Hey, everybody! Sorry about the late post today. I lazed around in the morning and only got about half of my photos done before going out and about for the remainder of the day.
The Shop: Brazen Cosmetics
What I Ordered: Full-size jars of Scorching, Millennium (which I misspelled on the swatches -- oops,) and Free Love
Packaging: I placed my order on 2/2/12, and it arrived either 2/13/12 or 2/14/12 (I'm not sure because I didn't check my mail on Monday.) So it took less than two weeks to arrive. Not long enough that I wondered where it was, but not quick enough to be really "wowed." Their current TAT is 7-10 business days, so that seems about right. The packaging was wonderful. I received a printed invoice, three tickets for giveaways on the Facebook page, two samples, and a cellophane bag with my full-size jars, some pink decorative paper shreds that doubled as extra cushioning, and a handful of candy hearts. The items were shipped in a bubble mailer with a handwritten thank you note on the outside. All of the full-size jars had shrink bands around the outside, and sifter seals to prevent leakage and keep things sanitary. All products, including the samples, were labeled with ingredients lists.
Today's Swatches: Left to right: Scorching, Millennium,Tease, Free Love, and Last Call (as always, click any photo to enlarge)
Normal incandescent lighting
HD Fluorescent lighting
Swatches in the top row were done on bare skin with a foiled stripe down the center, swatches in bottom row were done over My Beauty Addiction Shadow Poxy. Scorching is a seriously gorgeous champagne gold, and that's pretty much all I can say about it. It's absolutely gorgeous and I would recommend it as a highlight color. Millennium is a light pink with a bluish purple sparkle. It reminds me a bit of Scaredy Cat's Metamorphosis, although that is more of a color shift and not a sparkle. Tease is a fantastic bubblegum pink with a pearly shimmer. Free Love is a rust red with gold sparkle. One thing I really like about this color is that the sparkle stays put on bare skin, not just over primer. Many other sparkly colors, in my experience, suffer from major fallout if they aren't applied over a sticky primer, like MBA Shadow Poxy. Last Call is sort of a reddish brown with a semi-matte finish. Some of these applied better to bare skin than others, Free Love being by far the truest to color without a primer.
Overall: I'm definitely pleased with my purchase and my overall experience. While some of the colors are similar to others have, I do feel that they are all unique. Packaging was stellar, and shipping did not take long. I like the metallic ingredient labels, too. I'm a sucker for shiny things, I guess. Bottom line, would I recommend them? Yes.