When I started my blog, I wanted to post about all things beauty related. I love makeup, beauty products, and nail polish all fairly equally. Somehow as the last month has moved along, my blog posts have solely rested in the land of nail polish. I feel as though I have been neglecting the rest of the land of beauty somehow. Well, no longer will that be the case. This is the first of what I am sure to be many makeup related blog posts going forward. I plan to squeeze in at least one makeup post each week. If I don’t, feel free to hold me to it and send me nasty “where’s the makeup?” messages! With that said, I’d love to dive right into a review of a company that I’m trying for the first time.
At the beginning of this year, I had a lovely friend introduce me to the word of indie makeup. She had these amazing loose eyeshadows from brands like Fyrinnae, and Shiro Cosmetics, Glamour Doll Eyes. At this time, I’d never used a loose eyeshadow before. I had become quite interested in makeup by this point and owned a lot of main stream makeup. I simply didn’t know that I was missing out on a whole amazing world of makeup by only buying in places like Sephora, The Bay, Sears, and Holt Renfrew. My friend was amazing enough to lend me a few of her shadows with the tip to use a flat eyeshadow brush and pat the shadow onto the lid over primer. I can’t thank this friend enough for this advise. She knows who she is and I hope that she reads this and glows a little knowing that she helped shape my view of what I love in makeup.
At this point, I can’t even remember what shadows I borrowed from her. They were amazingly pigmented, blended beautifully, and refused to crease on a full days wear when put over primer. I was immediately in love. For my birthday, I ordered a whole slew of sample baggies of shadows from Shiro Cosmetics. I got the entire Hobbit Collection and the entire Tributes Collection. Reviews on both of these will be coming sometime in the next month hopefully. At this point, I noticed a shift in my makeup habits. I was using my naked palette and other palettes much less and reaching for the little baggies of amazing colour much more as each day went by.
The same friend that got me into loose shadows also fed my new addiction at the end of this summer. Glamour Doll Eyes was having a flash sale and my friend was putting in an order. She wanted to know if I wanted anything. I jumped right up at this opportunity. I’m sure the people on the bus looked at me like I was crazy when I read the text from her. Immediately, I told her that I wanted the sample jars of the Super Collection. She also ordered me a tin of the vegan “Control Freak” eye shadow primer that Glamour Doll Eyes Makes.
The Super Shadows Collection includes 10 amazing loose eye shadows in the cutest little jars!
My friend was in the process of moving. So, the shadows were delivered to me. When my Canada Post delivery man came to my door, it took all the restraint I had not to rip the package out of his hands and run gleefully inside to start swatching and playing. Thankfully, I like the delivery man that brings my packages and as a result would never actually do such a thing to him. Swatching and playing was so much fun. I even snuck some play time in with the shadows that my friend bought for herself.
L-R “Ancestry”, “Light Speed”, “Schizophrenic”, “Mighty Maiden”, and “Recruit”
Except for “Recruit”, this is the light half of the collection. I probably should have swatched “Cajun” in this half if I was going for a light and dark swatch sets. I think all five of these colours look amazing together. It definitely feels like a collection that would play well together in terms of mixing the colours on the eye for different looks. The shadows were a breeze to apply and went on very pigmented. I did these swatches over a base of “Control Freak” primer. The only one that I had any trouble with was Recruit. There was a small amount of fallout from it but that could be blamed on my application.
L_R “Bird? Plane?”, “Vigilante”, “Femme Fatale”, “Spider-Sense”, and”Cajun”
Oh wow the dark shadows here come across as pigmented and amazing. I thing the primer played a huge role in the ease of application for these shadows. You can see in the picture how the swatches fade out at the end. That’s not just my terrible photography skills. As my swatches moved off the primer everything sheered out just a little bit. Because of this I would highly recommend using a primer with all these shadows. The Control Freak Primer is a different texture than what I’m used to but it seems to hold my shadows in place well and keeps it vibrant all day.
I did a couple makeup looks using these colours as the focal points. I would have done entire looks with them but I’ve been using them in my everyday routine and didn’t want to go too crazy on them.
This look uses Estee Lauder’s “Tea Biscuit” as a highlight on both the brow bone and inner tear duct. Then on the lid I used Lorac’s “Serenity” on the lid with “Recruit” blended into the crease and outer lid. I finished up the look with some Sephora brand liquid eyeliner and a coat of mascara.
This look uses also Estee Lauder’s “Tea Biscuit” as a highlight on both the brow bone and inner tear duct. Then on the lid I used “Light Speed” on the lid with “Spider-Sense” blended into the crease and outer lid. I finished up the look with some Sephora brand liquid eyeliner, a coat of mascara, and a dab of blush.