Fierce Nerditude: Altered Ego Cosmetics Review: Eyeshadow (Aura, Adore, Diesel, Hiccup)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Altered Ego Cosmetics Review: Eyeshadow (Aura, Adore, Diesel, Hiccup)

Like I've said before, I'm really glad I stumbled onto this company... The colors just really suit my personal tastes. Without further ado, it's time for my review of Altered Ego Cosmetics's eyeshadows.

For review purposes, I received two samples (Diesel and Hiccup) as well as two full sizes (Aura and Adore).  These colors are all really fun and super shimmery! Despite all of the fun shimmer, though, the texture is nice and smooth; the shimmer is finely milled enough, in the cases of the full sizes that I recieved, that the sifter didn't get clogged.

These colors do okay without primer, but the shimmer has a tendency to migrate this way. In the case of Aura, Adore and Hiccup, my regular Too Faced Shadow Insurance was adequate to keep everything in place. In the case of Diesel, though, I recommend something a bit stickier: neither Too Faced Shadow Insurance nor Urban Decay Primer Potion prevented the shimmer from migrating a bit. I tried it out with Too Faced Glitter Glue, a homemade foiling medium (water and glycerine), as well as MAC Paint Pot. It did fine with all of those. Just try something with a bit more oomph than a regular primer. On the brighter side, though the shimmer moved about a bit, it didn't stray too far from my eyelid.

Swept out with a shadow brush, these look like this:
Left to Right: Aura, Adore, Diesel, Hiccup
Aura is such a pretty, soft, blue purple. Adore is a really nice cool pink with some blue overtones as well as undertones. Diesel has some green shift and shimmer. Hiccup is a really pretty, seafoamy blue-green with a bit of a white base, but nothing that would make it especially unflattering on darker skin tones.

When foiled, they look like this:
Left to Right: Aura, Adore, Diesel and Hiccup
Foiling these guys really brings out the lovely shimmer in them. You can really see how Hiccup becomes super-intense, and Adore has a purple shine to it. Diesel starts looking a lot like Fantasy but much more shimmery... like Fantasy at the disco, maybe? I really like it, in any case!

On to the colors:
Left to Right: Aura, Adore, Diesel and Hiccup
Aura is a soft, blue purple with a bluish sheen.
Adore is a soft blue-pink with a bluish, purplish sheen.
Diesel is a brown with green shimmer and shift. It's different from Christina Marie Mineral Cosmetics's Fantasy in that the brown is more blue-based and this shade is much more shimmery. I recommend using this with a slightly stickier base. This is the only lip safe color of the lot, but I didn't have time to do a lip swatch. I'm going to be making a purchase from this company, and I'll be sure to include a lip swatch of it when I review those shades! and I found some time to do a lip swatch, shown below.
Hiccup is a lovely blue-green seafoam color.

Diesel applied to lips
This color is a really neat one to apply to lips; the contours of the lips really bring attention to the duochrome. If your lips are a little chapped or flaky, this might be unflattering, but it looks really nice when you're well moisturized!

The Good:
  • Smooth shadows. Even the more shimmery Diesel felt good in terms of texture!
  • Good wear. These didn't fade at all with primer.
  • I like the colors; a lot of the time "soft" colors have a heavy white base that makes them difficult to wear on dark skin, but that's not true of the soft colors in this group. These are vibrant, and I think they'd work across a good range of skin tones.
  • The shades are interesting and complex. They do a great job of feeding my inner color/shimmer fiend.
The Bad:
It depends. Read The Neutral.

The Neutral:
  • Diesel can migrate without use of a sticky base. I didn't really have trouble with a sticky base though. I really found that any stickier base would do: it would just need a touch more grab than a regular primer.
Overall, I'm really into these shadows, so I'm glad I had the chance to try them out! I really do recommend them. In terms of quality, I don't really have any complaints. If you're used to wearing a sticky base to begin with, I don't even see the migration with Diesel being a problem.

Altered Ego's eyeshadows are priced at $1 per sample and $2.75 per full size (3 gram sifter jar), and are currently available through Etsy. Discount sets are also available.

This review contains a sample/s sent by a company for evaluation purposes. All opinions expressed are my own, and fully honest based on my own experience/s.

Remember, the coupon code 'HOLIDAY' will get you 30% off until the 7th, and if you mention my blog in the comment section before checkout, you can also pick out one free full size product of your choice!
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