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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Indie Spotlight: Femme Fatale Cosmetics Eyeshadow Swatches and Looks

Hello Loves!

I am very excited to be trying a new brand, Femme Fatale Cosmetics! I have heard many things about Femme Fatale and one of them being that they make amazing duochrome eyeshadows. They are an Australian brand of cosmetics and sell makeup but are more well known for their nail polish. I have always wanted to try them because of the talk about them. However, I have never committed to buying mainly because shipping from Australia intimidates me a little bit. I now have a little experience from them so I won't be as scared to order in the future.

These eyeshadows were sent as a press sample for swatching and possible review consideration. All opinions are my own and I was not paid to say anything in this post.

SHIPPING
I received notification of the items shipping out on Jan 28th. I live on the east coast of the US and received the items on February 11th. The items took 10 business days to ship, which is the normal time of shipping from Australia to the US according to Google.

PACKAGING
All of the items came in a bubble mailer and were packaged in a neon green drawstring bag. I also got a lollipop, which may or may not have been gone by the time I was done taking product photos. All the mini and full size jars came in shrink wrap and then had a seal on the inside preventing products from leaking aka what I like to call the "sifter sticker". Just an FYI but two of the 4 larger sizes I received had the sifter sticker partially removed but the shrink wrap remained undamaged so no product leaked from the jar.

Neon bag! SO BRIGHT.

Sample baggies, 3 minis, and 1 full size

The shrink wrap

Better picture of the shrink wrap

The sifter sticker!
More photos, swatches, and two looks after the jump!

What I did for photos is try to get the duochromocity (is that even a word? well it is now.) in the second photo of the product. It's unfortunate that the camera can't quite capture the duochrome how I saw it. Bummer.

THE PRODUCTS
Alpine Skies
Their description: A super pale taupe with cool tones and prominent turquoise shimmer
Alpine Skies
My description: a rosy, light taupe base with a aqua duochrome

Dispersion
Their description: deep mulberry with bold teal blue shimmer

Dispersion
My description: a cranberry base with blue shimmer
Mysticism
Their description: deep berry pink with strong blue undertones and a striking blue duochrome finish

Mysticism
My description: a red-purple with a blue sheen

Faerie Fire
Their description: soft lavender pink with cool undertones, highlighted by a electric lime gold sparkles

Faerie Fire
My description: Lilac with yellow-green duochrome shimmer

Royal Tarts
Their description: mauve-rose base which can lean grey, and orange shimmer
Royal Tarts
My description: Dull pink base with golden orange shimmer

The Girl Who Cried Monster
Their description: rich teal-blue base with strong, bright green shimmer

The Girl Who Cried Monster
My description: Dark navy base with green shimmer

Reindeer Dust
Their description: really pale peach toned amber that fades out under lime green shimmer with a hint of blue sparks

Reindeer Dust
My description: Light peachy beige with green duochrome

Camp Jellyjam
Their description: soft cyan with golden shimmer

Camp Jellyjam
My description: Cool green with gold shimmer 

Frozen Flame
Their description: pale amber orange with peachy tones, highlighted by a subtle blue shimmer

Frozen Flame
My description: Burnt orange with pink shimmer

Perspecto-illusion
Their description: A translucent baby pink with strong aqua shift

Perspecto-illusion
My description: sheer pink base with aqua duochrome

Banshee Scream
Their description: pale greyed-out lavender with a subtle green shine

Banshee Scream
My description: Light dull-blurple base with green duochrome

Wizards Only, FOOLS!
Their description: A rich purple-brown base with warm-toned sparks and shimmer.

Wizards Only, FOOLS!
My description: Shimmery plum base with orange, red, and gold sparkles

Carnival of Horrors
Their description: A red burgundy with strong red-orange undertones, and blue/teal shimmers

Carnival of Horrors
My description: Burgundy with blue shimmer

Ruins of Stardust
Their description: A rich burgundy red with lighter red sheen and speckled with pink incandescent sparks

Ruins of Stardust
My description: Warm purple with red sheen

You Can't Scare Me
Their description: A matte burnt orange with a violet glow

You Can't Scare Me
My description: Burnt orange with a pink duochrome

SWATCHES
For swatches, I did a first impressions swatch performance (Top is Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, middle is bare, and bottom is Too Faced Shadow Insurance) and also applied the color wet for a better representation of the color.

