Anyone who’s spent any time looking at indie makeup will know that nerdy fandom collections are abundant. Doctor Who, Sherlock, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games – pretty much any entertainment franchise with a rabid fan base has inspired at least one collection from an indie company, usually several more than one. Except, until very recently, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. As a huge Buffy fan, this both frustrated me and, frankly, boggled my mind. Not a single one on the entire internet? How? What? How? Three excellent questions.
This curious lack has been a topic of much discussion between one friend and I, leading to long Twitter exchanges about how we should start our own company just to fill the void. I even went so far as to mock up collections of eyeshadow, blush, and lip products with names and color concepts! But in reality, ain’t nobody got time for that. I’ve got a day job in addition to freelancing and blogging and trying to occasionally do work of my own – free time is at a premium these days.
But lo, someone has come to the rescue! I don’t have to just sigh wistfully and shake my fist at the internet anymore! Someone FINALLY filled the Buffy-shaped void in my makeup collection – Notoriously Morbid! Carrie (I believe that’s the owner’s name, someone correct me if I’m wrong!) swept in with an all-matte collection called Slay Me, which currently has two waves of six shadows, with plans to expand to at least four waves in the future. Not every shade is vegan, but most are – out of the twelve shadows currently in the collection, only three are non-vegan: Boca del Infierno (oxblood red), Hesitant Heroine (deep sapphire blue), and Quiet Storm (baby pink). While I would always prefer for a collection to be entirely vegan, the only one of these colors I’m bummed about missing is Quiet Storm, so really, it’s not too bad.
So I didn’t order those three shades, and I left out two other vegan shades – The Dating Slayer (bright sky blue) and Comic Relief (sunny orange) – because they’re not colors I’ll wear. But I’ll probably end up getting samples just for swatching and completion purposes when I place my next NM order, because Problems. There was (is?) also a special gift with purchase shadow offered with an order when the collection first launched called “Where the Kids and the Vamps Go” (The Bronze!), which was a shimmery berry shade, but sadly it was not vegan so I had to ask that it not be included.
Anyway, onto the swatches! Which are much improved from my last attempt!
All swatches were done with a brush over regular primer (and an elaborate gridwork of tape). These are under indirect natural light, and they’re pretty spot-on in terms of color accuracy.
Dead vampires! (Okay, The Master. Grind his bones to make your bread.) This is a really interesting color. It’s a pale grey green – appropriately named since it’s very corpse-y and ashy. I don’t know if I’ll be able to pull it off without looking sallow and dead, but it’s objectively beautiful and I don’t have anything similar.
He’s Going Through Changes: “A warm, gingery peach, as smooth as Oz’s fur.”
Oz! A pretty medium peach, like the reddish spots on peach skin. I really like this one. I imagine this would make a nice blush, too.
She’s Got Gidget Hair: “A pale orange with a beige undertone.”
Joyce! A muted orange tan – another peachy shade, but this time much more orange, like the actual flesh of a peach. Not sure how this will work on my skin tone, but it’s a nice color.
Teacher in Tweed: “An olive brown that practically screams librarian.”
Giles! A dark brown. It does lean slightly olive, but not as much as I expected. It’s very appropriate for Giles, whose diapers were tweed.
Captain Forehead! A purple-y brown taupe. I think Angel wore a sweater this color once, when he was going through his brights phase.
She Names the Stars: “A cool, blue toned purple as deep as Drusilla’s evil madness.”
Dru! A slightly purple-leaning cobalt blue. I thought this would be much more purple in the pot, but it comes across quite blue. Even more so when swiped on with a finger. I’d be interested to see how this compares to Hesitant Heroine. In any case, it’s a great blue, but not a color I’ll wear.
Bloody Awful Poet: “A cool-toned matte black, as cool as Spike’s leather trench coat.”
Spike! It’s black. Not the darkest black ever, but a good solid matte black. Like Spike’s duster. And his fingernails. But not his heart. (Aww, Blondie Bear.)
I really like this collection! Mattes are notoriously (no pun intended) hard to do well, and these are as good as any I’ve tried from an indie. They’re slightly powdery, but apply well over primer. Usually I use Pixie Epoxy under loose shadows, but I feel like that would be gross with mattes. Another thing is that these puppies have some serious staying power. I rubbed the crap out of these swatches before I removed them, and they barely smudged at all. It was impressive.
My favorites are Dust to Dust, He’s Going Through Changes, Teacher in Tweed, and Gypsy Curse. These are the shades I’ll definitely be getting in a larger size. I also like She’s Got Gidget Hair, but I’m reserving judgement until I try the shade out on my face, and I only use black eyeshadow maybe once every two years or I’d be all over Bloody Awful Poet.