Monday, January 2, 2017

Shiro Cosmetics - Swatches, Pressing, Looks and Review. (Really Long and Image Heavy)

Okay, this post has been a long time coming.

I actually ordered these shadows in September to my mom's house in the states because my grandmother died and I was heading up there for a memorial. The memorial didn't end up being until November, so I and have had them pressed and ready to post every since. However, Shiro Cosmetics went viral during that time and was completely overloaded with orders. They had so many orders they actually had to stop selling eyeshadows to catch up so that everybody had their orders by Christmas.

I decided to delay the post until you could actually order these products.  So, good news is, Shiro is back up and running for the new year and they have a great discount code running right now, you can use HAPPYNEWYEAR for 20% off Cosmetics and HAPPYNAILS for 10% off Nail Polish. These codes expire in 5 days so be quick!

I am REALLY glad I got my order in before the rush. There is nothing to note as far as ordering. I would give ordering from Shiro 5 stars. TAT and Shipping times were very upfront. It was easy to checkout, they accepted PayPal, it shipped out in a reasonable time and showed up much sooner than estimated. No complaints here.

One thing I would note is that the customer service is really great. I was having my order shipped to a family member in The States because I was heading up there for a funeral and I didn't want to deal with international shipping prices and customs.

So, I asked Caitlin (the owner) via email when some out of stock eye shadows would be restocked because if they weren't going to be restocked before I go, then I would just order right then so that the package had plenty of time to get there before I left. Unfortunately the eyeshadows that I wanted were Limited Edition ones so they weren't going to be restocked but she did offer to make sure that my package came in at a very specific time frame so that I wouldn't miss it which was so sweet. I did not need that since I was staying with family and not in a hotel and the funeral didn't end up being until November. But, I thought it was really cool that she would go out of her way to help a first time customer like that.

So, before I get into it, I should mention that all of these shadows come loose and I decided to press them all because I hate loose shadows, I will do another post on pressing and why I'll never go back to mainstream palettes soon. But, this post is already too long.

Everything pressed really well except one sample which I killed on accident. I don't know if it was my fault (it probably was) or if it was one that just didn't want to be pressed but I was pretty bummed because it was a really gorgeous color. If I had to guess, I think I added too much binder. It is the first round palette on the left on the bottom. RIP Main Brain, Game Frame. I was looking really forward to you, you will be missed. I used pressing supplies from TKB Trading.

Most of these are minis, which is why the 26mm square pans are not full. Three are full-size and they filled the pans almost completely, I think that they would have topped off a 26mm round pan. The tiny round pans are samples.

The sample bags varied in amount but I could get the 15mm round pans either mostly or completely full. On the website, it says the samples are 1/8 tsp but, I suspect there is more because I have a ton of 1/8 tsp samples from another indie company and there is so little in those bags that I could use the shadow only 2 or 3 times. I should have measured them!

A couple of these shadows were really cool and not exactly what they seem, they apply differently wet and dry. Examples are:

Let's Use All The Colors!: This one applies as a bright and vibrant purple when it is dry, if you apply it wet or over Pixie Epoxy it's a rich purple with a TO DIE FOR gold shimmer. I bought this color specifically for the wet look.

The Largest Moon of Still Not A Planet: This one is color-shifting, when it's wet (or just very thick) you can see more of the bright flashy foiled teal, when it's dry, applied thin or blended out you get a sheer and shifty brownish-teal.

Come Play With Me: This is a really gorgeous sage green when patted on and applied dry, but if you apply it wet or blend it out a lot it has a hidden gold shimmer that you can uncover.

The only bummers I noticed were that Epona and Climbing Chaos are really hard to tell apart and they both look a bit differently than they did on the website. Great colors but I definitely didn't need them both.

Overall, I would give Shiro Cosmetics 5/5 Stars. The ordering was great, the price was great, the products are great quality, customer service was great too. I will definitely be ordering again as soon as I get a job and pay off some of my mountain of debt. I can't speak for international ordering or whether you get stuck with a SURPRISE! customs charge or not (which is usually the deal breaker for me) on this order since I got domestic shipping but, I will next time.

