FOTD: Gold Eyes and Bright Red Lips

recursion gold big Red lips + black glasses = win. I almost never wear my black glasses (they’re my “special occasion” glasses and I don’t want to scratch them up too much), but one of the times I’m most likely to pull them out is when I’m wearing red lipstick. It’s a classic combo and I love it.

recursion gold look I also wore gold eyeshadow! I’ve got a gold eyeshadow comparison post in the works, and having all my golds out made me want to put them on my eyes.

recursion gold productsEyes:

  • Shiro Perfect World
  • Baroque Versailles
  • Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner in Blacquer
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Light/Medium
  • Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Mineralize Moisture Foundation in NC20
  • Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Shiro 1-Up

Lips:

  • Life’s Entropy Recursion

I primed my lids and patted on Pixie Epoxy and waited for it to set. 20 seconds latter I applied Perfect World, a light gold, all over the top with a fluffy brush. I used a rounded blending brush to put Versailles, a darker gold, in the outer half of my crease. I lined my eyes with black liner, curled my lashes and applied mascara. I did pretty standard face stuff and finished off with Recursion, a bright red with a hint of orange, which I applied with a lip brush.

I really like Life’s Entropy’s lip theories. They’re smooth and super pigmented. My lips have been kind of dry lately, but I feel like it still looks good. It doesn’t cling too much to my dry patches. I lined up my samples this morning and let my husband pick which one I wore. Recursion is a super bright, almost neon red, but I still find it flattering. It’s being discontinued soon, so if you’re interested in it, you should probably pick it up now!

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FOTD: Low Key Pink and Grey Look

pink and grey bigI love pink and grey together. The pairing feels soft and subtle, but still feminine. I like it. Although, to be honest I was expecting it to be more of a lavender and grey look, since that’s what Catticus Finch looked like in the bag and I hadn’t used or swatched it yet. But when it turned out to be pink, I went pink with the rest of my face too!

pink and grey lookSnapdragon and Mucha Ado About Nothing are both colors that go with pretty much everything. But they really go with Catticus Finch.

pink and grey shadowsEyes:

  • Hello Waffle Catticus Finch
  • Hello Waffle Purrian Gray
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Uzi
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Light/Medium
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Baroque Mucha Ado About Nothing

Lips:

  • Kae Q Snapdragon

I primed my lids and patted Purian Gray, a sparkly almost-white light grey, all over my lids. I used a fluffy angled brush to work Catticus Finch, which I thought would be lavender but was actually mauvey pink, through the entire crease. I swiped the extra across my lower lashline. I used a blending brush to blend out the upper edge of my shadow. I lined my eyes with a shimmery dark grey liner and curled my lashes. I did my usual face stuff and used Mucha Ado About Nothing, a rosy blush that goes with everything, on my cheeks. I applied Snapdragon, a lovely MLBB pink, with a doefoot applicator.

Not much to say about this look. Simple and pretty.

Mainstream Monday: Shiny Red Lips and Soft Smoky Eyes with Lorac Pro

lorac bigIt’s been ages since I’ve done a mainstream look, but I figured I’d toss in a few mainstream lip products during the makeup rehab lip dare, so decided to use mainstream eyeshadow as well. MAC Ladybug is probably my favorite red, and while I almost never reach for it since I am not much of a gloss person, their Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass is just stunning. Unfortunately, the Lorac Pro palette is not so impressive. I hear a lot of good things about it, and I’ve tried to like it, but at the end of the day I think I just don’t.

Lorac lookOh well. My lips are shiny, so it’s okay if my eye make up is boring.

lorac productsEyes:

  • Lorac Champagne
  • Lorac Pewter
  • Lorac Sable
  • Lorac Cream
  • Stila Smudgestick in Damsel
  • Benefit Stay Don’t Stray in Light/Medium
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Bare Minerals Beauty Blush

Lips:

  • MAC Ladybug
  • MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass

I primed my lids and then patted Champagne, a shimmery champagne (many Lorac shade names are self explanatory), all over my lids. There was a ton of fallout that looked like silver glitter and it made me grumpy so I used a q-tip and some make up remover to attempt to get rid of it. Then I applied Pewter, a shimmery taupe brown, to my outer corner and blended it. It didn’t show up as much as I wanted, so I used a narrow angled brush to apply Sable, a medium-dark matte brown, to my crease and below my lower lashes. I highlighted my browbone and inner corner with Cream, a matte cream. I lined my eyes with a dark brown pencil liner and smudged it out with a brush before doing my usual foundation/concealer/powder/blush thing. Then I exfoliated my lips, and put on the lipstick and lip gloss.

