A little while ago, Blackbird followed up their stellar Matte Neutrals collection with… another stellar Matte Neutrals collection! This is my kind of shop, guys. All of the neutrals, give them to me.
I ordered the complete sample set to try out, and that’s what I have swatches of today. It’s a great deal – 10 samples for $10 with free shipping. Awesome. Yes please. And it’s a smart move, too, because after trying out both volumes that are currently available, I plan to pick up the two complete full-size collections the next time I have the spare cash. Obviously, I’m a fan.
The quality of these shadows is fantastic – they’re pigmented and almost creamy, long-lasting over primer, blend well, and the color range warms this neutral lover’s heart. The finish is matte but slightly glowy, which is really flattering on skin. As I mentioned in my review of the first volume, they do have a unique smell – like clay or dirt. I don’t mind it at all, but it’s something to be aware of so it doesn’t take you by surprise.
Half Full: Light whitened gold. A perfect highlight for any skin tone.
A light cream shade, great as a highlight on my skin
Modesty: Light neutral golden brown, resembles khaki.
A light tan, slightly yellowish. A great blending shade for me, or all over the lid.
Everest: Cool toned dark brown, leans a little towards green.
A medium khaki brown that’s screaming “put me in your creeeease!” That was creepy. I’m sorry.
Whisper: Light perfect grey.
A light grey, leaning slightly warm and purplish. There’s something very clean and clear about this shade.
Smudge: Medium to dark taupe, leaning a bit towards dark.
A beautiful medium-dark brownish taupe, maybe leaning ever so slightly purple.
My favorites from this arm o’ swatches are Half Full, Modesty, Everest, and Smudge.
Juliet: Dark muted pink.
A muted medium peachy pink. Reminds me of clay. Similar to Imogen, but a little warmer and darker.
Figment: Light muted plum.
A soft muted light plum. Very delicate and pretty.
Vintage: Muted, but somehow still vibrant mid-toned violet.
A mid-toned reddish purple. Slightly dustier than it looks here.
Ruca: Blackened red.
A burnt orange, terracotta sort of color – like Fire Pledge’s subdued older sister. Not so dark that I’d call it blackened, though.
Atlas: Dark slightly blackened brown.
A medium-dark neutral brown. Similar in tone to Beau, but much less warm.
Favorites from this batch are… all of them, honestly. But Juliet, Figment, and Atlas if I had to pick.
Overall Thoughts: Extremely positive! I have nothing bad to say about Blackbird whatsoever. Four of her shadows have become my go-to look whenever I wear eyeshadow on regular work days – Thirteen, Dog Days, and Beau from volume 1, along with Half Full from this volume. I imagine I could probably sub in Modesty, Everest, and Atlas from this volume for a slightly cooler, more khaki-toned take on the same look. But I’m boring. The possibility for combinations within each volume, let alone taking the two together, is endless. A+++, favorite mattes to date.
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