So, other than that, all of the shadows are named after something in geek culture which is a great selling point for me because I am a huge geek. I am looking forward to a Westworld collection in the future (I hope)!

Anyway, on to the photos!

Large Z-Palette.
Shiro Cosmetics - You Want These Lumps (Mini) 
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description:  A very pale mauve-rose color.
Nerdy Reference: Adventure Time! Lumpy Space Princess.
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 2/5 Stars
The website shows this being purple (not pink) and much darker. I still like the color anyway.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes, it wasn't what I was expecting but I really like it.

Shiro Cosmetics - Mother of Dragons (Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

 My Description:  A medium mauve with silver shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: Game of Thrones/ASOIAF (Daenerys)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 2/5 Stars
The website shows this as a purple, looks mauve to me. I still like the color anyway.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes, it wasn't what I was expecting but I really like it. What is is versus what
I thought it would be is much closer to what I would consider a Daenerys color anyway.
 

Shiro Cosmetics - He Loves His Hammer
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description:  A warm silvery color with multiple colors of shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: The Avengers (Thor)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 4/5 Stars
The website admits this is hard to photograph, and it is. I think the website swatch is much closer to the true color than my swatch.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: No, a mini was fine for this one. I really like the color but I don't see myself
using it very frequently.

Shiro Cosmetics - Make A Jet Pack Out of Fire Extinguishers (Discontinued) Full Size
Pressed 

My Description:  A very warm dark purple with a ton of silver shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: Part of the Hold My Beer.. collection. Wasn't really a nerd reference but a collection of humorous
ideas somebody might come up with while drunk.
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars

I can't remember what this looked like on the site and it's not there anymore. I did order a full size of this because that
was the only option, I don't regret it, it's a great color that I will use a lot.
Shiro Cosmetics - Let's Use All The Colors
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description:  A bright and vibrant purple with butt load of gold shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: League of Legends (not familiar with LoL, unfortunately.)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
My swatch is what it looks like when applied wet or over pixie epoxy which is why it looks so different from the
website, both are accurate, this shadow has two personalities.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes, and a backup.

Shiro Cosmetics - The Largest Moon of Still Not A Planet (Full Size)
Full size: $6.50
Pressed

My Description:  A duochrome color that is a bright metallic teal when the light is shining on it and a warm-reddish
brown where it is facing away from the light.
Nerdy Reference: SPACE! (Pluto)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 0/5 Stars
Not even close, but, it's a great color anyway.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes, and I did.

Shiro Cosmetic - Equivalent Exchange
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A dark silvery blurple.
Nerdy Reference: Fullmetal Alchemist (Laws of Transmutation)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, a mini will do.

Shiro Cosmetics - Alkahestry
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A sheer purple with a ton of blue metallic shimmer/glitter. It's not quite glitter but it's too thick
to be shimmer. Maybe it's glimmer? I don't know what to call it.
Nerdy Reference: Fullmetal Alchemist (A type of Alchemy)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
This one has a lot of fallout with the chunkier glitter/shimmer but, I may have just not added enough binder for something
so glimmery.
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, a mini will do.

Shiro Cosmetics - Elite Four
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description:A medium blurple leaning more blue with gold shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: Pokemon (Elite Four)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 1/5 Stars
The website shows this as a purple but calls it indigo in the description. I think the description is closer to accurate 
and the swatch is not.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, I am not a fan of this one, actually, a sample would have been plenty for me.

Shiro Cosmetics - Colonel
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: Navy blue with gold glitter.
Nerdy Reference: Fullmetal Alchemist (Colonel Mustang)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes! This is my favorite color of the bunch.

Shiro Cosmetics - Hodor
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A sheer neutral taupe. Somewhere between matte and shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: Game of Thrones/ASOIAF (Hodor)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Yes, this is a really great neutral, you could use it as a sheer base and build
it up to be darker for contour. It's a great neutral.

Shiro Cosmetics - Climbing Chaos
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A metallic, somewhere between bronze and copper
Nerdy Reference: Game of Thrones/ASOIAF (Petyr Baelish)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, a mini will do but only because I already have so many of this type
of color.

