A while ago (and I mean a WHILE ago) I purchased some mineral makeup samples from Black Rose Minerals. They've got some fantastic deals and free shipping worldwide for samples, so I thought, "Why not?" They also have a different 10% off code every month which I completely forgot to use. I opted for the 10 sample baggies for $6 (+tax). My package arrived within a week.
Even though I was only ordering samples, my package arrived in a bubble mailer. The products themselves were wrapped in multiple layers of bubble wrap, tissue paper, and plastic baggies. Rose (the owner) was nice enough to throw in a few extra mini samples.
I got to work debagging these babies right away. Here is my little work station.
I swatched the colors while I was debagging, so they're kind of all over the place. To see all the swatches at once, keep scrolling down. I swatched on bare skin, and with the side of a Q-tip/cotton bud.
|Woohoo natural lighting!|
|I cut open the bags completely so no product would be stuck at the top.|
|Samples: Liberty, Saturn, and Insect. No flash.|
|Snow, Basilisk, Nightengale, Pacific Oil Slick, Royal Orchid, Mome Rath|
|Frost, Lady, Were Me out, Earthen|
|Mome Rath, Frost, Lady, Were Me Out, Earthen. No flash.|
All product descriptions are from the website. An asterisk (*) indicates my favorites.
Snow--A true pearly white with a kaleidoscope of glistening highlights
Basilisk*-- Wears well both dry and wet. More metallic
Nightingale*--A mysterious and dark duochrome.
Pacific Oil Slick*--black base with a blue green shimmer
Royal Orchid*--A deep metallic violet with strong red tones
Mome Rath--Shocking violet with magenta undertones. NOT VEGAN.
Frost*--An iridescent violet tint in a white base
Lady--A beautiful shimmery blue-green with a gold shimmer
Were Me Out--Shimmery dark green
Earthen*--A deep chocolaty brown
Liberty--Like the lady, this green is very much like an oxidized copper. A little bit of pink glitter with a slight metallic finish. NOT LIP SAFE OR VEGAN
Saturn--Grey, almost silver. I can't find this on the site so it may no longer be available.
Insect--a sparkly shimmery light neutral brown with lots of iridescence. String notes of green and gold. NOT LIP SAFE.
|So many swatches...|
|My debagged samples.|
And the look...
The BRM products I used were Frost, Royal Orchid, and Snow. It's been so long that I can't remember any of the other products I used. If I remember correctly, all colors were used dry.
What do I think of them?
It's kind of hard to say. I'm not somebody who uses loose eyeshadows very often. I want to say that they are not terribly pigmented, as I have used other brands (also mineral) before that offered AMAZING pigmentation. But again, these guys don't pack as much of a punch as I had hoped. Please don't take this as a review of the products, because it's not. I'll have to play with the makeup a lot more to have a final verdict. I WILL say that the colors are really beautiful, and if I can make them work for me, I will most certainly be purchasing some full sizes.
Thanks for stopping by :)
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