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.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

NYX Simply Vamp lip cream Covet, Aphrodisiac, She Devil swatches

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the items shown.

I bought these back at Christmas and just opened them!  I have to do a lipstick destash but can't do it until I've worn everything first, right?

Swatched on bare skin, inside photo, no flash

NYX's color decriptions:
Covet - light rust with red pearl (looks slightly metallic blood type red)
Aphrodisiac - light brown plum (looks burgundy red to me)
She Devil - deep plum

Haven't worn them yet, since I just opened them.  I have a feeling they'll survive the destash.

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

Sunday, March 8, 2015

IT Cosmetics Limited Edition Naturally Pretty Celebration Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette

Nothing to disclose, I purchased the product.

That's quite a long name for a palette.  I've looked at a few IT Cosmetics items at Ulta, swatched a few on my hand, but without a decent match, I've never purchased anything from them.   This palette is normally $42 but I bought it direct during a sale combined with a coupon code, so it was $20.16 before state sales tax, $21.57 total, free shipping.  I figured that was too good a deal to pass up, even though palettes and I rarely get along.

Before I begin, let me say that I rarely give any sort of reviews anymore.  No one really gives a damn about my opinion, they just want to see swatches and move on.  So I really only comment when I feel something needs to be said.  

This is listed on their site as an "anti-aging matte transforming palette" but in their longer description says it's "perfect for women of all ages."  Mattes are generally recommended for 'mature' women, as shimmer / sparkle may enhance fine lines, but "the Transforming Ombre Radiance Ribbon is a completely unique shade, designed to be added to each of the matte shades creating a new pearlized color or adding a sheer golden veil with a simple swipe of a brush!" 

The shadows are buttery soft and do seem to blend well, but they're not very pigmented.  I'm pretty fair skinned and it took several swipes with the brush to get the lightest shades to show up enough to get a photo.

I love makeup and can pretty much find something positive about anything.  This palette seems like it's suffering from an identity crisis.  It's got this amazing holographic packinging, is it targeting a younger user? Makeup fiend? I don't know.  Neutral palettes are everywhere, full of incredible shades, shimmery, sparkly, lots of matte, all very drool worthy.  But this one doesn't seem to know who it's targeting, it feels disjointed compared to the others I've tried. Who's the audience?  Mature women, with the anti aging mattes, most likely.  Women who prefer a neutral palette, obviously, but I feel everyone needs good neutrals in their life.  It feels like a palette for women who are afraid of color, afraid of anything too outside a very small comfort zone.  You can feel safe and secure with these barely there shades, no need to worry about applying it too heavy.   It would certainly be at home in the most conservative environment, even with that radiance ribbon begging to be used to jazz things up a bit.

But even with the radiance ribbon, these shades are just all so, well, blah.   It's a shame because this could be so much more.  Honestly, I never return makeup, but if I'd paid full price for this I'd be the first in line for a refund.  At $21.57, I'll keep it and use it in conjunction with other shadows.  It's just not enough on its own, the lack of pigmentation is just disappointing.  I think I'm one of the mature women this palette is supposed to target, but I'm too in love with so many great indies that offer so much more.   I'll keep my fingers crossed that future palettes from IT will have a little more oomph behind them; meanwhile, I'll go with the theory that this palette is perfect for those few women we all know who are terrified of makeup.

All swatches done over TFSI, taken inside by sunny window, no flash.

Here's the color descriptions from IT Cosmetics, my thoughts after:
Snow Angel - matte soft cream
Champagne - matte pale peach (champagne is a better description, I don't see pale peach at all)
Cozy - matte soft ginger
Warm Wishes - matte beige (super soft beige)

Miracle - matte smokey melon (dusty rose)
Peace - matte tea rosed (pinky beige)
Wonderland - matte smokey lavender (another soft beige, not grey or lavender enough to be greige)
Hot Cocoa - matte mocha brown

Gingerbread - matte topaz brown
Toasty - matte smokey rose
Spice - matte cinnamon brown
Sugar Plum - rich matte purple

Starry Night - rich muted navy
Coal - deep matte slate

Really, I'm not trying to sound all snobby and put this palette down.  I really had high hopes for it; I just think it's really best suited to a different type of user, one who wears only the basic soft neutrals.

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