Darling Girl Eyeshadows - He Slimed Me, Married to the Macabre, Just Harried, Provoke & Tiny Dancer Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - He Slimed Me, Married to the Macabre, Just Harried, Provoke & Tiny Dancer Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies! I'm back again with another set of Darling Girl eyeshadows to share with you. Sometimes I feel guilty of doing the same eyeshadow look/placement over and over again so it's good to see evidence that I can mix it up sometimes in the looks above. My favourite is the far right - what about you?

Some of the shades reviewed below are permanent, while others are discontinued or past GWP (gift with purchase) shades, so I'll note their availability with each review. Last year Susan did a Pink Friday sale where she brought back selected COTM and GWP shades for a limited time and I really hope she does the same this year.

Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($6USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($2.50USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 4 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $5USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!

Formula overview:
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range (and like I said, I've accumulated an embarrassing amount); they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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He Slimed Me

Darling Girl He Slimed Me eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl He Slimed Me eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl He Slimed Me eyeshadow swatches & review

He Slimed Me (permanent) is from the Who Ya Gonna Call? (Ghostbusters themed) collection. It's described as a 'a brilliant chartreuse with a green/gold shift and pink sparkles'. Over a sticky base it takes on a sickly hue, which I'm honestly really digging in chartreuse shades at the moment. The sparkle is beautiful and the eyeshadow performs well. Definitely one to check out if you enjoy these kinds of greens. 

Just Harried

Darling Girl Just Harried eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Just Harried eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Just Harried eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Just Harried eyeshadow swatches & review

Just Harried (discontinued) was part of the Charmed collection, My Three Witches. It's a light tan with gold and silver sparkles which I love as a lid shade, but it'd be a beautiful inner corner highlight too. I hope Susan comes out with something similar again one day.

Married to the Macabre

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre eyeshadow swatches & review

Married to the Macabre (permanent) is part of the Queens of Scream collection. I'm too much of a wimp to recognise most of the scream queens represented in the collection, but I do love a good green and Married to the Macabre definitely fits that bill! It's a glowing green in a cool brown base and shifts between the two readily on the lid. The green is most visible over a sticky base but it can certainly be used without one. Top points for blendability, too!

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre, Just Harried, He Slimed Me makeup look & review

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre, Just Harried, He Slimed Me makeup look & review

Here I used Just Harried on the inner half of the lid, Married to the Macabre on the outer half of the lid and #breaktheinternet and Kilt-y Pleasures to blend out and for the crease. I also used Kilt-y Pleasures on the outer half of the lower lashline, coupled with He Slimed Me on the inner half. Bubbles was used on the inner corner and the limited edition Liquid Stardust shade Thin White Duke was patted on the centre of the lid. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Darling Girl Married to the Macabre, Just Harried, He Slimed Me makeup look & review

Provoke

Darling Girl Provoke eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Provoke eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Provoke eyeshadow swatches & review

Provoke (discontinued) is a light sandy gold with copper/peach sheen. It was created to be a dupe for MAC Vex for Mandy of the sadly now defunct Prettymaking blog, which is actually how I first discovered Darling Girl! It's a great multi-purpose shade and the colour shift is really pretty. Wish I'd bought back ups!

Darling Girl Provoke eyeshadow swatches & review

I used Provoke all over the lid here with If I Only Had A Heart on the inner corner and #breaktheinternet and Kilt-y Pleasures for blending and the crease. I used London Baby! over smudged black liner on the lower lashline and foiled Smelly Cat with Superstar Serum for the liner. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Darling Girl Provoke eyeshadow swatches & review

Tiny Dancer

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

Tiny Dancer (past GWP) is a light pink with cool blue shimmer and added sparkle. Perfectly glowy as an inner corner highlight and the formula is wonderful. Susan really does light pinks well. Fingers crossed this is an option if she does another Pink Friday sale.

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

I've used Tiny Dancer on the inner corner here, with Wood Sprite Diamond Dust on the lower lashline. I also used some Maybelline Color Tattoos on the lid, crease and for liner and topped everything off with Ardell Demi Wispies.

