These are the things that made it into my cart:
|Kiss You Off tinted lip balms in Devil's Dance, Pumpkin King; Holo-glosses in Vampire's Kiss, Poison Apple, Going Batty. I went for unusual, fun colors!|
|The Spectral Shifts (petit sizes) with cute special labels, and the goodies that Susan included. S. ate the candy corn. He enjoys when candy comes with my cosmetics.|
The total: $32.75 (with shipping). When I ordered, the TAT was 14-16 business days (which is pretty typical of DGC). I ordered on September 24th and received a shipping notice and tracking number on September 28th; I received my package on September 30th! Susan is a super woman :) The GWP was Monarch, a glittery brown eye shadow, and she included a few samples: Polaris (eye shadow), and the Secret Star blush. I was excited about that - I've definitely been in a blush collecting mood lately! I would also like to mention that all of my loose powder pots were sealed, and none of them came loose or spilled all over the place - the DGC packing is quite tight, with most things in little baggies or wrapped tightly in paper, and it's nice to open a package and not get spilled sparkly powder all over your hands.
|The samples and the GWP - Monarch. Plus business cards and a Halloween sticker!|
I know there will be tons and tons and tons of swatches of these (and there already are a bunch of posts, too) but I figured what the heck, I'll throw mine out there. We've all got different skin tones and such so it's always nice to see a variety of swatches, right?
Let's start with the lip stuff. I've purchased a tinted lip balm before and I really liked it, so I was really looking forward to these new balms. They did not disappoint.
|Kiss You Off Color Rich lip balms. I know, it's blue. Am I going to wear blue very often? Probably not. But I had to have it. It's BLUE.|
They both go on smoothly, and are definitely deserving of the new "Kiss You Off" label - they're very pigmented. The labels have the ingredients printed on them, which is very convenient; I really like these clear labels - they let you see through to the color of the product, and they're beautifully printed. I'm kind of regretting not buying another one - the purples were on my list, but I thought they'd make me look a little too dead. And I was already buying blue. Which I do not regret. It's a fun color, and it made S. do a double take, so it was already worth my money! I also want to try layering it under reds and pinks, to see what I can come up with. Here are the lip swatches.
|Pumpkin King is more red on my lips, since my lips are fairly pigmented.|
|Devil's Dance. Has a rather metallic finish.|
Next are the Holo-glosses. I was very excited about the black gloss, Going Batty, because black seems to be a very useful gloss color. The other two just seemed really pretty (and green! Who could pass up green?) so I had to have them, as well. I'm not a gloss girl, but I thought these would be fun to try. I did have some trouble applying them over balm or lipstick - the doe foot wand seems to push around the product that's already on my lips. So I tried just using the wand to apply a gob, and then used my finger to spread it around gently (thanks to a suggestion from Luna). That seems to work a lot better. And, if I weren't a complete hack and owned a lip brush, I imagine that might be a good alternative, as well. I just realized that there is now the option to buy these glosses in pot form, which I think I may prefer in the future. I wasn't able to get lip swatches that I was happy with, so for now, just an arm swatch of the glosses. [Update: Lip swatches are here!]
Going Batty is sheer black with tons of multi-colored glitter.
Vampire's Kiss is a sheer blackened purple with red glitter.
|Simple, practical labels - I like.|
I really like these, and I hope they become permanent. I like the idea of unusual colors on the cheeks and lips (hello, I bought blue lip balm), so I was really looking forward to playing around with these to see what would happen. If teal turned out not to be so flattering as blush, well, that's nothing a good face wash won't fix, you know? Applied with a light hand and an angled blush brush, Ghost Candle becomes a sheer, beautiful highlight with subtle sparkles. Will-O Wisp is a great highlight paired with a coral cheek, as the subtle coral color blends beautifully into a stronger blush and sits nicely as a highlight on my cheekbone. I haven't tried Corpse Candle on cheeks yet, and I'm a little concerned that the gray might turn ashy, but we'll see.
|With flash, blurred slightly, top-bottom: Corspe Candle, Ghost Light, Will-O Wisp|
|No flash, same order: Corpse Candle, Ghost Light, Will-O Wisp|