Sunday, 17 July 2016

Notoriously Morbid

After my pledge to only buy cruelty free, I was scouring the internet for unique 'indie' brands which specialise in relatively affordable but quality eyeshadows. So I placed an order at Notoriously Morbid; a company situated in West Virginia which sell hand sifted cosmetics. I ordered eight eyeshadows which the company seem to specialise in because they offer a plethora of colours and finishes. All of the shadows I ordered were the 'mini' size which costs $2.75, they were obviously posted from the United States and to the UK at a cost of $10 however they all arrived safely and I didn't have to pay import tax. 

Unicorn Horn was the first shadow I ordered, was a 'pale iced purple with silver and lilac shimmer'. Although the images on the website all show how truly pigmented the shadows are, I wasn't sure they would be as pigmented upon arrival. As soon as the parcel arrived I swatched them all to see how intense the colour pay off really was. I found myself pleasantly surprised by all of the shadows and how truly intense the really were when swatched on top of the primer I'd also ordered as they're shown on the website. A truly beautiful icy grey, that's almost an iridescent muted lilac with, as promised a magical shimmer. Not only was I surprised by the pay off of the shades but also the buttery texture which could rival some high end makeup I've tried.

Alongside Unicorn Horn, I also ordered Degrees of Death and Vitue described as 'a blackened teal with green and blue shimmers' this shadow reminded me or mermaids and onyx. I felt like this would make a beautiful addition to an otherwise standard smokey eye, this was one of the reasons it was one of the shadows I tested first and wore out and about, not only was the colour pay off and texture splendid but so was how easy they were to blend and their longevity. Momo Monster; a 'dusky berry toned' shade with a 'glowing green overlay', is a shade I'd describe more as a green toned greige with green shimmer, this shadow makes me think swamp queen and is a shadow I imagine would be in Bunny's Tarte palette however I think this was the one of the two shades that looked slightly different than expected. 

'A red orange with a purple, blue and golden bronze shift', Spring-heeled Jack is a beautiful shade which I think is more orange based shadow with a silver and gold shimmer which makes the shadow look almost copper, I think this shade looks incredible as a crease colour when paired with a crisp gold or bronze. 

The next two shades were from the same collection, the Alpha and Omega range. Timeshift is a beautiful pink toned, pearlescent shade which looks beautiful as a transition colour or in the inner corner. It's also wonderful as a base colour which is how it is described on the website. A beautiful 'golden shade', Hercules is an essential for any lover of a bronzed look and screams Grecian beauty to me, however this shade was the other shadow which was slightly different to what I expected but is still a beautiful bronze toned, shimmery delight. 

The final shadows I hauled were 18th Century Dandy and Nearly Headless Nick. I think these two vegan friendly shadows are my favourite, Nearly Headless Nick is a lovely shade described as 'dark burgundy' with 'golden overlay' which has rocketed it way into my top ten of my favourite shadows, I love using this in the outer v of my eye as a less intense but still beautiful smokey look, it adds a glamorous edge to an otherwise standard look. Finally is hands down my favourite shade out of all eight of the ones I'd ordered, a bronze base with a peach shimmer which is described as a 'metallic rose gold' when used with a good primer and I definitely agree with the description, this is an incredibly pigmented, frosty pink which looks remarkable when added to almost any look. 

Overall I think my Notoriously Morbid order was very successful, six out of eight shades were entirely as expected but I still loved all eight of the beautifully coloured shades and will definitely be ordering again and trying some of their other products. Have you tried anything from this brand? If so what did you think? Do you know of any other brands similar to them?

*The shades which aren't vegan-friendly as as following; Degrees of Death and Virtue, Momo Monster and Hercules. 

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