Geek Chic Cosmetics: Solid Scents

I bought four of these and as the name suggests they are solid and the company’s site states on their site, they differ from their liquid “sprites” with their warmer drydown, more subtle scent and longer wear.

Solid perfumes are something that I’ve been trying to get my hands on lately as I remember them being popular way back ago. They are generally much gentler to skin than alcohol based scents and also much more economical in the long run.

Unfortunately they are difficult to come by but I’d really wish this type of perfume became normalised and common.

These come in a practical twist up tube containing net.wt  .07 oz and the price at the website is 3.49.

But how do these hold up?

 

Les femmes tragiques: Queen of shades

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Description: Queen of Shades is a lush mixture of juicy jewels of pomegranate and sweet pearls of acai berry on a bed of sweet, fresh-cut roses, just opening their blossoms. Queen of Shades is a dark yet sweet floral fit for a queen.

Top notes: Fresh-cut roses
Middle notes: Fresh, juicy acai berry
Base notesTiny jewels of pomegranate

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Well I do love the background story as Persephone is one of my favourite greek goddesses but this disappointed me.

The notes and the description made this seem like a “fresh” scent with some sweetness but what I got was instead an artificial candy smell that gave me a severe headache in under fifteen minutes.

Unfortunately for me I could not go home until three hours later and even when I did my best to wash it away, what happened was that it turned into pure sugar and I probably had to wash it off three times more to get the scent away.

I really wanted to like this but it is too sweet and cheap, and the so-called fresh roses are rotting and that’s the only thing “dark” about this scent.

Really disappointed and I believe there are few people who would like it.

 

Badasses of fiction: Executioner

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Description: Executioner is very rich, and it.. well, it just smells like you’d imagine dark red would smell. Like a Victorian parlor, something ancient yet full of life.

Top notes: Deep, dark oakmoss and cool greens
Middle notes: Musk and gentle florals
Base notes: Gourmand of currant and sweet wine

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This one I was really excited for as the notes made this seem like a darker gourmand with some tartness to it.

On the first swipe of this the cool greens, which I believe is mint, are the dominant notes alongside with what I believe is the oakmoss and musk. It’s not bad but it is a scent I would call musty.

After awhile the top notes disappear and I’m left with the most powdery scent I’ve ever come across. It does become a little bit overbearing as it also smells “old” on me.

It is among the better ones of these but I feel that this scent is what i consider an old woman’s scent.

I won’t slam it completely though as I believe there will be some people who this would just smell amazing on, but I am not one of them.

I love the green notes in this though.

 

Badasses of fiction: Crazy loves company

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Description: Crazy Loves Company has an aura of warm amber and soft cocoa, but cotton candy and kettle corn come through clearly and red velvet cake rounds the whole thing out.

Top notes: Red Velvet Cake and sugary cotton candy
Middle notes:
Kettle corn and funnel cake
Base notes:
Amber, musks, and cocoa

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This I’ll admit was only bought because Harley Quinn is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time. I did not expect to like this at all since all the notes scream cloyingly sweet but surprisingly enough I find this one quite comfortable to wear.

Don’t misunderstand me this is quite a sweet scent but I still find it likeable for what it is. I believe it is the hint of a salty note that do make this in my opinion a wearable scent and I’m fond of amber no matter what.

It is very lovely and I’m pleasantly surprised since I thought I would hate this one.

I find this scent to be very rounded and whole bodied compared to most sweet candy scents I’ve tried.

 

Badasses of fiction: Quid Pro Quo

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Description: Quid Pro Quo just smells like high society. Like an Italian bakery in a library. It’s basically a gourmet of class.

Top notes: Dry, heady merlot mixed with sweet milk
Middle notes: Fresh baked baguette and crisp, fresh parchment/papyrus
Base notes: Warm vanilla and cool stone

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This one I have a little bit of mixed feelings about.

Straight out of the tube, the scent reminds me of a lip balm I used when I was a child and its weirdly nostalgic.

It is a comfortable scent with warm notes and something cold lurking beneath. It certainly does have some gourmandy notes but they are not the stereotypically sweet notes that people associate with that fragrance group. These are very warm and rounded with a hint of tartness about them.

