I've been trying to stay on a low-buy/no-buy but had a non-splurge moment by getting a review pack from Darling Girl. I especially wanted to try out the Diamond Dusts so I got four of the Diamond Dusts plus two free samples from the 16 Candles and Nerdvana collections.
The Diamond Dusts are a souped up eyeshadow with "a super-lustrous glitter that shines like diamonds" and they really do fit the bill. With the intense amount of sparkle and glitter, I do think you need a glitter fixative or adhesive like Darling Girl Glitter Glue or Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy to make the eyeshadows look their best. Alright Maa! and Farmer Ted are the non Diamond Dust eyeshadows. My swatches really don't do the eyeshadows justice!
Swatched dry with primer only on the left side, and primer+glitter glue on the right side. Pictures taken in natural daylight.
Alright Maa!, Farmer Ted, and Koi
Alright Maa!: "A slightly garish blue based purple with color shifting glitter, shifting from red, orange, to yellow in certain lights" I saw a ton of blue and pink glitter within the eyeshadows, especially pretty.
Farmer Ted: "Cocoa brown with strong pink shift" For me, it does appear differently than it does on the listing swatch. You can definitely see the pink shift and cocoa base though!
Koi: "A gorgeous, metallic, orange-leaning coral with loads of blue diamond dust" I wish you could see the blue sparkle in the eyeshadow but my camera wouldn't capture it. The blue sparkle does adhere quite well without the glitter adhesive but if you really want the blue sparkle to pop, I definitely recommend it!
Moondust, Persuasion, and Sushi Flower
Moondust: "Silvery taupe with tons of diamond dust" This is especially pretty with a pink shift/sparkle to it. My propensity to snatch silvery taupes means I immediately wanted this.
Persuasion: "Medium lavender base with gold shift and turquoise sparkle" This started out as a gift with purchase shade before it was so well loved and made permanent. It's utterly gorgeous and my swatch makes it look terrible over primer only which really isn't the case. I do think it looks best over Glitter Glue if you want it to look especially shimmery and without if you want the purple base to shine through.
Sushi Flower: "Iridescent blue/purple with a rainbow of diamond sparkle" My swatch makes it look like it needs Glitter Glue but it does fare great on its own. I love purples like this and one I was especially looking forward to. There's ton of blue and pink glitter in it!
I also got a sample of Cherry Darling Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balm because I've never tried any of the Kiss You Off: Color Rich Lip Balms before. It is a soft and squishy balm that you can get great color out of it. There's not too much shine but there's a satiny finish to it. There's no taste (as far as I can tell).
Summer has been good to me thus far, just gotta spend it studying for the GRE :( Thank you everyone who wished me good luck on my finals!