I stumbled upon Smash Cosmetics on Etsy a few months back when I was searching for a mega pigmented green lipstick to match my then-teal tresses. I have never purchased Indie/ hand mixed makeup before mainly because 1.)I'm paranoid about ingredients and 2.) I'm terrified of how my skin would react to them. I have very sensitive skin, especially around my eyes which tend to puff up and break out when wearing certain shadows. But while perusing the color choices, prices, and decent reviews for Smash Cosmetics, I thought, heck. $3.00 for 5 eyeshadow samplers with shipping is a steal. So I went ahead and got them.
I also swatched them wet, which in the above picture are in the bottom row. They definitely look better if applied wet, but you can still see how the colors aren't really as accurately portrayed in the pictures online. Just for comparison, I made a small collage of how they're "supposed" to look swatched wet (pics taken from Smash Cosmetics etsy pictures)
Yeah, I am very disappointed with how the colors didn't really come out looking the way I expected them to be. Especially the greens! In this look, I'm wearing Galactic on the inside part of the eye and Komodo on the outside edges, but you can't tell there's a difference in this picture. I even wore green and purple cream shadow underneath to intensify their colors and NOTHING!
Pros: Very inexpensive; Lots of color choices; Great pigmentation when wet
Cons: Powder is very messy to work with; shipping takes forever; very short staying power even with primer on; colors aren't accurately depicted.
VERDICT: Though the price is right, you definitely get what you pay for. I waited more than two weeks to get my samples in the mail. I know that the seller says that she makes each batch to order, but I don't think it's worth waiting two weeks for. The powder is hard to work with and has lots of giant bits of glitter (especially in Jayhawk) that hurt my eyes. To get the shadows to look vibrant, I had to put a cream base underneath in addition to eye primer, which is fine, but I don't appreciate the misleading photographs on the site.
Have you ever tried Smash Cosmetics?
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