victorian disco shadow swatches #2

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newsite_samples1Along with the Clow blushes, I picked up a bunch of eyeshadow samples and minis during the last Victorian Disco sale. Several of the minis aren’t featured here because I’ve swatched them before (Time Lord, Dashing Doctor, Bro, Do You Even Lift?) but I got lots of new things as well!

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Arm o’ neutrals. Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Dawn’s Beauty: Shimmery champagne with golden sparkles and shift.

I wouldn’t really call this a champagne color. It’s a sparkly mid-toned peachy-pink with multi-colored shimmer.

Sin’Dorei: Medium taupe base with a strong red duochrome sheen.

This color is GLORIOUS. It’s got kind of a dirty bronze base with tons of coppery red shimmer. Ugh, stunning. The pictures really aren’t doing it justice at all.

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Attempt to catch the coppery shift. The only photo that caught it was in the shade.

Malfoy’s Filthy Money: Deep dirty golden green just like the Malfoys’ old family money.

A very rich metallic greenish gold. I love this one.

Flesh Memory: Deep whiskey gold with a golden sheen and a deep red base.

A rich metallic coppery gold. “Whiskey gold” is a really accurate description. This color is so goddamn gorgeous, I cannot handle it.

Hammerfell: Deepened purple taupe leaning towards greyish brown.

A deep, dark matte brown, on the cool side.

Gates of Oblivion: Deep red taupe with a red and brown sparkly sheen.

A dark plummy brown with gold sparks.

I like this entire batch (because neutrals), but I have serious lusty wrong feelings about Sin’Dorei, Malfoy’s Filthy Money, and hummina hummina hummina Flesh Memory. If VD was open right now, larger sizes of these would already be mine. Gates of Oblivion made me go “ooh!” when I swatched it, and it would probably make a killer liner if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Arm o’ purples, blues, greens, and blacks. Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Oh My Glob: Deep lilac with bright gold sparkles.

A pale warm purple with a slight sheen. I don’t really see any gold sparkles.

Tuxedo Mask: Very similar to the old Tuxedo Mask, except with more purple tones and a redder sheen.

A really gorgeous medium brownish plum with a metallic finish. (Not as metallic as Malfoy’s Filthy Money and Flesh Memory, though.)

Dumbledore’s Outburst: DID YOU PUT YOUR NAME IN THE GOBLET OF FIRE!?! Well.. I did, and it’s a deep brown with a red and blue shift.

Kind of a dark brownish purple matte base with red and blue shimmer. There’s a stronger blue-ish sheen when the light hits it. This one doesn’t do a whole lot for me.

Starry Heart: Deep navy base with silver sparkles.

Navy blue with tons of silver shimmer. Tons. Very pretty and aptly named – it really does remind me of a sky full of stars.

Sailor Pluto: Deep emerald green base with violet sparkles throughout.

(Free sample.) A black base with a green shimmery overlay and purple sparks.

Lightspeed: Gorgeous deep ink black base with multi-colored sparkles that seem to shift in the light.

(Free sample.) Matte black or maybe very dark navy base with some multi-colored sparks. It does look a bit space-y and would probably make a nice liner foiled, but it’s not one I’ll use myself.

My favorite from this batch is Tuxedo Mask, hands down. I also really like Starry Heart, but I don’t know that I will ever actually use it. Just put it on my arm and ooh and ahh over how pretty it is. Sailor Pluto is a gorgeous dark emerald green, but so far out of my wheelhouse it’s not even worth contemplating.

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Artificial lighting – click for sparkles.

Victorian Disco is closed right now, but all of these should be available once they re-open. TAT can be rather long (I placed this order on May 9th, I got a shipping notice on May 29th, the package didn’t actually start moving until June 5th, and I received it exactly one month after my order date on June 9th), but it’s not uncommonly long within the scope of indie companies, and since I really like the shadows I’m willing to wait.

victorian disco swatchfest

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Sample baggies repotted into jars.

Victorian Disco has been closed for a little while, but is set to re-open (with a sale!) soon, so I thought it would be a good time to swatch the shadows that I have from VD in case anyone is interested in checking them out. Apologies in advance because I think a few of these were discontinued. Womp womp. Also can you tell I like neutrals? I like neutrals.

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

/FLEX: A peachy pink shimmer

Bro, Do You Even Lift?: A gorgeous light brownish taupe. One of my favorites. (Side note: I do, in fact, even lift, and have actually worked out at the “bro, do you even lift?” guy’s gym a few times. This shadow is pretty much the reason I checked out Victorian Disco to start with and I need a full-size.)

NOPENOPENOPE: A bright medium coppery orange.

#yolo: A sparkly golden olive.

Jockey!: Another light pink shimmer, less peachy than /FLEX.

Fallen Survivor: A purpley taupe.

