I’ve been meaning to write this for a while, but I kept needing “one more picture.” So let that be a warning that this is going to be a picture heavy post. And that you’re going to see a lot of close ups of my eye. It’s going to be weird. Sorry about that.
I came across Hello Waffle
originally through, I believe, Temerity Jane linking to the Summer collection
*. Hello Waffle is an indie makeup store run by Christine, and after seeing her Summer collection*, I was intrigued. Just not intrigued enough to buy–indie eyeshadows are almost always loose shadows and I haven’t been terribly confident with loose shadows in the past, plus the shipping cost was a little spendier than I wanted for a couple of eyeshadows (she’s in Canada, so it’s more expensive).
Then, somewhere along the way, I ended up buying some materials to press loose shadows (for some others I had), and considered buying some of Hello Waffle shadows & pressing them. But I still put it off, because the last thing I really need is more eyeshadow.
THEN, Christine put out her Winter collection.* Annnnd, I finally caved. I ordered two shadows from the that collection (Bare Trees & Broken Trees), and one from the Summer collection* (Wisteria). Christine had a delay in getting the shadows shipped to me, but she was exceptional in keeping me updated, and for the delay, she threw in another shadow I was wanting to try (African Violet from the Summer collection). I have to say, her customer service and communication was great, which definitely makes me want to order from her again.
When the shadows got to me, I was super excited to find they were just as gorgeous in person as in her swatches. Here’s what my quickie swatches looked like when I first opened them.
From top to bottom, Bare Trees, Broken Tree Branches, Wisteria, African Violet. You can’t really see how pretty the shimmer is, and the depth it gives these colors.
Bare Trees is a gorgeous coppery reddish brownish color with sort of multicolored sparkle. Broken Tree Branches is maybe my favorite for daily use (though it photographs perhaps the worst)–a taupe-y brown that has a metallic sheen that can veer a little silver, a little bronze. Wisteria is a really pretty purple-pinky shade, that has a nice sparkle to it. African Violet is a pretty purple that has golden shimmer.
Sadly, when I first tried the shadows, I was a *little* disappointed. I found them less sparkly and interesting than I did in the swatches. I attribute some of it to my still-learning-blending habit of blending too much away, and a little bit to differences using loose shadows, which I’ve been working on. They were still pretty, definitely, just not how special I thought they could be.
This is African Violet with LORAC’s eye primer (and blended with something from Naked3 I’m guessing, but don’t remember)
Oy, those eyebrows need some work. Yeesh.
This is Broken Tree Branches w/LORAC’s eye primer (most likely blended with Darkside from Naked 3)
This is African Violet with a bit of a better application.
See? Pretty, very pretty, and definitely shadows I’ll use, but not quite like those swatches. BUT! I refused to give up, so I decided to try a bit more, this time doing either a foil method (basically a wet application), or using Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy. And now, BAM! This was way more what I was looking for.
Bare Trees with Pixie Epoxy (which, whooboy, is there a learning curve with that stuff)
African Violet with Pixie Epoxy
Wisteria Foiled (just using water)
Bare Trees with Pixie Epoxy (there are patches here, because Pixie Epoxy is HARD. It’s not for the weak of heart). My eye looks really creepy in this.
Broken Tree Branches with Pixie Epoxy (seriously, I can’t photograph this color well, it’s really really pretty, I swear).
They were pretty before, but they are GORGEOUS this way. I’m loving how shiny and complex they look with the foil or the Pixie Epoxy. Next I want to try them with a white base, to see how they do that way. I’m also getting better about how I use the loose shadows–I’m learning that you really need to pack the brush, and pat it on, instead of sweep it on the way I do normally. I may see about pressing some of these–there’s plenty of shadow for me to press some and keep some loose–but I’m nervous about them losing something in the process. We’ll see.
For now, I’m really loving them, and eying the rest of the collections, along with the new Spring collection* (Mud & Blackberries are particularly catching my eye. And Wet Sand. And Lingering Snow. And…well, you see how this is going). Christine had fantastic customer service with my order, and the shadows are really pretty (now that I know how to use them a little better). And right now she has a discount she’s offering to promote her new website that sort of makes up for the shipping cost.
But mostly, I just really like her shadows, and the way she puts the collections together, and I want them all. Someday.
*Christine has had to rename all of her shadows & collections because the original names were inspired by, and therefore a little too close to trademarks of, certain Mouse movies. I bought all my shadows under the old names, and am trying to post with them under the new names, but be warned, they may still change. Regardless of the names, I think the shadows are gorgeous.
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