For this series, I am spending about $25.00 – 30.00 on an indie cosmetics brand and exploring their products! I bought Darling Girl Cosmetics on their website and was able to buy one Balm Gloss 3D ($6.00), three petite loose shadows ($3.25), one petite blush ($3.25), one Lumos Shimmering Pearls ($8.75) and a free gift with purchase eye shadow (it looks like the shade changes weekly and there is no minimum purchase to receive it). Overall, I liked everything I bought. he website is well organized, it has great swatch pictures, they offer petite sizes of their loose products, and they have a points system to save money off of future orders.
Surprisingly, my favorite product was the Inner Glow Blush in Love’s True Kiss. Blush is my least favorite makeup product – it’s a necessary evil because contour and highlight would look ridiculous without it. I love LOVE this blush. It looks way too bright and glittery in the jar, but it gives me the best lit-from-within natural flush. The swatch reminds me of NARS Orgasm. I did not like Orgasm and I think the thing that sets Darling Girl’s blush apart is the fact that it melts seamlessly into the skin and has a healthy, beautiful sheen.
I really like the eye shadows too! I had never created a full look with loose shadows so I was nervous about how the looks were going to work out, but I had zero problems. I didn’t use a colored base and just primed with a concealer and set with a face powder. All of the shadows blended so easily and did not have a crazy amount of fall out. Even the shimmery shades worked really well without any extra TLC – but (obviously) using a glitter glue did amp them up. The only shadow that I would use a white or black base is the purple pigment Afternoon Delight – it worked fine, but just was sheer. My favorite shadow was the gift with purchase shade U-Taupe-ia, it is just the perfect shade for a one shadow look.
I also bought the Balm Gloss 3D in Goldfinger. It has a vanilla cake batter scent and is a clear gloss with gold glitter. I’m not a hug fan of glosses, but I liked the formula of this one because it’s not sticky. It is very glittery, not shiny, so I just dab a bit on the center of my lips and use my finger to blend it out.
The Lumos Shimmering Pearls were another major winner. It is a light weight cream highlighter that comes in a glass bottle with brush applicator. I thought it was going to be a bit scary because it is described as “peach with green sheen”, but it is a really natural nude highlighter and I couldn’t see a green reflect at all. The cream worked really well on top of foundations and layered well under a powder highlight.
I really loved my adventures with Darling Girl Cosmetics! It was a really great brand to experiment with loose shadows for the time and there are quite a few products I would absolutely recommended. I will buy the full size of the the Inner Glow Blush in Love’s First Kiss, I loved the Lumos Shimmering Pearls, and U-taupe-ia and Ugly Naked Guy are two basic eye shadows that anyone could use – though, at $3.25 per petite jar, I would try some of their more unique shadows!