Cosmetics, Reviews

Metamorphosis 100.5 – Colours of Decay Pt. 2, more from Detrivore

Thanks to Detrivore’s currently-running 10-for-$20 sale, I have a few more swatches for you. The more I order, the more I realize that these shadows are like potato chips: you can’t have just one..or even a few. Despite the similarities between many colours in the Detrivore catalog, there are subtleties that make them completely different colours whether it stems from the finish, the colour shift, or shimmer. What might look similar in the jar turns out to be radically different in application. This go-round, my order was green-heavy, containing Tommyknocker, Abnormal, Institution, Ruin, as well as Cremains, Disturbance, and Psychopomp.

The following swatches are over Urban Decay Primer Potion (top), bare skin (middle), and MAC Painterly (bottom) in natural lighting, unless otherwise indicated.

Psychopomp, Cremains, Tommyknocker, Institution

Ruin, Abnormal, Disturbance

As you can see, these shadows apply best over a primer. I personally prefer these over the Urban Decay primer, but they perform well over MAC’s Paint Pots as well.

Cremains, Institution, Ruin, Abnormal, and Disturbance over SoBe Botanical’s Stick It! foiling medium. You can see how Cremains has an almost blue-silver cast to it, and how Abnormal has rich gold undertones. In fact, Abnormal has all ready joined the ranks of Plague as one of my all-time favourite shadows.

indoor lighting to show shimmer

indoor lighting to show shimmer

What I was most excited about receiving, however, were the blushes I ordered. Detrivore’s blush offerings are not even remotely what you might consider typical, including far more bright pinks and deep reds than the standard nude-peach-pink fare. After much hemming and hawing and googling swatches, I settled on Vulgar, described as a “bright frost pink,” and Concubine, a “faded mauve.” Admittedly, neither of these are colours I really would have chosen for myself in a store or even online, as I tend to go for more dramatic, stand-out shades. However, I’m extremely happy with these shades and foresee myself getting a lot of use from them.

Vulgar, blended out and striped on thick. As you can see, it’s more of a lilac pink and is satin-matte in texture. I do normally prefer some shimmer to my blushes, but I think that would have made this shade unwearably frosty. This will pair well with many of my lavender-purple lipsticks as well as cooler toned, more unusual shades (like my blues, greens, etc). According to the website, this colour contains ultramarines and is therefore not safe for use on the lips.

Concubine, blended out and striped on thick. This is indeed a dusty, faded mauve and matte in texture. This is a great neutral, everyday colour for someone who doesn’t really like neutrals. According to the website, this is also eye safe. Like Vulgar, this blended out effortlessly and can be layered to build colour.

Vulgar and Concubine in slightly different lighting. You can see exactly how lilac Vulgar leans, especially when applied heavily. I am incredibly pleased with these blushes and definitely think I’ll be snagging more before the 3-for-$10 sale is over.

Love you to the Moon and Back,

Luna Valentine

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Cosmetics, Reviews

Metamorphosis 88.0 – Tarte’s Take on True Blood, a Review

Some people are wine-snobs, some people are make-up-snobs, but many people would consider me a vampire-snob. I’ve read and watched more than my fair share of vampire lit and movies and I’ve come to organize it into three neat piles: genius, camp, and trash. I like things to be logical–if not downright clinical–so my “genius” pile mainly consists of vampires as non-human species, victims of blood disorders and viruses, and the occasional stroke of supernatural brilliance. Camp is reserved for those movies and books that are fun, maybe a little silly, but most of it falls straight into “trash”. I really, really wanted True Blood to be trash.

I’ve gotta be honest: I read the first book or two and hated them. I thought Sookie was annoying and I didn’t like the vampires–they weren’t quite camp enough to get away with the superstitious aspects Harris included. Needless to say, I didn’t watch the first season of the show. I didn’t watch the second season, either–until about half-way through, when something made me watch the entire series On Demand and realize I had been missing out on something pretty awesome.

I told myself it was simply because of my desire for a true, blood-red blush, but secretly I was intrigued by the concept of Tarte’s True Blood line and snatched the cheek stain and lip tint the day they hit Sephora.

The products themselves are not new at all: Tarte’s cheek stain has something of a cult following, and their LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint has been around for a while as well. They have, however, been repackaged in sexy-looking pewter-finish tubes.

Via Sephora …no idea why they’re in black in stock photos

If you’ve ever used Tarte’s cheek stains, this is exactly the same. The tube contains a jelly-like stick of colour that looks incredibly vibrant en masse but blends out to a very sheer wash. In this case, what you see in the tube is a bold scarlet with a smattering of gold microglitter. But good luck getting that vibrant red to translate–it blends out to more of a bright blue-toned pink. A retina-searing, holy-crap pink, but pink nonetheless. I’m not sure if the smell (a generic berry-like fragrance that reminds me of the Cupcake Dolls and Strawberry Shortcake toys of my childhood) is standard across the board or specific to this model.

