Another late night post from me today, I simply must stop going out and having fun! In all seriousness though I am so nervous for my job interview tomorrow that it was partly so I didn't sit around the house worrying all evening, I am, after all, very well known for doing that.
So, onto Crush (picture heavy post btw!).
Everyone knows that makeup is a huge passion of mine. I can give and take skin products, nail varnish and all that stuff, but makeup I adore. And one thing I also really love, is supporting smaller, independent businesses and if you look in the right places you will find a wide range of small, brilliantly priced companies online who really care about what they do. You can get a better priced, higher quality product from a small company who care about what they put into their products and that is something that means a lot to me. Crush Cosmetics is one of these companies. Based in Canada, Crush sell their products through their Etsy Shop (here) They aim to create gorgeous products using simple ingredients that people will love and enjoy using.
After catching my eye on Etsy I was lucky enough to be sent 6 little pots of their vegan friendly mineral eye shadow for review and to put together a pretty look or two for you lovely ladies. How could I say no?
First of all, I have to say that the quality of these shadows is incredible. I own a large collection of pigment colours and these are only really comparable in quality to that of my M.A.C powders. For each of the swatches above I used only the tiniest amount of product so you can be sure that they'll last a nice long time. I was especially impressed with funeral party because a lot of black shadows, especially pressed powders don't give the level of colour pay off I would like but I have found that this powder does, and with long lasting effects too. The one colour I was slightly disappointed by was Fairy Wings but I think thats just personal taste, I like to use bold colours on my eyes and this is definitely a soft and delicate colour that is more suited to highlight the brow bone or in the centre of the eye to brighten a look but it is still the same high quality as the rest.
On to the look:
When swatching the colours I was particularly drawn to the combination of Vintage, Thorn and Fairy Wings so these are the three colours I chose to use. I felt that Funeral Party and 38 Special were clear smoky eye colours and it goes without saying that they would look stunning together and I thought that Femme Fatale would make the boldest statement alone, framing the entire eye so I got a bit creative with the other three and this is what I got.
Sweeping the gold (Thorn) across the entire lid up to the crease I created the base colour of the look. I then used the green shade (Vintage) to deepen the look along the crease and flick out to the edge in a winged look for extra drama. I also carried the green along to the centre of the lower lash line. I then used the soft pink (Fairy Wings) to pop open the eye by applying around the inner corner and blending outwards to the centre of the lid and lower lash line. Finally, I finished the look by applying kohl to the water line and two coats of extreme black mascara to both the top and lower lashes. Simples!
As you can see, the combination of colours work well together and the small amount of pink adds interest as well as brightening up the eye.
(I look so miserable in the photo above, sorry!) To keep the eyes as the focus of the look and avoid looking like over kill the rest of the face should be kept simple with soft, gloss covered lips and a small amount of blush. I was thinking of pixies and fairies when I put this together :P
However, for a more every day, easily wearable look, you can simply follow the same process only without flicking the green outwards and instead creating a rounded edge that just follows on down to the lower lash line. And I have also used a matte lipstick here instead of gloss for a more formal look.
Over all, I honesty rate these powders very highly and with prices starting at just £3.27 for a 5g tub I think that they are a purchase well worth your money. Far more so than drugstore brands that you could buy for a similar price. Crush ship world wide and I received my package nice and quickly and it was well wrapped so it was kept safe in the post.
To visit their shop click *here* they were so nice to me that I'd love you ladies to show them some love and buy some goodies, I think I might be building up my collection.
*I received these products free of charge for the purpose of review, however I have been, and always will be totally honest with you, and would never promote a product I didn't feel really deserved it.*