I've been a bit naughty and made a couple of reasonable sized orders from Venomous Cosmetics recently and have a fair amount I want to swatch and review for you. So I decided I'd do them this week, which I'm quite excited about! Today I'm starting of with a review and swatches of the 5 pressed eyeshadows I have. All sample size and available for $2 from the Venomous Cosmetics website, with full sizes for $6.50.
As always I've included a summary at the end.
These samples are really teeny - 15mm (about the size of a 5p coin), but lets be honest here, I've only ever finished two eyeshadows! And it really makes a change to see an indie company selling pressed samples, and Venomous Cosmetics has a great variety in colour choices too! As far as the service was, I found it outstanding with good communication. With each order I received free samples and one order was sent just a day or two later than stated but the owner kindly upgraded two of my samples to full size, which I was amazed by - in a good way of course!
Colours & Pigmentation
I hate to say this, but the pigmentation could be a little better on these, but something like a NYX Jumbo Pencil underneath does help to get a better colour from them. But it's reasonable I'd say, all with a shimmery non glittery finish.
Gaboon Viper - A slightly taupey medium rich brown.
Sea Urchin - A pinky purple with a bluey sheen to it. This one is the sheerest of the bunch.
Chupacabra - This one is part of The Legendary Collection and is a blue that leans into a plummy purple.
Mermaid - The picture on the site for this is pretty off, but is still my favourite of the 5 I have here. It's a beautiful medium bright green with a very very subtle gold sheen.
Box Jelly - Ace name (sea geek!) and a pretty standard pearly white shade. Nice to have and great for highlighting.
These have a really soft and creamy feel to them and blend nicely. They could be a little longer lasting as I find they tend to crease after about 5-6 hours. However saying that the colour does remains vivid. As I've already mentioned the pigmentation isn't amazing, but it's definitely workable and you can still get a good colour pay off if you layer a little - better than my washed out EOTD pictures show!
The Good - Mermaid is beautiful, I'm in love with the names, really soft and blend nicely, mix of brights and more wearable shades available.
The Not so Good - pigmentation could be improved a little (not bad though!), might have expected something a little more unique from an indie company, but colours are still pretty.
Would I repurchase these? Yup, I've already picked up Sydney Harbour @ Night which is also a cute colour.
The Bottom Line - I like these and will definitely repurchase, but they aren't outstanding
That finishes off the first in my mini bonanza this week. I hope you don't mind me dedicating a few posts to this company, but I think I've become a bit obsessed! Probably worth saying that yes I payed for this all with my own money and the free samples are something all customers receive! But if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask me. Thanks for stopping by, H :)