Thursday, October 27, 2011
Femme Fatale Cosmetics order
Whooo! Femme Fatale Cosmetics is up and running and seriously off to a great start - knock wood! If you're not with the program yet then this is the very quick summary: Sophie of Ethereal Beauty opened up her own cosmetics line recently called Femme Fatale Cosmetics. She is an avid indie brand user herself and does some fabulous looks so definitely check her blog out for that. For more news on the company, go to FFC's blog. Sophie has worked so hard and has been so very meticulous about every detail of her company before launching it and I'm very proud of what she has to offer. Enough ramble, onto my order.
This is a big piece of card that has all the company information on it and I thought it was great that it was included as some people really don't research a company before they order and so by doing this Sophie gives them the chance to get to know what they're getting into.
I didn't actually notice this until a few weeks later but on the back there's more! Sophie has provided careful instructions on how to use your makeup effectively and in the most hygienic way possible. Now that is definitely caring about customers! Some people may actually be ordering loose pigments for the first time so this would be really good for them to get a heads up on how to handle them. Good job FFC!
Now some people have been reluctant about ordering from FFC due to how much it costs for shipping as FFC is an Australian based company and shipping is crazy. However Sophie has an offer which I think is pretty good: free shipping on sample only orders! Pretty darn generous I say.
If you do pay for the high shipping? Well I just have to say I think you get your money's worth. Look at how well packaged everything is! For a new company the labels and packaging look as though the company has been around for a while and through numerous trials finally settled on this branding and packaging. Very, very impressive that this is "look one" of FFC - I can't imagine Sophie would ever have to update her labels and packaging to something more fitting because this definitely fits the feel of FFC perfectly.
Hello plastic seals, you are a nice added security! With the differing colors on the lids, I'm wondering whether if I ordered seven jars whether I would have gotten all the colors of the rainbow? I'm definitely curious about the different colors since they don't actually match the colors inside (well, two of the three do but because of that third mismatching lid/product color I'm thinking it's not a matching scheme).
The labels with product name, ingredients and most importantly whether or not they are lip/eye safe or vegan are on the bottom of the jar. Clear print, I like it. Oh and by the way, sorry, these are all full sized jars.
I thought with the plastic seals somehow the jars wouldn't be messy upon opening but they were all rather messy which was a little disappointing but can't really be helped. Although, just an observation, I have never had this much of a mess with jars from America and you would think they would be messier as they would be handled a lot more. Does this mean Australian postal handling (does that even make sense? Whatever.) is a lot more violent despite the short distance? Anyway, no problem really, just when you use jars this messy try to use up the product on the sides of the jar and on the lid (holding them over a tissue so you don't create more of a mess) or gently brush the product on the side of the jar into the lid and from the lid back into the jar. Just two tricks I use.
This is the first full sized blush I have ever gotten from any company and it is Fierce - literally!
The Chroma Glow Blush came with a sifter and a seal but no plastic seal on the outside as you can see from photos way above. I think the sifter and seal were enough though.
Annnd shake what your momma gave you. By the way: do you see the color on that lid? So pretty.
Polymorph, Unholy and Haunt eyeshadow swatches and Fierce CGB swatch on the bottom - blended on the left lightly and swatched on the right without blending. I think I picked the perfect full sized colors - I waited until Sophie had Polymorph back in stock before I ordered and I'm so glad I did! It's such a gorgeous color that I did no justice with my poor photography. As for Unholy and Haunt - you will never be used. I will just look at you in your jar and sigh happily. Yes. I will.
I got three samples as well - these come in nice big baggies but they might be a bit too big and I find when I try to maneuver my brush into one it reminds me of that game where you try to get a stick through a cord like maze without touching the cord (does anyone know what I'm talking about?!) but I always end up touching the side of the bag and excess eyeshadow gets onto my brush which makes me sad.
Erm, excuse the swatches by the way. I didn't want to take off the swatches from my right hand and as I'm a left-hander well...obviously even in swatching I swatch like a five-year old as I do writing when I try to do so with my right hand. Left to right: Space Cow, Misdirection and Shooting Stars. I think I got Space Cow and Shooting Stars since I thought they were similar and wanted to see what the differences between them were. Space Cow is darker and more blue-purple whereas Shooting Stars is sheerer and more of a frosty sort of purple with a touch of blue. Yeah, I know, I'm terrible at describing things, sorry.
These were my free samples and for some reason I didn't swatch them. The colors are Flare and Smokebomb and now that I think about it I think I didn't swatch them because I've swatched them in this post. So head over there if you're dying to see how these two swatch.
And I leave you with my alien hands. Even though they're my hands I'm still freaked out by the thought of having these monsters at the ends of my arms. Bah! How do I even let them touch me?! Oh horror.