Category Archives: Swatches

Corvus Cosmetics Swatches

Hello hotties!  I’ve got some new swatches for you presented by Corvus Cosmetics!     I chose the Kinder-und Hausmarchen collection because of all the various lovely oranges that were in it.

First up are: (The light was changing at this point so the lighting is inconsistent in these first couple…sorry!)  

These are swatched over a primer and photographed with no flash in natural light.  I just realized that I forgot He Was No Frog so I’ll be adding that swatch!

The Devil Told You That-A soft white highlight shade with a gold sheen.

Jersey Devil (free sample-the Cryptolozoology Collection)-A light golden brown with a strong red duochrome.

Let Down Your Hair-A soft, sheer nude-pink with lots of shimmer.

The Thirteenth Gift-A coral pink with a gold shift.

 

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Next up are:

Golden Slipper-A champagne gold with a slight shimmer.

Goodbye Hans-A bright orange with gold shimmer.

Gingerbread Haus-A matte tan with a complex indigo-purple-red shift.

Barely A Bite-An apple red with a poisonous green shift.

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Death At His Feet-A dark chocolate brown with a satin finish.

The Better To Eat You With-An antique silver with deep brown undertones.

The Summer Garden-A midtoned rosy purple.

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Nightingale-A mid-toned aubergine with subtle shimmer.

Bluebeard-A velvety navy blue.

Three Ravens-A satiny black with strong blue undertones.

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Baroque Cosmetics A Heart’s A Heavy Burden Swatches

I have another lovely collection from Baroque Cosmetics called A Heart’s A Heavy Burden.  This collection was inspired by Howl’s Moving Castle and the colors are just gorgeous!

These were swatched over Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

First up are Child Who Swallowed A Star, Duck Hat, Good Doggy and I Never Liked Turnips.  I Never Liked Turnips is my favorite out of this bunch.

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Then we have Pepping Bug, Secret Garden, She Likes My Spark and Star Lake.  She Likes My Spark is so, so amazing!  Scroll down for an out of focus photo that really shows it’s sparkles.P1160276 P1160277
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Then we have Tackiest Thing Here, Elaking On Air, Wartime and Wizard’s Apprentice.  I really love Tackiest Thing Here…it’s got some really gorgeous subtle red flash that’s hard to see but just beautiful.P1160285 P1160286 P1160287 P1160288

Baroque Cosmetics Viva La Revolution Swatches

Hello all you lovelies!  Today I bring you swatches from a new to me company called Baroque Cosmetics.  This collection is called Viva La Revolution and I’m assuming you can guess the inspiration!

These were swatched over a taupe colored primer by TIck Tock Cosmetics and photographed under a bright light with no flash.   On to the pretties!

First up are Affair Of The Diamond, Death Of Marat, Dictateur Sanguinaire and Madame Deficit.  The stand out for me in this set is Death Of Marat.

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Affair Of The Diamond, Death Of Marat, Dictateur Sanguinaire, Madame Deficit

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The next set is National Razor, Sun King, The Republic and Versailles.  National Razor is really pretty and super complex.

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National Razor, Sun King, The Republic, Versailles
National Razor, Sun King, The Republic, Versailles

Shipping and TAT were lightning fast and I found these shadows very easy to work with.  I can’t wait to try them on my face!

Ten Three Labs Swatches and Review

Hello hotties!   This week I got to try a new indie brand to me, Ten Three Labs.  I decided to try the Howl O’Ween Collection sample sizes, as well as the Bad Bitch sample size collection and a Smudge Stick in All Vamp Everything.   I was lucky enough the also receive a sample of Artificial Angels perfume oil as well as a full size of Shelley’s Big Eye and a Salve Stick in Nightlock.  On to the swatches!    These were photographed under Tick Tock’s base in Milky Way, under a bright light with no flash.

All these shadows were a joy to work with!

First we have Howl O’Ween, Mouth, That Goat Got Devil Eyes and Shelley’s Big Eye.  The stand out for me in this set is Mouth.

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Howl O’Ween, Mouth, That Goat Got Devil Eyes, Shelley’s Big Eye
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Sparkles
Sparkles
Sparkles

Next up is Antoinette, Bathory, Coretta and Cruz.   I loved Bathory….it’s gorgeous!

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Antoinette, Bathory, Coretta and Cruz

This third group is Dandridge, Hatshepsut, Hiawatha and Joyce.    Hatshepsut is gorgeous and would a great color to wear with either warm or cool colors.

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Dandridge, Hatshepsut, Hiwatha and Joyce.

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This last group is Murasaki, Pearl, Seondeok and Sotomayor.    Pearl is absolutely amazing!

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Murasaki, Pearl, Seondeok and Sotomayor.

