Notoriously Morbid Upside Down Set Swatches & Review

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Notoriously Morbid Upside Down Set Swatches & Review

Today I have a wee throwback to last year's Black Friday set from Notoriously Morbid. The Upside Down collection was inspired by Stranger Things, a show that I still haven't gotten around to watching - criminal, I know! The eyeshadows were all limited edition, but EL Mystic Matte was added to the permanent line by popular demand and Carrie from Notoriously Morbid brings other things back from time to time, so don't give up hope. You can also try taking a peek in the Notoriously Morbid Buy/Sell/Trade group or cross fingers for a blog sale; Indiemakeupandmore on Reddit is also a good source for indie destashes. 

Swatch notes:
The shimmery eyeshadows are shown applied to bare skin (on the left) and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (on the right) using a patting motion, while WWBD? is only shown over bare skin as matte eyeshadows and sticky bases don't work well. All of my swatches are photographed under daylight bulbs.

Formula overview:
I really enjoy Notoriously Morbid's eyeshadow formula. For this release, four of the five eyeshadows were in the semi-loose formula, which is more pigmented and intense than the regular eyeshadows and thus less likely to need a sticky base to truly shine. Because they're semi-loose, they can sometimes be on the chunky side but any chunks are smoothed out during application, they didn't present any application problems at all. All five eyeshadows were very blendable and a breeze to work with.

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Right Here

Notoriously Morbid Right Here Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Right Here Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Right Here Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Right Here Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Right Here is a warm metallic tan with green to pink colour shifting shimmer and silver sheen. Pure magic in a jar. This one needs a sticky base for maximum sparkle and shifty goodness.

Coffee & Contemplation

Notoriously Morbid Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Coffee and Contemplation is a blindingly metallic rich copper with red shimmer and gold sparkles. It's INTENSE and I love it. C&C is stunningly pigmented and shimmery with or without a base and is best patted on as it is on the chunkier side.

WWBD?

Notoriously Morbid WWBD? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid WWBD? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

WWBD? is a lovely warm tan matte shade, a little browner than He's Going Through Changes from the permanent range. It's the kind of workhorse shade that I reach for frequently and rounds out the quintet of eyeshadows nicely. The formula is great, smooth, pigmented and highly blendable, as per Notoriously Morbid's usual matte eyeshadow standards.

Notoriously Morbid WWBD?, Right Here, Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid WWBD?, Right Here, Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid WWBD?, Right Here, Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I've used WWBD? on the crease, Coffee and Contemplation on the outer half of the lid/lower lashline, Right Here on the inner half of the lid and Whitelighter Witch highlighter on the inner corner. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Notoriously Morbid WWBD?, Right Here, Coffee & Contemplation Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Should I Stay?

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Should I Stay? is a smokey grape-purplles with blue-violet shimmer. The smokiness of this shade makes it really intriguing and unique, I'm dying to use it again, this time as the focus of a look. I used it without a base on the lower lashline in the picture below and was impressed at how vividly the colour shift showed up.

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look I've used Gypsy Curse on the crease, She's Got Gidget Hair for the transitions, It's the White Hats on the browbone, Bandit King on the outer two-thirds of the lid, Pure Passion on the inner third of the lid and inner half of lower lashline and Should I Stay on the outer half of the lower lashline.  The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

Notoriously Morbid Should I Stay? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Friends Don't Lie

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Friends Don't Lie is a deep berry red with strong purple and blue sheen. I can't even deal with how much I love this colour, it's incredible! I thought I was going to struggle to make this colour work on me but it's actually super flattering and has awakened a longing for more and more berry shades. Whoops.

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look, I've used Friends Don't Lie all over the lid and on the outer third and inner third of the lower lashline, Bunnies Frighten Me on the inner third of the lower lashline and inner corner, Boca Del Infierno to deepen crease, Good Little Girl Routine on the crease, She's Got Gidget Hair for the transition and It's the White Hats on the browbone. The lashes are these ones from Ebay in the style 204.

Notoriously Morbid Friends Don't Lie Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

EL

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

EL is described as a 'warm coral pink with a blue shift'. Some swatches I've seen look a lot pinker but the warmth pulls through strongly on me and I don't really see any pink at all. That doesn't worry me in the slightest though as I love this complex little number! The colour payoff is superb and the colour shift is just as visible and awesome as the pictures show. A must for duochrome lovers. EL lasted five hours on me and wasn't drying.

Notoriously Morbid Mystic Matte - EL Swatches & Review

What do you think of this set?

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L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Do you remember when L'Oreal first started bringing out exclusive lipstick shades with their celebrity spokeswomen? I don't know exactly how far back it goes but I definitely remember swatching them on the back of my hand admiringly in a pharmacy my friend worked in back when we were in high school, circa 2005 (!!). Eva Longoria has been a representative for the brand all that time which refreshing in a rather mercurial industry. L'Oreal were kind enough to send me some of their current range to try out a while back, so here they are!

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Formula Overview:
The Color Riche lipsticks have a gorgeous, cushiony feeling, gliding across the lips with just the right amount of slip. These are quite heavily scented although I find it hard to pinpoint the fragrance beyond floral and powdery. It's not unpleasant to my nose but it's not my favourite either and if you dislike scented cosmetics you'll probably want to take a whiff before buying. These are very comfortable on the lips, most of them were hydrating too.

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Doutzen's Nude

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Doutzen's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Doutzen's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Doutzen's Nude Swatches & Review

Doutzen's Nude is a pale pink with fine pearly shimmer. It's very sheer and on the uneven side, although it doesn't look quite so bad in photos - overall though, I wasn't a fan, sorry Doutzen! It did wear well, lasting five hours on me, during which it was hydrating.

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Doutzen's Nude Swatches & Review

J Lo's Nude

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - J Lo's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - J Lo's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - J Lo's Nude Swatches & Review

J Lo's Nude is a slightly cool toned nude pink - L'Oreal call it 'greige glow'. The greige tones mute my natural lip colour somewhat and the colour payoff is mostly even. It lasted for four hours on me and was hydrating.

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - J Lo's Nude Swatches & Review

Eva's Nude

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Nude Swatches & Review

Eva's Nude is a peach-tinted nude with silver pearl. This was my favourite of the nudes, the hint of peach flatters me and the colour payoff is nice and even. It lasted four hours on me. 

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Nude Swatches & Review

Julianne's Nude

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Julianne's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Julianne's Nude Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Julianne's Nude Swatches & Review

Julianne's Nude is a warm pinky-nude with fine shimmer. Another one I really liked! The colour payoff is mostly even and it lasted for four hours on me, during which it was both comfortable and hydrating.

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Julianne's Nude Swatches & Review

Eva's Red

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Red Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Red Swatches & Review

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Red Swatches & Review

Eva's Red is a warm red with a semi-matte finish. Now this is what I'm talking about! Not that there's anything wrong with the nudes cause you know I love them too but red just makes me feel all kinds of fabulous. Eva's Pure Red applies super smoothly with a slight sheen; it's not a flat matte. It wears for a bit under six hours on me without feathering or drying out my lips.

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Lipsticks - Eva's Red Swatches & Review

What I liked:

  • Nude shades had mostly even colour payoff
  • Eva's Pure Red was intensely pigmented
  • Wear time was between four and six hours
  • Most shades were hydrating
What I didn't like:
  • Doutzen's Nude was a bit uneven
Where to buy:
  • Selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide (NZ)
  • Amazon
  • Ebay
Have you tried any of these?

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