Indie makeup is a whole new world for me. Finishes, colors, and brands that I've never heard of. It's like the first time that I went into Sally's and saw these brands I had never heard of...I didn't know where to start. After a super helpful young lady from Reddit gave me some links, I decided to buy all the sampler packs I could find. The first one to arrive was this blush sampler from My Pretty Zombie.
|the samples come in bags, but I had some empty pots laying around.|
Now, I'm not the biggest blush wearer on earth. My face is pretty red, naturally, and I am loathe to add more color. But I am learning that a little blush isn't going to kill me. When I learned that there were duochrome blushes in existence, I knew I had to have them...even if I never wore them out of the house.
All of these blushes are silky smooth and blendable, which surprised the hell out of me after swatching them. They swatch so vibrant! A few of them have a decent amount of glitter, but somehow minimal fallout. What sorcery is this? After playing around with these for a few days, I have definitely decided that I need LSD and THC. Every time I say this, the husband giggles a little. But for me, these are the ones I will actually use.
On to the swatches!
(I swatched these with a slightly damp brush, just so you can see them at their full power. They are very easily blended out but I wanted to show their full strength color.)
The website describes this one as a "...rosy pink with a gold afterglow." I completely agree. This might be the most conventional of the "Drugs Like Me" collection. It has a lovely gold sheen to it that remains even when blended. I like this one, but it's not my favorite. But this color will work for every human on earth.
|I tried bringing my lightbox into the sun. no bueno. still fairly accurate|
This one is a "...muted gray plum with a groovy red to gold shift". It was the hardest to photograph. It's very faint...and wearable. A gray blush. That I want. I will definitely be repurchasing this one. I don't know that I've ever seen a gray and duochrome blush that was this wearable.
|so amazingly subtle. a wearable gray blush?|
This one is described as a "...dope plum with violet shimmer." I think this one might be the most everyday color. It reminds me of a non-matte version of Tarte Exposed or ELF Mellow Mauve. I am definitely going to buy the full size of this one as well. Everyone needs a nice, plummy blush. I've never seen anyone look bad in these colors.
|definitely an everyday color|
This one is hilariously described as "...running naked from the cops peach with gold glitter." As I have yet to run naked from the authorities, I can't comment on the veracity there. But it is a lovely orangey blush with a strong gold glitter/shimmer to it. It is a less-powdery cousin to Milani Luminoso, so if you like that color but want to try an indie brand, I suggest this one. With a light hand, orange doesn't look bad on me...but it can easily go overboard. I think this one would be amazing on medium skin tones.
|an orange I don't hate...witchcraft!|
A "lavender with a sticky green shift" is a perfect description for this one. I immediately fell for this one. If you have been looking to try a "radiant orchid" blush, you need to buy this one. Right now. It has a lovely green/aqua/teal shift and glitter that is so amazingly eye catching. It also blends out like silk, even on my less-than-ideal skin. I will be buying this one too.
|like a radiant orchid unicorn|
This is the reddest red I've ever seen. If you want a proper, natural, freshly pinched flush...this is the one for you. I put it on over my bare face, and it blended in flawlessly with my naturally red cheeks. It has a bit of glitter in there, but it is so small that I'd almost call it a shimmer instead. I think this one, applied with a very delicate hand, would be great on fair skin. But if you have a deeper complexion, this blush really was made for you.
|so red, but natural|
The poor cat. I disturbed her nap taking all of these pictures. And yes, for those of you with children, that is a Boppy, though it's a lounging pillow and not the nursing pillow. I highly recommend it, though maybe not for cat beds...
|my long-suffering assistant|
I definitely recommend this shop. The time from purchase to receipt is a little longer than your average mass-retailer, but the amazing quality and surprisingly affordable prices more than makes up for it. This sampler set was $5 plus shipping. That is a completely reasonable price for this amount of product. You need so little with each use, that these "samples" might last you a month of daily use. I will definitely be buying some eyeshadow samples when I grab my full-sized blushes.
(I think this might be the beginning of a serious problem. Sephora just doesn't impress me like it used to, especially when compared to this stuff!)