I’m honestly not sure what to do with my Lorac Pro. I like it in theory, but in practice it doesn’t really work for me. I’ll probably give it another chance or two (and maybe look up some tutorials that use it to give me some ideas), but if it doesn’t click then, it’ll probably wind up in the destash pile.

FOTD: Darling Girl Summer Look

dg summer big As I’ve mentioned before, each month Darling Girl has a contest on their facebook page. To enter, you post a look based on that month’s theme using Darling Girl products. This month’s theme was summer, and this is the look I came up with.

DG summer lookI was going for a sand and water look with my eyeshadow, but I don’t have a true turquoise from Darling Girl, and Lucky pulled greener than I remembered it. Oh well. I also added a bit of pink, because summer should be colorful.

dg summer productsEyes:

  • Darling Girl Bubbles
  • Darling Girl That’s a Big Twinkie
  • Darling Girl Lucky
  • Darling Girl Tit Punch
  • Darling Girl Superstar Serum
  • Urban Decay Primer Potion
  • Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black
  • Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Perversion
  • Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara

Face:

  • MAC Face and Body in N1
  • Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 1
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1
  • MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light
  • Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Lips:

  • Fyrinnae Meloncholy
  • Firebird Strawberry Tangerine lip balm

I started by priming my lids. Then I applied Bubbles, a light cream/tan with a blue green sheen, all over my lid. I used That’s a Big Twinkie, a matte tan, in my crease. I lined my upper lashline with black liquid liner and winged it out. I patted Lucky, a white with green shimmer that’s designed to pop over a black base, on top of the liner. However, it didn’t show up as much as I wanted it to, so I went over the line (but not the wing) with pencil liner and patted more Lucky on top. Then I mixed Tit Punch, a bright pink, with Superstar Serum and applied it to my lower lashline with an angled liner brush. I applied mascara and did my usual foundation routine, with a double dose of undereye concealer. I used a coral liquid cheek stain, which I blended in with my fingers. I applied a thin layer of Meloncholy, a bright coral lip lustre, over the top of a balm and blended it with my finger to sheer it out a bit.

I love contests and coming up with looks to fit themes, so I had fun with this. If I had to do it again (and I might), I think I’d do a look with more tropical bright eyeshadow, rather than a look that’s heavy on the eyeliner for color.

Tutorial: Subtle Grey and Red Look with Purple Liner

grey tutorial bigI was talking to some of my friends in one of my reddit groups recently and they mentioned that they would like to see more tutorials. So I’m planning on doing tutorials for my favorite looks from my reviews. No time like the present to start, so I picked my favorite look from my Brilliant Deductions review to get started!

grey tutorial products Make Up:

  • Grey Eyeshadow (Aromaleigh Frailty of Genius)
  • Burgundy Eyeshadow (Aromaleigh Damaged & Delusional)
  • Dark Plum Eyeshadow (Aromaleigh Glittering Career)
  • Foiling Medium (Darling Girl Superstar Serum)
  • Eyeshadow Primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion)
  • Mascara (Make Up Forever Smoky Extravagant Mascara)
  • Rosy Blush (Baroque Mucha Ado About Nothing)
  • Burgundy Lipstick (Tilt/Shift Gravity)
  • Foundation/Concealer/Powder or whatever your usual face routine is (MAC Face and Body in N1, Benefit Boi-ing in 1, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light)

Brushes and Tools:

  • Eyeshadow shading brush (Sigma E55)
  • Fluffy angled eyeshadow brush (Sigma E70)
  • Fluffy blending brush (Sigma E40)
  • Eyeliner brush (mini Sigma E05)
  • 1 or 2 Blush brushes (Nars travel blush brush, Eco Tools blush brush)
  • Lip brush (Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics)
  • Whatever you usually use to apply your foundation, concealer and powder (Real Techniques Buffing Brush, Real Techniques Deluxe Crease Brush, MAC 159)
  • A flat non-porous mixing surface (a piece of mirror)
  • An eyelash curler if you use one (NYC eyelash curler)

