Notoriously Morbid January 2016 Vanishing Cabinet Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid January 2016 Vanishing Cabinet Swatches & Review

Well, I got some momentum going for a while there with the Notoriously Morbid Vanishing Cabinet posts and then I got stuck again! Winter bugs, sick children, manflu-ridden husband, canker sores, teething baby - the past few months have gone by in a haze and I suddenly find myself on the cusp of August. When did that happen? I'm determined to get back into the swing of things though, and I did just that by channelling Cheryl West from one of my all time favourite TV shows, Outrageous Fortune, in my makeup look for Authority Problem. It was the last eyeshadow I had to use for this set and as I looked at it, I thought both the name and smokey hue were perfectly suited to the matriarch determined to escape a life of crime, but somehow always managing to eff it up a bit. 

These were all limited edition but Carrie from Notoriously Morbid has recently started bringing back previous Vanishing Cabinet shades for a month at a time (Misery Loves Company from this set made a recent return), so you never know what might be resurrected. The Mystik Spiral scent isn't available in the Night Kiss Balms anymore but can be found in the Slumber Salve range instead.
As always, I suggest checking out the Notoriously Morbid Buy/Sell/Trade group or looking out for blog sales if these are on your wishlist.

About the subscription:
The Vanishing Cabinet is a monthly subscription service from US based indie brand Notoriously Morbid. The amount of products included seems to vary, but there's typically three to five products in each. It's $13.25USD within the US and $20USD for international (including shipping), so a very reasonable monthly treat! You can sign up for the wait list here or purchase a one month trial (while available) here. Overstock is occasionally posted here.

All swatches are applied to bare skin (on the left) and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (on the right) using a patting motion and photographed under daylight bulbs. 

The theme for the January 2016 VC was Daria, a show I must admit I've not seen - I think it was a bit before my time, but it sounds like I've been missing out and I'm going to remedy that ASAP!

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Authority Problem

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Authority Problem is a smokey shimmering taupe peppered with golden sparkles. It's very pigmented, easy to blend and the sparkle adheres well. I honestly don't know how it took me so long to try it! 

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Authority Problem all over the lid and lower lashline for this look, with Each Buries His Own on the crease, Bloody Awful Poet on the outer V, He's Going Through Changes to blend out and Whitelighter Witch highlighter on the inner corner. The lashes are these Ebay faux mink lashes in style 15.
I'm also wearing Music blush and Whitelighter Witch on cheeks, along with Stay Evil, Dollface Mystic Matte in the picture below. 

Notoriously Morbid Authority Problem Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Only Child

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Only Child is an interesting mixture, with a warm brown base and fuchsia sparkles. Over a sticky base, the fuchsia overpowers the base colour almost completely. I didn't expect that, so the look below didn't come out quite how I had in mind, but that's the way things go sometimes! It was a breeze to work with, I just need to change the shadows I pair it with next time. 

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Boe on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline here, with Only Child on the inner half of lid and lower lashline, Autumn Moon highlighter on the inner corner, Doll's Eye on the crease and He's Going Through Changes for the transition. The lashes are these faux mink ones from Ebay in the style 208.

Notoriously Morbid Only Child Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I Hate You

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I Hate You is a warm-toned dark brown with emerald green shimmer and it is STUNNING. I really hope this makes a return some day because it's a great alternative to shades like MAC Blue Brown, if you find the base colour of Blue Brown too ruddy. Skunk Ape from the permanent range has a similar vibe but has a more orange base. This is a shade you'll get the most impact from over a sticky base but it performs well on its own, too.

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I used Skunk Ape on the lower lashline, I Hate You on the lid, Mister Unlucky (November 2015 VC) on the crease, He's Going Through Changes for the transition and He's Not Coming to the Meeting (What We Make in the Shadows Black Friday 2015 collection) on the inner corner. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store and the eye pencil is MAC Chlorafill.

Notoriously Morbid I Hate You Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Misery Loves Company

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Misery Loves Company is a blackened slate blue with vivid crimson shimmer. The base colour is not the sort I gravitate to so Misery stumped me for a while before I decided to pair it with Animal (unfortunately now discontinued), a soft ivory that blended beautifully into Misery Loves Company's base colour. It was easy to work with and is another one I highly recommend putting over a sticky base so that you can see that contrasting shimmer come to life! 

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I used Misery Loves Company on the outer half of the lid, Animal on the inner half of the lid and inner corner, Under Controlled Circumstances on the crease, He's Going Through Changes and She's Got Gidget Hair to blend out, It's the White Hats on the browbone and The Shadder on the lower lashline. The lashes are these faux mink ones from Ebay in the style A10.

