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.

Monday, November 16, 2015

ColourPop Holiday Color Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I picked up a few of the additional holiday colors, three eye shades, Fanny Pack cheek, and Boogie and Silk lippie stix. 

Swatched on bare skin.  First photo outside, direct sunlight.  Sorry a piece of my hair jumped into the photo, it's a bit windy.  I didn't notice til later. 

Second photo outside, indirect light.

Here's ColourPop's color descriptions:

Fanny Pack cheek- icy silver white with a pearlized finish
Glitterati - silver undertone drenched with tons of gold glitter in a metallic finish (I usually shy away from anything with "gold" in the description, but this is really nice and not overwhelmingly gold)
Dance Party -  Sultry smoky violet packed with hot pink, violet and cobalt blue glitter, metallic finish (much prettier in person, and mega sparkly!)
Leopard - vivid violet blue in a matte pressed pigment finish
Boogie lippie stix-  vibrant violet red dusted with turquoise glitter in a satin luxe finish
Silk lippie stix-  rich deepened burgundy in a matte finish

Leopard was a bit of a surprise for me.  It looked very dark in the jar but is absolutely perfect in person.  I'm really glad I got this shade.

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

Monday, November 9, 2015

ColourPop Blitzed Holiday Collection Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I bought the Blitzed Holiday Collection shadow set which arrived only a few days later.  I'm going to put this aside (for myself) for Christmas, but wanted to swatch it now.

Shadows swatched on bare skin with wet/dry brush.  First two outside, no flash.

Here's an inside by the window, no flash

ColourPop's color descriptions are:

Valley Girl- soft vanilla with tons of gold highlights in a Pearlized finish
Thirsty Girl- warm bronze drenched with gold glitter in Metallic finish
Fan Girl- cool toned violet grey in a Pearlized finish
Party Girl- soft dusty pink in a Matte finish
That Girl- charcoal grey drizzled with lots of silver and gold glitter in metallic finish
Roller Girl- true black topped with rainbow glitter in a Metallic finish

I find it kind of ironic that Party Girl is the matte with no glitter.  I think they should've switched the names for Party Girl & That Girl, since Party Girl brings to mind loads of shimmer & sparkle.  It's a lovely matte pink though, I'll definitely use this one up quickly.

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

Friday, September 11, 2015

Life's Entropy Galaxy Glow Illuminator Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I ordered sample sizes of five of the eight Galaxy Glow Illuminator shades a while back.  I can't remember why I didn't get the other three shades, whether they were out of stock or what, but I'd definitely grab samples with a future order. 

"Galaxy Glow Illuminators are liquid highlighters with fine light-reflecting particles that create an illuminating effect on the skin without being too glittery or greasy."  I haven't worn them yet, just the swatches, but I agree, they're not greasy and have the right amount of shimmer without being glittery.

I simply dipped a fingertip into the clamshell and swirled it onto bare skin.  Both photos were taken outside, no flash.  The first is indirect sunlight.

direct sun, a bit too bright to clearly see the shades

Here's Life's Entropy's color descriptions:

Light Year – bright pearl white  (this is a great bright white, I'd use this a lot)
Nebula – pearl white that shifts pink-silver-green (my favorite of the bunch, much more pinky/silver, almost lavender as I move my arm)
Comet - opal peach
Solar Flare - rose gold
Aurora - pale pink (probably use this as much as Light Year, great pink)

Comet and Solar Flare are both pretty, but a bit more peach than I like for myself. 

The shades I didn't get are:
Solstice - pale gold
Constellation - golden pale pink
Celestial - pearl white that shifts gold-copper-red

Full sizes are $12 to $14, for 16g.  Samples are $1.50 to $2 for 1g.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Fyrinnae Lipstick Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product and received one free sample with order.

I jumped on the Fyrinnae lipstick shades when I saw them.  I only purchased samples to start, and lemme say that I really appreciate the sample sizes.  These were packaged in 5g jars, so easy to dip the brush in to try them.  There's enough for several uses.  Samples are $1.50, full sizes are $10.

When I ordered on August 3rd, there were seven shades.  Since then, three additional shades - Pumpkin Spicy, Indulgence, and Space Western - were added.  Fyrinnae graciously added a sample of Pumpkin Spicy to my order.  That's another positive, they're happy to include a new shade with orders.  Note my order arrived on August 12th.  I also ordered a full size shadow (Moon Child, since mine's nearly empty) and a mini of Marshmallow Puffs shadow.