But the scent has also something cold about it which I believe is the notes that are refered to as cool stone and fresh parchment/papyrus. The last one also gives a drier feel to this fragrance which is welcome since it does not end up being powdery.

But too me this still falls behind a bit.

It ends up to me as a below average scent since it does smell like it could have been “blended” better if you get what i mean.

But in the end it is comfortable to me and very nostalgic, I enjoy wearing this at night when the temperature runs low.

 

Conclusion

I did not expect these to be super complex fragrances as they are extremely cheap.

My view on perfumes is that they don’t need to be “advanced” or complex in order to be good. Even perfumes with only two notes can still be better than most of what you can buy over the counter from designer brands.

But these do not cut that mark for me.

Yes I do actually like two of these, but I rarely reach for them and for me that is a clear sign that I won’t buy more of these or try out the other scents in the line.

To me these scents seem like the work of someone mixing perfumes for the first time or someone using low quality fragrance oils.

Again I did not expect the highest quality or craftmanship due to the price so I’m not slamming neither the company or the person crafting these scents. This is entirely on me as I knew what I possibly would get but I wanted to try them out still.

I have to say that I LOVE the formula itself.

It is quite non – greasy and it does not leave a residue which is a great thing with these solid perfumes. The company deserves all the praise for that as this is something a lot of people experience with solid perfumes.

 

 

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Lunatick cosmetic labs: Elvira Mistress of the Dark eyeshadow and blush makeup palette

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Official pic from Lunatick Cosmetics labs.

This is a limited edition palette released to celebrate Elvira’s 35th anniversary.

It is both vegan and cruelty free.

This palette contains one blush and five eyeshadows.

It is also the first product I’ve tried from this brand.

 

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Packaging

The packaging is incredible. It is sturdy despite being made of card board and shaped into a coffin shape, it has a nice magnetic closing which secures the content inside and the palette is quite heavier than I initially thought it would be.

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When you open it up there is pop ups, which I actually think the palette would have been better without but that’s just my opinion. The mirror is in the shape of a dagger blade and it is too small to be used when applying makeup but nice when you are going to do a touch up.

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I do love that the ingredients list on the backside of the palette which i easy to read and also shows which shade is named what. It is easy and organised, making it easier to use this palette.

I love all the details and thought that went into this such as the names of all the shades. If you have watched Elvira:Mistress of the Dark you will get the references throughout this palette.

Of course the image of Elvira on the front rounds the palette up and just makes this palette glorious beyond belief.

 

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Eyeshadows

One quick note about these shades is that they might not seem like they would work together the first time you look at them, but actually this palette is just composed in a way that makes it possible to create different looks.

Of course this palette depends quite a lot on your personal taste.

I can see a couple of combinations that would look great together.

Such as the combination of Macabre-Bone-Unpleasant Dreams or Aunt Morgana-Battitude-Unpleasant Dreams. Those two combinations are the ones that jump at me from this palette but I do see other variations aswell.

Which makes this a very exciting palette since I feel that to create a nice eyeshadow look I don’t need to rummage through my collection to find complimentary shadows. Besides that there are a couple of shades within this palette that I have been on the lookout for.

 

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Aunt Morgana

In the pan: This is a nice shimmery berry shade with no large shimmer specks.

When I was applying this it turned warmer and lost some of its berry tones and showed up a little more like a copper with some purple in it. But the copper does not arrive from the shimmer which still remains in the subtle territory.

It is also packs up a lot of pigment which is something I know a lot of people don’t like but it is smooth on the lid and I enjoy this shade. It is the most subtle and neutral of all the eyeshadows in this palette.

Comparing how it looks like in the pan and how it looks like applied is like night and day. I’m not complaining as the shade really emphasizes my light eyes.

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Primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Battitude

In the pan: Lovely matte sky blue shade.

Applying this is not as smooth as Aunt Morgana and it kicks up product from the pan and takes a little bit of work to blend properly on the lid.

Make no mistake I love this shade since I currently don’t have any matte blue in my collection and this is actually in my opinion a very flattering blue.

