors without having checked their descriptions, so I may not have much to add.

Crimson Ghost - Satiny ivory-pink in the jar, but once applied (especially wet!) it has a soft glow of light red shimmer in varying hues. Try applying over a black base (shadow, cream liner, etc) for a great effect.
The reddish hint really does come through, somewhat goldenish too.

Montalivet - Soft shimmery golden-copper beige. Somewhat sheer, and works great as a highlight or to liven up a matte shadow.
Sort of peachy orange shimmery shade on me.


Atomic Afterglow
- Silvery-taupe with highlights of copper and gold. Less sparkly, more multi-hued, and with a darker base than our Platinum.
I wrote dark taupe/grey with orangey shimmer


Snow Leopard - A soft, deep taupe shade that has subtle hues of rose. Very versatile.
Golden rosy taupe


Beholder
- Sparkling, somewhat silvery deep taupe.
looks kinda chocolatey pinkish on me.

Koala - A medium rosy taupe, this shade has a satin finish, but gives off a little more shine when applied wet.
Dusty pinkish/taupeish

Ravens & Writings Desk - Nearly matte with a slight satiny finish, this is a rich, deep mauve shade. Buttery-soft, no crumbs.
medium orchid, less shimmer than the others, sorta pearlescent


Knickers in a Twist
- This shade is a deep taupe with subtle bronze sparkle. Similar to Snow Leopard in hue, but darker and without the red shimmer.
looks like a cup of hot cocoa, rosy brown and yummy


Warrior Magic
- Gleaming, sparkly silver with a greenish highlight that changes to pink and soft gold, enhanced by glowing blue sparkle.
greenish grey with a plethora of sparkle.


Warrior Magic is not currently listed on their website - not sure if it's been discontinued or temporarily unavailable. I ordered it on July 7, and I'm writing this on the 18th. Hmmm. Well, if it reappears, grab one.

I haven't had much time to swatch lately, so I was trying to get a bunch done today before thunderstorms hit. Once I went to label the pictures, I realized I should've left more room between the shades to list the names. I don't like to put too many shades in one photo for that very reason, but with such a small order I figured might as well get them all in on one post.

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