Posts Tagged ‘ Mineral Makeup ’

Meow Cosmetics Egyptian Treasures Swatches PT.1

LtR starting at the top-Scarab, Pharoah, Tutankhamun, Ra, Cairo, Artifact.

 

Taken indoors w/ no flash. This one shows the copper overtone in Artifact- for some reason the other pics didn’t pick it up much. It shows the vibrancy of  Ra better than the others too.

I recently placed my third order with Meow Cosmetics. I have been looking for a gold shadow and when I asked them for some recommendations they suggested “Ra” and a few other colors from their Egyptian Treasures collection. When I order shadows from mineral companies I usually make random selections based on what appeals to me but this time I decided to order all from one collection since this particular one was all too tempting. I like anything ancient Egypt-related plus the combination of the finish and the shades piqued my interest.

Outdoors in the sun. LtR- Scarab, Pharoah, Tutenkhamun, Ra, Cairo, Artifact. (swatched dry no primer)

 

 

 

 

Artifact is darker than I expected it to be. They recommend using it wet as an eyeliner and I can see how that’d be pretty- I look forward to trying it!

There will be two more posts of swatches from this collection coming up soon!

http://www.meowcosmetics.com/egyptiantreasures.htm

Meow Cosmetics Mineral Foundation- A Review

I’m working on a post that’s kind of a general catch-all of info about mineral makeup and indie companies but for now I’d like to do a little review of Meow Cosmetics Foundation.

I had seen the name Meow popping up in lots of beauty blogs and I decided to check them out. Picking things out to try from the site was almost overwhelming because there are so many choices. They have over 80 shades of foundation!  The foundation is divided up into three finishes- Purrfect puss is the sheerest coverage, Pampered puss is medium coverage and Flawless Feline is the heaviest. Then there are Different colors based on undertones- for example Chausie is a cool-toned pinkish, and Siamese is neutral. Then within the undertones there are levels of color, from nearly pure white to the darkest african-american.  It sounds more complicated than it is but that is what makes it possible to find a foundation that’s truly a perfect match which is difficult with even high-end store brands. An example of how this would work if you are very fair, Asian and want the heaviest coverage to conceal acne or whatever- Flawless Feline in 1-Sleek -Manx. If you look at the site it’s much easier to understand. I ordered 4 different undertone colors in the medium and heaviest coverages as well as undereye concealers in the yellowest undertones (to best cover my dark circles) as well as some blushes.  I placed my order on June 9th and it shipped on the 22nd.

I don’t have swatches of the foundations because getting an accurate picture was impossible- they just blended right in to my arm plus they looked sparkly. I was worried when I was attempting to swatch and I noticed the sparkles. It looked like a bit of extremely fine glitter in the foundation on my arm but this did not show up on my face no matter what light I was in or how hard I looked. Weird! The website says that to apply you just brush on like any powder- that you don’t need to “buff” like with Bare Escentuals. The reason you have to buff BE is because it looks shiny otherwise. I did kind of buff it in just to blend but it really doesn’t need it much.  I was impressed by how natural it looks and how shortly after you apply it seems to melt into the skin. It’s almost like a powder-to-cream if such a thing existed.

This is the nicest most natural foundation I’ve found so far! The medium coverage wasn’t enough for me on it’s own-It worked better for me with concealer underneath. Keep in mind though that I want industrial-strength coverage because of the redness on my cheeks, nose and chin plus acne and acne scars. The medium coverage (Pampered Puss) can be built up- I actually tried to see how much I would have to use to make it look “powdery” or cakey and I gave up before it started to look bad, lol. Pretty impressive. The heaviest coverage (Flawless feline) is perfect for me because I can get everything nice and evened out and great-looking in a few quick swipes. As far as wear-time goes ,I’ve used it with and without primer. With primer I noticed it lasted and looked better but lately I’ve been going without and I only need 2 or 3  minor touchups between morning and bedtime.  I slept with it on once and it was still mostly there when I woke up. It doesn’t do anything in the way of preventing oily-ness but they do offer an oil-control product  which I just ordered a sample of. It’s not bad on oily skin or anything, it just doesn’t prevent oil nor does it claim to.

