Have I mentioned enough times how bad reading beauty blogs is for my wallet and stash? Lately I've become better and being able to resist the brand new 'thing' everyone seems to be blogging about, but after reading nothing BUT positive reviews, I gave in and indulged... in Sugarpill. This is the new makeup line from Shrinkle and, for me at least, I've found that it is getting raves both across Blogspot, YouTube, and LJ. After reading and seeing so many swatches I gave in and went to place my order... only to find that the palette I wanted was sold out! Thankfully the shop restocked quickly, so here is my first purchase:
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Did it live up to the hype?
A big huge resounding YES. This package actually arrived while I was in Vancouver and while I was/am planning on a post about the trip, I was so excited to play with these that they superseded all of the posts I had planned in my head. These colours are hugely pigmented, easy to blend, and completely eye-popping. This is not a make-up line for the faint-hearted, but if you love colour (and you know I do) than I think you will come to love this line!
Swatches were all done on the back of my hand, with clean Q-tips, no base applied. Pictures were taken in natural light with no flash. Loose pigments were swatched dry :)
The pigmentation on these is ridiculous!! In a good way. While I thought the shadows swatched nicely I was a bit skeptical at how they would perform on the eye, but for me it took a small tap with my MAC217 brush to pick up enough of Dollipop (the pink) to cover an entire eye. Though I do not work with mattes often, I find this easy to blend and true to the colour in the pan. I did use my normal base of UDPP+Paint Pot for my EOTD, but the colour didn't change at all.
First, the pressed shadows:
The only shadow I found less pigmented is Tako, which is the white shade, but as these were done with a Q-Tip, I think it would perform better when using a brush or sponge applicator - I just haven't used it yet! Dollipop and Tako are both matte shades, and Afterparty, Midori, and Poison Plum have more of a satin/pearl finish. I think Midori may be the HG green I've been looking for as I have NOTHING like this in my stash... well not until this shadow in any case. The first four shadows come in the Sweetheart Quad, and Poison Plum was purchased as a single.
And now the loose shadows:
Chromalust definitely lives up to its name! Not only did seeing swatches of these cause me lemmings but after playing with the 3 shades I ordered I now want the rest of them! I normally hate loose eyeshadows. I find them messy, annoying to work with if I have to use them wet (I do my makeup at my desk so there is no sink in easy reach) and I am generally too lazy to reach for the few I still have. These are so amazing, I think my opinion of loose shadows may be changing (slightly). For me, these are definitely the stars of the line. All of these swatches were done dry, and just from the residue left from taking the lids off of each container. Goldilux by FAR is my favourite thing in this purchase, but Lumi is so holograph and interesting, and Tiara i so shiny! I am in love :)
The above FOTD uses the following:
Eyes: Dollipop (pink) over the lid, Goldilux (gold) on outer corner and into crease used dry, Lumi on inner corner of eye, Besame Beige for hilight shade, UDPP + MAC Cash Flow PP for base, K-Palette 24hr Micro Liner, UD 24/7 Zero pencil, GOSH 24K Velvet Touch Pencil, Fairydrops Mascara, Anastasia brow powder + gel
Face: L'Egere BB Cream, MAC Prim & Proper blush
Lips: Maybelline Watershine 3D Hyper Diamond 111 Sparkling Pink
I love these shadows!! This is the only look I've done so far, but I am definitely going to keep playing with these on my days off... they are a bit dramatic for work!