Review: Face Front Cosmetics Pressed Eyeshadows

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

Back when Face Front wrote to me asking if I would like to review their products I did a little bit of research into their products, the main ones everyone seemed to love being the loose pigments.

Now that I think of it I do tend to favor makeup palettes more that single eye shadows, which I suppose dose have it’s drawbacks if I run out of my favorite colour.

I was sent six of the pressed eye shadows. Apricotta, Printed, Light Source (yellow), Silver Dolphin, Unknown Planet (blue/green) and Squeeze Me (Orange).

Basics:

  • Cruelty Free
  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Some are Vegan
  • $12.50 or £8

One gripe I do have is that the Face Front website really don’t take good photos of their products or they photo shop them to death (I suspect it’s the latter) because when I compared the colours they sent me to what they looked like on the website if it wasn’t for the names I would have thought that they were completely different colours.

(All swatches were without primer and in one swipe)

So above you can see my swatches. One thing I’ve noticed over the past few months is that depending on how you swatch something (for example with primer, without primer, with your fingers or a brush) really changes how the swatches look.

Really good makeup is picked up well by the brush and applies better so I though my new method of showing swatches would really put the makeup to the test.

I’m not too fond of the packaging for these eye shadows over all, the way the logo is stuck on a sticker is a minor detail but the thing that really bugged me is that the packaging makes you think you’re getting a large amount of product, when in fact you’re getting a regular sized pan.

That could be because aesthetically FaceFront wanted the packaging to look like the loose pigments but it feels a bit like cheating.

This kind of sounds a bit negative but it’s not meant to, the eye shadows aren’t bad at all, some (like the Silver shade) are bad but the other sades are quite nice. Some, like the eye shadows above, I do like, the black is quite nicely pigmented and the apricot colour is perfect for a bridal look so those two might sneak their way into one of my videos.

You can but these (in the US) here

And in the UK here

Review: Face Front Loose Pigments

Disclaimer: Items provided for review.

When it comes to Face Front’s makeup their pigments really are their strong point. I’m a fan of their blushes and I think they can count me a fan of their loose pigments now too.

Basics:

  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 5g
  • $11.50 0r £8

The texture of these remind me quite a bit of the Barry M Dazzle dusts, a loose but highly pigmented bundle of powder.

  • Bitter Dark: This colour and Feeling Deep are almost the same. The only difference between this colour and feeling deep is feeling deep has more sparkle and is a slightly more red toned.
  • Bold Gold: A slightly opaque pigment but easy enough to layer if you want more coverage. Would be beautiful for a spring bridal look.
  • Aqua Marina: Pretty much the loose pigment of Unknown Planet, slightly sheer but layerable (if that’s a word?)
  • Feeling Deep: The glittery flamboyant cousin of Bitter Dark, the glitter does have a tendancy to just blow away which isn’t very good.

  • Fierce Contender: This colour is just begging me to use it in an Indian bridal look! So shiny! (magpie instincts kicking in).
  • Butter Me Up: So similar to a Dazzle Dust by Barry, can’t remember the name off the top of my head, but it’s a lovely coppery gold colour.
  • Sea Salt: Also very similar to a Barry Dazzle Dust in Blue Iridescent, just every slightly finer than Blue Iridescent.

(All swatches were done with one swipe and without primer)

I really loved these loose pigments, I’m my mind they are comparable to the Barry M Dazzle Dusts and you all know how highly I rate those!

One negative is I’m not too fond of the packaging as with a dispenser like that the product has a tendency to get extremely messy, I might just remove the top all together.

If you liked the look of these you can purchase them here from the Face Front website here.

Or if you’re from the UK you can purchase them here.

Do you prefer loose pigments or pressed eye shadows?

Red Loose Pigments: Illamasqua vs Face Front

*Both products were provided for review

This post was going to be a dupes post but once I actually swatched the two products and had them side by side I realized that, while they have slight similarities, they are not dupes.

These are the kind of eye shadows that only the daring will wear but with very different prices which is why I wanted to compare them.

Basics:

  • Both brands are cruelty-free
  • Illamasqua’s Berber is £15
  • Face Front’s Acrylic Apple Torte is £8
  • Face Front is Vegan and made in the USA
  • Face Front gives you 5g
  • Illamasqua gives you 1.5g

The price difference on these two is HUGE! Especially when Face Front gives you 3.5 grams more. The main thing with Illamsaqua, apart from the fact that their products in general are extremely pigmented, is their packaging is beautiful! So simple and minimalistic but still manage to have a elegant “gothy” look.

Even though I try not to buy something just for the packaging Illamasqua makes it very hard for me not to.

Berber ( I keep reading Bieber) is a beautiful orange red with gold/yellow flecks while Acrylic Apple Torte is a perfect rusty red.

Both of them apply very easily and are really easy to blend.

Like all loose pigments they can be quite messy out but this is usually made up for with the extra pigmentation.

Berber would be a much harder colour to pull of with it’s orange undertone but in general red is quite a hard colour to work with as an eyeshadow so it would be daunting for pretty much any one.

I absolutely love the yellow/gold flecks in Berber but the price difference is so huge I think I might find away to just mix together another pigment with Acrylic Apple Torte to mimic Berber. Apart from the price difference and slight colour variation there really isn’t a difference in quality with these two.

You can buy Acrylic Apple Torte(uk) here and you can buy Berber here. If you’re from the US you can buy Acrylic Apple Torte here.

Which one do you prefer?

I’m back! :D New video and plans…

*Happy dance* I’m back!

I was hoping to do a much more dramatic video for my first upload in over two months but it’s taking me a lot more time than I planned to make all the props I need for that tutorial so I had to upload a far less spectacular tutorial.

But don’t worry, that tutorial will still be uploaded!

Seeing as everyone liked it so much in my previous blog posts when I showed how the makeup would look with different eye colours I’ll still be doing that.

And the lovely thing about this look is that if the mint green dosn’t work with your eye colour you can just swap it with a colour that does!

So what are my plans for videos now?

Well…I will be uploading regularly now, on my KlairedelysArt channel it will be once a week on a Friday and then pretty much randomly on my Klairedelysdotcom channel but generally for that channel I’d like to keep it to the beginning of the week.

KlairedeLysdotcom?

Yes I have a second channel! What’s it for? Mainly for reviews (I’m not a fan of mixing tutorials with reviews in my channel as they tend to appeal to different people), How-I-Made/Painted-That videos, tutorials which are not makeup related such as DIY beauty and just random stuff.

Keep an eye out on that channel cause you know that present I’ve mentioned a few times that I was making for ALL of you? Well the video for that will be uploaded on that channel.

As I’m sure I’m going to get flooded with questions about THOSE wing earrings these are the gorgeous pair of earrings I bought from the lovely Aranwen. You can buy them here.

Oh and Aranwen was kind enough to give me a code to get a 10% discount for you guys, so if you any of you are planning on buying one of her pieces don’t forget to use the code KLAIRE10 at the checkout.

And I hope you like the video :D