This is the first foundation I’ve found that the lightest shade is TOO LIGHT for me! I was shocked! The lightest color is zero and I ordered mostly zeros so most of what I got wasn’t quite right for my face but this would be great for the gothlings who are looking for a quality pale foundation! The concealers that I ordered are great too-I have some serious under-eye darkness and the Manx undereye concealer is awesome. It not only covers my circles better than my beloved Benefit Lemon-aid but I’ve been lightly dabbing it on my red spots before foundation and it covers those as well!

Besides foundation & concealer they have various color-correctors, finishing powders, eyeshadows,blushes, etc. I picked some blush samples from the different collections they have and the ones I picked were-Masterpiece-The Scream,Firefly blush-illuminate, 2 Taboos- Exposure and Exhibitionist (listed in the order they appear in the pic above) The last color in that pic is an eye color- Vandaleyes collection- Resisting Arrest. So far with the blush I’ve only tried “The Scream” but I loved it! It’s like a shimmery pale pinky-lilac that looked amazing with dark eye makeup. I had lots of eyeliner going on, lots of black and this off-set it, it just looked right. It seemed pretty sheer but buildable. These might get their own post with swatches if I can get them right.

Bottom line is that their foundation rocks. Check out their website for yourself and don’t get overwhelmed! Email them a pic and ask about finding a match for you or check out the mineral makeup forums or some beauty blogs to get an idea what to order. The foundation samples are a dollar each so go crazy! I have another order on the way so I can find my purrfect match and get a full-size so I can be confident that my skin always looks fab! If  you have very pale skin like me I can tell you exactly what I ordered (it’s more than in the pic) and what the colors were like in person.

http://www.meowcosmetics.com

The Best Goth-friendly cosmetics Part Deux- Indie Companies (& cyber,loli,punk etc)


There are a lot of indie makeup companies out there nowadays. Because of sites such as TKB trading, pretty much anybody can whip up their own products and set up an “online company.”  Most of the indie companies flooding the net are selling mineral-based products. This is usually for one of two reasons and the first is the one you have to watch out for; someone is looking to make a quick profit buying straight mica from a wholesaler, putting it in their own packaging and selling it as an original product at a much higher cost. The other reason is usually something along the lines of someone who is a makeup lover themselves and they want to provide all natural, safe and original makeup.  These companies provide makeup that is often vegan and free of all sorts of ingredients we are better off not putting on our skin. Many offer inexpensive samples which I think is awesome and makes me much more confident ordering makeup off the internet in general, no matter the company.

It’s good to do a little homework before purchasing from an indie internet company’s site. There are other sites that go into this much more in-depth and explain things much more clearly than I can, many of which are in my blogroll (and two mentioned at the end of this article)  Here I would like to list indie companies I trust that make awesome goth-friendly makeup.

On to the pretties!

Morgana Minerals~Best.Lipstick.Ever! It is a vegan formula and it is so vibrant and long-lasting. Her color selection leans towards dark and daring with black, silver, blues, dark purples, etc. She offers some more wearable shades but I wish she had even more of the tamer colors because with a formula this nice I want one in EVERY color! I just ordered a full-size of her amazing foundation in pale C. It looks ghostly on the site but is actually perfect for us paler-than-the-palest-drugstore-shade gals.  Even better, it doesn’t melt or sweat off in the summer heat! She has a nice variety of eye shadows and glitters, as well as brushes.  She also offers Manic Panic and Jerome Russel hair dyes at lower prices than most stores.

Fyrinnae– They offer an extremely wide array of loose eyeshadows and many can also be used anywhere else you are inclined to decorate. The quality and innovation of their product line has me smitten! Pixie Epoxy is something all sparkle-fiends must have in their arsenal as it is worn over primer to help glitter and glitter-packed shadows adhere to skin and look super vibrant.  Also, their lip lustres (liquid lipcolors )come in lots of fun funky shades and enough wearable everyday shades to cover any occasion. They go on with a wand like a gloss but  dry down and end up fading to a stain. Their loose blush, highlighter and bronzers are worth trying.  All their products are vegan.

High Voltage– Rock N’ Roll themed Mineral Makeup line. Some of the most wearable eye shades I’ve tried. They offer a wide range of matte shadows as well as shimmery and dramatic colors. Samples are just $1.  All the shadows are vegan. They also offer lip stuff in lots of fun colors and wonderful formulations.

