Hello lovelies! I hope you're all getting excited about the run up to Christmas! I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts and swatches on the Darling Girl Cosmetics eyeshadows that I bought a little while back. I first heard about Darling Girl Cosmetics on the lovely Lily's blog and, as I'm always on the look out for pretty and unusual colours, I thought I'd give them a try.
I have to say, the website isn't too bad actually - nice, clean and simple although I'd prefer a navigation bar down the side for easy access (just personal preference I guess)... at least it's not black. I get so frustrated with black backgrounds on websites - they hurt my eyes! Annnyway, my first impressions were definitely good. The quality of the photos is really nice as well and gives a fairly accurate show of colour.There's a whole range of bits available but I decided to stick with eyeshadows. Eyeshadows are available in 3 different sizes:
Samples (1/8th tsp in a zip lock bag) $0.60
Petit (1/4 tsp in a 3g jar) $2.00
Full (3/4 tsp in a 5g jar) $4.00
I love the fact that there really is something for every budget and I feel that the samples are very generous for $.60!
I had no problems ordering from the site - everything went through nice and smoothly. From what I remember, shipping was very reasonable although I can't see anything on the site that gives me a set answer for shipping costs (and as it's nearly Christmas, the site is on hold for orders!).
So what did I think of the products themselves? Well I have to say my first impression was that I was a little underwhelmed - the colours didn't look that great in the bags and a few of them didn't look properly mixed. However, I never judge an eyeshadow by its baggie so I gave them a swatch anyway and wow.... I was utterly blown away by the complexity of the colours. So many gorgeous duochromes and such wonderfully rich pigmentation - the colour payoff is out of this world. Let me show you:
Showdown - My camera really can't pick this colour up properly but it's a wonderful murky green with hints of red and black and maybe a little gunmetal grey.
Aziza - Muted purple with red sparkles
Princess Peach - lovely velvety peach with a hint of gold and red sparkles
Enchanted - Lilacy pink with a blue duochrome glitter
Cider - A robust orange-gold with a hint of green
Scarecrow - at first I thought this was purple but it's actually a browny maroon with red, orange and gold sparkles
Oceania - stunning! Vibrant blue with silver sparkles
Sparkles at Dusk - Taupe with hints of grey and red and mauve
Torrid - another hard to describe colour - greeny blueish blackish lovelyness
Electra - yellow and gold infused lime green
Mystic - deep dark blackened purple with red sparkles
I'll be honest, those colour descriptions do the eyeshadows themselves no justice - they remind me a lot of Fyrinnae in their complexity and sparkle... Pixie Epoxy is a definite must with these babies! I'll leave you with a few more pictures but my advice? Try them! They're too good to be missed :)
ETA - Squee, the wonderful Susan from Darling Girl Cosmetics has asked to use some of my colour descriptions on her website :) Go take a peek at some of the colours I've swatched and you'll see them there. Thank you Susan <3