For this look you’ll need a grey eyeshadow, a burgundy or dark red eyeshadow and a dark plum eyeshadow. I used Aromaleigh shadows for this, but you could definitely substitute, you just want them to be similarly warm or cool toned (so if you use a cool-toned grey, it would probably work best to use a cool red and purple to go with it). If you have Shiro’s Scarlet Witch COTM, I think it would be perfect for this look. I used Darling Girl’s Superstar Serum as a foiling medium to turn the purple eyeshadow into liner, but you could use contact lens solution, eye drops or just plain water if you don’t have something similar. You could even use purple pencil liner instead of making your own, if you have it! For the lip color, anything dark red should work. I think Kae Q’s Mulberry would be a great alternative. And choose a blush that works for your skintone. Blush is just a minor player in this look, so it shouldn’t be too noticeable.

grey tutorial 1 I started with clean, moisturized skin. I put a tiny dot of eyeshadow primer on my finger and smoothed it over my eyelid, and repeated on the other side.

grey tutorial 2Next I patted my grey eyeshadow all over my mobile lid with a basic shading brush. It doesn’t matter if the top edge is messy, because we’ll blend that away later, but do try to get an even coat of color on the lid.

grey tutorial 3 I picked up a tiny bit of red eyeshadow with a fluffy angled brush. To make sure I didn’t pick up too much I just touched my brush lightly to the powder that was stuck on the sides of my sample bag, avoiding the pile of shadow at the bottom entirely. I used a very light tapping motion to place the red shadow in the outer portion of my crease. I also angled my brush to connect the line of red with my outer corner.

grey tutorial 3a Time to blend! I used my clean fluffy blending brush to make little circles at the outer corner of my eye without picking up my brush. Then I used my brush to diffuse the top edge of the shadow with a windshield wiper motion. I blended until the red was pretty subtle.

grey tutorial 4 Next I mixed together my purple shadow with Superstar Serum to make liner. I tapped out a little bit of shadow onto a flat piece of mirror and dotted one drop of serum next to it. Then I dipped my liner brush into the serum and used it to push the eyeshadow together into a paste. I added a little bit more shadow to get the consistency you see in the last picture.

grey tutorial 5 Next I applied the mixture as liner. I did my upper lashline first, and then used what was left on the brush to get a lighter line under my lower lashes. I curled my lashes and applied mascara to both my upper and lower lashes.

grey tutorial 6 Now it’s time to do whatever your usual base makeup routine is. You can see my foundation routine here, if you’re interested. If the red eyeshadow is too far down at the outer corner of your eye, you can either remove it or cover it up with a pat of concealer like I did.

grey tutorial 7 If you’re using loose blush in a sample bag, you can tap it out on to the clean side of your mirror or mixing surface. I’m pretty light so I only need the tiniest bit of blush.

grey tutorial 8 Oftentimes when I’m using indie blush I wind up applying a little bit more than I need. When I do this I take a clean blush brush and use it to blend out the blush using a circular motion to make the color less intense. The difference is subtle on camera, but in person I can see it.

grey tutorial 9Last comes lipstick. Since I’m using a sample I need a lip brush to apply it. When I use a lip brush I outline my lips first, then put a little bit more lipstick on my brush to fill in the middle.

grey tutorial finalSo that’s my look! I think it’s simple and I love how the grey balanced out the red and makes it more toned down and wearable. Combined with the the lip color, this look makes me feel really classy.

I’d love to hear how it works for you if you try it out. I like the idea of continuing to do tutorials for my favorite looks from my reviews, so keep an eye out for more in the future. If there’s a look I’ve done on the blog before that you’d like to see a tutorial for, you can request one in the comments too!

Aromaleigh Brilliant Deductions Collection: Looks

Brilliant Deductions Swatches

Damaged & Delusional, Lucky Cat Emporium, Psychosomatic Limp, Pupils Dilated, Sooo Changeable, Frailty of Genius, How Quaint / Experimental Drug, Password Protected, Bitterness is a Paralytic, Alone is What I Have, Fleeting Impression, Surveillance Status, Codes & Ciphers / Brainy is the New Sexy, Nicotine Patch, My Only Weakness, Spectacularly Ignorant, Recreational Scolding, Glittering Career, High-Functioning Sociopath

Yesterday I posted my swatches of Aromaleigh’s Brilliant Deductions collection. Today I’ve got the looks. Since the collection is so large ( a whopping 21 colors), I couldn’t fit them into just five looks, so this post is a little bit larger than usual, with eight different looks.

