I ordered some samples from Black Rose Minerals several months ago, but it's only recently that I've taken the time to really play with them. Eye shadows were the first indie makeup I discovered and I initially might have gone a little overboard trying to test all the great companies out there! Most of my eye shadows are sample sizes, so it's not completely beyond what I could feasibly use up, but it still got to a point where I was feeling overwhelmed by my collection. And right around that time, my Black Rose Minerals order arrived and was basically set aside in a drawer and forgotten....until recently!
I rediscovered these lovelies while shopping my stash, and let me just say they were totally wasted sitting there all these months! Like a lot of other samples, they come in small baggies. The baggies cost $1 (less if you buy ten or more) and all came fully labelled with their ingredients. Non-vegan shades are also clearly marked as such, and larger samples in jars are available too.
I chose mostly neutral shades, but Black Rose Minerals has a great selection of colours too. And, even though these are neutrals, they're all sparkly, complex, and not boring in the least. They're also pigmented, super smooth and blend like a dream.
Check out the swatches for yourself! I did these over Detrivore Cosmetics Eye Shadow Primer. The shadows work best over some kind of primer or base, but I think that's true of almost all loose pigments.
|(L to R) Steele, Mochi, Mummy May I, Shrooms, Lioness, Skink, Confused, Titania, Dot, Dusty Trails, Zealous|
|(L to R) Steele, Mochi, Mummy May I, Shrooms, Lioness|
|Skink, Confused, Titania, Dot, Dusty Trails, Zealous|
They're all beautiful shades, but the real standouts for me are Titania, Dusty Trails, Confused, and Steele. I love using Titania for a plummy/purple smokey eye and Confused makes a beautiful crease shade for tons of different looks. Dusty Trails has less shimmer than the rest of these and I like it on the lid for more subtle looks. And, I can't wait to try Steele, an amazing sparkly black, foiled as a liner!
Suffice it to say I'm really pleased with Black Rose Minerals. The shadows are great quality, they have lots of colours to choose from, and the website is fairly straightforward to navigate. They also have multiple clear swatches of every colour - dry, foiled, and on the eye - so you can get a good idea of what to expect before ordering. If you're looking for eye shadow, Black Rose Minerals is definitely a company worth checking out!