Shiro Cosmetics - Epona (Mini)
Pressed

My Description: A metallic, somewhere between bronze and copper
Nerdy Reference: Legend of Zelda (Epona)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 3/5 Stars
This more metallic than the website swatch.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, a mini will do but only because I already have so many of this type
of color.

Shiro Cosmetics - Yzma's Essence of Llama (Full Size)
Full size: $6.50
Pressed 


My Description: Multi-dimensional. When wet, it's a really rich copper, when it's blended out it's a really pretty
dark eggplant.
Nerdy Reference: I think this is from The Emporer's New Groove? Admittedly, I have not seen it.
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 4.5/5 Stars
Slightly less purple than the website.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, a mini will do but only because I already have so many of this type
of color.

Shiro Cosmetics - Mad As Her Master
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: I don't even know how to describe this, brown/black/blue with green shimmer?
Nerdy Reference: Harry Potter (Bellatrix)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars 
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?:Yes, I only ordered this color because it's the Bellatrix color.
I thought it would be way too dark for me but it makes a great liner color and now I wish I got a full size.

Shiro Cosmetics - Come Play With Me
(Mini)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A matte sage green... but, with a bunch of yellow-gold shimmer at the same time?
It looks matte when you pat it on but when you blend it, it uncovers a hidden shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: League of Legends (not familiar with LoL, unfortunately.)
Pressability: 4.5/5 Stars
It presses but it was a little finicky, I had to re-press it a second time. I think it's because the sage is so matte.
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 4.5/5 Stars
This looks very yellowy green in the pan and in my swatch but it's really not, the website's swatch is better than mine.
See my first Shiro look at the bottom for a better idea of what this looks like. I am guessing this one depends on how
you apply it.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?:Yes, this color is so unique and beautiful. I definitely wish I had a full size.
Shiro Cosmetics - Have A Biscuit, Potter (Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed 

My Description: A metallic forest green.
Nerdy Reference: Harry Potter
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 4.5/5 Stars
Slightly warmer tone of green than on the website.
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: No, this color is too dark for me.
 
Shiro Cosmetics - Master of Whispers
(Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A very pale pink-lilac.
Nerdy Reference: Game of Thrones/ASOIAF (Varys)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: No, this looks too frosty for me, gives me bad 90s flashbacks.
Shiro Cosmetics - Chimera
(Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: This is a lot of colors, silver, copper, red, blue? I don't even know. Gets a bit muddy when you blend
it out.
Nerdy Reference: Fullmetal Alchemist (Chimera, omg, so sad)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: A mini would do, definitely wish that I had more than a sample though.
It's a really unique color.

Shiro Cosmetics - Smashing Pots
(Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A very warm reddish-copper with a multi-color shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: Legend of Zelda
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: A mini would do. It's a really great color, I don't have anything else like this.
I would need a full size if I were more into warm colors.

Shiro Cosmetics - Dark & Light Inside Us
(Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: Dark Brown.
Nerdy Reference: Harry Potter
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: A mini would do.

Shiro Cosmetics - Cognitive Recalibration
(Sample)
Full size: $6.50, Mini: $3.75. Sample: $1.00
Pressed

My Description: A dark magenta with blue iridescent shimmer.
Nerdy Reference: The Avengers (Black Widow)
Pressability: 5/5 Stars
Quality: 5/5 Stars
Similarity to Website Swatch: 5/5 Stars
Should I Have Ordered a Full Size?: Nah, it's a cool color but it's just not a great color on me.



For the look above, I used Shiro - Come Play With Me all over the lid and used Shiro - Mad As Her Master in the crease and with a damp liner brush as liner.

I used CoverGirl TruNaked - Goldens palette in Creme as a base, Cookie all over the hallow of my eye for Contour and Chiffon as highlight under the Brow.

I intentionally left Mad As Her Master unblended in the crease because I liked the pop of color and that it kind of looked like I just outlined my eyelid with it.

I tightlined on the top and bottom with NYX Epic Mousse Liner in Black, smudged it and set it with a matte black eyeshadow. The Mascara is CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for Hazel Eyes in Black Gold.

Eyebrows are filled in with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki with a Smashbox M5 from the Full Expose palette patted on top.