This next photo is of All Vamp Everything, swiped ones, twice and three times.   It’s got great slip and is very moisturizing and quite natural and easy to wear with a simple face on the go.

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All Vamp Everything smudge stick

Artificial AngelsA somewhat cloyingly sweet scent. Maybe TOO sweet…Nothing good can come of such sweetness.  Apple, black cherry, sugar cane, olive.

In bottle: Sweet with cherry.

Wet on skin:  Cherry, cherry and more cherry with a bit of apple and sweetness.

Dry on skin:  The apples comes out more with the olive which should be weird but gives it a good non-sweet note to ground it.  The sugar cane comes out at the very end and just wafts gently around in the background.

Verdict:  I love this!  It’s sweet but the olive keeps it from being too cloying or little girl smelling.

Fair Season-It’s fall! Fall’s great. And fall means fairs all around America. Funnel cakes and giant turkey legs and rides with people getting sick…You know, fun!  Cola, beer, candy corn, cotton candy, caramel, buttered popcorn, firewood, pumpkin, brown sugar, amber.

In bottle:  Sweet amber.

Wet on skin:  Cola and amber are right up front with the firewood and brown sugar hovering in the back ground.

Dry on skin:  This has dried down to a beautiful blend.  The cola and caramel are blending gorgeously with the rest of the notes.  The firewood grounds the scent and the brown sugar really warms it up.

Verdict:  I love this and am wearing it right now.

Darling Girl Who Ya Gonna Call Swatches

Well, I’ve got a lovely swatch post for you today.   Up for your viewing pleasure is Darling Girl’s Halloween collection, Who Ya Gonna Call.  As usual Susan took customers suggestions for names in this collection and I’m happy to say that one of my suggestions made it into a color this year, The Flowers Are Still Standing.  These are swatched over Tick Tock’s Infinity base in Milky Way and photographed with no flash either under a bright light or in natural light.

First up is Don’t Cross The Streams, Ghost Job, He Slimed Me, Key Master and Mass Hysteria.  The stand out for me is Key Master.

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And next is Spiritual Turbulence, That’s A Big Twinkie, The Flowers Are Still Standing, There Is No Dana and The Tragic Death Of Mr. Stay Puft.    That’s A Big Twinkie is my favorite.  This is a versatile color that you could wear every day.

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Atomic Cosmetics Review

Hello hotties!

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.

The Products:

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.

Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.
Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.
Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.
Atomic Cosmetics lipstick in Boca.

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Atomic Cosmetics Boca Liptick.

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.

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Atomic Cosmetics Optimus Primer
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Atomic Cosmetic Optimus Primer.

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. There’s 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.

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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.

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Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion
Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion
Atomic Cosmetics Magic Mixxx Shadow Setting Potion

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?

Virus Insanity True Blood Collection Swatches

Hotties!   Today I bring to you a lovely collection of swatches from the Virus Insanity collection inspired by True Blood.   Can I just tell you…..I am *in love* with this collection.

These were swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed with no flash under a bright light.

First we have Alcide, Vampire Bill (well, technically it’s just BILL but come on…..I just can’t NOT say VAMPIRE BILL) and Eric.   These are all gorgeous but my favorite is Alcide.  Although I don’t mind have Eric on my face, either.   *wink, nudge*

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The next set is Fangtasia, Lafayette and Sookie.    Fangtasia…..FANGTASIA!!  Yes, I screamed it.  It’s because it’s my newest obsession and my favorite shadow hands down right now.  It’s a gorgeous and wearable red and red eyeshadow can be tricky.  If it’s not done right then you just look like you have cholera. Fangtasia is a great, warm red with golden flash and red glitter.

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I totally forgot to include Merlotte’s in the original swatching so here it is all by itself:

 

 

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Combinations that I’m looking forward to trying are Fangtasia/Vampire Bill (weird but it might just look amazeballs!), Sookie/Eric and Lafayette/Eric.

 

 


Darling Girl Swatch Post

Hello hotties!

I was lucky enough to get my Darling GIrl package this week so I put together a swatch post for you.   The swatches aren’t from  any one collection so I’ve put them in alphabetical order just for shits and giggles.

These were all swatched over Detrivore primer and photographed inside under a bright light with no flash.

First up are Beach Blanket Bingo, Black Hole Sun, Borrowed Underpants and Bubbles.   I had a hard time with Beach Blanket Bingo as it’s a matte and didn’t want to apply evenly over the primer.   My favorite of this bunch is Black Hole Sun.

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Now we’ve got Dirty Limerick, Emagherd!, Fireworks and Heatwave.   How excited am I to try Fireworks and Dirty Limerick together?   Very excited.