Notoriously Morbid Misery Loves Company Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Mystik Spiral

Notoriously Morbid Mystik Spiral Night Kiss Balm Review

I'm pretty sure Mystik Spiral was the first Night Kiss balm I finished, even with it being a mini - I LOVED the scent and couldn't get enough of it! It's white chocolate dipped waffle cone, a very moreish scent for bakery fragrance lovers like myself. Although it's not available in the permanent range of Night Kiss Balms, you can get this scent in the Slumber Salves instead, and you better believe I snapped one up quickly! It's the most luscious treat before bed that I can get away with after brushing my teeth. 

All in all, I liked most of this VC and as always, the colours pushed me to get creative. What do you think of them?

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Precious Fairy Vagina, Fort Delaware, Fairy Floss, Lil Ass Kicker and YMB2017! Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Eyeshadows - Precious Fairy Vagina, Fort Delaware, Fairy Floss, Lil Ass Kicker and YMB2017! Swatches & Review

Indie eyeshadows honestly have the best names ever. Not many brands give you the opportunity to say 'thank you, it's called Precious Fairy Vagina' when asked about your makeup (aptly, this was during a stretch and sweep while overdue with my daughter. I strongly advise against googling) but Darling Girl will go there. The name of that eyeshadow, if you're curious, comes from a line spoken by the wonderfully acidic Pam in True Blood, but it's not the first or last hilarious shade name from DG, as you'll find out in this set of reviews. Here's the usual lowdown:

Product size:
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 ($7USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($3.25USD). 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; 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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Precious Fairy Vagina

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Precious Fairy Vagina (discontinued) is described as a 'peachy gold with violet sheen and gold iridescence'. On my skin, the base colour is a dirty cream and the violet sheen is very strong, especially over a sticky base. It still shines through when worn sheerly, as I've shown on the inner corner in the look a little further down. 

Fort Delaware

Darling Girl Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fort Delaware (discontinued) is described as a 'taupey plum with shifting iridescence'. I was a little surprised at just how strongly it pulls plum on me as it looks more taupe in the jar, but there ya go. I have no complaints though, Fort Delaware is gorgeous and very unique in my collection. It doesn't require a sticky base to perform well, though it pulls more purple with one. 

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina, Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina, Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I've used Precious Fairy Vagina on the inner half of the lid (over a sticky base) and on the inner corner (no base), Fort Delaware on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline, Tempting Tryst on the crease and Hot As Baelfire to blend out. The lashes are Ardell #110s

Darling Girl Precious Fairy Vagina, Fort Delaware Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fairy Floss

Darling Girl Fairy Floss Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fairy Floss Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fairy Floss Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Fairy Floss Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Fairy Floss (permanent) is a warm dusty peach with strong green shimmer that shifts to purple in some lights. The interplay between warm and cool tones makes for a wonderfully complex eyeshadow that is very versatile in action. Layer it over a dark base, as I did in the look below, and the peach base disappears altogether, making the green shimmer all the more vibrant in its wake. Fairy Floss applies and blends easily and is a must have from the permanent range. 

Lil Ass Kicker

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Lil Ass Kicker (discontinued) is a medium warm purple with gold sparkles and shimmer. It reminds me quite a bit of Fyrinnae Meerkat but Lil Ass Kicker has a more pigmented base colour and the gold shimmer seems to shift to green at certain angles. Persuasion Diamond Dust (permanent) is a similar mixture of purple and gold, but has a brighter base colour. All in all, Lil Ass Kicker is one of the less unique Darling Girl shades in my collection but still one I'm happy to have. 

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

I've used Fairy Floss on the inner third of the lid and on the lower lashline over smudged out liner, Lil Ass Kicker on the centre of the lid, Celebration on the outer third of the lid and Borrowed Underpants on the inner corner. I also used Burnout from the ColourPop Weekend Warrior eyeshadow palette on the crease and the Lorac Nude Skinny palette to blend everything out. The lashes are Ldianer 208 'mink' lashes from Ebay.

Darling Girl Lil Ass Kicker Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

You're My Bitch, 2017!

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

You're My Bitch, 2017! (YMB2017!) (permanent) is an unapologetically bright copper with blue sparks and plenty of shimmer. Initially released as a limited edition shade to celebrate Susan tackling the new year, it was subsequently added to the permanent range by popular demand. YMB2017! is at its best with a sticky base as the metallic pigments really need it to adhere properly but is totally worth the effort, in my opinion.

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here, I've used You're My Bitch 2017! all over the lid, My Cat Loves Me on the inner corner, Pere Foutterd on the lower lashline, Burning Love on the crease, Naughty Bits to deepen the crease and #breaktheinternet for the transition. The lashes are these ones from Ebay in style 523

Darling Girl You're My Bitch, 2017! 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.
Which of these is your favourite?

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