Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Cream Eyeshadows On A Budget - Scarlett & Crimson

Earlier this year the founders of the Ruby + Millie make up brand , Ruby Hammer and Millie Kendall introduced a newer and slightly cheaper diffusion line, Scarlett and Crimson. In funkier packaging this line is very much geared towards the younger market. Even though I'm probably not in their target demography I have to say the line really appealed to me - the packaging as I said is cool  and very goth, emo, the product range is good with brushes, temporary tattoos and make up items, and the prices are really competitive. I picked up two items all these many months ago two of the Stacks of Beauty Cream Eyeshadow Trios. I have to say this year in particular I have really showed a lot of love to cream eyeshadows they are so versatile- to be honest though you don't see a lot of them in drugstore brands but the Scarlett & Crimson brand offers a range of 5 different trios.



The trios come packaged in individual components which you can stack together in the trio, take off and store separately or if you have more than one trio you can stack them all together.





The most obvious trio for me to chose was The Naturals Trio -3 super natural colours ideal for a barely there look
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From Left To Right - Neutral Eyes, All The Sage and Thunder Road

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A few eye looks for you first up Neutraleyes -  a proper nude black out colour it would probably make a good base or exactly as the name suggests a neutralising shade ;)

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Next up All The Sage - what can I say about this colour apart from it's not that pleasant a shade, a sort of green / brown khaki that goes a bit yellow on the skin - it reminds me a bit of poo sorreee

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OK from my least favourite to my favourite colour in the trio Thunder Road -  a lovely dark grey it works great on its own or like any cream shadows it goes well as a base or as an accent when used with a powder or pigment.

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Thunder Road On It's Own

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Thunder Road With Urban Decays Gunmetal

In this trio the standout colour certainly is Thunder Road  - a great staple smokey grey colour, Neutraleyes is exactly that I can imagine that it might not show up on some people so maybe it's best as a base colour, where as All The Sage despite it funky name just isn't that nice a colour it fades from the Khaki shade to a sort of unpleasant yellow - not flattering

I also picked up The Smokey Trio I have to say this one wasn't really what I expected as you will see

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From Left To Right - Silver Spoon, Cha Cha Charcoal and Hot Pink

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We'll start off with the most wearable Silver Spoon - a gorgeous silvery grey that looks great on it's own

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or great with a powder shadow - this is with the silvery / lilac of MAC Idol Eyes

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Next up Cha Cha Charcoal - a very dark grey which is almost black - I have to say dear readers there is no way I was going to post a picture of me wearing this more on why later - but I'll just say this if I put this all over my lids I would be doing my best Alice Cooper impersonation - not for the fainted hearted but if your a goth girl this could be the one for you. Therefore I decided to try using it in a different way by using it as a cream liner as you can see hear with Silver Spoon all over the lid - sorry it's a tad blurry

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The last colour in this trio I'm afraid is one that will also never see my eyelids Hot Pink - and I have to say it's exactly that, a bright fuchsia pink - wearing it on my eyes is way to daring for me so again I had to think of some other uses for it - the most obvious use of a pink eyeshadow is as a blusher as you can see it actually blends down really nicely compared to the solid swatch earlier

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I also tried it on my lips and I have to say I was pretty happy with the results a lovely Hot Pink with quite a matte finish which surprised me but it actually lasted pretty well - sorry for the blurry pics again my camera was obviously having a bad day

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My favourite colour in the trio is obviously Silver Spoon -  the other two aren't really going to be my first choice in the morning now are they ;)

So what do I think, well the texture of the shadows in nice and creamy, they apply pretty well with a brush and with their fingers, they are pretty pigmented but I have to say they don't really last that well and they do have a tendency to run and crease a bit :( My only other complaint is the presence of the shall we say strange colours in the trios but if your younger and you want to experiment why not these certainly won't break the bank . There are 6 different trios to choose from in lots of different colours including blues and purples and they are available from Superdrug for £3.95 for a trio. Any questions please ask xx

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