Ugh, you guys. YOU GUYS. I am so sick right now. I thought I had dodged the horrible cold my husband had last week, but it is not to be. I look and feel TERRIBLE right now. I can’t work on commissions for other people, so I decided to drag myself out of bed to do a few swatches. (I hate being bed- or couch-ridden. I get so stir-crazy!)
Considering my order from Notoriously Morbid came on Saturday, I decided to swatch their new collection, Daoine Sidhe, based on faerie lore. My favorite! I got the entire collection in sample sizes (though they bumped me up to a full size for one of them), as well as a smattering of other shades and a Coffin Kisser lip balm. They also included a freebie from an upcoming collection.
Customer service-wise, I was pleased. They were moving offices during my TAT, and they sent me an email to ask if it would be okay if they could extend the TAT by two days due to some snafus. Totally okay with me. I have no issue waiting as long as there’s good communication. (Said the woman whose own TAT is being mildly affected by a mega-cold.) Everything arrived promptly and was nicely packaged, along with a coupon code as a thank you for patience. Woot.
On with the swatches. SI = swatched over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. PE = swatched over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. If you really want to see the sparkle, expand the photos to full size!
Love Reigns: A salmon pink with cool blue sheen.
Love reigns was a petal pink with a nice blue shimmer. It darkens a bit over the Pixie Epoxy, but the shimmer was evident in both swatches.
Pure Passion: A ruddy brown with gold, blue and green shimmer.
Yes, this is a soft reddish brown, almost a salmon brown, with a strong grassy green highlight.
There Is No Honor: A slate grey with purple tone and lots of gold/pink shimmer and green sparkle.
This one was a big time morpher. In some lights, the base looked stone grey. In others, dusty purple. In others, the green shimmer completely took over and it looked wholly green. I didn’t see any pink or gold shimmer, though. If you’re of the cool-toned persuasion or you like smoky eyes, you definitely need this one.
The website calls this “Pay What Is Owed,” but my baggie is labeled “Pay What You Owe.”
Pay What Is Owed: A pale chartreuse with lots of blue sparkle.
The pale chartreuse base is so sheer that I suspect it will blend right into a lot of skin tones. But the blue sparkle in this shade is so stunning that it was one of my favorites anyway. I look forward to playing with this one!
Another mislabeled shade. Website calls it Use Your Magick, but the packaging says Use Your Magic.
Use Your Magick: A shamrock green with green and silver shimmer.
This looked like a slightly shimmery green, but I didn’t see very noticeable silver shimmer. Of the shades in the collection, this is the most ordinary and dupeable.
Chaos Reigns: An eggplant purple with INSANE gold and green sparkle atop a slight red sheen. This shadow hangs on to the most sparkle over a sticky base.
Holy cow, wow. This one is GORGEOUS. Over Shadow Insurance, the different layers blend out into multiple shades (a blue center, reddish in the middle, and the sparkle in the outside). Patted over a sticky base like Pixie Epoxy, it looks like a tiny galaxy. Love this one!
Fight For Beauty: An arctic blue with an intense magenta shift.
This one is a beautiful light teal with a strong purpley-pink shift. I wouldn’t call it magenta, because it’s a softer shade, but it is very definitely purple-based, and stronger than it looks on camera. I want to try this one over their Eureka base when it’s released, but this shade is a definite stunner.
Glorious Honor: A soft lavender with green shift and lots of pink and purple shimmer.
Glorious Honor is the flipside of Fight For Beauty – a beautiful purple with an intense teal shift. I gasped when I swatched it.
Daoine Sidhe Blush: A warm, gingery pink in a matte finish.
Gingery pink, definitely, but when blended out, it looked a bit shimmery to me. Maybe it was stuff on my brush, but I’d just washed it. I like this blush, and it is very, very pigmented.
Power of the Fae Highlighter: An ecru white with golden shimmer.
Spot on. This reminds me a whole lot of NARS Albatross. Super pretty.
That’s it for the Daoine Sidhe collection. The rest are other samples I was interested in, with the exception of the J.A.R.V.I.S shadow, which was a gift with purchase.
J.A.R.V.I.S Is My Co-Pilot: This shade was a grey base with red and blue sparkles. A slightly coppery sheen comes out over a creamy base like Shadow Insurance, but it casts greyer over Pixie Epoxy. Definitely expand that second shot to see what I mean!
(Also, heheh I got this in an order where I ordered “Visions.” I am a nerd.)
Numerology Blush: A warm coral/orange with sparkle and a mystically purple shift.
This blush is pretty much metallic. Like, very, very metallic. It’s a copper shade with a pinkish shift. I did not see any purple. I feel like this would be difficult to pull off for cooler skin tones, and is definitely a “cheeks are the focus of the look” type blush.
Quiet In The Dark: A dark rose red with a gold duochrome.
An intensely pigmented dark rose red. I saw a little bit of gold shimmer over the Pixie Epoxy, but this is nearly matte. It also stains. So, I’m less inclined to wear it as a shadow– but it IS lip-safe, so I’m going to make a gloss with it.
Nothing Is Trivial: A light wash of golden illumination in a metallic finish.
This is an arctic blue with an intense green/gold duochrome. It is absolutely freakin’ stunning.
Visions: A bright peach with electric yellow to green shift.
This is a lit-from-within orange-leaning gold with intense greenish gold highlight. It reminds me a whole lot of Femme Fatale’s Flowers from Flames. Wonderful, soft, blendable formula.
Autumn Flower: A regal dusty purple with a gorgeous blue/green shift.
Aww, a Zoe from Firefly inspired shadow! This is a red-based purple with intense teal shimmer. It is absolutely gorgeous.
Lost In The Lodge Coffin Kisser in Killer Cherry Pie: Delicious cherry pie with just a hint of vanilla ice cream.
A Twin Peaks-inspired balm! Again with the labeling disparity, my balm just reads “Killer Cherry.” It’s sort of a a cherry-vanilla, but not the rich cherry of cherry pie, or any of the crust. Just sort of generic. Meh. But I do like the formula. It’s less thick than some of my favorite balms (Firebird’s, for instance), but deeply emollient. I like the formula a lot.
So that’s my first order with Notoriously Morbid. Goodness, they make some unbelievably beautiful and unique duochromes! I didn’t have formula issues with any during swatching, but the real test is how they go on my face. I will do a look with them next week, once my face de-puffs and stops weeping. Until then, it’s matzoh ball soup & lots of tea for me!