It is what I would call a super matte and they do tend to be a little less agreeable than regular mattes with a more sheen to them and they also have a tendency to hate primers.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Unpleasant Dreams

In the pan: Purest of matte black.

I use black eyeshadows to achieve a soft kohl rim around my eyes and I find myself primarily using this for that purpose. I have another matte black, but that one does have a slight sheen to it so I do find this one stiffer which also gives off a better kohl effect than the other one.

In other words I really like this one, it is a nice standard matte black which anyone need in their collection.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

 

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Macabre

In the pan: Shimmery rusty bright red with no large shimmer specks.

This is a very gorgeous vegan red.

Vegan reds are notoriously difficult to get right but Lunatick cosmetic labs managed to create a great one.

Macabre is different from my other reds since it is more of a rusty-red. I don’t have anything like it in my collection and I find that very wierd since it is a very flattering shade. I like the fact that it avoids becoming an orange-red as those shades don’t flatter my complexion.

This one has the same texture as Aunt Morgana but I find this to be much smoother and easier to work with.

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With primer on the right and without on the left.

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Bone

In the pan: Is a matte pure white.

This one was one I had high hopes for since I do miss a great nice opaque white.

I found this one more difficult to work with and being more patchy than Battitude or Unpleasant Dreams even though they are the same formula and finish. It could be that I am using an eyeshadow primer, which is known to not always mesh well with mattes, especially not extreme mattes like this one.

Other than that there is not that much to say about this one as it is a pure white.

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With primer on the right and wihtout on the left.

Blush

This palette contains only one blush which is a fairly neutral one. It makes sense when you  compare it to the rest of the palette since this will make it easy to include in a look without having to make backflips to have something that looks nice.

 

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Superunleaded

In the pan: This is a muted apricot shade which probably gives a very natural looking flush.

WOW!! This one is super pigmented!

Rarely do i feel that i need to be careful with these sort of shades and it is not as muted as it looks like in the pan when you apply this on your cheeks.

It is very similar to my H&M Pure radiance powder blusher in #Apricot only that Superunleaded seems to have a stronger orange undertone while #Apricot has more pink in it.

Anyway I am impressed by this one and I feel that it brings a nice warmth to my face without making me look ruddy as warm blushes has a tendency to do. It does avoid falling into the bronzer category aswell and I do think that this will suit a wide range of skin tones.

It is beautiful.

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The blush is sheered out on the right to give an impression of how it looks like as a blush. The sheered out part came out lighter than I wanted it to be and it looks less pigmented than it really is applied.

 

All in all

This is a great palette and I’d really wish it was permanent and/or possible to buy certain shades individually.

I know that there will be people who will find some of these shades too dry to work with and/or find the shades themselves hard to combine. But for my taste this palette is just perfect despite the shadows being a little bit powdery and some being a bit difficult to blend.

There’s not much with this palette I find worthy of criticism other than the things I’ve already mentioned in this review.

For me this has become one of my favourite palettes lately.

 

 

Aromaleigh Vault: X-Files box

Part of the Aromaleigh Vault series, where I look into my Aromaleigh collection and give my opinion on discontinued shades.

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This was a limited edition box available around late 2015 to early 2016 which contained a fragrance, mini highlighter, nourishing color cream, mini rogue and three mini eyeshadows.

I did not order this box as I did not have the money for it but when the box extras were made available, I did buy one item: namely the nourishing colour cream.

 

Mellifera nourishing color cream

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Described as a warm coppery rose with a honey confectionary scent by Aromaleigh.

It is a nice everyday colour that is immensely beautiful but I do believe that this was not a winner among people with pigmented lips as it is very sheer. The official descrption is very spot on with this shade but it forgets to mention how sheer it actually is.

It has a sweet honey fragrance that I dislike. Different from my other lip products from Aromaleigh the smell is very sweet and I can smell it while wearing it which makes me not capable of wearing it for more than 10 minutes, most often even less than a minute.

Honestly I’m not sure if I’m going to keep this in my collection and unfortunately it is only because of the scent, which saddens me since the shade is so gorgeous+that it is very moisturizing.

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