BD1 SLook 1: Frailty of Genius, Damaged & Delusional and Glittering CareerBD1I started by priming my lids, then patted Frailty of Genius onto my mobile lids. I used a tapered brush to apply Damaged & Delusional to the outer corner and blended the red into the grey with a clean blending brush. I mixed Glittering Career with Superstar Serum and applied it as liner on both my upper and lower lashlines. (Lips are Tilt/Shift Gravity.) I put together a tutorial for this look here, if you’re interested in seeing how I did it step by step.

BD2 SLook 2: Password Protected and Psychosomatic LimpBD2

This look is my basic Pixie Epoxy smoky eye, which I posted about here. I primed my lips then patted Pixie Epoxy on top with my pinkie. After it set, I applied Password Protected with a fluffy brush. I swiped the rest of what was left on my brush across my crease and under my lower lashes. I used Psychosomatic Limp on a blending brush to blend out the edges and deepen the color under my lower lashes. I lined my eyes with purple pencil liner and smudged it out with a brush. I applied mascara as well.

BD3 SLook 3: High-Functioning Sociopath, Alone is What I Have and Experimental DrugBD3I primed my lids and patted Experimental Drug on with a fluffy brush. I worked it up a little bit higher than my crease and blended out the edges with a clean blending brush. I used a pencil brush to apply a dot of Alone is What I Have in the inner corner. I mixed High-Functioning Sociopath with Superstar Serum and applied it as liner, along my upper lashes and in my lower waterline. I finished with a coat of mascara.

BD4 SLook 4: Brainy is the New Sexy, Recreational Scolding and Bitterness is a ParalyticBD4I primed my lids, then patted Brainy is the New Sexy over the primer. I applied Recreational Scolding in the outer corner and blended the two together. I tidied up the edges with makeup remover and a q-tip as well. I used a liner brush to apply Bitterness is a Paralytic to my lower lashline and finished the look with winged black liner and mascara. (Lips are Fyrinnae Sexy Nerd.) There’s a full post about this look here.

BD5 SLook 5: Lucky Cat Emporium and Pupils DilatedBD5For this look I primed my lids and patted Lucky Cat Emporium up slightly past my crease. I diffused the edge with a clean blending brush. I mixed Pupils Dilated with Superstar Serum and lined my lower lashes with it. I curled my lashes and applied mascara, but skipped the liner.

BD6 SLook 6: Surveillance Status, How Quaint, Fleeting Impression and Codes & CiphersBD6

As always, I primed my lids first. Then I patted Surveillance status all over my mobile lid, concentrating the color lower down near my lashes. I used a blending brush to apply How Quaint to my crease, and blended out any harsh edges with it. I used a fluffy brush to highlight my browbone and inner corner with Fleeting Impression. Last I mixed Glittering Career with Superstar Serum and applied it with a liner brush, both along my upper lashes and in my lower waterline. I finished the look with mascara.

BD7 SLook 7: My Only Weakness and Nicotine PatchBD7For this look I primed my lids and applied Pixie Epoxy on top. I waited 15 seconds and then patted My Only Weakness all over my lids. I swiped some under my lower lashes as well. Then I put Nicotine Patch on a blending brush and used it to blend out the upper edge of the green along my crease, concentrating the color in the outer corner. I lined my lashes with a golden brown pencil liner and applied mascara to finish it off.

BD8 SLook 8: Sooo Changeable and Spectacularly IgnorantBD8I applied primer and then patted Sooo Changeable all over my lid. I used a fluffy brush to place Spectacularly Ignorant in the outer corner and blended it through the outer half of my crease as well. I used a clean blending brush to blend some more. I also applied some beneath my lower lashes. I lined my upper lashes with black liquid liner, winging it out at the end, and my lower waterline with black pencil liner. I curled my lashes and applied mascara to top it off.

BD Looks LightSo there you are! Eight looks using every single color in Aromaleigh’s enormous Brilliant Deductions collection. I’ve been plugging away at getting these done for quite some time (the oldest look here is from April!), but once Aromaleigh announced that the collection was being discontinued, I knew I had to hurry it up and finish. There’s a fair number of slightly colorful smoky looks in the mix, along with a few that have a fair bit of contrasting color. My favorite look is number 1. Something about the red together with the grey just seems elegant to me, and while the liner doesn’t show up great in pictures, in person it’s got a really pretty sheen to it. It’s the look I chose to make a tutorial for, so if you’re interested in seeing how I put it together step by step, you can check it out here. I was also really pleased with how well the colors in look 3 came together. The tiny dot of turquoise in the corner really ties things together in a fun way!