Darling Girl Tiny Dancer eyeshadow swatches & review

Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

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Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review

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Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review

I love a foundation that offers great coverage, but it can be a double edged sword at times, with higher coverage often sacrificing luminosity in favour of a matte, flat finish. And sometimes that's what we want and what suits our skin best, but other times matte can be unforgiving and even ageing, particularly if you struggle with dry skin. That's why I prefer the new generation of skincare-infused foundations, which marry skincare benefits with great coverage and a natural finish. Bobbi Brown's Skin Nourishing Glow Foundation is the latest of these that I have tried and I've quickly become a fan!

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review

Packaged in glossy black with an airless pump to keep your foundation fresh and emblazoned with a gold Bobbi Brown crest, Skin Nourishing Glow certainly looks the part to match its luxe price tag (RRP $110NZD). It dispenses just the right amount of foundation (don't you hate the pumps that give you a huge dollop that you'll never use in one go?) and contains 30ml of product.

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review

If you click to enlarge the swatch image, you'll see the secret to the luminous finish Skin Nourishing Glow offers: there's very fine, sparse sparkle in the formula. I don't think I've seen this in another foundation before, but if you're reeling back in horror at the prospect of a Twilight-vampire effect, stop panicking - it's very subtle in person. If I lean close to a mirror and really study my skin, I can see the sparkle and it may be more visible in strong sunlight, but in most situations it's not going to be an issue unless you really, really abhor shimmer beyond all reason.

This is a very hydrating formula, with Bobbi Brown promising long-term hydration even after you've removed your makeup. I don't wear foundation daily, so I've not worn back to back for a long enough testing period to comment on long-term effects but I do feel that my skin is more hydrated during and immediately after wear. 

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review

Before & after Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow foundation - no concealer or editing

Bobbi Brown Skin Nourishing Glow - Porcelain Swatches & Review
With the rest of my makeup, including concealer

The shade I have, Porcelain, is the lightest of the nine available shades and a pretty good match for me. Perhaps a hair too warm if I'm nitpicking, but once the rest of my makeup is on it's not something that I notice at all. The coverage is even and covers redness well but doesn't look cakey or thick. 

Skin Nourishing Glow wears like a dream. My skin type is combination-oily and I sometimes have issues with certain foundations breaking down on my nose and chin during the day, but although Skin Nourishing Glow is designed for dry to normal skin, it performed perfectly for me. There was no breakdown, no oiliness coming through, just a gradual, even fade over the course of the day. I did notice that it was quite prone to transferring if my face came into contact with something, such as the display screen on my camera or my phone screen, although it didn't affect how the foundation looked on me - you're not going to accidentally wipe your face and lose all coverage. 

All in all, I'm really enjoying this foundation and would definitely consider repurchasing when I run out. If you're interested in trying it too, I recommend getting matched and requesting a sample to trial at your nearest Bobbi Brown counter. The staff I've encountered at the stores in the Wellington region have always been wonderful and happy to accommodate - they know you don't want to plonk down a serious amount of money on a foundation without knowing it's right for you! 

What I liked:
  • Great coverage
  • Doesn't look cakey or thick, blends nicely into skin
  • Wears really well and fades evenly
  • Hydrates skin, and the feeling lasts after makeup has been removed
What I didn't like:
  • Subtle shimmer (more of a 'meh' for me than a dislike, in all honesty)
Where to buy:
  • Bobbi Brown counters nationwide (selected Farmers stores, Smith & Caugheys)
  • Amazon
  • Ebay

What kind of foundation do you like best? 

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Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

It's that time of the month again - no, not that one - the time when Femme Fatale launch a new collection presale! Hooray! On August 1st, Femme Fatale are introducing Birth of Venus, a collection inspired by Botticelli's iconic painting of the same name. 

