Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Spotlight: Kiss My Sass Cosmetics

Kiss My Sass Cosmetics

As you may have read in a previous post of mine, this year I vowed to review more independent makeup brands. I first saw Kiss My Sass Cosmetics used in a YouTube tutorial by another beauty blogger/YouTube makeup artist. She mentioned that the brand is cruelty-free and offers many vegan options, which is why I decided to try it. Luckily, the brand was kind enough to offer me a discounted sample bundle for purchase where I was able to pick out several shades to try. Over the past couple of weeks or so, I've been testing these loose shadows both dry and with the use of a mixing medium, and I am very pleased with the brand. 

There are numerous shades of eyeshadow offered in a variety of finishes.  The brand also offers other color cosmetics, which I plan on buying in the future. 

Here are the shadows I tested from KMS Cosmetics:

Pictured Above (from left to right): Sandcastle (vegan), Beach Sand, Sahara (vegan)

Sandcastle is an awesome highlight color. It's a matte cream, that is very pigmented, and works great just under the brow or as a base color for other looks. Beach Sand is described as a pale nude with a peachy-pink undertone. To me, it looks like a light champagne color with very subtle shimmer. I use it as an inner corner highlight, on a very small brush, just under the brow bone, or sheered out over the lid for a wash of color. Sahara is a matte clay color. I love this as a transition color when doing a smokey eye to add some warmth.

Pictured Above (from left to right): Tea Rose, Bubbles (vegan), Blossom (vegan)

Tea Rose is a peachy pink with subtle golden shimmer, perfect for an allover lid color. Bubbles is a matte light mauve. This is a great spring color, that can be washed sheerly over the lid, or built up with darker colors for a smokey eye.  Blossom is a matte peachy pink. It's similar to Tea Rose, minus the shimmer though Tea Rose leans more on the peachy side than Blossom. 

Pictured Above (from left to right):  Cocoa (vegan), Nutmeg (vegan), Chocolate Truffle (vegan)

Cocoa is a medium matte brown. I used it to create the below brown smokey eye by blending it into the crease of my eye. Nutmeg is a medium warm brown, that I packed on the lid for the eyeshadow look below. Chocolate Truffle is the reason I wanted to check out this brand. The tutorial I watched used this color, and I was blown away by the richness of the shadow. This is a darkened brown with with pink, red and copper shimmer. The color has a lot of depth to it, and looks extra beautiful when used with a damp angled brush as liner.

Pictured Above (from left to right): Charcoal (vegan), Negligee (vegan), Cemetery Gates (vegan)

 Charcoal is a matte slate gray, perfect for a smokey eye, or liner. Negligee is a muted plum/purple with colored shimmer. I actually love these 3 shadows used together to create a smokey eye with a little added interest because of the plum shadow. Cemetery Gates is another favorite for me. It's a metallic silver, with a green sheen to it. This color really helped bring out the light gray flecks in my eyes when I wear it.

All of the shadows I tested were true to the descriptions listed on the site. I found these all to blend well on the eye and the matte shadows are true matte, while the shimmer shades, all have very fine sophisticated shimmer rather than chunky glitter.

Here are swatches of the shadows:

 Pictured Above (from left to right): Beach Sand, Nutmeg, Chocolate Truffle, Cocoa

 Pictured Above (from left to right): Charcol, Negligee, Cemetery Gates, Sahara, Sandcastle, Bubbles, Tea Rose, Blossom

And here is a closer look:
 First picture above: Charcol, Negligee, Cemetery Gates, Sahara, Sandcastle
Second picture above: Sahara, Sandcastle, Bubbles, Tea Rose, Blossom

Here is a brown smokey eye I created using the brown shadows from my sample pack:

To start, I used Sandcastle as an allover base, highlighting more strongly with it under the brow and on the inner corner and inner 1/3rd of the lid.  I then patted Nutmeg onto my lid using a flat stiff brush.  I swept Cocoa into the crease for added depth. To deepen the look further, I used Chocolate Truffle on the outer corner of my eye, in the crease, and then on a dampened angle brush as liner. For added warmth, I swept Sahara where my crease and highlight color met just to soften and ensure a smooth transition. On a very small brush, I took Beach Sand and put just a touch around my tear ducts and on the inner corner of the eye, and just a little bit right under my brow. 

This brown smokey eye works with all eye colors and was very easy to create, as the shadows blend quite smoothly.

 If you are interested in purchasing full sizes of any of the shadows seen in this post, you can click here: My Sass

I hope you enjoyed this peek at Kiss My Sass Cosmetics. I also just want to add that the owner, was super sweet to deal with, and I personally like giving business to nice people, so I will buying more from this brand for sure! 

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