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Now we have Paper Planes, Red Butler and Sakura Season (free GWP).   Paper Planes and Red Butler were instant favorites for me.  Red Butler is a gorgeous brow bone highlighter.

 

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And last we have Sexxy Girlfriend!, Tank Taupe, and Cheeks Like Roses blush.   Tank Taupe was hard to work with over the primer as it’s a matte.   Cheeks Like Roses is my new instant favorite blush!

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So those are the swatches!  Look for some FOTD posts coming up soon featuring these colors!

 

 

Manicure Featuring Be Loco and Fuuuudge

Hello hotties!   I bring to you a rare manicure post…..crazy!   Normally I go out to have my nails done but today tried to do them myself so no pointing and laughing.

This manicure features one coat of Cult Nails Be Loco topped with one coat of Darling Diva Polish Fuuuuuuuudge.   I used Cult Nail Base Coat and Cult Nails top coat.

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Darling Girl “Oh The Horror!” Swatches

Finally!  I finally have my grubby little hands on my Darling Girl, “Oh The Horror” LE collection.   I had to break into them, gaze stupidly at them all and swatch right away!  These are all inspired by classic horror and Susan took customer suggestions for names and colors.  I suggested Ripley’s Cat and Death By Unicorn.   These were all swatched over primer and photographed in direct sunlight.

First up with have Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman, Bad Ash, Bathed In Blood, Camp Blood and Creature From the Black Lagoon.   The standout for me was Bad Ash!

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Next is Death By Unicorn, Frankenstein, Go Go Godzilla, Heads Will Roll and Here’s Johnny!   I can’t wait to wear Death By Unicorn and Frankenstein together!

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Up next is I Am Pain, King Kong, Lonely Assassins, Monster Within and Pumpkinhead.   I love, love, love Most of these.   I’m a sucker for orange so Pumpkinhead will get a lot of wear.  I liked the out of focus photos because it showed all the sparkle.

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And now there’s Ripley’s Cat, Seven Days Later, Sleep Kills, The Count, The Invisible Man and The Mummy.  Ripley’s Cat was one of the names that I suggested so of course I love it!

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I found a lonely jar that I forgot and also wanted to swatch the GWP.   So here we have The Boogeyman and Inamorata.

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Geek Chic Cosmetics Witchcraft & Wizardry Collection Swatches

The Witchcraft & Wizardry collection from Geek Chic Cosmetics has been highly anticipated by indie cosmetics aficionados everywhere!  I received mine about a week ago but just recently had a chance to swatch them up for you.    These were swatched over a primer and due to the weather, photographed under a bright light with no flash.

From left to right we have Mischief Managed, House Elf, Golden Trio, Headmaster, Always and You Know Who.

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Close ups of Mischief Managed, House Elf, Golden Trio.

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Close ups of Headmaster, Always and You Know Who.

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You can find this collection here:  http://www.geekchiccosmetics.com/witchcraft-and-wizardry.html

Lime Crime Alchemy Palette Swatches

Hotties!  I did it, I finally purchased a couple of Lime Crime items to test and swatch out for you.  Today, I  am bringing you swatches of the Alchemy Palette.  These were swatched over primer and photographed outside in direct sunlight and also in the shade.   Enjoy!

 

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Milani Runway Eye Primary Shadow Swatches

Swatched out for you is Milani Runway Eyes palette in the primary colors (#17).   I picked this up on a whim because of course I cannot resist bright, fun colored shadows.  These are pressed shadows in a long strip palette.  I swatched these over a primer and photographed under a bright light with no flash.

I found most of the colors pretty easy to work with except for the purple.   The purple color didn’t seem to have a lot of pigment to it and I had to really layer it and add more primer to get it to show as much as the rest of the colors.  Enjoy!

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Brazen Liquid Lipstick Swatches

A while ago I got a chance to try some of the new Brazen Liquid Lipsticks.  I love them!  These were all applied with a lip brush, over bare lips and photographed inside under a bright light with no flash.

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If you like these you should check out the collection we have in our shop:

https://www.therhinestonehousewife.com/products/product-detail.php?iid=377

FOTD With Private Dance And Feline

Face:   Chocolate Mousse primer by Colorescience under Holika Baby Bloom BB cream.   MAC NW15 concealer and finished with a custom powder.

Cheeks:  Rhinestone Housewife by Brazen Cosmetics.

Lips:  Snazzy by Brazen Cosmetics

Eyes:  TFSI primer under Darling Girl Glitter Glue.  Private Dance applied to entire lid and blended just up into crease.  Just a bit of Feline applies to give the crease depth and Pretty Little Panties was blended up to brow.  One coat black mascara and Brazen brow powder in Joan.

And, I styled my hair a little differently.  It’s so versatile, I love it!

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