Which look was your favorite? Are you interested in the Brilliant Deductions collection? Remember, it’s being discontinued and is currently on sale, so if you’re interested in picking it up you should probably do so sooner rather than later.

Aromaleigh Brilliant Deductions Collection: Swatches

Brilliant Deductions baggiesToday I’m reviewing the Brilliant Deductions collection from Aromaleigh Cosmetics, which consists of 21 colors based on the BBC show Sherlock. The collection is being discontinued, but is currently available for 25% off while she still has it. I think the collection is a bit too large to be manageable, but it has some really nice colors in it.

All colors are swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion on the top/left and Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy on the bottom/right. The top picture in each collage is taken in indoor natural light and the bottom one in direct sun.

Brilliant Deductions reds The Reds and Browns: Brainy is the New Sexy, Damaged & Delusional, Experimental Drug, Lucky Cat Emporium, Psychosomatic Limp, Sooo Changeable, Nicotine Patch

Brilliant Deductions GreensThe Greens and Blues: My Only Weakness, Bitterness is a Paralytic, Spectacularly Ignorant, Alone is What I Have, Pupils Dilated, Codes & Ciphers, High-Functioning Sociopath

Brilliant Deductions purplesThe Greys and Purples: Frailty of Genius,How Quaint, Fleeting Impression, Recreational Scolding, Password Protected, Surveillance Status, Glittering Career

Brainy is the New SexyBrainy is the New Sexy: “A very smooth English rose frost with golden highlights and tiny copper shimmers.” This is a cool toned pink with what looks to me like a hint of blue in the shimmer. On primer there’s a sheen rather than individual sparkles. Over Pixie Epoxy it becomes noticeably darker and the gold glitters come out more.

Damaged & DelusionalDamaged & Delusional: “A smooth plush burgundy wine frost with a striking gold highlight.” This is a gorgeous burgundy red with golden shimmer. It performs well over primer, but on a sticky base it becomes almost metallic in it’s finish.

Experimental DrugExperimental Drug: “A rich warm reddish brown with cool silvery iridescence of green, blue and violet.” This is an orangey reddy browny color with a strong sheen. Over primer the shimmer looks silvery blue, but over Pixie Epoxy some green comes out. It’s a touch sheer over primer alone, and darker over a sticky base.

Lucky Cat EmporiumLucky Cat Emporium: “A smooth cinnabar frost with bright shades of jade green.” This is a bright red-orange with lime green glitters. Over primer it looks almost like a matte base with chunks of sparkle, but over a sticky base it looks shimmery and metallic with even more glitter particles.

Psychosomatic LimpPsychosomatic Limp: “A smooth liquid metallic bronze with rose tones and bright sparks of green.” This is a very metallic light bronze. The sheen is very strong over just primer, and over Pixie Epoxy it really does look liquid. The sparks in this are very subtle. Most of the shimmer is metallic, not sparkly.

Soo ChangeableSooo Changeable: “A smooth taupe frost with golden highlights and interference shimmer of green and blue.” This seems like a light blackened bronze with a green shimmer overlay, kind of like brass that’s aged. Over Pixie Epoxy the sheen is very strong, which makes the color look lighter.

Nicotine PatchNicotine Patch: “A warm brown frost with iridescent gold and rose effects, and brilliant sparks of teal and blue.” This is a warm bronze with lots of blue and purple sparks. It was equally opaque over both bases.

My Only WeaknessMy Only Weakness: “A strong weathered gold with olive and khaki tones and tiny borealis shimmer.” This color is totally and completely different depending on the base you use. Over primer it’s a mattte khaki brown with red and grey tones to it. When I initially applied it, there was a layer of green/gold shimmer over the top, but it did not stick at all and just turned into fallout. Over Pixie Epoxy it’s a solid wall of golden olive green shimmer, with just the barest hint of brown base poking through.

Bitterness is a ParalyticBitterness is a Paralytic: “A plush warm green with fine lemon yellow shimmer and bright silvery sparks.” This is a yellow green with silver glitter. Over Pixie Epoxy it’s a bit metallic.

Spectacularly IgnorantSpectacularly Ignorant: “A deep low-sheen evergreen with brilliant sparks of warm yellow gold and cool silver.” This is a blackened forrest green, with gold and red sparks. Over a sticky base there’s an even gold sheen.

Alone is What I HaveAlone is What I Have: “A muted teal frost with soft grey undertones and bright sparks of chartreuse and silver.” This is a more blue than green medium teal with silver shimmer. It’s a little sheer over primer. Over Pixie Epoxy it is darker and very sparkly. I even some some gold sparks in it along with the silver shimmer.

