View from my window of the post-thunderstorm sunset as I was finishing this post
I would love to hear what your recommendations or favorites from this collection are, so please feel free to leave a comment. :)
Read on for my thoughts or skip ahead for photos and swatches!
Among the lipsticks my favorites are Heather Rose and Dusty Rose -- both are flattering mid-tones with a bit of shimmer. I thought I would love Cameo, but found it to be a little too light on its own, whereas Nutmeg is too dark on me. I didn't want to bother returning these so I did some experimentation and was happy to find that mixing Cameo & Nutmeg together creates a pretty wearable shade, so they are not a total waste! I am still looking forward to trying the popular Rosewood some day.
The lip definers have a great, soft and blendable texture. I was surprised at how bright Dusty Rose is. It is way brighter than the lipstick by the same name. I like lip liners to provide a bit of definition while at the same time being barely noticeable, but this one is quite the opposite. It's a pretty shade, but no matter how much blending in I do, it's like, "Look at me! I have a bright pink line around my lips!" Sepia and Nude Beige are nice neutrals.
The lip glosses have a great texture. Cameo came across as orangey in the swatches, but is a more of a sheer peach on the lips -- the shimmer doesn't show up on application. Cameo Pink is a perfect warm, light shimmery pink.
I haven't used all of the eye shadows yet so haven't developed any final opinion on these, but had fun doing the swatches and think they are all pretty, have a great texture and the perfect amount of shimmer. Porcelain makes a really nice highlight or all-over shade. Pearl Grey is lovely and unlike any other grey I have. I love purples and plums in general, especially deep, dark shades and Midnight Plum is a nice one to have.
The eyeliners have a blendable texture similar to a typical kohl liner, and don't have as much glide as, say, Urban Decay's 24/7 liners. The colors are nice, but not so unique that you can't find something similar elsewhere at a lower price point.
I only chose one blush: Peony. It's a beautiful light pink that really brightens up the face. Love it!
Hopefully these swatches and photos are helpful, since this is still a line that is not readily available to everyone for viewing in person. I hope this post is not too picture-heavy--it's sometimes hard for me to edit them down!
SHEER EYE SHADOW
Porcelain No. 03
Rosewood No. 09
Antique Rose No. 10
Tea Rose No. 11
Lavender Blue No. 13
Pearl Grey No. 17
Midnight Plum No. 19
Midnight Plum No. 05 & Midnight Ash No. 03
Cameo Pink No. 07 & Cameo No. 08
Dusty Rose No. 02
Nude Beige No. 01
Sepia No. 03
Left to right: Cameo, Cameo Pink, Sepia, Dusty Rose, Nude Beige
Left to right: Cameo, Antique Rose, Dusty Rose, Heather Rose, Nutmeg
Left to right: Dusty Rose, Antique Rose, Nutmeg, Heather Rose, Cameo
Left to right: Antique Rose, Dusty Rose, Nutmeg, Heather Rose, Cameo
Top: Dusty Rose, Bottom: Antique Rose