Part of my lil’ purchase (I am watching my budget!) included just an Equalizer sample and the Kind mattlight eyeshadow from Silk Naturals, which were released for their Spring 2012 collection. I received the Beach Bum trio (cute set!) as a GWP and requested Mahalo as my free eyeshadow with every US$30 freebie. Dreamy came along as a free sample which you get in all SN orders.
Part 1 which showed the Lip colour swatches can be found here.
Equalizer is a green tinted face powder (someone think MARTIAN?) that’s no, not meant Halloween. Instead:
Equalizer is sort of a hybrid product…it functions as a finishing powder but has just a hint of coverage. It helps balance out redness, and leaves a gorgeous airbrushed finish. You can use it alone or layered with foundation.
Ingredients: Mica, zinc oxide, boron nitride, silica, titanium dioxide, chromium oxide green, iron oxides, manganese violet
I’ve not used this yet so I can’t comment but I fancy using this on days after using Triacneal and Eluage, when my skin can look slightly flushed. Or when heading outdoors. As you can tell from my underarm swatch, it has a tad of coverage and doesn’t look all that Martian green :)
“How KIND of you to let me come” says Eliza Doolittle. Ok, word association aside, Kind seems to be my kind of shade (hardy har har). The taupe shade.
Kind is gorgeous light warmish taupe with a smidge of coppery highlights. It’s wonderful with Driftwood, and should look great on just about everyone.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica. Also contains: Iron Oxides, Tin Oxide
Dreamy is a lovely shimmery muted lavender color. It’s beautiful with Aubergine- or use it as a lid color along with Heartthrob for a pretty purple eye.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica. Also contains: Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet
and Hallllooooo Mahalo (got enough of my bad jokes yet?)
Mahalo’s one of those magical shades that sounds yawn boring when you read the description. Which is essentially golden pearl with a hint of green.
But behold at it in the jar, there’s something about it that captures my attention and appeals to my liking for all things subtle, with a slight twist. Who’d have thought? Green. By all means, green.
Mahalo is a velvety smooth golden pearl with a hint of green. It’s inspired by moonlight shining on the belly of a sea turtle.
Ingredients: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Magnesium Myristate, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Silica. Also contains: Iron Oxides,Tin Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green
Swatches are on my underarm and without a primer. Kind barely shows up on my skintone despite being heavily swatched. Dreamy has decent pigmentation but isn’t a Mattlight. Mahalo, a favourite of mine after receiving a sample of it from a swap, is your tear duct highlighter shade or even as a one-shade wash.
I’ve swatched Silk Naturals’ Earth and the eyelight shades in Phantom and Magpie, also over bare skin, to compare and contrast. Kind, in my opinion, doesn’t differ that from from the shimmer and formula of the Eyelights. If you really want to talk about a Mattlight and assuming that refers to the base, I still think Earth would be better suited to fulfill that description.
Here’s one with flash. Earth is still the matte-test.
I do think Kind is a lovely taupe and quite my kind of taupe. The bottom half of Kind and Dreamy are swatched over the Meow i-prime primer. Yes, it does make a SUBSTANTIAL difference helps to mute down the sparklies slightly, in Kind’s case.
Here’s the swatch taken with flash. Kind doesn’t pick up the flash as much as Dreamy does.
As for the freebie of the week, the Beach Bum Multi-Purpose trio, it comes in a stackable jar format. Quite a lot of spillage while in transit so beware when you open them. From left to right, you get a pink, a purple and a light golden bronze.
Swatched over bare skin. These are pretty pigmented but not overly so that you’d have problems blending them out. The pink will be good as a blusher, the purple is the sparkliest and would work as an eyeshadow. The light golden bronze can be a highlighter or an eyeshade. Maybe even a blusher too!
All in all, the Spring 2012 didn’t rock my world as much as I’d have liked it to. The Mattlight formula isn’t that big a diff from the Eyelights. Equalizer looks promising though I’ve yet to try. The Kissable Cream formulas are good but the colours didn’t work for me and Enthrall, the only ALG released for Spring 2012, is a miss with the large flecks.
~*Items reviewed were purchased by me*~