so remember how I used to do reviews of pretty things I buy in the mail over at my now defunct livejournal? well, they’re back again~ because they make a good excuse for me to buy more pretty things, and we all need a hobby, right?
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Oslo Cosmetics is, despite its name, not from Oslo, Norway, but located instead in Ohio, USA. If I’m not wrong, the store is run solely by Joyce, and it’s quite impressive, considering the numerous products she has up in her store even though it hasn’t been that long since its inception.
TL; DR? Here’s a run-down
Shipping: Domestic and International (can be a little pricey, but Joyce is considering to refund excess shipping charges.) Also, shipping took 2 weeks to arrive, which is normal for parcels coming from USA.
Turnabout time: 1 – 3 business days
Range of Products: Eyeshadows (pressed/loose/cream base) | Blush | Lipsticks | Cosmetic Glitter | Eye primer
Packaging: jars are shrink wrapped, ingredients lists are on all the jars, except for the lip slicks, but information can be easily found on their website.
Truthfully, I have been quite wary of trying out new indie brands, since I got my fingers burned a couple of times, from less established companies, like High Voltage and Victorian Disco. And you know, the ‘once bitten, twice shy’ syndrome is effective when you’re a broke student. I gave Oslo Cosmetics a go since they had an opening sale, and I went ahead to get a Mystery Items pack because I didn’t know what to get since I have too many things already, so I didn’t pay too much attention when it arrived either.
Anyway, here’s what I got this time around, when I bought a Blogger Pack to review! :D Picspam ahoy~
Together with my previous order~ and if you’re not blind, you’d notice that I’m silly enough to buy something that I already have, which is why you should always pay attention. Yes, I have two jars of Lyra eyeshadow.
Swatches are taken in daylight, left swatch is without primer, the right one is with Fyrinnae’s Pixie Epoxy.
From the Dark Days collection: ARA
Official description: Dark, sultry shimmery brassy red
My take: From the description given, you’d think it’s an unwearable colour, but that’s not the case. It’s less bright than expected, and leans more towards wine-red/burgundy, in my opinion.
From the Colossus collection: CARINAE
Official description: Beautiful, shimmery/metallic peach-pink, with light green/gold shift
My take: I don’t really see the green/gold shift, instead it looks to me like a very pretty rose gold. It reminds me very much of Fyrinnae’s Rapunzel Had Extensions, which is a much lighter colour than this one.
From the Rome collection: CRUX
Official description: A silver-green shimmery duochrome
My take: The douchrome isn’t really obvious in the photo above, but it’s actually quite complex looking, in the sense that on first glimpse, you’d think it’s a silvery-grey colour but as the light hits it, there’s a hint of green shining through subtly. I think it’s less evident because I took the swatch in daylight.
From the Starlight collection: LYRA
Official description: Smoldering, shimmery plum with duochrome glitter particles
My take: In the jar, without swatching, it looks very similar to Ara, but they’re actually quite different. Okay, this may be my favourite colour from all the other jars, but then again, I’m biased towards purple/plum colours.
From the Helio collection: PEGASUS
Official description: Shimmery/metallic light blue with gold shift
My take: This is apparently getting discontinued, and I have no idea why it looks so green-ish in the sample baggie. The swatch is more accurate, though I don’t see the gold shift. It applies a little on the sheer side, or maybe because it’s harder to get an even application from the bag, hence it looks kind of patchy here.
From the Dark Days collection: PYXIS
Official description: Light iridescent duochrome pink-violet
My take: I think the duochrome is quite obvious here, it’s quite a shimmery shade, leaning towards pale pink to almost silvery. It starts off pretty sheer, but can be built up upon. I think it’d make a nice highlight in the inner corner of the eye.
From the Colossus collection: TAURUS
Official description: Sultry, metallic gold
My take: Another sample from my first order, this appears to be more brown than gold for me, though more of on the muddy side.
And here’s an arm swatch, taken under a light bulb.
I also got two cosmetic glitter, which I am not sure what I’ll use them for.
And lastly, one pigmented lip slick in a jar.
I think it stays pretty much true to the colour seen in the jar. It’s not overly sticky and the payoff is pretty good and very buildable.
And well, let’s have my two cents here: overall, I had a pretty good experience with Oslo Cosmetics, shipping was quite standard, the turnabout time was really quick (1 day) and Joyce responds to queries really fast as well.
I think that the formula for the eyeshadows are quite unique, since I’m used to the loose pigments from other companies. The binders, probably the coconut oil or carnauba wax or vitamin e oil (but I’m not sure, since I don’t make my own makeup) are the reason why the shadows are clumped together into little balls. It can make it a little hard to pick up with a brush, since it doesn’t break up easily, so there’s that to get used to.
Here is a comparison between loose eyeshadows from different companies
The only thing that makes it less than perfect is probably the dust/cat hair/fluff thing that I found on two of my jars, but I don’t think it’s that great of a deal killer, since it’s not inside the jar, and I only point this out mainly because there’s quite a lot of drama going on in the indie community, what with mould/fingerprints. Also, Joyce mentioned that she had been moving furniture, hence the dust. I’m willing to give her the benefit of the doubt and believe that she has a sanitary work space, because otherwise, I’ll have to go around feeling cautious about all the other indie stuff I’ve bought. And heck, maybe even commercial stuff.