Here's my quick & dirty swatches, applied on bare skin.  Lipstick was applied using a wet/dry brush, brushed over the samples several times to pick up enough product, then brushed it over my arm 4-5 times to make sure it was dark enough.

First photo inside, no flash

Here's an outside photo, although you can see the sky is kind of an odd color for 10:30am.  Sort of overcast, but the flash didn't go off. 

Fyrinnae's Color Descriptions:

Witchcraft - A solid version of our extremely popular Wizardry Liquid Lipstick, this is a burgundy base with a shimmer highlight which turns from turquoise to pink to reddish, depending on the light and angle. Please note that the color and effect will not be as intense as the liquid lipstick

Misfit -  Light metallic "grape soda" purple. Sheer at first but easily built up

Empower -  Deep, warm mahogany plum, coordinates with Saharan Princess blush. May appear brown on some skintones  (this does look sort of a cross between plum and brown on me)

Pumpkin Spicy -  A "My Lips But Pumpkiner" shade, this is an autumn pumpkin spice color, which may work as a good warm nude on some skintones.

Drawn that Way - Vibrant rich red which doesn't lean particularly warm or cool. Can be built up to a deeper shade.

Purr -  Light cool mauve, coordinates with Bewitching and Temptation blushes

Elven -  A light, milky peach-pink, coordinates with Nordic Angel blush. This shade may be best suited for light skintones.

Legendary -  Rich bright pink, leans warm. Coordinates with Greek Goddess blush.

I thought the red shades would be my favorite, but I love the way Purr looks.  I haven't worn them yet so no thoughts on feel / wear time, etc.  They do apply sheerly but can be built up, as stated in their color descriptions.  After wearing liquid lipstick almost exclusively for the past few months, it's strange to put on a regular lipstick.  But I'm glad they're making them, and can't wait to see additional shades.

Hope the photos helped, and thanks for looking. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sharing from S.O.P.H.I.E.

Sharing from S.O.P.H.I.E.

Today is a quiet day of reflection as we mark the 8th anniversary of the hate fuelled attack that led to the death of Sophie. Sylvia knows you join her in remembering Sophie over the next 13 days leading to the tragic anniversary on the 24th. Together we are strong as a community who fights this hate and prejudice. Sylvia sends you much "Love and Light" .. X

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Swatches - Trap, Solow, Tulle, Avenue, LAX, Creeper, Zipper

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I ordered several of the new ColourPop Ultra matte lip shades, as who doesn't love a matte lip?    Although the initial release was a bit of a fiasco, I was able to place an order for many shades just before midnight (eastern time) for myself and a makeup friend.   I received an email that my order was scheduled for shipment only four days later, surprisingly fast for such a big release, and received it a few days after that.  

Swatches done on bare skin, photos outside, no flash, slightly overcast.

I've been wearing one shade each day, so far Trap, Solow, and Tulle.  Now I know there's this whole procedure for a matte lip, and so many friends have given me the shocked "are you kidding me?" speech when I tell them my application method.  It's called open lipstick, slap it on bare lips, done.  If I can find my clear liner I'll use it, but that's only about half the time.   I know for "optimal results" I'm supposed to exfoliate, prime, balm, do the chicken dance,  powder, blot, and pray to the lipstick gods for positive results, but frankly, I'm too old for all that crap ;)  I just want to put it on and go. 

Trap and Solow are NOT my colors.  I don't know why I occasionally buy these shades, when I know I'll never wear them.  But they've already been claimed and will go to a good home.  They are a bit dry upon application, but after about 10 minutes I didn't even notice.  I didn't bother putting any balm over them (again, that whole "I couldn't be bothered" applies) and they held up fairly well.  Trap held on through lunch but after dinner, which involved half a cheeseburger, pickled watermelon rind (something I will not eat again), and an arugula and watermelon salad with dijon vinaigrette, only about half the color was left.  With Solow, I forgot I was wearing it and didn't check, but was surprised to see it was still on when I removed my makeup that night.  Tulle also held up fairly well but I took it off earlier than normal (after maybe 5 hours).  No flaking on my teeth with any of those shades.  I did only put on one coat with each of these shades, Trap and Tulle I used UD Ozone multipurpose pencil as a liner only.  I don't have much of a problem with feathering, but figure it's worth it to put it on.  With Solow, I wore it alone, no liner.