For the look above, I used Shiro - You Want These Lumps all over the lid. Then I added Shiro - Mother of Dragons all over the hallow of my eye for contour and Shiro - He Loves His Hammer below my bottom lash line and in the outer corner of my upper lid in a wing shape.

I used the CoverGirl TruNaked - Roses palette in Almond as a base and Champagne as highlight under the brow.

I tightlined on the top and bottom with NYX Epic Mousse Liner in Black, smudged it and set it with a matte black eyeshadow. The Mascara is CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for Hazel Eyes in Black Gold.

Eyebrows are filled in with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki with a Smashbox M5 from the Full Expose palette patted on top.


For the look above, I used Shiro - Largest Moon of Still Not A Planet all over the upper lid and in the middle of my lower lash line. I then used Shiro - Make A Jetpack Out of Fire Extinguishers with a damp angled liner brush as a winged liner and on the outer third of my lower lash line.

I used the Covergirl TruNaked - Nudes palette in fawn all over the hallow of my eye for contour and darkened the crease with Cocoa. I used Champagne as highlight under the brow.

I tightlined on the top and bottom with NYX Epic Mousse Liner in Black, smudged it and set it with a matte black eyeshadow. The Mascara is CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for Hazel Eyes in Black Gold.

Eyebrows are filled in with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki with a Smashbox M5 from the Full Expose palette patted on top.



First off, I am a proud Slytherin but I had just done Slytherin make-up for Halloween, so when I went to see Fantastic Beasts I decided to use my secondary house, Ravenclaw for a makeup look.

For the look above, I used L'Oreal HIP Shocking Shadow Pigments in Visionary all over the lid and on the lower lash line. I then used Shiro - Colonel on the outer corner of my eye and in the crease.

I used the Smashbox - Full Exposure in M4 as a base, M5 all over the hallow of my eye for contour and M6 to darken the crease. CoverGirl TruNaked Roses/Nudes in Champagne as highlight under the brow.

I tightlined on the top and bottom with NYX Epic Mousse Liner in Black, smudged it and set it with a matte black eyeshadow. The Mascara is CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for Hazel Eyes in Black Gold.

Eyebrows are filled in with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki with a Smashbox M5 from the Full Expose palette patted on top.


I didn't use too many colors on this look because I just really wanted a lot of Let's Use All the Colors because it is SUCH a gorgeous color.

For the look above, I used Shiro - Let's Use All The Colors! all over the lid (over Pixie Epoxy) and on the lower lash line. 

I used the Smashbox - Full Exposure in M4 as a base, M5 all over the hallow of my eye for contour and M6 to darken the crease. CoverGirl TruNaked Roses/Nudes in Champagne as highlight under the brow.

I tightlined on the top and bottom with NYX Epic Mousse Liner in Black, smudged it and set it with a matte black eyeshadow. The Mascara is CoverGirl Exact Eyelights for Hazel Eyes in Black Gold.

Eyebrows are filled in with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki with a Smashbox M5 from the Full Expose palette patted on top.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette

Hello!

Today I have a palette to share with you all. This is from an indie company called Coloured Raine, it is the Queen of Hearts palette and it just released on Black Friday. It is a black-owned business.

So, as for reviewing ordering from Coloured Raine, it went alright. My dad actually purchased this for me as a Christmas gift. Black Friday was supposed to be 25% off but the sale did not go live at midnight EST like it was supposed to, I was afraid the things that I wanted might sell out so he put the order through anyway. The shipping label was printed next day, TAT was 5 Days (it was Black Friday so I assume TAT is usually quicker) and Shipping from Southern California to Ontario, Canada took 8 days which is SUPER fast for international mail.

Shipping to Canada was only $8 which is very reasonable. Now, before I say this next thing I have to say that there was a warning before you order that international customers are responsible for duties and taxes so they were up front that this could happen. I got a bill for $22.32 duties/customs/handling. That was a surprise because usually when you order from these smaller companies they undervalue the items, unfortunately the full price was put down. The duties weren't too bad, it was only $13.27 but the Handling fee was $9.95, so that was some bullshit. Thanks so much, customs <.<.

So, if you take into account the shit exchange rate, This palette costs $66 + $11 Shipping + $10 Handling + $13 Customs/Taxes, That equals... $100 and holy fuck I would be broke if this wasn't a gift. Thanks, dad!

