There’s nothing more fun than playing with pretty sparklies. I got right down to it and blasted some swatches out because they were so pretty! I was initially referred to VI because I was looking for recommendations of blue/brown color shift pigments. I poked around and decided to try eight different pigments. They come in little clam shells which I hate but I’ll just depot them in sample baggies and they shall go into The Book Of Shadows.
I found these pigments easy to work with but they are definite glitter bombs. You’d have to use a sticky base/primer for maximum benefit and be aware that they are super sparkly. I was expecting to love Clawdeen the most but my surprise favorite was Shenanigans. I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow! You should go check them out:
Tigerlilly was more than happy to help with the swatches!
I received my latest Evil Shades order and just couldn’t wait to swatch them. I actually really enjoy doing swatches and photographing them but it’s always most enjoyable with quality pigments. I appreciate a shadow that has great color pay off, a nice creamy finish and blends nicely.
Face: MAC foundation and concealer in NC15, Evil Shades matte powder.
Cheeks: Evil Shades Ravishing
Lips: Nude pencil with Evil Shades Caged Gypsy
Eyes: MAC Untitled under Tick: Tock Infinity base in nude. Evil Shades: Drakon applied to outer 2/3 of lid as well as up into crease and under lower lid. Death By Fruitcake applied to inner corner of upper lid and a little above crease to blend out Drakon. One spot of Incantation applied to middle of lid as well is inner corners. Frosty’s Intervention applied just under brow and just a bit of Phoenix applied to outer corner close to lashes. Physician’s Formula black liner applied to outer corners of upper lid as well as to water line of lower lid. One coat of black mascara.
I did a little experimenting with Drakon over different colored primers. Enjoy!
And my personal favorite:
And over the Darling Girl paint pot colors that I have. It’s amazing how different this one pigment can look depending on how you wear it.
I played around with the Kat Von D palette and decided to use the pink and purple. I found the colors easy to work with and while not neon by any means they are bright. The surprise hit for me was actually the liner that came with it. It’s bold and bright and applied easily and evenly and wore like iron all day.
Face: MAC foundation and concealer in NC15. Evil Shades matte powder.
Cheeks: Blush in Anana from Meow
Lips: Cover Girl blast flip stick in Stunner
Eyes: MAC Untitled under Tick: Tock Infinity base in Milky Way. Sparklehorse on lid with No Regrets applied to outer V and blended into crease. Swan Song applied to brow bone and inner corner. Eyeliner in Wonderchild on upper and lower lids with one coat of black mascara.
Today I played with the Emerald Pretty palette from Tarina Tarantino. The shadows apply really nicely and it’s a bit of a learning curve getting used to using a pressed shadow again. It’s been a while since I’ve used one! The lighting outside was kind of crappy so the pics are little washed out. Sorry!
Face: MAC foundie and concealer in NC15, Evil Shades matte powder.
Cheeks: Brazen’s Perfect 10
Lips: Nude pencil with MAC Dazzleglass
Eyes: MAC Untitled on lid. Dandy Lion in outer V and blended up into crease. Glinda’s Kiss on lid and brow bone as well as inner portion of lower lid. Saw Dust Heart applied just a bit into crease for depth. Brazen’s Odette just under brow. Physicians Formula taupe liner applied to upper and lower lid. One coat black mascara.
I hadn’t bought an eyeshadow palette in something like…..ten years? I’ve had the hankering for one or two and decided to ask my trusty makeup group what I should order. Phyrra suggested the Emerald Pretty palette by Tarina Tarantino. I checked it out on Sephora and instantly wanted it. It had nice, wearable colors, a mirror, great packaging and it’s based on colors from the Emerald City which also happens to be a nickname for Seattle.
I was super happy to see that it had been delivered today and greedily ripped open the package to see all the pretties.
I haven’t had a chance to try them on my face, but the colors applied beautifully and were a pleasure to work with. I feel the colors are a really nice well conceptualized collection. Bravo! In case you’re interested, you can find it here: