A while back, I was on reddit on r/indiemakeupandmore and I saw a post from a new indie owner. Her shop is Life’s Entropy Cosmetics, & she was launching her store with these products: eyeshadow, Lip Theories (which are sort of like the OCC Lip Tars but better. More on that later.), foundation elixir–a white product to mix with foundation to lighten it (she’s also working on a yellow one to add a warm tone), and contour sticks. She was offering a blogger pack that got me a bunch of stuff with a bit of a discount, so I caved.
The blogger pack came with one full size eyeshadow, one full size Particle Contour Stick, one full size Lip Theory, & 10 eye, lip, or face samples (of which I chose 2 contour sticks–one of which Jane upgraded to full size for me–, one lip theory & the rest as eyeshadows). I also ordered a set of lip gloss mixing tubes. More on that later. And Jane sent along one eyeshadow as a sample.
So let’s get to reviewing!
Particle Contour Sticks
The Particle Contour Sticks are a cream contour product. Jane, the owner, described them this way: “Pigmented, creamy contouring sticks that come in 5 colors: Proton (similar to Illamasqua Hollow), Neutrino, Neutron (cream version of Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder), Electron (similar to Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate 1), and Quark.”
I can’t speak to whether they’re dupes for the products she listed, since I’ve never used any of them, but I can say they’re pigmented, creamy, and pretty easy to use. I’m also basically a novice at contouring, so if I can use them, anyone can use them.
They’re available in full size & sample size.
From bottom to top, it’s Proton applied, Proton blended, Neutrino applied, Neutrino blended, Neutron applied, Neutron blended (terribly). Because these are cell phone pics, the color isn’t totally true to life, but it’s pretty close–mostly Proton isn’t pink like it looks in this picture. You can see a better color in the next pic.
Because the full sizes are in lipbalm like sticks, they’re actually pretty easy to apply.
Proton applied (this is much more true to life than the swatch)
Proton blended out
Neutrino blended out
I don’t have one with Neutron on mah face, because I got lazy with taking pictures, and it’s a little dark for me I think. But maybe that’s partially that I’m still not super confident in my contouring.
I basically use one of these every day now. It’s easy to use, easy to blend. A+, would recommend heartily if you’re interested in contouring.
You guys know I’m enamored with my indie eyeshadows, so I was happy to try out a new company. The ones I chose were: Shadow Walk, Astral Imprisonment, Just Kitten, Exorcism, Horsing Around, Monkey Business, Smoke Screen, and Happy Annibearsary as the full size. Jane sent me Dismember as a free sample. Let’s swatch!
On the left is with regular primer, on the right is on bare skin. Top to bottom: Horsing Around, Monkey Business, Happy Annibearsary. Monkey Business is looking really purple in this light, but it’s more of a reddish purplish color.
Top to bottom: Dismember, Just Kitten, Smoke Screen
You can kind of see the shift on Smoke Screen here.
This one is flipped, on the left is bare skin, the right is primer. Top to bottom: Astral Imprisonment, Shadow Walk, Exorcism
To show the shift in Exorcism.
As you can see, most of these really benefit from some primer. Dismember looks even better with a sticky base like Pixie Epoxy, and some others might as well. In general, I felt like these swatched beautifully (that Exorcism patchiness is due to my rushing, not the shadow).
Working with them on the eye can be a little trickier. I feel like they have a tendency to be a little more finicky than some of my other indies when I’m actually applying them, & blending them. Not enough that I don’t like them, or don’t use them. Just enough that if you’re new to the world of loose shadows & indies, I might not recommend this as the place to start.
That being said, here are some looks I did with them:
One thing I really do like about these shadows though is they’re very easy to make work appropriate. Not that I limit myself to tasteful neutrals during the work week (HA), but I definitely appreciate having the option to tone things down on occasion.
Turn Around Time & Customer Service: I ordered on July 21. My order shipped on July 29, and it arrived on August 4th, which is all a pretty good TAT & delivery in my opinion. Especially since she had just launched. I also have to say her customer service is great too. I had a couple of questions I sent her by email, & each time she answered me quickly and was friendly and concise in her answers. I’ll also throw in a little mention that her packaging is VERY nicely done–samples all come in a little matchbox looking package, full size eyeshadows come in an adorable little box, and all the labels are very cute.
I’ll do another post tomorrow about the Lip Theories & the custom gloss set, which are both very interesting to me & deserve their own post, but know that they were all included in the same package.
Overall, I’m very pleased with the eyeshadows, but the real star here to me is the contour sticks. Easy to use, easy to blend, and good colors for me make them a product I’ll definitely repurchase when these are gone.