So, unfortunately, I don't think I will be ordering from Coloured Raine again just because the customs fees were too much which I can't fault them for, that's Canada's fault. The ordering, TAT and shipping were great though, just be ready for that customs fee if you order international because they do not fudge that sheet.


On to the products! I also got two liquid lipsticks as well which I will review in an upcoming post which will feature a ton of liquid lipsticks.

I LOVED the design on the sleeve that the palette slides into, the foil on the inside of the palette was a bit scratched up and probably won't age well but I really couldn't give a shit about that as long as the shadows are nice and didn't cost me an arm and a leg. They will probably be depotted in the future anyway. You do not need the sleeve to hold it together, it has a magnetic closure and a mirror inside.

This is the Queen of Hearts palettes, everyone has been going nuts for these purple/pink/red palettes lately. I think it all started with ABH Modern Renaissance, however, I wasn't feeling the ABH palette. When I saw this on Instagram, I had to have it. I don't have a palette like this, I tend to buy cool toned palettes because they go well on my skin but, I loved these colors.

There are 6 mattes and 6 foils in this palette. I am not sure how deep the pans are without tearing up with packaging but, I can tell you they are 26mm pans and some of them, particularly the matte are nearly full and the foils are just a bit under filled thought they are all different, I would assume they are filled by weight.

I usually apply shadows with a damp brush to increase opacity and vibrancy, even when swatching and I can safely tell you that I used completely dry brushes both to swatch and to apply so these are very pigmented. The foils are really soft and easy to blend and apply, I didn't have to wet them or use any special primers. The mattes don't finger swatch well (especially Ladyship) and they feel chalky to the touch but I promise you I had 0 problems applying them with a brush which is why the brush swatches look much better. They picked up fine and blended well.

So, very soft, very pigmented, very blendable. I would give them an A+. I would recommend Coloured Raine to a friend, just friends in the US. I like the quality of the mattes and foils in this palette much better than my Smashbox Full Exposure palette.

Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts: $50 USD ColouredRaine.com
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette L-R
Top: Crown, Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
Bottom: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Noblewoman, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Palette in Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Queen of Hearts Palette
Without Sleeve
Coloured Raine - Crown (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Royal Highness (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Your Majesty (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Princess (Matte)
Coloured Raine -Empress (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Queen Mother (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Heir (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Royal Prerogative (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Noblewoman (Foil)
Coloured Raine - Ladyship (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Duchess (Matte)
Coloured Raine - Dethrone (Foil)
L-R: Crown, Your Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

L-R: Crown,  Royal Highness, Your Majesty, Princess, Empress, Queen Mother
L-R: Heir, Royal Prerogative, Ladyship, Duchess, Dethrone

Look:  I started out with Princess to contour the hollow of my eye and then deepened the crease with Ladyship. I used Royal Highness all over the lid. In the outer corner of the lid, I added Queen Mother. I used Empress on the lower lash line and Crown to highlight under my brow arch. I finished with tight lining my eyes with black gel liner, patting a matte black eye shadow over it and then curled my lashes and applied mascara. I filled in my brows with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner in Grey Khaki.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Colourpop - Porter, Weenie, Moonwalk & Lunch Money - A fun Christmas Look for Hooded Eyes

Hello!

Today I am sharing a Colourpop order that I placed back in October that I am just getting around to reviewing. This is my second order from Colourpop. So far, no complaints, TAT was decent, shipping was quick and nothing was damaged. Colourpop has a no return policy, however, I recently found out that if you receive a damaged item, all you have to do is send them a photo and they will send out a replacement.

For those unfamiliar with Colourpop, they have a pretty wide range of products. However, they are most well known for their affordability, liquid lipsticks and cream to powder products (eyeshadows, blush, highlighters, contour).

The cream to powder formula is really cool, it glides on heavily pigmented and it sort of "dries" into a powder so you don't get all the greasy texture, slipping and creasing that are usually prevalent in cream products. Cream products also tend to feel a bit heavy on your lids and the ones that dry properly feel stiff. That is not the case with these, they feel just as light as powder.