Sugarpill-This company is quite different from the others on this list but equally amazing. It is not advertised as mineral-based, they only offer a limited selection of eye makeup, both loose and pressed. Their colors are also different in that they are basically primary colors for your peepers. The red isn’t a dark pink, it’s stoplight red. Same with the pressed yellow & orange, two other colors that are always diluted to be mass-marketable.The pressed colors are pigment rich and not for the faint of heart! Until Sugarpill, if you wanted colors this bold you had to compromise on quality by buying from the type of line offered at Hot Topic.  The loose colors are truly beautiful and some may find them more wearable than their pressed sisters. The quality of the product and the fab packaging score points too!

Evil Shades– A goth-centric Mineral Makeup company. 15 eye samples are available for $10, which is less than one eyeshadow from a department store and possibly more in line with your style! Blushes, glosses and lipsticks are also available. They have unique lipstick shades but their uniquely hued glosses have found their way into my regular makeup rotation, especially “Deadly.” It’s a gorgeous deep plum that makes my lips look dark and luscious.

These are just a sampling of companies out there that are considered small businesses and make original and goth-friendly products. If you want to know more about repackaging or companies you can trust please  check out   Fresco Phyrra’s blog and  Le Gothique

Happy hunting for pretty things that suit your dark desires!


Swatches and thoughts-Morgana Minerals

I received my first order from Morgana Minerals today!! I didn’t take pics of everything yet, but I got some of her vegan lipstick samples, hair dye, stackable mini jars, white stage makeup and two foundation samples. The reason I jumped on here immediately after my order came was not because of any of that, it was the eyeshadow. Specifically one particular color.

Oh. My. Goodness.

I am not stranger to the awesomeness that is mineral eyeshadow. I have about 20 Fyrinnae eyeshadows and exactly 20 samples from High Voltage. I love them all.  I guess I’m like a polygamous husband in that way. So let me introduce you to my newest love!

Please ignore my nasty scarred hands, I couldn’t crop the picture. I’m going to install some decent picture editing software soon, i promise!

Burgundy Rose!  I could write poetry about this color, I love it that much. It’s a beautiful shimmery burgundy with some brown. The picture makes it look very brown but it’s actually more purple. The pic below shows it more true to color.

Here are all four eyeshadow samples I got.

L Tto R the colors are-Warped,Burgundy Rose,Twinkling Cherrine,Marooned

Warped and Burgundy Rose are very shimmery, Twinkling Cherrine has sparkles but is almost like a matte with glitter particles, and Marooned is just like Twinkling Cherrine in the sparkle department.

My only problem so far with these is that two of the samples were generous and two seemed small. I put one of the larger samples in a jar next to the smaller one and the difference is very noticeable. I’m pretty sure one is a freebie but it’s not labeled as a free sample. I guess I’m spoiled because Fyrinnae labels theirs “Free Sample” right on the jar. Also, if only one is a free sample then why are two of them so small? Maybe she was just extra generous with two of them and the smaller ones are the normal sample size? Oh well, enough speculating I just figured it was worth mentioning.

Her prices are very reasonable. She sells Jerome Russel Punky Colours hair dye for 6.00 per jar. Lipstick Samples are $.50 & full sizes are 10.00. They are vegan formulations!! I’ll pay extra to know something isn’t tested on animals and to get something totally vegan is even better. It’s tough to find lip products with no animal products anyway. She offers an amazing range of colors too. I haven’t had a chance to wear them yet but when I do, I’ll share my thoughts! She has multiple size choices for eye colors,samples are $1, 5gr jars are $5, there are also larger jars and refill bags. She offers mineral primers, foundations and veils (even shades for us ghostly complected gals)  glitter eyeliner pencils, and other neat stuff that you’ll just have to check it out yourself!!

I placed my order on April 16th. It arrived today, May 03.  Shipping times were stated on the site when I placed my order.

I can’t say for sure I recommend the company yet as I haven’t worn any of the products but I like what I see so far and I only ordered after reading many positive reviews myself. It’s worth checking out and I advise you to always order samples of some things that look appealing on these mineral companies sites before shelling out full-price for anything. That’s what I’ve been doing and now I have a lot of stuff to play with, without having spent a fortune and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by more than one thing I’ve received.