Sunday, April 3, 2011

Silk Naturals swatches & review

Silk Naturals (link) is a company that's been on my 'to-try' list for ages, but I've just never gotten around to ordering since they don't offer samples. Every time I've browsed the website I've found so many things I wanted, so I was really excited when Karen, the owner, contacted me about sending me some products to review. So this is my disclaimer right away, I received these products free of charge. Hopefully my other reviews have led you to trust that I'll be honest with you :) I would never give a false statement or opinion on a review. Here we go! Karen included a 'company info' sheet with the package she sent me, which I thought was a really nice idea. On the back it had ingredient listings for all the different products they sell, which is good since it's not listed on the products themselves. Here's what an eyeshadow jar looks like (super close up): And here's a liquid lip gloss and a Kisser Slicker next to my phone for a size comparison: Silk Naturals seems to have a really great discount/reward system set up. They give a free Gift with Purchase (usually a shadow) with every order over $10. For every $30 you spend, you get a free shadow or lip balm of your choice. For every $100 you spend, you get a $5 discount. If you spend $125, you get free shipping (seems like a high number to me, but better than no free shipping offers I suppose). I mentioned earlier that the reason I'd never placed an order before was because they don't have samples. I am a sample queen, and I actually only own a small number of full size shadows. However, as far as prices go, $4 for a full size shadow (3/4 tsp in a 5g jar w/sifter) is a pretty darn good price. The other products I got, the Liquid Lip Glosses and Kisser Slickers, are also very reasonably priced at $4.75. What Karen DOES do is take returns on any lip or eye products if you end up not liking it. Normally I don't talk about website design, because I really don't care, but I wanted to mention it because I think it's really helpful. Most of the listings have swatches, and they are all very descriptive of the product- they have a 1-5 scale that rates things like opacity and shimmer, which I think is awesome. Here are swatches of all the different shadows I received: Top row: Sonic (MAC 'Vanilla' clone), Fire, High Beam Bottom row: Canary, Superfly, Madison, Prowl These shadows have amazing depth to them that I just couldn't capture. Fire has a really pretty reddish iridescence. Canary is a fabulous matte yellow. Superfly has lots of golden shimmer, and Prowl is LOADED with gorgeous shimmer- it's a very interesting purple based brown. Here's a look I did using High Beam, Superfly, Prowl, and Sonic. Top row: Orchid, Romp, Rollick Bottom row: Poly (MAC 'Parrot' clone), Scandal, Vandal The second picture is more accurate. Orchid and Romp are both beautiful, but applied a little patchy (I don't see Orchid on the website anywhere). Poly is a really pretty blue-green that makes me think of mermaids ^_^ Scandal has AWESOME red shimmer that absolutely would not show up for me, but it's there! For my lippie swatches, I have the Kisser Slicker lip glosses on the top, and the Liquid Lip Glosses on the bottom. Top row: Tender, Gold Blush Bottom Row: Bubblegum, Icing Tender is a VERY sheer brownish pink color. Gold Blush is basically just slightly golden shimmer, it looks great applied on top of other lippies. Bubblegum is a bright pink, and Icing ends up looking clear with a pink iridescence. The liquid lip gloss formula is normal, nothing especially good or bad. I really like the Kisser Slickers, they're almost like a tinted lip balm. The website has a few other lip products as well, many of them vegan. One last thing I wanted to add was that SN makes dupes (they call them clones) of lots of eyeshadows/lippies from brands like MAC, Bobbi Brown, BE, etc. As you might have realized by now, I really like the company! I thought the products I got were nice, COMPLEX colors, and the brand has a great product range with very reasonable prices. I will most definitely be making orders in the future. :)


  1. High Beam looks pretty! No samples has put me off until now too - it's not like I can return things cost effectively being in the UK :/

  2. Superfly is really beautiful on your eyes, very flattering. I'm so glad to see you reposting a bit more often. =)

    Bad for them they don't offer samples! I love "Rollick" a whole lot but rarely - if ever - do I buy from mineral companies without purchasing samples first. Maybe someday their policy will change!

  3. Those blues and purples are beautiful! But so is Fire... love your EOTD with them, the green really suits your eye colour.

  4. I LOVE this company, glad you got to try them out. If you order from them try their blushes, (there are samples) like climax or lovelace.

  5. SN is great! I have (and love) Sonic. It's one of my favorite highlighters.

    They DO have samples of everything except eye and lip products, so if you're a blush fanatic, you're in luck. I'm also a big fan of their skincare.

  6. Oh you lucky girl you to get these products for review!

    I'm like you and always sample e/s and have only a few full size e/s. I don't have very many SN e/s because of that but the ones that I do get as freebies with purchases are really nice.

  7. Yay! I am so glad you tried SN and like them :) I think they're fabulous.

  8. nicenice! I do think that the 125$ free shipping and the 100$ get 5 dollars off is a little bit strange, but I like the colors and I am tempted to buy something :)

  9. I've been with Silk Naturals since early days & have always liked their products. Besides the eyeshadows I love the butter cream lippies. As for those not buying for the lack of samples there are enough blogs that carry swatches that you're usually ok.

  10. Great swatches! Love the eye look! Superfly is one of the first few e/s I tried from SN, and it's still one of my favorites. It looks gorgeous on you. :)

  11. Thanks for the swatches, these are lovely shades.:D

    I like the look that you did - wearable day & night.:D

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