However, since they are a cream in the jar, picking it up with a brush is really difficult, they blend just fine once they are on your lid but getting it on the lid is much easier without a brush. For this, most people use their fingers but if you're concerned with contamination you can use those little sponge applicators that come in your drugstore palettes and they work really well (finally, they are good for something!)



So, here we go!
I was aiming to reach outside of my comfort zone with this order, I generally use cool toned colors (I have cool-toned skin) but, warm tones are really trendy this fall with the ABH Modern Renaissance palette becoming so popular. I really loved the way they looked on everyone else so I decided to try it out.

I was not disappointed, they look just fine on me, I still used cool toned colors for my eye contour, check out the look and near the bottom. I do have hooded eyes so that is why I do my makeup a bit differently than other people.

The shadows were great, as usual. However, I did not like the highlighter. It wasn't pale enough for me, it matched my skin tone so it didn't highlight, the shimmer also wasn't very apparent. I'll probably just use it as an eye shadow base or for a highlight base under my brow instead of concealer.

I probably won't try a cream highlighter again, I should have known better because cream products don't work very well on my oily skin, they kind of separate and I just get this greasy film that sits on top of my pores which was the case with this highlighter.

If you're planning to order from Colourpop, I highly recommend you follow their Instagram because they have sales pretty frequently, they are usually sales where you spend $25+ and you get one or two products free for whatever product they are promoting at the time. The first time I got an eyeshadow and the second time I got the highlighter.

For international orders, orders $50 or more ship free until the end of the year or there is a flat rate for $9.99 for orders under $50.


Colourpop - Weenie: $5 USD, Colourpop.com - Metallic rose gold.
Colourpop - Porter: $5 USD, Colourpop.com - Burgundy/Wine with gold shimmer. Pulls more of a brick/brown on me unless it's over a base/primer.
Colourpop - Moonwalk: $5 USD, Colourpop.com - Metallic green/gold that shifts into a warm reddish-brown in indirect light.  
Colourpop - Lunch Money: $8 USD, Colourpop.com - Pale neutral gold, champagne-ish?.

Colourpop - L to R, Top: Weenie, Porter, Bottom: Moonwalk, Lunch Money
Colourpop - Weenie, Porter, Moonwalk, Lunch Money
Colourpop - Porter - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Weenie - - Eyeshadow
Colorpop - Lunch Money - Highlighter
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow
Colourpop - Moonwalk - Eyeshadow



For this look I started with a powder shadow that matched my skintone (Urban Decay - Foxy) over primer. I then swept a beige color slightly darker than my skintone (Urban Decay - Tease) all over my crease and the hollow of my eye, anywhere that was sunken in (on the top lid). Then I defined the crease with a much darker brown (Urban Decay - Snakebite). and blended it into the beige.

I filled in my brows with CoverGirl Perfect Point Plus in Grey Khaki and a bit of Urban Decay - Tease and blended it with a spoolie.

Then, I covered my lid and outer third of my lower lash line with Porter using an eyeshadow sponge and blended it out and added a bit more after blending to bring back the color. I added Weenie on the inner 2/3 of my eye and the middle third of my lower lash line, blending it over Porter.

I then used a black gel liner and tightlined my whole upper lash line and the outer half of my lower lash line and smudged it with the sponge end of a kohl liner pencil. I patted a matte black eyeshadow (Urban Decay - Blackout) over the gel liner to make it darker and more matte as well as to increase wear time.

I then took an angled eyeliner brush and dampened it with a wet wipe and applied Moonwalk in a slight wing, pulling it only halfway across my eyelid so that when my hooded eyes are all the way open you can still see Porter and Weenie on the inner half or else you would only see Moonwalk.

I then used Lunch Money to highlight under the arch of my brow, though in retrospect, I would use my Covergirl Roses palette in Champagne for a stronger highlight.

I then finished by curling my lashes and applying CoverGirl Exact Eyelights Mascara for Hazel Eyes in Black/Gold which is just a black mascara with gold shimmer in it.

Christmas Look - Partially Closed eye so you can see the lid

Christmas Look - Fully Closed eye so you can see the lid

Christmas Look - Open a Normal amount, this is how much of my lid actually shows