Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Brazen Cosmetics Review

My package from Sandi of Brazen Cosmetics's arrived today! I have some more items on their way, but I wanted to do a more "in depth" review. I know there are a lot of people hesitant to order from Brazen; the previous cApS in the shop, and the fact that they're still a relatively new company. I became fairly good friends with Sandi over facebook, but I continue to purchase her products because I honestly believe they are excellent quality, very affordable, and her customer service is amazing. I have yet to find a shade/product I did'nt like. Also, every product is sealed and carefully packed, I have never had an item leak/spill during shipment. Sample sizes are available in just about any product you could imagine, and if not, she would be happy to create a custom listing for you!
I purchased full sizes in Perfect 10 blush as I had ran out of my sample, Paparazzi glitter gel, Twisted eyeshadow, my foundation, Strut/Jaded pressed shadow, and three perfumes.

Pressed eyeshadow in Strut/Jaded. I haven't used a pressed eyeshadow in years! I know Sandi spent quite some time perfecting them, and they swatch and look great!
Jaded, Strut, Twisted, Paparazzi glitter gel
Jaded and Strut over Brazen's upcoming Black Primer. It obviously darkens the pigments and adds some depth to them. I'm most interested in trying some of her more complex shades (like mayhem!) over this! Her recent Valentines Day collections, which are soft pastels, would look great with this as well.

Jaded, Strut, Twistd, Paparazzi glitter gel
The label on Paprazzi glitter gel says it's safe for eyes and lip use. It is a bit gritter (as there's oodles of glitter in it) but I plan on trying it over top her lip pots later. I plan on using it on top of eyeshadow for TONS of glitter! Could also work great on cheeks asa highlighter! :D
(The bits of black in the swatch are from my brush, oops)

Finally!!! My sample was almost done for! This is a 10g pot of foundation Sandi made specifically for my pasty white complexion! I love it applied with a kabuki blush. It blends extremely well into my skin and minimizes the veins around my eyes. It is honestly the only foundation that is an exact match for my skin tone. (previously I used Rimmel in Transparent.) I talked with Sandi a while back about making some more foundation shades, and she hopes to have a full line out this spring.

I also purchased 3 perfume rollers from her other shop, Sweet and Sudsy. I purchased rollers in Oh Honey!!! (Honey I washed the kids LUSH dupe), Chocolate Cupcakes, and Sugar and Glitter (Rock Star LUSH dupe)
These 10mL rollerballs are filled straight to the top, and i'm really impressed with the scents! Both LUSH dupes are bang on, I know there's quite a few etsy shops which carry LUSH dupes, but Sandi's perfumes come in a sweet travel size, and are much more affordable. I bought these when they were on sale for 3.75 during boxing day, regular price is 5.99 I believe.

Here's a scent sample I received, in Hella Vanilla. It smells really delicious, like a bakery sort of vanilla. Not your "usual" vanilla scent!

Mango Mango lip scrub! The smell is AWESOME, and I don't usually go for mango. It works really well for exfoliating your lips, I actually prefer it over LUSH's lip scrubs I bought over christmas. These are much more moisturizing.

All products were purchased by me, samples sent because Sandi is just that awesome.


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