MINI PENNY: Dark Heart Designs Vegan Cosmetics Review

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dark Heart Designs Vegan Cosmetics Review

Recently the lovely Tina Z over at Dark Heart Designs sent me an array of samples from her handmade cosmetics line. Most of the line is vegan and I'm pretty excited to share these fun colors with my Minis!

I've said it lots of times before, but I rarely wear eyeshadow. This was a fun little branch out for me, but I kept it simple and didn't do anything too crazy for these swatch photos. All images were taken in natural sunlight with no flash.

Dirty Diana Shadow (Vegan) "A burgundy wine color shadow with multicolored sparkle inspired by Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana." With this being my favorite Michael Jackson song, I can't help but love this deep pink-red tone. It is shimmery but not glittery. Love!

Jadis Duochrome Shadow (Vegan) "A silvery white shadow with blue and aqua sparkle." I'd say that this is probably my favorite. I'm a big fan of neutrals and this has just enough iridescent sparkle to make it stand out from my other white shadows. I'm a big fan (and it kind of makes me think of unicorns...)!

Elphaba Duochrome Shadow (Vegan) "A sea green shadow with a pink champagne sheen and pink sparkle." Another shadow with iridescent sparkle! It's not as intense as the jadis, but lovely and subtle nonetheless.

Limelight Shadow (Vegan) "A bright lime green shadow with a gold sheen and silver sparkle. Inspired by an early type of stage light in which lime was heated to incandescence producing brilliant illumination." Another fun color. This one is much brighter than the Elphaba. I love the boldness but probably won't wear it as often because of its contrast with my eye color. Either way, I love the subtle shimmer!

Moshi Moshi Shadow (Vegan) "A light, dreamsicle orange. Inspired by Brand New's Moshi Moshi." This shadow came in as a close second favorite. I wore it to work yesterday and got a lot of compliments. It's a nice, retro peach/orange tone and makes my eyes pop. I'll be sporting this color this summer for sure!

Glinda Duochrome Shadow (Vegan) "A creamy, silver pink shadow with silver sparkle." This subtle pink sparkle is great. I'm looking forward to pairing this with one of my bubblegum pink lip colors for a super-girly look. It's lovely and, heck, named after the Good Witch of the North! What's not to love?

Mad Scientist Gel EyeLight Liner (Vegan) "A pale gray green gel eye liner with a slight blue undertone. Inspired by Dr. Finkelstein's skin tone." While I really love this color, I don't see the gray/green — what I received is definitely closer to a baby blue tone and doesn't look much like the photo online. Regardless, it's lovely. The texture is a bit heavy and takes a little work to get it right. I used a flat liner brush to apply it. The Vanity EyeLight looks like a fun color, too!

Shock Lip Slick (Vegan) "Shock Lip Slicks Gloss is a slightly sticky, semi-sheer, mauve moisturizing gloss with subtle green undertones." I love this color for spring. It's similar to a glossy, sparkly gloss version of Lime Crime's D'Lilac. The green sparkle undertone is a nice touch. The description is correct that the texture is sticky, so if that's not your thing, keep it in mind when buying! I personally don't care for sticky glosses — I'm more of a lipstick kind of girl.

In all of the images above I used eyelid primer (ELF Cosmetics!) before applying — aside from the lip slick, of course. Here is a swatch of what the colors look like on bare skin with no primer.

Overall, I'm impressed by Tina Z's handmade cosmetics! There are some other colors that I think look really interesting and they're all vegan with the exception of the bright red eyeshadow (a color which I find very intriguing...). I suggest checking out here shop here and taking a look at her line.

Thanks Tina and keep up the great work!

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