So, I had heard of Blackbird Cosmetics, but never actually tried Maleah’s products. I’d read some really positive reviews, but my list of places to try is so long! But then I posted on reddit asking for the community’s advice on where I should purchase some nice indie makeup to give to one of my amazing friends who has been battling cancer for the past few years. She’d just had another surgery, and I wanted to do something to help her feel special, so I was looking to see if anyone had any suggestions that I hadn’t thought of.
So, I had posted, just looking for ideas. And instead, I had an amazing response. I had the owners of Darling Girl (who you guys now that I love) and Alog Cosmetics (who I will definitely be ordering from soon) send over some goodies for her, as well as some samples from another indie lover. So generous! I see her this week. Can’t wait to give this to her.
Maleah from Blackbird Cosmetics also sent over a sample set for her. As a thanks for helping my friend and because I wanted to support her business, I purchased my own set of neutral matte eyeshadows: volume 1.
This set includes: (all swatches have Kiss My Sass ivory primer on the left and NYX white eyeshadow base on the right)
Dim Tradition – This is described as a really light neutral beige. To me, this is a slightly grayed beige color, which makes it very unique! I really love it.
Immortals – This is a very beautiful light pink. This is going to be very versatile.
Thirteen – This is a slightly rosy brown, but only very slight. It’s a light brown gorgeous neutral color!
Imogen – Blackbird describes this as a “dark, devious pink.” I’m not sure how devious this color is, but it is a beautiful dark dusty rose.
Dog Days – This is described as a “medium neutral toned brown eye shadow,” which is very accurate. Another very nice neutral. Love it.
Gravity – Blackbird’s description of this as a “medium, complex toned plum” is completely accurate. This is beautiful.
Beau – For me, this is a warm dark brown. It’s not super reddened to me, but it is very bark-y.
Fire Pledge – Maleah describes this as a red-orange. Yep. That’s exactly what it is. I’m not sure how I’ll wear this one. I’ll be honest, it intimidates me a bit. But I know when I get the guts to play with this one, I’ll be very glad I did.
Fiction – This is a perfect gray eyeshadow to me. It’s a slightly cool-purple dark gray. Absolutely lovely!
Lucid – This is a black matte. I am going to have to figure out how I use this one… I’m not a big black eyeshadow user.
I also got two free samples with my order:
Straight to Hell – Blackbird describes this as an electric purple, but, I wouldn’t really call this an electric purple. It’s more of a red-purple violet with red shimmers. Still, it’s very beautiful. I can see myself wearing this often.
Wren – Maleah says this is a “metallic lilac-taupe shimmer eyeshadow,” which is a super accurate description. To my eye, it’s more purple than taupe, but honestly, that could have been the lighting. This is one of those complex colors that I so love.
A bonus look!
Dim Tradition, Thirteen, and Gravity with no primer. Gorgeous.
Overall, I was really pleased! The eyshadows are very easy to apply, have great color payoff, and look awesome. Neutral matte indies are not super common, so I’m very excited to have these now!
Also, one side note. I know her product descriptions say that they are slightly water resistant, which I didn’t see until after this experiment. After swatching a full arm, I decided that I needed to take a shower. So, I decided to leave my swatches on and hop in the shower. And they lasted through shaving my legs, washing my hair, conditioning! Seriously! And that takes a long time for me, given that I have mile-long hair. The colors hadn’t budged, not even the bare spots with no sort of primer. Wow. That was damn impressive. With the loofah, they came off easily enough. Seriously, that is damn impressive. Next time it rains, you’re damn right I’m wearing Blackbird, since I know it will make it through the rain!