Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Concrete Minerals review
A few weeks ago I placed an order from Concrete Minerals. I've been really lazy about getting a review done, but at least that's given me time to play with my products. I felt really confident ordering from their Etsy shop, because it just seemed to be NOT repackaged. I know you can't tell until you actually get your product, but the colors didn't seem familiar (Pops collection, anyone?), and they don't have a ton, which made me think that they spent time developing their own unique shades. None of the shades seem repackaged to me, you can feel safe knowing you're getting a unique product! I ordered 7 eyeshadow samples ($1 each), and a primer sample ($3). Their eyeshadow sample baggies are GIANT. I like that the big size makes it easier for me to not Hulk-rip every bag and ruin it, but it's also harder to get the brush to reach the pigment. I also like how it tells you the exact amount you're getting right on the baggies, along with an ingredients listing. Left to right, no primer: Hearts, Napalm, Juvenile, Bang-Up, Souljourner, Unity, and Seance. Some of these colors had shimmers that don't show up without a primer, such as Unity- there are gold sparkles you can't really see on bare skin. Juvenile is a really unique color. It can be either yellow or chartreuse, depending on the lighting. I really like Hearts and Napalm. I am SO IMPRESSED with the primer! I absolutely adore it. I don't have comparison this-many-hours pictures with it vs. UDPP, but for me, they perform exactly the same. My sample with .1 oz was only $3, UDPP is $17 for .34 oz. A full size of the Concrete Minerals primer is $9 for .35 oz. It is buttery soft, and has some shimmer to it. Here are some swatches using UDPP and Concrete Minerals primer. The purple shade is CM's Unity, the green is UD's Acid Rain. The left is dry, the middle is using UDPP, and the right is using the CM primer. If you don't have either, I'd save the money and buy the Concrete Minerals primer. Overall, I really like this company. One thing that does bother me is how some of the colors look different from their pictures on the website. But they have good prices, (a full size shadow is $6), unique colors, and an awesome primer, so I'll be placing an order again soon! Have you tried Concrete Minerals? What do you think of it so far?