Saturday, 12 September 2015

The Tale of Unnecessary Eyeshadow, Part 43755737832: Corvus Cosmetics

Since I got my mini-scleral lenses a little over a week ago, I've been - if it's even possible - wearing less eye makeup than usual. Apparently, even if you're a veteran wearer of rigid gas permeable contact lenses and your eyes basically do not care what you get in there any more, things get teary now and again. I've also been loading up on rewetting drops (something else I haven't ever used before). I'm kind of a watery mess. 

But today, a little over a week after I started wrangling with these lenses, I decided that I was going to wear some eyeshadow - you see, my partner's sister's wedding is this month and I had better be practicing eyeshadow. Don't want to be too out of practice when it comes to doing my makeup the day of, you know. 

I have a lot of little used eyeshadow. Even though I've done a good job of knocking down my eyeshadow collection, I still have a lot of eyeshadow for someone who doesn't wear eyeshadow anymore. And I've been pretty good about not adding to it - the last eyeshadow I purchased was in June, when Corvus Cosmetics reopened and launched two new collections, the Roses (which is permanent) and the Merewif collection (which is a summer collection and no longer available). I've heard a lot of raves about the formula, and so I was intrigued. I picked up a very conservative three shadows, keeping in mind that I don't actually wear eyeshadow. 

I ended up with Atargatis, from the Merwif collection; Gingerbread Haus, from the Kinder-und Hausmärchen (which I believe is a permanent collection); and Champagne, from the Roses.

Top: Champagne. Bottom: Atargatis, Gingerbread Haus

Top: Champagne, Bottom: Atargatis, Gingerbread Haus

The formula is pretty nice, though I wouldn't call it my favourite. It's very smooth with good pigmentation. There's varying levels of adhesion: some of the colours work better on bare skin than others. The glitter adheres very well to primer, which is good because I despise using glitter adhesive on my eye - too much work. I'm a lazy makeup enthusiast! And one of the things that often makes me a little grumpy is how things rely on a glitter adhesive to look their best or they rain all over your face. Fortunately, these ones avoid that. Overall, I'm happy with them. 


A light gray with color shifting green-gold glitter.

Top to bottom, both pictures: bare skin, NARS Smudgeproof primer, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Atargatis was my surprise favourite of these. Grey tends to pull blue on my eye, and blue eyeshadow tends to look ridiculous next to my eye colour. This is more of a green toned grey, and the glitter helps. The glitter is most prominent over the Pixie Epoxy, but sticks pretty well to the primer too. This one definitely needs a base, though.

Gingerbread Haus

A matte tan with a complex indigo-purple-red shift.

Top to bottom: bare skin, NARS Smudgeproof primer, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Holy pigmentation on this one. It's very smooth, and a ton of colour with just a touch. I wouldn't call the base colour tan, though - it's a gingerbread brown, warm and a hint orangey. The glitter reads mostly pink to me. Over bare skin, the glitter falls out a ton, but sticks to the primer reasonably well. It's a little too easy to blend away the glitter, though, so you've got to be more careful than I'd like. I'm going to have to try this one out as a liner, mixing it with Darling Girl's Superstar Serum. 


A true rose gold.

Top to bottom: bare skin, NARS Smudgeproof primer, Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy

Since this one didn't have a shift or glitter in it, I only did one angle. This is a gorgeous rose gold - smooth and satin in application. It doesn't get much out of using the Pixie Epoxy, and since I have my natural bias against glitter adhesives, I don't actually think it looks as nice over the Epoxy as it does over primer. I love the beautiful softer colour over bare skin. This one looked the best over bare skin of all three. 

And today's look:

  • Fyrinnae Powder Primer
  • Missha Perfect Cover M BB Cream in #13
  • NARS concealer stick in Chantilly
  • Pumpkin & Poppy Oak Bark Contouring Powder
  • NARS blush in Deep Throat
  • Shiro Fatality Finishing Powder
  • NARS Smudgeproof Eye Primer
  • Urban Decay 24/7 pencil liner in Ultraviolet
  • Corvus Cosmetics Atargatis (lid)
  • Shiro Nightfury (outer corner)
  • Shiro More Sugar (crease)
  • Colourpop Super Shock Highlighter in Monster (browbone, inner corner)
  • Maybelline Great Lash in clear (brows)
  • Clinique Chubby Lash Fattening Mascara in Black Honey
  • Kae Q Beso in Herbology
It's been a while since I've worn this much eyeshadows AND my mini-sclerals are still making my eyes look weird to me, so I'm not the greatest judge of this look, but it'll do. The glitter in Atargatis is not super visible in these photos, but it's adhered really well to my lid - no glitter fallout all over my face. 

You can check out Corvus Cosmetics at their website

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