I suspect the darker shades will be a bit more challenging.  You can see in the photos that they're not quite as even, Avenue and particularly LAX look like they'll need a second coat for even coverage, and from all the comments I've read, that's where things start to get squirrely.   I'll fill you in once I do wear them.

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

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

ColourPop Addict and Blood Lippie Stix Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

These lippie stix are from the Rumor Has It collection.   I didn't get Pinch, but probably should have bought that instead of Addict. 

First two are outside, no flash.  Slightly overcast.

Next two are inside, no flash

ColourPop's color descriptions
Addict - super light nude in a creme finish
Blood - deep burgundy red in a matte finish   I'd consider this more a blue based red, an everyday red. Great shade, just not burgundy in my book.

plus the third that I didn't buy
Pinch - light pinky-beige in a matte finish

I'll wear Blood often, it's a great shade that I'd wear daily.  This is my idea of a regular red, but I do tend to favor darker lip shades.   Addict will be passed on to a friend who can easily wear nudes.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

ColourPop Highlighters - 5 Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I purchased five different highlight shades, $8 each.  I don't contour and highlight simply because I couldn't be bothered, and my skin can't handle layers of product and look decent for more than a couple of hours.   On hot days, I use a bit less foundation and/or concealer over my rosacea, so a highlighter over the reddest areas can make it look like well placed blush if I'm lucky.

Monster arrived cracked; I didn't contact customer service about it because I figured it would be easy enough to press it with a fingertip or brush back together, which I did after doing my swatch. 

Close ups

ColourPop's color descriptions.  Note all these shades are a pearlized finish.

Stole the Show - Light cool-toned gold with luminous flashes of pink, silver and gold
Monster -  light pink with highly opalescent duo chrome finish
Hippo -  soft cool-toned icy lavender
Smokin' Whistles -  cool-toned pink champagne with silver highlights
Spoon -  light silver champagne with multi-dimensional silver flecks

I wasn't too crazy about Smokin' Whistles or Spoon when I first applied them, but after sitting with them on my arm (and rubbing off on my shirt a bit) I do like the shades.  They first appear a bit too peachy on me, but Smokin' Whistles does turn more pink and Spoon looks more like a plethora of sparkle in an almost sheer cream base after they've settled in.  The other three shades I adore and will use often.

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

Monday, June 8, 2015

ColourPop Rumer has It plus Birthday Girl Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.  Birthday Girl was a GWP.

I purchased the bottom four shades, Swan, Ice, Feather, and Raven, along with Blood lippie stick, then a second order for Jet, Intoxicate, and Addict lippie stick.  Birthday Girl was a free gift with purchase to celebrate ColourPop's first birthday.  

Swan arrived in one piece but got tossed around while waiting for me to get to it, so it's cracked now, but still perfectly usable.

I didn't swatch the lippies because after washing off the shadows, my arm was blotchy and not a good canvas for a second round of swatches.  The lighter shades removed easily with my usual coconut oil and a bit of Cetaphil bar soap.  The darker shades required a bit more effort, which caused the redness.  A base under these darker shades is always a good idea.

closer photos

The last is the "down the arm" shot to show the sparkle.

ColourPop's color descriptions:
Swan - soft creamy white with tons of silver glitter and hints pink duo chrome glitter in a Metallic finish
Ice -  true silver with tons of multi-dimensional highly reflective glitter in a Metallic finish
Feather - true liquid gunmetal in an Ultra Metallic finish
Raven -  intense black lightly dusted with silver flecks in a Metallic finish
Jet -  almost black with the slightest hint of warmth in a Matte finish
Intoxicate - caramel brown in a Matte finish
Birthday Girl -  no official description, but it's a light brown with golden/bronze shimmer, metallic finish

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

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Darling Girl Nine Ghoul School Swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

Darling Girl's Ghoul School collection has 15 shades, and I ordered 9 of them, which is amazing since I wear so few shades these days.   I ordered minis and also purchased the optional lid stickers, which are included with full sizes.  I was happy I had the option.

