Here's a quick breakdown of what I received from Karla in the giveaway:
Toxic Tale Lipstick and Hot House Lipglass from Evil Queen collection
De-Vil and Sweetjoy Eyeshadows from Cruella de Ville collection
Wrong Spell Lipglass from Maleficient collection
Now, let's get to business: SWATCH TIME!!!
As you can see, Sweetjoy nearly disappears into my MAC 20-25 skin tone without flash. In addition to not being heavily pigmented, it is also very close to my skin color, so I would personally use it as a base for other colors or to blend out harsh edges. In the photograph with flash, however, you can see it due to the frost/pearl finish catching and reflecting the light. It's very subtle and fits its name very well.
|The name may be "Sweetjoy" but this lady is neither sweet nor happy. Probably 'cause she had too many botox sessions and her face is frozen into that stinkface position for all eternity...|
Cruella De Ville's face cracks me up. I like the fact that MAC didn't use stickers, the characters are printed onto the products themselves. Good to know that that stink-faced lady is gonna be around me until I hit pan.
|Sweet joy eyeshadow, opened|
|De-Vil, closed: Again we get to see Ms. Stinkyface in action...|
Anyways, The color as well as the name of this one seems more befitting for the character; I'm surprised MAC didn't put out the lime green shadow that Ms. Ville is always wearing.
|Possible dupe: L'Oreal's HiP Duo in "Flare" (more pigmented than the MAC's)|
|EOTD with Sweetjoy + De-Vil and Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Mildew|
|Toxic Tale Lipstick|
|Toxic Tale swatched on lips|
Now, moving on to the lip products: Toxic Tale!!! I love this lipstick. When I first swatched it, I thought it was too bold and had a "no way in hell am I wearing that out" moment. I mean, it's opaque in one to two swipes, it's super bright, and a total attention grabber. I've seen this described as a "neon coral with an orange undertone," but on me it shows up more as a pink-red with an orange bent, if that even makes sense. I tried it out a couple of times but didn't love it. Then I tried it on with some blue and green eyeshadow, and found that it was a winner, duh! Especially with this season's trend of uber-bold lips, Toxic Tale has found its way into my daily makeup routine. As always, just remember to really perfect the rest of the face if you want to pull off a bright color like this; nothing like a big ol' red rash of acne on your chin to ruin a bright-lipstick day.
|Hot House Lipglass|
|Standard doe foot applicator|
|Wrong Spell Lipglass|
Wow, that was a lot of words and pictures, wasn't it? To top it all off, finally, I leave you with a...
|FOTD: Almay i-Intense Mascara, Sweetjoy and De-Vil eyeshadow, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Mildew, Revlon PhotoReady in 004 Nude, ELF HD Powder, NYX Cream Blush in Orange, and Toxic Tale|
That's all for now, folks! And my utmost thanks to Karla for making all this possible (including but not limited to my burgeoning makeup addiction)!