Friday, August 22, 2014

Notoriously Morbid : Swatches and Review

I had a sunny day this week when I didn't have anything else going on, so it was finally time to swatch some more indies! Today I'm going to be talking about Notoriously Morbid which is based out of West Virginia. I had seen the company name pop up quite a bit on Reddit, so I decided to check them out and noticed that they had a blogger pack option. It wasn't available, so I asked on Notoriously Morbid's Facebook if they were planning to make it available again and they did it that same day (excellent CS!). They were also running a free shipping with orders $10+ and a GWP, so I decided to place my order and got what is pictured above.

In my blogger pack, I got to choose one full sized shadow and 5 samples, so I chose: Ladder to Hell (full size), Quiet in the Dark, Sometimes my Arms Bend Back, It's Not Raining in Here, Evil Eye, and Cry Wolf Cry. I also ordered four additional samples of Boe, Give Me $20!, Young Merlin, and Neno.

And I got 7 Years Shattered and Bad Juju as free samples. I also got Tea Tosh as my GWP, but I seem to have misplaced it which is why there is no photo of it.... 

The TAT for Notoriously Morbid is 10-14 business days and I ordered during a bit of a sale, but they still managed to get my order out in 11 business days. Shipping was pretty fast and it got to me in Kansas in 3 days, which made me very happy. The only thing that I have a small complaint with isn't even actually a real complaint, I just couldn't think of any other word for it. For my GWP, there were two options, Tea Tosh and Pale Rider, and I put in my order notes that I would like Pale Rider. However, when the invoice printed on their end, it cut off the portion of the notes with my Pale Rider request. I've run into this issue before with printers cutting off extra info in the notes, but since it was a GWP, I really don't care and it certainly isn't something that I'm going to bother them with. Just be aware that if you are placing an order and need to write a lot in the notes, you might also want to email to make sure that it is seen.

Now, onto the shadows! (all swatches done over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy)

7 Years Shattered was one of my freebies and isn't something that I would have ordered on my own. It's a fairly opaque, glittery, white shadow that applies really, really nicely. I can definitely see me using this in the inner corner or on the brow bone for some awesome highlighting!

Bad Juju was the other one of my freebies and again, probably not something that I would have picked up on my own. On my skin, it shows up as a very orange based red with a purple shift to it and isn't the most flattering shadow for me. It makes my eye color look fantastic, but something about the orangey red doesn't look great on me. This shadow was a bit harder to apply and took a bit of work to make it look nice. I'm not sure if it has something to do with the red base, but the other red shadow that I got also proved to be a bit difficult.

Boe is a orangey brown copper shade with golden sparkles in it. This applied very easily and was opaque with no difficulty at all.

Cry Wolf Cry is a cool purple toned taupe with silver sparkles in it (heyo, love Taupe!) and was incredibly easy to apply. Taupe shadows are my most favorite thing in the world and this one is gorgeous.

Evil Eye is a pink with a golden shift and shimmer to it. I absolutely love anything that can fall on the rose gold spectrum and this does just that! It was also very easy to apply and easy to make opaque. I need to test this one out over a white base to see if it makes it pop even more!

Give me $20! is a minty green shadow that shifts between a gold and a pink shimmer. I often shy away from colors like this because I don't think that they look that good on my green eyes, but after seeing The Maquillage Magpie use it numerous times, I decided to pick it up. It applies like a dream and it really is a totally unique shadow; so glad I got it!

It's Not Raining in Here is a periwinkle blue shade with a beautiful light golden shift. Notoriously Morbid describs this as lilac, but on my skin is shows up blue which is just one of those skin tone things and it's gorgeous either way, so who cares? Don't let the swatch above fool you, this applied very well, I just screwed up the swatch a bit by trying to rush the pixie epoxy... :(

Ladder to Hell is another taupey shade that is a bit warmer and more brown with a purpley pink shift and sparkles! I got this as my full sized shadow because, well, look at it. Conservative enough to be worn most places, but still unique as hell. This applied SO easily and was opaque in one go round.

Neno is a darker gray brown shade with a lot of sheen and what appears to be some rainbow sparkles in there. I... can definitely see myself buying a full size of this as well, because if Ladder to Hell applied amazingly, then this applied whatever the next step above amazing is. I am in love with this shade.

Quiet in the Dark is a slightly cool toned red shade with golden sparkles. As gorgeous as this is (and it looks like blood, so I find it amazing), it has a slightly different texture than all of the other shadows... almost a bit gritty, and it was a bit difficult to apply. I tried swiping and patting and while patting produced better results, it still was patchier than everything else. This is lip safe however, so I may resort to using it as a lip color.

Sometimes my Arms Bend Back is a warm toned brownish copper with a cool shift to it. On the Notoriously Morbid site, it says that it has a blue shift, but it might be my skin tone making it pull non-descript cool shade. Regardless, it applied well and was opaque very quickly and a very pretty shade.

Tea Tosh is a slightly sheer beige tone with a reddish shift to it. When it isn't in direct sunlight, it blends in with my arm skin fairly well, so I had a bit of difficulty shooting the natural light swatch! This is one of those fun shades since it looks like a neutral and shifts to red. This is a bit more on the sheer side, so I would definitely layer this over a base to help it show up a bit more or just use it all over the lid as a wash of color.

Young Merlin is a cooler dark brown with a whole crap load of rainbow sparkles in it! This is another one of my favorites out of the group and this was literally opaque in one swipe; applies like a dream and is just magical all around (hardy har, Merlin = wizard = magic). I honestly don't know how to describer as anything other than gorgeous, so there you go; it's fucking gorgeous.

All in all, I'm extremely pleased and happy with the quality of the eye shadows that I got from Notoriously Morbid. Even better than their awesome shadows is that they have great customer service too and shipped everything out within their stated TAT. I'm loving these and once I get my eyebrows waxed this weeked, I will throw some looks up so that you can see these shadows in action!

Any questions or comments? Leave them for me below!

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