It’s been so long since I’ve done a review that I thought I’d jump right in and review a somewhat new but local brand to Seattle called Atomic Cosmetics. Several of my friends who are also performers endorse this company and rave about the products. I had been hesitant to purchase because a while back there was some sort of ‘glow in the dark’ or ‘uv reactive’ shadows they were selling. At this point there is no uv reactive or glow in the dark pigment that’s approved for use on the eyes in the US but those products seem to have been pulled so I decided to just bite the bullet and try some stuff out.
The Site: I’m sorry to say this, but I find the web store really clunky and painfully difficult to navigate. Too much flashy stuff going on and it’s always been slow for me. I’ve tried on multiple web browsers and never had great luck. It took me a long time to place my order which is a no-go for me. That said, she also has an actual retail store in Seattle that I’ve never been to.
The Shipping: My order was over $75 so it shipped for free. I did not receive any sort of tracking number and in fact ended up having to go down to the post office and sign for the package. What a pain. Everything was wrapped nicely and arrived with no leakage or spills. It also arrived within a week of ordering.
I’ll start with the lipstick. I ordered Boca which is described on the site: “ It’s a warm, orange-y red that SCREAMS tropical heat!” In the tube it looks beautiful, and the color is bright and vibrant and super orangey which I love. Once I put it on, the color goes hot pink. Like, “Hi there, how *you* doin’?” pink. WTF? The actual formula is nice, with not too much slip, no annoying or cloying fragrance and it seems to have nice lasting power. For those of you that care, it does indeed stain your lips and makes complete removal difficult. The price point is $20 which is a lot and I was a little disappointed in the packaging. The lid doesn’t fit quite right on the tube and wobbles around quite a bit. Enough so that it makes me nervous to carry it around in my purse because I just know the lid will jiggle off and cause a huge mess. I would expect better quality packaging for $20. I would consider purchasing again only if I could try the product on before buying.
Ingredients: Who the hell knows. It’s not listed on the web site or on the product. A big no-no in my book.
Next up we have the face primer, Optimus Primer. It’s described on the site thusly: It all begins somewhere! A thin layer of Optimus Primer is the best way to start. Ingredients: Again, who knows? No ingredient list on the site or on the product. Use at your own risk I guess.
So, I’ve been using this for over a month now and I’m not impressed at all. I get better makeup wear when I use the Nyx primer or even the Brazen Cosmetics Triple Threat primer which is my favorite. This product is 4oz and priced at a whopping $40! First of all, that’s a lot of money and secondly, it’s a stupid amount of product for which you use very little at a time. I think the package size needs to be revisited. I would not purchase this again.
The next product I tried was the Curtain Call Makeup Setting Spray. Described as: A non-toxic setting spray? YES. Put down that aerosol hairspray and step away from the toxic misters. Curtain Call’s botanical film formers hold your makeup in place safely and effectively. Atomic Cosmetics is the dazzling natural make up line for glamazons who care about their flesh. Theres something for everyone: for the fashion forward, and for professional day looks.
Wow, this did NOT work for me. When I tried to spray it onto my freshly and carefully made up face, instead of a fine mist it came out in huge drops of product that promptly made my mascara smear all over my eyes and caused my makeup to run. How can this possibly work? My Urban Decay All Nighter doesn’t do that. Honestly, I just threw this product away. I don’t care how good it is for you skin if the application method and packaging doesn’t work.
Ingredients: An actual ingredient list! Distilled water, aspalathus lineans (Organic Roobios Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (White Tea) extract, camellia sinensis (Organic Green Tea) extract, phenoxythenol, methylsulfonylmethan (MSM), dimethlaminoethnol, sodium hyaluronate acid, EDTA, citric acid.
I would not purchase this product again and in fact can’t find it on the site anymore so I’m not even sure if it’s still available.
The last product up for review is the Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion. This is described: Abracadabra! You just put a spell on your eye shadow to allow for easier applications and once dry… seamless blending! I have mixed feelings about this product. It definitely was a LOT easier to blend the shadows once dry but I don’t think it had to staying power of my beloved Duraline by Inglot. At $10 it’s a great deal as you get 2oz so it should last forever. Would I purchase again? Most likely not.
Ingredients: Surprise, surprise…none on the site, but there is a list on the product. Distilled water, aloe vera extract, chamomile extract, jojoba protein, cucumber extract, polyaminopropyl biguanide.
All in all I was pretty disappointed in the products that I ordered. At over $80 there is nothing that I loved and nothing that would make me go back for more. What do you guys think?
Hotties! I’m so sorry for my long absence from posting but I’m back with a bang! The summer was super busy: new hair, promotion at my day job and one of my dogs had TPLO surgery. Whew! What I can tell you is that I’m ready for fall and all that comes with it; sweaters and boots pumpkin carving! Although it’s not at The Rhinestone Housewife yet, I wanted to get you guys a preview of what Arcana is presenting for Hallowe’en 2014. These will be in a 5ml amber bottle. I can’t wait! In the meantime, you can check out all the other Arcana goodies currently available in the shop.
The Doom & Gloom Duo
Doom: A brutal mix of black amber, black musk, labdanum resin, incense, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa absolute, and woodsmoke snaking through old trees.
Gloom: Black opium drifting down shadowy alleys, green musk, rain, sea water, petitgrain, and a particularly gloomy shot of grapefruit.
The Ravenous Collection
Apples Crave Flora: A fresh blend of Fuji apple, tropical Tiare blossm, tuberose, bergamot, orange flower, and a touch of vintage patchouli.
Apples Crave Frills: Our Frilly Underpinnings blend with sweet, crisp pippins.
Apples Crave Orchards: Dry apple cider with French hay absolute, a touch of heartwood, and a hint of rain.
Apples Crave Peaches: Green apple hard candy with sugared peaches.
Apples Crave Resins: Citron-laced cider with dragonsblood resin, warm myrrh, and smoky frankincense.
Apples Crave Tea: Smoky black tea leaf, golden musk, cardamom, and baked winesaps.
Apples Crave Vanilla: Wild apples and green apples with delicate vanilla, sensual musk, and white amber.
Pumpkins Crave Bacon: Sugar pumpkin with maple, nutmeg, and smoky bacon accord.
Pumpkins Crave Cappuccino: Super roasted coffee bean EO, vanilla milk, pumpkin, and rum with shots of blackberry and black raspberry syrup.
Pumpkins Crave Honey: Spiced calabaza and beeswax candles smothered in acacia honey, buckwheat honey, and mead.
Pumpkins Crave Resins: Gilded amber, black amber, 10 year old labdanum absolute, black tea, and boozy golden gourd.
Pumpkins Crave Terror: Our Holy Terror blend with glowing pumpkin and a small dash of pie spices.
Pumpkins Crave Treats: Rum-laced caramel, cane sugar, pumpkin custard, and delicate, vanilla-infused marshmallows.
Pumpkins Crave Viola: Purple violets, lemongrass, Oregon lavender, coconut milk, and gently spiced pumpkin flesh.
Soul Eater: Voracious beings appear in the dark tales of many cultures. From Haitian zombis and the teyollocuani of the pre-Columbian Pipil to ancient Egypt’s Ammit the Devourer and Hansel and Gretel’s hungry witch, they play upon human fears of being possessed, devoured, and destroyed. Rich tobacco, delicious caramel, fir needle, black spruce, peru balsam, and sandalwood.
Sthenno: The eldest of the three terrible Gorgons, Sthenno was also the fiercest and most dangerous. Rich amber resin, whiskey, tobacco, coconut meat, and white musk.