Shadows swatched with damp brush over TFSI.

unfocused to show sparkle

DG's color descriptions
Pearls & Chains: Light silvery pearl with gold undertones holographic sparkle
Goth Moth: Hot pink with pink sparkle
Vegan Vampire:  Deep magenta with silver iridescence, pink and violet sparkle
Snowboarding Cutie:  Pale icy blue with pink sheen, purple iridescence and blue sparkles

unfocused to show sparkle

DG's color descriptions
Nerd Glasses:  Matte dusty periwinkle base with black and pink sparkle
Scarisian Artist:  Light dusty lavender with pink undertones and pink sparkle
Rockstar Diva:  She is the sparkiest of them all with a sooty charcoal base and loaded with silver micro iridescence and a rainbow of holographic sparkle
Gothic Lolita: Deep purple with pink sheen and violet and purple sparkles
Siren Chic:  Blackened purple with just a touch of blue sheen and gold and copper sparkles

The remaining shades:
Egyptian Princess:  Molten orange-y gold filled with aqua sparkles
Equestrian Couture - Light dusty lavender base with strong turquoise flash and a blend of color shifting sparkles that flash pink, aqua to viole
Fierce Furry Fashionista - Plummy brown with soft red/violet sheen and pink and violet sparkle
Mermaid Beach Babe - Light teal green with gold tones and rainbow sparkle
Stitched in Style - Midtone greenish grey with turquoise iridescence and blue and red sparkles
Sugar Skulls - Light grey with green sheen, copper sparkle and a pinch of holographic pink sparkle

I should've picked up a mini of Fierce Furry Fashionista, will get one next time I order.  The other shades are colors I don't wear, orange/gold/copper, blues/aquas/teals/greens.  They do look really nice, the color descriptions and photos are very helpful.

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

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Lime Crime Cashmere Dupe - LA Splash Ghoulish?

nothing to disclose, I purchased the items.

We all love a good dupe, and here's one that's pretty close.  Cashmere is just ever so slightly more pink.  It also applied easier, with a slightly angled doe foot applicator, whereas Ghoulish has a longer, straight applicator. 

Two coats of each swatched on bare skin.  Photos taken inside, no flash.

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

LA Splash Ghoulish and Ravens Claw swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

I bought Ravens Claw from the Smitten Liptint Mousse collection and Ghoulish from the Lip Couture collection.   Both were $11.98.    The label on each tube says "nt wt 0.10oz (3.0ml)" but this information does not seem to be anywhere easily located on their website.

I applied a layer and went over it back & forth with applicator so it would be even; went back and added a second coat once it was dry.  Swatched on bare skin, photos taken inside, no flash.

The doe foot applicator on Ravens Claw was wonderful, slight angle, while Ghoulish was longer and straight, which wasn't as nice to use.  Nothing to worry about, just made it harder to do a neat swatch. 

I haven't worn them yet other than a quick try on.  Ravens Claw is that super deep reddish shade I love.  Ghoulish is a shade I love on everyone else but it doesn't seem to suit me.  It needs a dark eye, I think.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Darling Girl - a few neutral swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product shown.

I ordered a few Darling Girl neutral shades and received the last, Lil Ass Kicker, as a free gift with purchase.   It's rare that I order several shades and am impressed with them all; this is one of those times.

Shadows swatched over TFSI using dampened brush, photos taken inside, no flash

A "down the arm" shot so you can see the sparkle

Darling Girl's Color Descriptions:
Tragic Death of Mr. Stay Puft (from Who Ya Gonna Call collection) - light toasted tan with a hint of blue, red and gold iridescence

City Chic (from Paper Runway collection) - palest nude pink with gold sheen

Jeweled Taupe -  an amazing, metallic, bronzey taupe with multi-colored shimmer like tiny little jewels ribboned through it. (note you can find this by searching the shade name on DG's search feature, or by color, under taupe.)

Hot as Baelfire (from Fairy Tale Romance collection) - mid tone matte plummy brown

Lil Ass Kicker (gift with purchase) - GWPs change weekly, so this one's gone...but perhaps will return someday?

All of these shades are much more impressive in person; my photos really don't do them justice.  Use that as an excuse to place an order so you can see these for yourself.

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