Weekend Of Hauls Part III: Virginia Olsen Minerals Haul, First Impressions, Photos & Swatches
Anyway, here’s the third and final installment of my Weekend of Hauls Series this week. (feel free to read my first and second haul featuring my prizes from My Lucid Interval’s Giveaway and my Collective Haul featuring the items I got from the Super Sale Bazaar) And this time, I’ll be featuring the eyeshadows that I got from the Virginia Olsen website.
Recently, they announced that they will now be accepting PayPal payments and as a frequent PayPal user, I got eggzoited and went directly to their website. I was actually overwhelmed by the selection of shades to choose from, lol. Anyway, without further babbling, here are a couple of the items I got… (along with the two samples they sent me. Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH!)
Now that you saw some of the shades that I got, here are some of the shades that I already have…
Here are some of my insights regarding the said product. Keep in mind though that this is not a formal review. More of my first impressions, since I’m kind of a newbie when it comes to mineral/loose eyeshadows. Hence the overwhelming interest. There wont be a pros and cons but you will see some swatches and you’ll be reading some of my views regarding some of the shades I’ve tried.
PACKAGING – Their full-sized products are housed in a small, square, plastic, transparent container, with a silver, metallic cap with their logo. Both are sturdy enough to contain the product. It doesn’t feel cheap nor does it feel like it’s about to give up. It has a sifter that prevents the loose pigments to spread all over the cap, and it’s also sealed with an adhesive plastic when it’s new (for your protection of course). The sample ones are housed with circular plastic containers, it’s simple and it’s not nearly as sturdy nor secure as the ones that you can purchase, but it’s a sample, and these are sometimes given free. However, both of them (full & sample sized packaging) have their shade names written clearly either at the top or at the bottom of the container (full size: bottom; sample size: top).
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SHADE – Not every shade that you can see from the packaging is as simple when you swatch it. Remember that the container is too small for all of these pigments to show you how whimsical they are. Yes, I find them whimsical. Except for the matte colors, perhaps. However the shades, such as ‘Midnight Glam’, ‘Jirbie’, ‘Winter Orchid’, ‘Lilac Lust’ and ‘Lodo’ are quite magical. They’re not as simple as they appear to be, I have this feeling that the more you use it the more you get to know it. (or maybe it’s just me, lol). All of the aforementioned shades have their own share of iridescence onto them but they’re still quite different from one another. Like ‘Jirbie’ for example, when you look at it, you’ll find the colors forest green, silver, gold, and turquoise. But then again, I might be the only one seeing that. you might be seeing a whole different batch of colors. All I know is ‘Jirbie’, among many others is a good example of a how ‘whimsical’ their eyeshadows are.
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FORMULATION – Each eyeshadows have different formulation/consistency depending on their shade. the matte ones are creamy and quite buttery. They’re also very pigmented. The satin and the shimmery ones are by par excellent, so are some of their glittery ones. There are however, some that perhaps needs a mixing solution in order to promote it’s longevity Of course not every VO products needs this. I find that this is only necessary (or perhaps recommended) to those which are a bit loose (glitters such as ‘Jirbie’, ‘Lodo’, and ‘Winter Orchid’) and to those which you would like to use as your eyeliner (in my case ‘Blue Eyeliner’ and ‘Festival’). Although in the end, the choice is really up to you. If it were me, I will always keep a mixing solution handy when using these eyeshadows because not only does it promote their staying power, but it also intensifies each shade.
So those are my thoughts regarding these babies. Like I said, it’s not a formal review, it’s more of a first impression. Stay tuned for an FOTD using some of these shades (I tried to do one but because I wasn’t feeling to well, I messed it up. Duh -_-). Have a nice week ahead everyone! Take care & God Bless!