Last time we looked at Stars Makeup Haven eyeshadows, I asked you what colors you wished for more of. “Neutrals!” you said. “And purples.” Well, SMH was listening, and — never a brand to do things by half measures — recently released 32 new shades (bringing their library up to 82).
I was discussing SMH shadows with Aradiapdx (in preparation for her recent tutorial), and I loved what she had to say about them:
They really are like using pressed pigments in many ways (good and bad… mostly good, but I love pigments and am accustomed to them). First, they are super pigmented (really awesome). I went to Sephora wearing them, and multiple salesgirls asked me what brand the shadows were — they marveled at how intense the color was. (The Dior sales associate at Nordstrom thought it might be one of the Chanel quads.) I applied these completely dry: no mixing mediums/intensifiers, no moisture whatsoever on the brushes. When I told them how cheap they are, they were shocked (and asked for the website). Like dealing with pigments, however, there is a good bit of fallout. Be sure to keep a big fluffy brush handy so you can brush fallout off carefully as it happens (especially with the darker colors). Obviously, if you apply the shadows wet, there will be less fallout and even more color intensity. Overall, I am really impressed with these — they really work better than some of the expensive shadows I have. All in all, a fun and cheap addition to my collection.
Stars Makeup Haven shadows come in 1″ pans (the same size as MAC’s), and they’re $4.95 each. You can buy them at either StarsMakeupHaven.com or AllCosmeticsWholesale.com — or you could win some in today’s giveaway.
Carnal Knowledge is a shimmery sand. Sin-sational is a shimmery pale pink. The aptly named Breathless is a shimmery muted purple. Bamboo is a fabulous matte greyed-purple. Sex Pot is like a matte version of Breathless. Ciao Bella! is a very slightly shimmery stone. Icon is a matte yellow brown. Charade is a matte cool brown (with maybe a hint of purple in it? Are my eyes playing tricks on me?). Shameless is a matte red brown, slightly warmer than Charade. Couture is a shimmery, frosty yellow brown. Two to Tango is a bright frosty ginger copper.
Now, about today’s giveaway. As you know, I’m behind the times. Especially on YouTube — but I want to catch up! So please, leave me a comment and tell me who I should be watching on YouTube. (You can also tell me what you think of these shadows.)
The free contest widget I’ve been using limits the number of contests I can have in a month, so here’s how we’re going to do this one. There will be one-day contests like these today, tomorrow, and Thursday. You can enter all three. On Friday I’ll announce the winners in a post, and then they will be responsible for emailing me over the weekend (or I’ll pick new winners on Monday). That way nobody’s email address is exposed to spambots. Cool? Cool.
Today’s prize shadows are Sin-sational and Breathless. The prize shadows have been swatched (sorry). The contest is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, and it ends tonight at midnight, CST. Good luck!