Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Conservatorie/My Brand Cosmetics Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows Swatches & Review

EDIT: I just got more of these, check out my new post here 

My video:

I am so impressed with these eyeshadow. It is hard enough to find an all natural pressed mineral shadows, but to also have them be of good quality AND an affordable price, well that is nothing short of amazing in my book! Plus these come in all sorts of palettes and are custom made for you. I chose the 6 pan palette because it is the most economical with 6 shadows for only $9.95.
I mostly selected shadows which are on the bright/colorful side because I love color and wanted to get some shades I didn't already have anything too similar to, but they also have lots of neutrals.
These are soft and smooth, have awesome pigmentation, and some of the most natural ingredients I have seen in a pressed shadow.

INGREDIENTS: Mica, Zinc Stearate, Boron Nitride, Hydrated Silica, CaprylicCapric Triglycerides, Allantoin. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines, Manganese Violet, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Chromium Green Oxides and Tin Oxide.

There are a few matte/suede shades but most are pearly or metallic. And I am happy to say none have any glitter in them (glitter fallout is a pet peeve of mine). But if you are more of a gliterry shadow kind of gal, they do have pressed glitters as well:
And you can even customize the palette to be part shadows and part pressed glitters:

So here are the swatches!

Wild Shamrock, Disco Night, 0001, Forrest and Fawn, Tropical Seafoam, 2046

Mauve Cinnabar, Watermelon Slush, Cinnamon Dolce, Pink Effect, Reddish Pink, 5026

Lavender Dreams, 2038, Wild Sugar,  Black Noir, Refined Moonstone, Diligence Bronze

Ocean Breeze, Sexy Wink, Deep Freeze, 0005, 8009, 8013

2014, 2045, 0003, Money Honey, Tangerine Sorbet, Sunset Fire

Snow Cap, Golden Twilight, Golden Champagne, Coral Beach, Oasis Flower, Dejavu Experience
(this last set has the most sheer shades, as you can probably tell by the pics, but Coral Beach is really gorgeous and pigmented!)

FTC Disclaimer: I did receive this for free via a store credit provided to me, but I was in no way asked to review, swatch, or make a blog post about these products. I decided to make a post about these on my own because I loved them so much, and wanted to show you the colors. All opinions are honest and my own.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Bare Minerals The Affair to Remember Swatches


I was so excited when I saw a new BE 8.0 READY palette on QVC! I love their pressed shadows. However I must say that I am kind of underwhelmed by this particular one. The shadows in it are just not my type of colors. The white shade Curtsy is super sheer and has pieces of silver shimmer in it, which I am not a fan of. The color Romance is a dirty brownish purple with tons of multi color glitter that gets all over the place if you try to blend and also has quite a bit of fall-out. The rest of the colors are ok, Revelry and Caviar & Cake have a bit of that silver shimmer in it too.
Overall I think most of the colors just look muddy or "dusty" on me and are too sheer. But perhaps some people will like that. 

Here are the color descriptions from QVC, and then my thoughts in parenthesis:

Curtsy, a shimmering snowflake shade (ivory, very sheer, has silver shimmer that falls out)
Valet, toffee sheen shade (warm mid tone brown, best quality of all of them, is well pigmented and has a nice pearl/metallic finish)
Debutante, a blushing nude shade (pastel peach, this one is quite nice, but blends out relatively sheer)
Romance, a glimmering plum shade (sheer brownish purple. looks muddy, lots of glitter)
Waltz, a soft pink taupe shade (light dusty pinky purple, nice soft pearly finish, kind of sheer)
Caviar & Cake, a velvet chrome shade (gray taupe with a hint of green, same finish as Walts but with a tiny bit of silver shimmer, kind of sheer)
Swept Away, a gentle lavender shade (dusty gray purple, less pink than Waltz but same finish, kind of sheer)
Revelry, a khaki glimmered moss shade (brown with a hint of gray, sheer and has the silver shimmer in it)





Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Silk Naturals Sentimental GWP lippie

Just wanted to post some quick comparison swatches of the new Sentimental Slick Stick that was the gift with purchase items from Silk Naturals recently. Often times popular GWP colors do become permanent, so there is a good chance this will too because it is lovely color. It is sort of a sheer, somewhat shimmery, nude-raspberry shade.
left to right: Iconic, Sentimental, Hey Baby(discontinued), Bobbi