Have you ever just been Googling awesome stuff and found other awesome, only-tangentially-related stuff by accident? A couple of weeks ago, being the nerd that I'm sure you all know that I am, I was Googling my favorite bird (the Lovely Cotinga--look it up, it's cool!) and I came across an etsy listing. For makeup. How perfect was that?
I only recently got in to indie-brand mineral makeup, though I've been reading about it for a year or so. This brand wasn't one I'd ever heard of. It turns, out, that's because it's very new. However I found some very well-written reviews, with the help of a compilation post put together by the seller, and I decided to take the plunge.
First thing's first: If there's one thing Linnaeus excels in, it's presentation. The aesthetic, the feel, the theme is all clearly so well thought out that I can't help but be impressed.
Have a look:
|The front of the tag attached to the bag that was sent|
|The back of the same tag has some tips; they'd be more useful to|
beginners than experienced makeup-wearers, but it's definitely a
|The picture on the bag. I think that's a jackrabbit, or some other kind of hare.|
|The top of the invoice. There was a very nice personal note from the seller, as well.|
|I think this is a moose. He looks rather stern, but|
sometimes I think all mooses do. Also, I named him
The eyeshadows themselves are also very nicely packaged:
|The top of the jar|
|The bottom of the jar|
|You can also see that these are heat sealed.|
The customer service was excellent. The seller, Marin, made sure I was informed for every step of my purchase. Before I ordered, when I asked a question about the products, she got back to me straight away, and afterward she let me know when I could expect the order to ship, and she also kept me informed when there turned out to be a delay.
The pricing is average-to-low. The full-sized singles are in five gram sifter jars and are $5, which is standard for indie mineral makeup. However, a three piece collection is $12: that's $4 per shadow (20% savings). A four piece collection is $17, which is $4.25 per shadow (15% savings). This is one thing that I don't fully understand: usually companies give customers bigger savings with bigger sets. It's not off-putting to me at all, just a bit odd.
Shipping in the U.S. is $2.50 for the first item and an additional $0.10 for every additional item, which is very fair, in my opinion.
- Amazing and evident attention to detail.
- Marin, the seller, was both friendly and professional in all of our conversations.
- Beautifully organized store. A lot of indie brands don't have consistent swatches, in particular. Linnaeus does.
- I love Linnaeus's theme. Marin is apparently a student of veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation and she uses that knowledge to draw on some beautiful product inspirations. I think the company's name comes from Carl Linnaeus, the zoologist who invented binominal nomenclature.
- Everything was packed neatly and effectively (nothing would've been likely to break or be damaged).
- She also very considerately offered me a free full-size because of the delay, and threw in a surprise sample bag. It's clear that she cares very much about making sure her customer is satisfied and feels taken-care-of.
I'm stumped for anything to say. I was very happy with this purchase and the experience I had making it.
- That weird thing with the four-piece sets (see above). Am I the only one who thinks that's a bit odd?
Here's a link to Linnaeus's etsy store.
Let me add that this is just the overview post; the fact that I don't have any swatch photos here doesn't mean that there won't be any. I'll be doing swatches when I review the shadows (I'll be doing so collection by collection, starting tomorrow, if all goes as planned!)