When Femme Fatale reopened after the holiday break, I placed a small order for a super-sampler containing past colors of the month (COTM, for short), and also some new shades. In the order was also a sample of their mineral veil, which will not be swatched here, since it’s transparent. I also ordered a mini of Secret Shiny, because oooh pretty. Totally valid reason.
Hopefully I’ll be doing some EOTDs with these soon, but for now, take a peek at the swatches!
Diaphanous: January Color of the Month– A cream highlight with soft golden glow & pink sparkles.
This is a really pretty highlight shade, if not an especially unique one. It is a pale goldy-pink shimmer, and the name suits it perfectly.
Lovely Luck: (No description given)
This was an oops shade and is now sold out. It occurred when mixing a batch of Candied Apple, so it’s no surprise that they are very similar. This just has a softer, pinker base. Very pretty delicate pastel green shimmer.
The Wayward Prince: January Color of the Month– A mauve-rose base with strong bronze-gold overlay.
The description on the site is perfect. This is also a very pigmented shade– romantic and lovely.
Umberhowl: October Color of the Month– A burgundy base with soft violet-blue shimmer, pink sparks and subtle gold/silver shimmers.
What a stunner! This one is a pretty red-burgundy with very finely woven violet shimmer. It blends out to a warmer bronzey-red. If you want all the shimmer intact, though– pat a second layer over top, possibly over a sticky base.
Light of Charn: December Color of the Month– Deep burgundy with sheer red sheen and golden-copper sparks.
This is more of a brown-red, the color of dried blood. There are subtle bronzey-gold microglitters throughout. The base is also mostly matte.
Ruins of Stardust: A rich burgundy red with lighter red sheen and speckled with pink incandescent sparks.
A really pretty violet-wine shade with pink and golden bronze-micro sparkles. Like Umberhowl, the colors separate a bit with blending, so if you want a full pop of sparkles, pat a second thin layer over a sticky base.
The funny thing about Ruins of Stardust & Umberhowl is that they are very easy to mix up! RoS looks like UH in the baggie, and vice versa. I was really surprised when I swatched them– I had to swatch them again a second time after cropping the pictures to make sure I’d gotten the names right.
Hall of Images: December Color of the Month– A complex metallic silver with underlying faint taupe-brown base. Scattered through are bright white reflecks and gold shimmers.
This read to me as a pewter-silver metallic. I didn’t get any of the refleks or shimmers. That said, absolutely amazing pigmentation; so so smooth.
Silverwing: November Color of the Month– A muted oyster-taupe base (complex, leans purple at times too) with a soft turquoise-green shimmer.
Wow! I have tried other colors like this, but in terms of formula, this one is so much smoother to apply. Not at all dry and chalky. I would say this is a greyed-out purple with very strong aqua-turquoise interference, similar to Alpine Skies’s shimmer. It blends out to a warmer, almost ruddy shade at the edges. You could get a lot of different looks from this one shadow.
Watery Grave: A muddied teal with grey-blue tones and strong pink-red overlay.
Honestly, I don’t at all get teal from this shade, because the pink-red overlay is so strong that it gives the base color a lavender purple look. This one is juuuuuust warm enough (though it leans cool overall) that I might be able to get away with wearing it without looking punched in the face, unlike similarly-blended shades (like Fyrinnae’s Mephisto). Super pretty.
Legion: September Color of the Month– A charcoal-concrete base with violet shimmer and chartreuse sparks. The violet shimmer can give the base a more blue tone depending on the light.
I’d say the base on me was more of a desaturated navy than charcoal or concrete. The base is also essentially matte with little iridescent microglitters in it. Good pigmentation. Probably not a color I’ll wear, but we’ll see.
Secret Shiny: A soft and sheer violet purple with golden shimmer.
This is a real duochrome. Very, very pretty. The base is a lilac purple and the golden sheen to it is neutral– not too warm, not to cool. I’d say that this shade would look awesome on most lighter skin tones. The base is just a tad too pastel for some deeper or olive tones, and I think it might look chalky if not applied fairly sheerly. But wow, very pretty.