Pupils DilatedPupils Dilated: “A frosted periwinkle blue with an intense golden iridescence and bright lemon gold highlight shimmer.” This is another color that it totally different over Pixie Epoxy. Over primer it’s a medium cornflower blue with the barest hint of gold shimmer. It was similar to My Only Weakness in that the shimmer initially showed up but then just sort of blew away. Over a sticky base the gold is very solid and only a hint of the blue base shows through.

Fleeting ImpressionFleeting Impression: “A soft, atmospheric twilight mauve with overall iridescence of gold, green and blue.” This is a light pinky purple with an iridescent shimmer that I can see the gold, green and blue in depending on the angle. Over Pixie Epoxy it’s more iridescent, with more of the green and blue apparent in the sheen.

Recreational ScoldingRecreational Scolding: “A vibrant medium grape purple with subtle aqua iridescence.” This is definitely a grape purple, but to me the shimmer is more green than aqua. Over primer alone it was a touch patchy. Over Pixie Epoxy it’s darker with more prominent shimmer.

Password ProtectedPassword Protected: “A muted warm mauve with coppery iridescence and bright golden sparks.” This is a warm reddish purple with a very strong gold/over shimmer. The shimmer is very apparent over primer alone. Over a sticky base the sheen is so solid it almost obscures the base, which makes it look more like a golden brown with slight reddish tones than a purple.

Surveillance StatusSurveillance Status: “A smooth saturated dark purple with lush rose and violet iridescence, and smoke tones.” This is a warm plummy dark purple, with a bit of shimmer. Over Pixie Epoxy it looks a little metallic, almost.

Glittering CareerGlittering Career: “A deep smokey grey with russet/violet tones and overall fine pink highlight shimmer.” I see this as a dark purple, not a grey. It’s a very dark purple, but the base is more of a warm brown than a black. The shimmer that comes out over Pixie Epoxy has a touch of red to it.

Codes & CiphersCodes & Ciphers: “A rich purplish grey with overall iridescent shimmers of peach and rose.” Over primer this is basically a charcoal black. On a sticky base it’s a purplish dark grey, with blue and pink shimmers.

High-Functioning SociopathHigh-Functioning Sociopath: “A lush smoked navy blue with bright and saturated sparks of sapphire blue.” I do not get any navy from this. To my eye it’s a very dark grey, almost black. Over Pixie Epoxy it becomes a metallic dark grey/black with tiny turquoise sparks.

Frailty of GeniusFrailty of Genius: ” A smokey cocoa frost with shimmering highlights of fuchsia and violet.” The description does not match the color as I see it at all. I see it as a concrete grey with pinky purple shimmer. Over primer the shimmer is very slight, but it forms more of a sheen over Pixie Epoxy. In sunlight a little bit of cocoa-ness peeks through as an undertone.

How QuaintHow Quaint: “A soft dove grey with violet-blue tones, and tiny shimmers of cobalt blue and copper.” This is a light grey with a bit of a violet tone to it and blue shimmer. Over primer the shimmer isn’t very strong, which makes it appear warmer, almost like there’s a touch of pink in it. Over Pixie Epoxy it’s darker and the shimmer is more apparent, which makes the grey pull cooler.

Overall Thoughts: I liked the formula for most of the colors. The way the top layer of shimmer fell out from Pupils Dilated and My Only Weakness was something I hadn’t experienced before and definitely disappointing since some of Aromaleigh’s other duochromes (like Experimental Drug) are quite nice. Beyond that the collection is just too big for my liking and I don’t really see how the colors fit with the inspiration from the TV show. Some of the colors are pretty similar and I wish she’d edited it down some before releasing it. I would recommend picking and choosing the shades that appeal to you rather than getting the whole collection because it’s a bit unwieldy all together. Most of the colors are brights or darks and there isn’t much in the way of lighter highlighting shades, which can make coming up with combinations a little tricky. I particularly liked Damaged & Delusional, Experimental Drug, Fleeting Impression, Alone is What I Have and Frailty of Genius.

Given the size of the collection, I had to do more than my usual five looks to use all of the colors. A couple have been featured on my blog before (including yesterday’s look), but most of them are new. Come back tomorrow to see them!

The looks are up here! I also did a tutorial using Frailty of Genius, Damaged & Delusional and Glittering Career.