Left to Right: You Can't Scare Me, Wizards Only, FOOLS!, Carnival of Horrors, Ruins of Stardust

Left to Right: You Can't Scare Me, Wizards Only, FOOLS!, Carnival of Horrors, Ruins of Stardust

Left to Right: Perspecto-illusion, Alpine Skies, Dispersion, Mysticism

Left to Right: Perspecto-illusion, Alpine Skies, Dispersion, Mysticism
Left to Right: Frozen Flame, Faerie Fire, Reindeer Dust, Banshee Scream


Left to Right: Frozen Flame, Faerie Fire, Reindeer Dust, Banshee Scream

The focus was weird for these swatches so I included two pictures.
Left to Right:
Royal Tarts, Camp Jellyjam, The Girl Who Cried Monster

The focus was weird for these swatches so I included two pictures.
Left to Right: 
Royal Tarts, Camp Jellyjam, The Girl Who Cried Monster

Left to Right: Royal Tarts, Camp Jellyjam, The Girl Who Cried Monster


DUPES/COMPARISONS
If you are looking for possible dupes, these are my thoughts:
  • Wizards Only, FOOLS! is similar to Shiro Cosmetics Yzma's Essence of Llama. In my experience, Essence of Llama can blend out to a navy and won't retain the plum nature it has.
  • Carnival of Horrors is a less intense version of MAC Blue-Brown Pigment.
  • If you think the duochrome in You Can't Scare Me is too much, go for Frozen Flame. You don't need both of them.
  • Royal Tarts is very similar to MAC Expensive Pink. There is a stronger golden shimmer in Expensive Pink.
  • Dispersion is redder than the base in MAC Blue Brown Pigment.
  • Mysticism is similar to Ardency Inn Orchid; Mysticism has a more intense blue shimmer than Orchid.

Foundation/Base Products (for both looks):
MUFE HD 117 or NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi
Hard Candy Glamoflage Concealer in Ultra Light
Benefit Erase Paste in Fair
Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser in Fair
Guerlain Meteorite Perles in Clair 02

Femme Fatale Cosmetics Mysticism, Faerie Fire, and Ruins of Stardust

Eye Products:
Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
MAC Imaginary Paintpot
Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Taupe Matte
Femme Fatale Cosmetics Mysticism, Faerie Fire, and Ruins of Stardust
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy (under Faerie Fire)
Inglot 351 Eyeshadow
MAC Feline on upper waterline
Koko Lashes Bella
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow and Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Tinted Brow Gel in Granite

Face/Lip Products:
Hello Waffle Cosmetics Lavender Cream Highlighter
Hello Waffle Cosmetics Rose Coloured Glasses Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Fawn)
Bite Beauty Musk

Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Girl Who Cried Monster and Banshee Scream
Eyes Products:
NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base
Hello Waffle Cosmetics Rainforest
Femme Fatale Cosmetics The Girl Who Cried Monster and Banshee Scream
Dawn Eyes Cosmetics Black Matte
Inglot Gel Liner in 77
Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Eyeliner in Spark of Envy on the waterline
Koko Lashes Goddess
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow and Brow Powder in Dark Brown and Tinted Brow Gel in Granite


Face/Lip Products:
Hello Waffle Cosmetics Golden Veil Highlighter
Hello Waffle Cosmetics June Bug Blush
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant
NYC Sunny Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit (Fawn)
NYX Lip Liner in Natural and Mahogany
YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 10 Beige Tribute


I hope that the swatches were helpful and the looks give you an idea of what to possibly use these shades for!

Until next time,
Have a beautiful day!
-Elle

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