I felt like this was a bit too much for work (I know! for me, even), but Greg liked it quite a bit. I did think it was pretty – I just wasn’t expecting the highlight color to have so much oomph to it. It’s very….shimmery. Although it’s not as in-your-face in the photos as it was in real life.
-Too Faced Shadow Insurance
-L’Oreal Studio Secrets Project Runway Pressed Eyeshadow Quad in Sultry Raven’s Gaze (purple on lid; dark purplish grey in crease; silver as brow highlight; black smudged on top of liner, and lower lashline – pretty much how they tell you to do the “Sultry Raven” look on the tear-off sheet)
-Clinique Brush-On Cream Liner in True Black
-tarte for True Blood Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara
-e.l.f. Wet Gloss Lash & Brow Clear Mascara (brows – which really need to be waxed already)
-Skin Food Platinum Grape Cell Essential BB Cream SPF45 PA+++
-L’Oreal Project Runway Super Blendable Blush in Sultry Raven’s Blush
-MAC Prep+Prime Lips
-L’Oreal Project Runway Colour Riche lipstick in Sultry Raven’s Pout
-Buxom Big & Healthy Baby Lip Polish in Sasha
Nails for the week were, of course, Raven’s Strength. Although to be honest, I painted them over the weekend, so by the time I wore this look they were starting to chip. And that polish is DAMN hard to photograph. (Or maybe I’m just a moron. I took tons of pics, and this is the clearest I could get the *polish* to turn out.)
I do like this collection – I just don’t really get the naming. Ravens make me think oily, sheeny, beetle-y, blue-green-shimmery black. Not so much purple, and definitely not *this* purple. Make a sheeny, oily black with a purple duochrome, but not straight-up purple. I like the quad, I just…don’t really get it. The shades in the Cockatoo collection do kind of remind me of a cockatoo’s colors. Owl is just….well, it’s just metallics, isn’t it? And a red lip. Nice, but not very owlish. And then there’s Audacious Amazon (which I didn’t pick up, because I didn’t like it). *I* know there are tons of types of parrots called Amazon parrots – but does the general public? The name just seems less-than-obviously bird-related, and therefore somewhat incongruous with the rest of the collection. But I nitpick.