My second attempt at getting my greedy mitts on this shade was a success! I immediately craved Hundred Years Winter from the moment that Femme Fatale posted preview shots of their Narnia-inspired nail polish collection. Unfortunately, they had to suspend direct sales to the US for a little bit, and the first run of US stock at Color4Nails sold out lickety-split. But I was patient, and I grabbed it on the restock– the last restock for this shade, as it turns out. So if you want this color, now’s the time!
The shade is a dusty plum mauve with strong aqua green shimmer. It’s like Fyrinnae’s Witchcraft lipstick in nail polish form. It also reminds me quite a lot of Takko Nails’ Wanderlust, although that is a bit cooler toned in terms of the base– it’s a little greyer, a little less mauve. And where Wanderlust is a jelly, this is– I don’t quite know how to explain it. A squishy cream? I own a lot of Femme Fatale polish, and this is by far the thickest one I’ve tried. It was a two coater, but I had to be careful not to disturb the first layer when I applied the second.
Anyway, it’s quite lovely, even though I found the formula a little fussier than I usually expect from Femme Fatale. It makes a GORGEOUS Autumn neutral-with-a-kick. I kind of want to do some nail art over it, now that my nails have begun to recover from a bad break I had a few weeks ago.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next few collections by Femme Fatale– I know they have a Dune collection coming out in a few months, and that is DEFINITELY on my radar!
I have to gush about a polish that I have worn three times this month. My swatches do it absolutely NO JUSTICE, so go look at Emily‘s instead.
Behold, Femme Fatale’s Glass Coffin.
It’s a subtle thermal with an amazing duochrome shine. Warm, it’s a crystalline blue with icy green shimmer. Cool, it’s a delicate violet with icy green shimmer. But even warm, it takes on violet tones at angles, especially in indoor lighting.
This is three coats, and honestly, it’s a polish that has to be worn in order to be truly appreciated– it’s just totally enchanting, like fairy wings for my nails. Unbelievably beautiful, omfg.
Worth noting: with no topcoat, this takes on a semi-matte look when dry. I prefer it with topcoat, because it gives off an incredibly glasslike shine then.
Okay. Off to stare at my nails.
I think it was the first time I ever saw Merlin (the 1998 miniseries) that I became enchanted with faery folklore. While not technically fae in this version (I don’t think), Queen Mab had all the hallmarks of Unseelie royalty. And I was obsessed, OBSESSED, with her makeup. It’s pretty darn hard to find decent screengrabs that show the finer points of iridescent makeup in an older show, but she was all smoky eyes and shimmering blue glitter. It was amazing.
Queen Mab: way ahead of the purple lipstick trend.
I just got back from vending and performing at the Spoutwood Faerie Festival. I wasn’t able to do full-on fae makeup, since I was performing bellydance all weekend, and so when it came time for me to shoot promo shots of a few pieces I’m about to list on my site, I decided to hell with it, bring on the glitter. I think there’s going to be a learning curve with me as far as the photographing goes– I am practically COATED in glitter, and yet very little of it showed up on camera. Also, I’ll have to remember to go darker next time with the eye shadow, since it appears significantly lighter than it does IRL. You live and you learn.
Here’s the product list: Continue reading
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!
The Wayward Prince, Lovely Luck, Diaphanous, Mineral Veil
Diaphanous, Lovely Luck, The Wayward Prince
Today’s post is of my current mani, which features Femme Fatale’s Twilight Sorcery thermal stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore. Twilight Sorcery is an incredibly subtle thermal– it stays a berry shade in any temperature, but shifts from red-berry to purple-berry. Still, it’s a beautiful polish, full of richness and depth. It covered easily and evenly in two coats. I did notice that my bottle is prone to separating– a lilac-y gold layer develops whenever I let it sit for more than a day or so, but it’s easy enough to shake up.
Stamping plate used was from the MoYou London Kaleidoscope collection!
Femme Fatale – Twilight Sorcery
Cool: Pointer & Middle. Warm: Ring & Pinkie.
I matched my cell phone case!
Last year, I made my first pressed indie shadow palette using Mai’s tutorial. Since then, I discovered and fell head over heels in love with Femme Fatale cosmetics. I love their duochromes! But being a loose shadow formula, I tend to reach for them less than I would a pressed formula. I’m just too messy and impatient to open lots of little jars full of powders that WANT to spill all over my lap. (They want to. No lie.) So I placed a big-ish order for 3 gram mini-jars that I then pressed into a palette I bought from Anothersoul on Etsy.
Ain’t it purdy?
The results were mixed. Some shades translated beeeeeyoutifully using Mai’s formula. Others– not so much. They look good in swatches because I really packed it on, but they were quite dry. I’ll be sure to note which as I go through the swatches. ETA 1/23: I ended up reblending the dry shades with two drops of glycerin and then re-pressing. WORLD of difference. I can now use Flare & Sugar Rush. HURRAH.
Here are the pans inside the palette. Aaaah, Virgoan tidiness.
Top: Icemist Diamond, Alpine Skies, Faerie Fire, Dr. Eeek, Sugar Rush.
Middle: Cake, Peebles, Witchwood, Flowers Before Flames, Flare.
Bottom: Fire Opal, Bat Wing Hall, You Can’t Scare Me, Underlord, Poison.
On to the swatches! Continue reading
Right before their holiday break, I placed a large-ish order at Femme Fatale. Only a handful of the mini-size shadow jars I ordered were new to me– most of the shades I ordered, I already knew I liked. I was buying them for the express purpose of pressing them into a palette. The results of that experiment are next up– but I did want to post swatches of the unadulterated loose shadow shades that I took before I pressed them. It’s good to have something to compare the pressed shades to!
All of the following swatches were taken over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer.
Fire Opal, Icemist Diamond, Poison