This collection comes in the standard white boxes and as usual, the prices are scaled to reflect the cost of the different ingredients. Femme Fatale have just launched a new US site, so the prices for that website are also listed for your reference. There are nine shades in total  in this collection and I have five of them to share with you today. The names and descriptions for the shades I don't have are:

Floral Rain - Pink multichrome sheen over a forest green jelly base, filled with silver holo glitters - $11 AUD/$10.50USD 
Golden-Wreathed & Beautiful РSoft coral cr̬me with strong yellow tones and turquoise overlay - $9 AUD/$9 USD
Horae Awaits – Sheer pale baby pink crelly with blue luminescent glow and scattered holo reflects - $9 AUD/$9 USD
Upon Seafoam – Soft turquoise blue (leans grey/blue/green depending on light) with scattered holo and pink glow - $11 AUD/$10.50 USD

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Collection Swatches & Review

Swatch notes: I do not use base coat for my swatches and top coat is only used where noted. Everything was photographed using a three point lighting set up under daylight bulbs, except for the additional holo swatches done in sunlight.

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Arrival of Venus

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Arrival of Venus, 3 coats

Arrival of Venus ($12AUD/$11USD) is a rich burnt orange with a linear holo effect. I'm so excited to see some new holos from Femme Fatale, it feels like it's been such a long time. I don't actually think I've ever had an orange holo before either, so this is quite a treat. Arrival of Venus covered beautifully in three coats and the holo effect is nice and strong.

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Birth of Venus Swatches & Review

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Swept Across the Sea

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Mostly warm

Femme Fatale - Swept Across the Sea, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Swept Across the Sea ($11AUD/$10.50USD) is the thermal in this collection, a unique beauty which shifts from tan when warm to teal when cold, all the while overlaid with a green shimmery glow. You'll have to forgive me, my hands are naturally cold and our weather in New Zealand is even colder right now, so the thermal change isn't as clear as it could be, but I've done my best under the circumstances. Swept Across the Sea is opaque in three coats and dries to a satin finish (I've added top coat) and applies pretty smoothly. I did have a few lumps/spots that looked like unmixed pigment, but they seemed to disappear or even out by the time I was top coating, I'm not sure what that was about!

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Transitioning

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review
Mostly cold

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Swept Across the Sea Swatches & Review

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Heavenly Raiment

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Heavenly Raiment, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Heavenly Raiment ($9AUD/$9USD) is a sheer rose pink with heavy blue shimmer and lots of silver holo glitter. It was mostly opaque in three coats - opaque enough for me to be happy with it - and dried with a small amount of texture, so I added top coat to smooth it out. I was initially reminded of Spangled Starlight from the Midsummer Night's Dream collection, but Heavenly Raiment is much pinker and has a jelly base.

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Heavenly Raiment Swatches & Review

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Isle of Cythera

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Isle of Cythera, 3 coats

Isle of Cythera ($12AUD/$11USD) is a forest green holo with a smattering of chartreuse shimmer. The shimmer gives it a slightly foiled look in certain lights, it's a very nice addition that keeps Isle of Cythera interesting in lower light when the holo isn't so dominant. Application was a breeze in three smooth coats. 

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Isle of Cythera Swatches & Review

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Breath of Zephyros

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale - Breath of Zephyros, 3 coats + Essie Good to Go

Breath of Zephyros ($11AUD/$10.50USD) is my surprise favourite of the collection! It's described as a 'blue-toned grey linear holo with golden glitters' but seems to look almost lilac on me. The contrast between the cool and warm tones in the same polish is really cool and works surprisingly well. Breath of Zephyros does dry with some texture and needs top coat to smooth it out for best effect.

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Breath of Zephyros Swatches & Review

The Femme Fatale Birth of Venus collection presale will run from August 1st until August 5th on the Femme Fatale Cosmetics website, which ships worldwide. They've also just launched a US based website which will come in handy for American & Canadian shoppers. Shades should also be available mid August onwards from their international stockists:
  • Shiro Cosmetics (USA)
  • Color4Nails (USA)
  • Live Love Polish (USA)
  • Beautometry (USA)
  • Rainbow Connection (UK) 
  • Hypnotic Polish (EU)
  • Beauty So Fly (SNG)
  • Dope Nails (Russia)
I'm really digging this collection! Breath of Zephyros is the stand out for me, but I love all of the ones I have and hope to pick up Horae Awaits and Upon Seafoam during the presale. Which ones do you have your eye on?

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