I kept seeing these amazing duochrome eyeshadows from Femme Fatale Cosmetics on other peoples' blogs and was so thoroughly intrigued. I found out they had a press kit program so I signed up for it and was sent three samples of their eyeshadows. Femme Fatale Cosmetics are an Australian based company and although I'm only reviewing their eyeshadows today (some vegan, some not-vegan but all clearly marked), they do make other products including loose blushes, loose illuminators, and some of the most drool-worthy nail lacquers.
This way, you can have your cake and eat it to by trying out essentially all the colors you want from them (maximum of two samples of each color), having it shipped free, and then afterwards you can decide which ones you want in full size. Anyone that knows me knows I'm cheap as hell when it comes to paying shipping so the fact that there's an easy means to try samples out is ace in my book.
It also helps that their product pictures are clear and very representative of the colors.
Where to purchase: Femme Fatale Cosmetics
Price: For the eyeshadows, $1.10 for a 1/8 tsp or .20-.40gram sample, $3.00-3.10 for a .70-.90 gram mini (it's .10 extra for a sifter), and $5.75 for a 1.50-2.50 gram full size.
Do they test on animals?: No, they do not test on animals and don't purchase from suppliers known to test on animals
Packaging: Samples are packaged in a ziploc bag, minis are in a 3 gram jar (sifter optional), and full sizes are in a 5 gram jar, sifter not available.
Order Minimum? Yes, $8.00 AUD minimum.
My Thoughts on the Formula
Have I said before how much I love eyeshadows that have carnauba wax in the formula? The carnauba wax helps with adhesions and smoothness with the eyeshadows. The duochrome in the eyeshadows are pretty good on its own but they comes to its own over a black base. I'd say Crimson Fury had the strongest duochrome, followed by Desecration and Illusions.
All swatches done dry and the pictures were taken in natural daylight. For each eyeshadow, the swatch on the left side was done over Urban Decay Primer Potion and the swatch on the right side was done over black gel liner.
Crimson Fury: "A deep red-violet base with purple tones and a blue duochrome shine" This is not vegan.
Desecration: "A striking bright green shimmer over a base mixed of cool grey, subtle brown, and pearly purple tones" This is vegan. I feel like the camera didn't do a good job capturing the green duochrome, it was much stronger in real life over the black eyeliner. I think Desecration had my favorite base/duochrome combination; the green a beautiful contrast over a dark bruisey purple.
Illusions: "A brown based shade with a hint of auburn undertones, and a teal duochrome finish" This is vegan. For sure this is a great shade and the teal duochrome is strong, but I feel like the reddish brown/aqua or teal duochrome is a combo that brands tend to do a lot. It's not as unique of a shade compared to the other two I got.
These eyeshadows are beautiful with strong duochromes. Once I get back into my eyeshadow phase, I'd be interested in purchasing some more samples and trying them out! I'd say get Crimson Fury and Desecrations, I'm sure you might already have a shade similar to Illusions somewhere in your stash. I want to get my hands on their nail polishes but since they don't ship internationally, I gotta wait for their international stockists to get them (Winter Hyacinth is at the top of my list!!)
Are you into duochrome eyeshadows? Have you tried Femme Fatale Cosmetics be it their nail polish or eyeshadows?
Disclaimer: I received samples of these eyeshadows as part of a press kit from the brand. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions are my own. None of the links in this post are affiliate links.