Applied directly from the tube: bright red-pink with gold glitter

Blended out: bright blue-pink with gold microglitter

Applied over foundation and set with powder, however, this is a whole different animal. It’s actually incredibly wearable, and very much appropriate for all situations. I’ve worn this for about a week straight: it’s subtle for daytime, just enough for nighttime, work-appropriate, and fun for time off. It can be layered: for example, after wearing all day to work, I can take a dab of this on my fingers and pat it over my powder to deepen the colour without gumming up my makeup. Below is a typical on-cheek application, over OCC Tint and under MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural:

You may or may not be able to tell I’ve layered a dab over my powder on the apples of my cheeks: the result is a sheer wash of colour all over, with concentrated colour where I want. Please excuse the pore-craters and strange white triangle over my lip. I have no clue what that is.

Tarte’s LipSurgence Natural Lip Tint products are generally sheer washes of colour in a gel medium, packaged in a chubby pencil. I have never used one down far enough to see whether or not there’s more product hiding under the plastic. The formula generally applies smoothly, though many of them have a decent amount of glitter that can feel a little gritty. They all have a slightly-medicinal mint scent, thanks to the peppermint oil in the formula. I don’t mind it, but others might be bothered: mint fragrance, to me, says cooling formula. Which I look for.

The colour is described on the Sephora site as “iridescent red,” though I definitely see it more as a bold red with a very subtle golden shimmer.

Between this photo and the picture above, you can see it’s pretty vibrant. Again, excuse my face: the corners of my mouth are oddly irritated. You can also see, however, how some of the shimmery particles can grit-up.

All in all, I’m pleased with my purchase. Whether you’re intrigued by the kitsch-factor of the True Blood, vampire-inspired makeup or just looking for some bright lip and cheek colours, I’d recommend them. If you’re waffling, go ahead and get them. But if you’re not keen on gel formulas, go ahead and skip.

Love you to the Moon and Back,

Luna Valentine

Cosmetics, Love Lists, Monthly Picks

Metamorphosis 50.0 – March Monthly Picks!

I decided a few weeks ago that I wanted to do a sort of product feature. Weekly seemed kind of ridiculous, and seasonal seemed too infrequent, so monthly sounds good. I’ve got thirty-odd days to think up new features, and that’s perfect.

This month, my picks are all products I got in March. I’m not sure if that will always be the case, but this month it certainly is. When I get new products, I tend to test out every aspect of their usage especially if I’m reviewing them so I get really attached to a lot of products.

My first pick is Wylde Ivy‘s Silken Body Oil in Little Shop in Salem. It’s like a nifty little moisturizing perfume that goes on smooth, soaks in quickly, and leaves you smelling wonderful all day. The oil itself is made from a combination of Coconut and Jojoba oils with addition oils from various fruit seeds. I particularly like it in this scent because it’s a light incense-y blend that’s sweet and a little dusty and layers perfectly will all sorts of other fragrances. Plus, it doesn’t give me (or anyone else around me) a headache after too long, as most fragrances often do.

Zoya Nail Polish in Dannii is a soft pink-purple with an amazing multi-coloured sparkle. I’m always amazed by the depth of colour in Zoya polishes, which is why they’re my favourite hands-down. This particular colour is great for spring–it reminds me of newly-budding flowers.

For some reason, I was all about the metallic eyes this month. Meow Cosmetics‘ Heiroglyph from the Egyptian Treasures Collection was definitely one of my go-to shadows. It’s described on-site as “metallic chartreuse with verdigris overtones and metallic gold undertones,” but I see it as a darkened, antiqued gold.

You’ve seen how beautiful Brazen‘s Cherry Bomb lip gloss is. If you haven’t, go read my review right now. It’s richly pigmented but still layerable, it’s smooth and creamy, and it stays put for hours. I haven’t seen this listed in the shop yet (which is live again after a brief hiatus!), but the owner is always more than happy to do custom listings if something you want is “out of stock.”

I’ve never been a blush girl, but lately I seem to be obsessed! The more unusual, the more shimmery, pigmented, sparkling, or complex the colour, the more I love it. Meow Cosmetics’ PINK, Inc blushes are really gorgeous. They apply like a dream, they’re incredibly blendable, and they have just the barest hint of shimmer that really bring them to life. My favourite is definitely Slip. On site, it’s described as “bright warm coral PINK with a slight refreshing twist of citrus peach,” but it definitely reads as a light coral-y peach. I ordered it in the 10g size, though I sort of feel like I should have gotten the larger jar.

–and there you have it! Five items I fell absolutely head-over-heels for this month. Also, all $10USD or less.

What have you been loving this month? Products, foods, music, websites, events?

Love you to the Moon and Back,

Luna Valentine