Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Woo Me Eyeshadow Quad Swatches & Review

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Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Woo Me Eyeshadow Quad Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy recently shared the sad news of their upcoming closure, with half price sales running on weekends until the shop shuts. The shop will be shut on weekdays to ship everything out, limiting your shopping options a bit but making for a quick turn around time! Innocent + Twisted Alchemy has been one of my favourite indies for several years and I'm so sorry to see them go. Before they go, though, I've got a bunch of reviews to catch up on, so let's start with the Woo Me Quad, which was the Valentines Day release this year. They're available individually or as a set while stocks last. 

Formula overview:
The Innocent + Twisted formula is one of the best ones around; while some indies apply sheerly alone and really need a sticky base to pop, Innocent + Twisted Alchemy eyeshadows are generally wonderfully pigmented and easy to work with on their own. I do still like to use a sticky base most of the time for maximum sparkle and duochrome action (where applicable), but it's nice to know that they can be hastily swept on the lids as you're running out the door and they're still going to look good.

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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Candied Hearts

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Candied Hearts is a warm pink with gold sheen and fine pink sparkles. This shade is on the sheerer side when worn alone but the gold sheen makes it stand out beautifully over a sticky base. I love the versatility of Candied Hearts, the simple addition of an adhesive base transforms it so that you could easily use it with or without a base for different colour placements in the same look and get a multifaceted look. It's soft and blendable and would work well as a cheek highlighter, too.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Candied Hearts (over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy) on the lid, My Beloved highlighter on the inner corner, Kelsy on the crease and outer two thirds of lower lashline and Full On Monet on the inner third of the lower lashline. I also used a touch of Notoriously Morbid Too Good To Be True to blend out Kelsy and NM So Goes My Nation on the browbone. The lashes are Born Pretty Store mink #03

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Candied Hearts Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fragile

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Fragile Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Fragile Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Fragile Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Fragile Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fragile is a very warm goldenrod metallic, it looks quite orange on my arm and in the jar but appears more gold in action. I was surprised, but enamoured! Brilliant formula, I highly recommend it if you're a fan of warm metallics too.  

Moments

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Moments is a medium warm brown with subtle pink sparks and gold shimmer. Is it unique? Not terribly. But it's the kind of brown I just can't quit, delicious and sparkly and flattering. It performs well with or without a base although it's more strongly metallic with one.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used The Surgeon on the inner half of the lid here, Dysfunctional on the outer half of the lid, Fragile on the inner half of the lower lashline and Moments on the outer half of the lower lashline. I also used ColourPop Elixir and Cornelious for the transition and Fairfax on the crease, with Fyrinnae Jade Ghost on the inner corner. The false lashes are Born Pretty Store mink style 14

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Moments Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Bear, Bear

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Bear, Bear is a smokey purple in a brown base. It kind of reminds me of Chanel Paradoxal nail polish, don't you agree? I really like this, but I wasn't so keen on how my eyeshadow look turned out, so it's skewing my feelings - I'll have to use Bear, Bear again soon! The brown base is really very subtly, adding more depth than anything else.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I've used Bear, Bear on the lower lashline, Face Hugger on the inner half of the lid, IM on the outer half of the lid and the Lorac Pro palette for the rest. The lashes are Born Pretty Store Mink style 15.

Innocent + Twisted Alchemy Bear, Bear Eyeshadow Swatches & Review


Innocent + Twisted Alchemy are available in their online store and you can check the Innocent + Twisted Atelier Facebook group for updates on shop opening times.

What do you think of this quartet?

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ColourPop Short and Sweet Set Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Short and Sweet Set Swatches & Review

The ColourPop Short and Sweet set recently made its way into the Goodbyes section of the site, so I figured it was about time I got my A into G and reviewed it! This cute little offering was part of the Valentines Day collection so it's stuck around for quite a while really, considering the usual longevity of limited edition collections. Two colours from this kit have also been repromoted: Schnookums in the mini It's Complicated kit and Love Muffin as a full-size product in the Pink collection.

ColourPop Short and Sweet Set Swatches & Review

I think these minis are great for people who are unlikely to finish a lip product in a hurry or like to have a lot of colour options on hand. The applicator doesn't suffer for their stature, it's the same as in the full-size tubes and very easy to use. The hearts adorning these tubes add a touch of sweetness. 
As for value, compared to a full-size tube ($6USD), which is 3.2g/0.11 OZ, these are 0.64g/0.02 OZ each, so you're getting a fifth of the full-size in each. At $18USD for the set (currently on sale for $14.40), that adds up to one full-size product for the cost of three, but of course, you wouldn't get the same colours or packaging.

ColourPop Short and Sweet Set Swatches & Review

ColourPop Short and Sweet Set Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
Three of ColourPop's five liquid lip formulas are represented here: Ultra Glossy, Ultra Satin and Ultra Matte. Sugar Lips is the Ultra Glossy finish at its best: sparkly, moisturising and non-tacky. The Ultra Satin finish (Love Muffin and Schnookums) is highly pigmented with slight sheen, it doesn't set the same way the Ultra Mattes do and while it has an admirably long wear-time, the Ultra Mattes last that little bit longer. The compromise is the Ultra Mattes' tendency to cling and occasionally perform badly during application, fortunately, this wasn't the case here. They all smell slightly chemical, but it's very faint and not off-putting (to my nose).

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Sugar Lips

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip - Sugar Lips Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip - Sugar Lips Swatches & Review

Sugar Lips is described as 'golden pink with gold, silver, copper and hot pink glitter'. With its out of this world sparkle, Sugar Lips brings to mind the old MAC Dazzleglasses, without any of that formula's tackiness. The Ultra Glossies are a thinner formula overall, too, with less product needed for maximum impact. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for more sparklers from ColourPop, they are so much fun to layer! Sugar Lips wore for four hours on me.

ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip - Sugar Lips Swatches & Review

Love Muffin

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Love Muffin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Love Muffin Swatches & Review

Love Muffin is described as a 'pastel baby pink'. Kind of amazed at how much I love this one as I expected a chalky mess, but ColourPop have come through again and delivered a beautiful warm pale peachy pink. I would have thought baby pink to be a cooler, blue-toned pink, but a Google search of the phrase now has me questioning I know in life, so let's steer back to the review...
Love Muffin isn't without its flaws, I found it more prone to streaking and grabbing at flakes than the Ultra Satins typically do but overall, the colour was worth the effort for me. It lasted six hours on me and wasn't drying.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Love Muffin Swatches & Review

Schnookums

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Schnookums Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Schnookums Swatches & Review

Schnookums is described as a 'mid- tone warm rose'. I need to wear this again, stat, because I hate everything else about my makeup in the below picture and it's affecting my feelings for Schnookums when Schnookums didn't do anything wrong. Schnookums was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I'm sorry, Schnookums. Schnookums is a really weird word to write multiple times and I might be writing this under the influence of days of disrupted sleep with sick children, so I'm sorry to you, too. ANYWAY. Schnookums lasted five and a half hours on me and wasn't drying.

ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip - Schnookums Swatches & Review

Pooky Bear

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Pooky Bear Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Pooky Bear Swatches & Review

Pooky Bear is described as 'true coral'. Which it's not. It's an almost traffic-cone shade of orange and it's the best damn orange matte liquid lipstick I've tried, so I'm bummed that there's only a mini around! Because even though I mentioned how the minis are great for people who don't often finish lipsticks and I am DEFINITELY one of those people, I irrationally never want to run out of this colour. It lasted ten hours on me, including two meals, without flaking or drying out my lips because it's an orange firecracker of awesomeness. So bring it back, okay ColourPop? I know you have the power.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Pooky Bear Swatches & Review

Honey Pie

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Honey Pie Swatches & Review

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Honey Pie Swatches & Review

Honey Pie is described as a 'bright pinky red'. Okay, I thought, as I added the Short and Sweet set to my cart, it'll be another identical red but that's okay because YOU LOVE RED and the other colours are all sooooo pretty and what about FOMO?! As you can tell, ColourPop's marketing team have got me GOOD. But Honey Pie is a surprisingly unique red, the pink base really does come through to give it an appealingly cartoon-bright quality. Another one I wish they'd release in full-size! It lasted seven hours on me.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip - Honey Pie Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Excellent colour payoff
  • Non-drying
  • Most shades had smooth, easy application
  • Wear time was between four and ten hours
What I didn't like:
  • Love Muffin was slightly streaky and clung to dry patches
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Femme Fatale July 2017 New Releases Swatches & Review

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Femme Fatale July 2017 New Releases Swatches & Review

I'm a little late with Femme Fatale's July release but there's still time to pick it up if you've got your eye on something - it closes at 9PM AEST tonight! I have four shades to share with you today; two from their Emily de Molly collaboration and two that are Aussie Indie Con exclusives. The EDM collabs may be available from stockists - you'll want to check in with your nearest stockist about that - while the Indie Con exclusives are a one time release. And trust me, you don't want to miss them, they're my favourite of this quartet! 

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.

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Crepuscular Awakening

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Crepuscular Awakening ($10.50) is the first of two shades in Femme Fatale's Emily de Molly collaboration. It's a thermal polish with aqua shimmer and holo microglitter which is denim blue in its cold state and a light taupe in its warm state. Femme Fatale are pretty boss at thermals and Crepuscular Awakening doesn't disappoint, the formula is in fine form as usual! 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Transitioning (reversed)

Apologies that I couldn't capture the transition in the right order, it was so bloody cold when I swatched this that my hands just couldn't stay warm enough to show it properly! Shout out to my three year old for standing beside me with the hair dryer so that we could show you a warm state at all!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Warm state

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Crepuscular Awakening Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Lodestar

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lodestar Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lodestar Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Lodestar ($10AUD) is described as a 'sheer, soft lilac purple packed with holo accents, iridescent blue-green flakes, and scattered silver holographic glitters'. This ties with Balefire for my favourite of the new releases as I'm really enjoying the ethereal, sheer vibe at the moment. This was three coats without top coat as it wasn't overly textured.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lodestar Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Lodestar Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Duskwood

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Duskwood Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Duskwood Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Duskwood, 3 coats + top coat

Duskwood ($11AUD) is from the Emily de Molly collaboration and it's a dusty dark teal with green to blue shifting flakies and strong purple shimmer. It's basically a cruelty-free peacock in a bottle! It built to a mostly opaque finish in three coats and dried with a fair amount of texture, so I recommend top coat. 

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Duskwood Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Duskwood Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Balefire

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Balefire Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Balefire Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics - Balefire, 3 coats + top coat

Balefire ($10AUD) is described as a 'shimmering violet base packed with soft gold and bronzed microglitters, and iridescent red-orange flakes'. The second of the two Aussie Indie Con exclusives, Balefire has been on my nails since I swatched it and I absolutely love it! Worn sheerly, it's delicate and sparkly while still being a bit understated, but it would make a gorgeous topper, too. I used three coats for lots of sparkle, you could certainly do more or less as Balefire applies evenly either way but you'll definitely want a thick top coat as it's a bit of a top coat eater.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Balefire Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Balefire Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Balefire Nail Polish Swatches & Review


These shades are available for one presale only at femmefatalecosmetics.com.au July 1st-5th. Femme Fatale ships nail polish worldwide; starting from $7 to USA, $14.50 to Canada and $20 internationally.

Which of these is your favourite?

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