Fortunately, my HelloWaffle order from the birthdaysale/Alternate Universe collection release arrived to cheer my congested self up. I ordered the pressed palette of the Alternate Universe collection, as well as a full size of Silk from the Persinette collection, Walternate (the June CoTM) and because I spent over $50, I got a special duo as a GWP: Phillip and White Tulip, which are kind of bonus shades not included with the Alternate Universe collection. Christine, being the lovely person she is, also enclosed two free full sized shadows for me, from the 1000 Likes special collection (that I neglected to order, shame on me): IMAM and Empty Wallets.
The goods. My apologies for the awkward lighting.
Alternate Universe Collection
Approximately thirty seconds after this, I dove into them.
I have yet to finish Fringe, the TV series that Christine based the Alternate Universe collection,but I watched it on and off when it first aired while I was in high school. I say on and off, because while I did really like it, I also worked, and so would often miss it. Trying to tape it (yes, with a VHS and everything) was a logistical nightmare, because my little brother would either accidentally wipe the taping from the VCR or it would be a huge fight for me to get five minutes to set the tape up before I went to work. Five people, two TVs, wildly different TV tastes. Guess who never watched TV?
I'm not still irked by this or anything. Or the fact I had to engage in screaming matches with my youngest brother to watch my beloved Gilmore Girls, a show that he now loves in syndication.
Adolescent scars aside, my partner and I started watching Fringe this summer when I suggested it as a TV series we watch together. We like to pick up a series neither of us has seen, one preferably done its run, and easy to find online. Fringe fit the bill.
So when Christine announced the Alternate Universe collection and the fact she'd be making pressed palettes for it, I decided I needed it. I ended up making my order on my cell phone in the middle-of-nowhere PEI, so that's dedication.
This was my first experience with Christine's pressed shadows. I prefer the loose ones application-wise (my conversion to indies is total; loose > pressed), but I find my little jars to be difficult to travel with.
Swatches were done over NARS Smudgeproof primer on a skin tone that matches Missha Perfect Cover BB cream in #13 perfectly.
L-R Amber, They Are Coming, Reiden Lake, Fauxlivia, Machine, Timeline
L-R: Belly, Walternate 2.0, Asterisk, Cortexiphan, Bishop, Gene
Dark orange-gold shimmer
This is a beautiful molten gold. Probably my favourite of the palette.
They Are Coming
They Are Coming
Light bland neutral with the slightest hint of red sparks
This is almost the colour of my skin, hence the almost invisibility of the swatch. I think it will make a great highlight on me. Darker skin tones may find it too light.
Murky green shimmer, leans slightly blue
This is a dark, deep green. I think it would make a good liner.
Dark peach with gold shift and green sparkles
I was a little nervous about this one, because it looks so orange in the pan. It's muted, though, and I think I can make it work.
Light silver with copper shift
My neutral loving self is all over the neutrals in this set! This is no exception.
This one I found difficult to use. It was very patchy going on at first, but it got better as I worked with the shadow. It is incredibly beautiful, though I'll probably stick to using it as a liner or shade to deepen my outer V.
Dark bronze/copper shimmer
A very pretty bronze.
Sparkly greyed beige
Another great neutral. I think this one would pair beautifully with Bishop, and even though I can't stand Walternate, it does put me in mind of my favourite character, Walter. I just want to give him a hug whenever I see him on screen.
Matte brown base with magenta shift and sparkle
This is a subtle duochrome. Love it!
Satin dark red
This is beautiful. A slightly shimmery red. How I will use this, I have no sweet clue. It is one of those shades that you would just swatch to look at it.
Dark greyed-brown shimmer
Another really gorgeous neutral. You're killing me, Christine. I'm going to cover myself in taupes.
Black base with violet shift and silver sparkles
Another one I found difficult to work with, but built up decently.
Christine obviously put a lot of thought into this collection, and it really shows. I at least like all of the colours, and the ones that I found harder to work with are ones I won't use as much as others. I suspect that the difficulty for some of them may have to do with the pressed medium, and the more I got past the first layer, the easier they were to work with.
L-R: White Tulip, Philip, Walternate, Silk, Empty Wallets, IMAM
Light blue/grey white
A gorgeous silvery white. Very cool and chilling.
Matte dark brown/black base with copper and purple sparks
A very dark brown with a hint of sparkle. Definitely very matte.
Warm silver with copper/brown sparks. Silver because of his hair. Copper/brown because of the real Walter's love of food and his brown jacket. Sparkle-bomb.
Super shimmery and shiny. And Walter. <3
Sparkly metallic purple.
I got this pretty much because it's slightly different from Ethereal Voice and also because I have an obsession with golden purples. It delivers.
Dark rich green with gold shimmer.
This might actually be the colour of my empty wallet. Another great liner colour.
Dark navy with gold sparkles.
Named for /r/indiemakeupandmore, it's the colour of us! Another liner colour for me. Love it. I may have a soft spot for though, for the aforementioned reasons.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go slather myself in Fringe shadows and eat junk food.
And you can check out the HelloWaffle website here!