Health Pack: A gorgeous light mauve. I’m kicking myself for not getting a larger size of this one, because I think it’s gone now.

Sacrifice: A dark eggplant purple with blue flash.

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Sample baggiest repotted into jars + one mini shadow (So Many Owls).

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Dashing Doctor: A medium pinky taupe, or a dark pink champagne.

Dashing Doctor: A medium/dark chocolatey brown, on the cooler side.

Dalek Disco: A dark brown base with gold and copper shimmer. Reminiscent of Dalekanium, perhaps?

So Many Owls: A really pretty pink champagne. Slightly sheerer than most of the others.

Why Is It Always You Three?: A dirty coppery gold – kind of greenish, even? But also pinkish. A bit hard to describe.

Rowena: BAM bright blue with silver sparks. Ravenclaws Gone Wild.

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Sample baggies repotted into jars + one mini shadow (Kirin Tor).

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

The Great Lift: A medium brown taupe with green sparks.

The Dreamer: Another golden olive, similar to #yolo but less sparkly.

Kirin Tor: A medium reddish purple with a more satiny finish.

It’s A Trap!: A lighter medium copper, not as orange as NOPENOPENOPE.

The Force, Use It: A light seafoam green with pink shift.

Aaand that’s my entire Victorian Disco collection. In general I really like these shadows – the formula is good, and actually better over just primer than many others. It’s a very soft, “fluffy” shadow, which does equal more fallout, even with a sticky base – this doesn’t bother me, but it’s something to be aware of. I especially appreciate the wide range of neutrals that are offered, since I’m a wanton Neutrals Slut and can never have enough.

Victorian Disco should be back open in the next day or so, and I’ll definitely be checking out what’s new in the shop and picking up a few larger sizes of my favorite samples.

sarawen beer n’ butter

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beernbutterA delicious and foamy elixir! Creamy butterscotch, dreamy vanilla, and a dash of pumpkin layered with a drop of coffee as you sit relaxing by the pub’s roaring fire. Beer n’ Butter is inspired by Harry Potter and is a unisex gourmand fragrance that borders towards feminine. Yum!

When I did my first sniff impression of this, I said that Beer n’ Butter smelled like smoky butterscotch in the bottle. I think that’s still true. It may be the coffee note coming through, though. The butterscotch note itself is yummy – sniffing it really makes me feel like I have a butterscotch disc in my mouth.

Wet on skin I immediately smell butterscotch, and it’s delicious, but then there’s that smokiness again – only this time I don’t think it’s the coffee. It really does smell smoky. It’s not as sweet as it is in the bottle. I get a bit of vanilla, but mostly all I smell is that smokiness, whatever it is. It’s almost a bit acrid at times. There are no smoke notes in the scent description (unless sitting by a fire counts, but I thought that was just for atmosphere) so I”m not sure where it’s coming from.

As it dries down that smokiness settles a bit and it moves into the “not bad” category, but it never smells like that yummy butterscotch again, at least not to my nose. It’s a shame because the scent is really nice in the bottle – my skin just makes it go weird. It’s also got pretty minimal throw, though I can’t comment on lasting power yet.

One thing I will say is that the description of it being unisex is accurate. It’s not very sweet – not nearly as sweet as I’d hoped for something purporting to smell like butterscotch, vanilla, pumpkin, and coffee. I’ve been searching for a good butterscotch perfume for a while now and I’d hoped this one would be it. Unfortunately, the hunt continues.

Misc. Notes: I asked Mike what he thought and he said, “It’s interesting. It’s sweet but I smell something smokey. It’s like roasted marshmallows.” So the smoke isn’t jut me! Thank god.

Would I buy it again? I have to say no. It’s disappointing, because I’ve wanted this one for a while and it smells awesome in the bottle, but my skin chemistry changes it completely into something I don’t enjoy very much. Me and smokey notes just don’t get along.

first sniff impressions: sarawen perfume art

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sarawen1I’ve been wanting to try out Sarawen’s perfume oils for a while now, but just recently got around to it. I picked up full-sized 5 ml roller balls of Girl on Fire, The Baker’s Boy, and Beer n’ Butter. I loooved The Hunger Games in case you couldn’t guess. Also Harry Potter. Also strawberries, cake, and butterscotch. I am weak. And a huge dork. Who likes cake.

ANYWAY. They arrived yesterday, so it’s time for another round of…

First sniff impressions! Full reviews to come.

Girl on Fire: I’m getting mostly herbs with a bit of sweetness and tang from the strawberry.

The Baker’s Boy: This doesn’t smell like cake. Okay, there’s a little cake, but it’s not very sweet at all. I’m getting lots of amber. Amber, why must you ruin things for me? Hopefully this is different on.

Beer n’ Butter: Smoky butterscotch. (Full review)