ARC has gone through a lot of issues lately, it seems - I've seen a lot of posting on their Facebook page about unresolved/outstanding orders. It seems that ownership has changed hands, but the company is still not back in operation (it appears they are trying to sort out any outstanding orders and making sure everyone either has product or a refund, which is admirable). I still enjoy the shadows that I have, but I can't in good conscience recommend a company that's not really functioning as a proper business at the moment. I'll let you know if I hear anything else.]
I've been hearing a lot about this company - all good things, and they were having a sale! 15% off everything - how could I say no to that? Their eye shadow colors appealed to me, especially since some of them appeared to be quite matte, rather than the usual sparklefest I see around. Don't get me wrong - sparklefest is generally good - but I have a lot of eye shadows, and I don't need any more that are quite similar in shade/finish. The site is easy to navigate (they're on Artfire), with swatches for most of the shadows. They are offered in sample or full sizes, and there are also a few collections and discount packages (and their current 15% off sale ends on June 15th, so hurry hurry!)
|Look how pretty!|
|Isn't it pretty? And a little button was included with my invoice. Cake! Yes!|
|I love the aesthetic of the company - the French Revolution era is one of my favorite historical periods. My order came with two business cards and a sample of "Patina."|
|Isn't the label fantastic? All of my jars came with ingredients labels on the bottom, and the brand label on the top.|
|L-R: Powdered Wigs, Pomp, Le Soleil, Le Gateau, Gardens, Masquerade, Gouttiere|
All swatched dry, no primer. Sorry about the bad light...there was no sun today. At all.
Pomp is a pumpkin orange with sparkles.
Le Soleil is a true yellow with sparkles.
Le Gateau is an off-white, creamy color; it has a pearl-like base. It's a nice bone color.
Gardens is a moss green; it looks awful on me, but it's a pretty color in theory, haha. It has a blue sheen in the jar that doesn't show up at all on my skin. I hemmed and hawed over this one, because I suspected the olive tones of my skin would ruin this one; I should've stuck with my initial feeling. Oh well!
Masquerade is a sea-green with beautiful green sparkles.
Gouttiere is a dark teal-green with lots of gold sparkles. Very, very gorgeous.
|Here's a picture of the shadows in jars, so you can get a better idea of the colors. These are sample sizes - very generous sample sizes!|
So, would I purchase from ARC again? Yes. I've noticed that a lot of their colors do tend to be warm, and I usually lean toward cool-toned shadows (even though I have warm-toned skin...it's just what I find works best for me.), so I would like to see a little more variety in their shades. However, they are a fairly new company, so I'm sure they have a lot of new colors coming up! Like I mentioned, the finishes of their shadows is also different from a lot of other indie companies that I've seen, which I also like. I have nothing to complain about, with regards to my experience with the company. Go check them out!
(For those counting, this order, since it's composed of extremely budget-friendly samples, counted all together as one item against my new "Three Strikes" policy (described here). The second one has already been used up, as well, and a review is coming up shortly; I only have one left! I'm still well under my spending cap, though, which is fantastic for me. I'll do a summary post at the end of every month called "The Moment of Truth" to see if I actually stuck to my new policy.)