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Sugarpill Cosmetics

  • Feb 4, 2011
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Sugarpill Cosmetics is the neon hued sparkly brainchild of Amy Doan, whom I’ve known of through her internet moniker Shrinkle since 2004-ish. Amy’s style and creations has been a mainstay on the DIY scene for a number of years, easily recognizable for its wild, outrageous clash-but-match colors. Sugarpill is no different; it is a tidal wave of intense, vibrant color. Amy was kind enough to send me a generous helping of her products to use for this review.

Firstly, let’s be real: I am a make-up dummy. I barely learned about things like primer within the last year or so. I am in NO way someone who pretends to know what’s what, just a girl who digs a bold look when she steps out.

Shipping & Packaging: Amy and I happen to live within a solid morning’s drive of one another (or half a day if you drive like a granny), so I can’t comment on shipping EXCEPT to say that Sugarpill does ship worldwide at very good prices! The contents arrive in a durable box stamped with a cute sugarpill kitty and inside is a plethora of hot pink tissue along with the products, all nicely packaged in custom designed Sugarpill boxes, stickers and business cards. STICKERS! Ooooh ~ Okay, back to the make up.

The product themselves are PACKED to the brim, so be aware when you open your loose eyeshadow! I’ve had a few mini spills already. On the plus side, you get exactly what you pay for (5 grams of loose eyeshadow is exactly 5 grams), but on the downside – whoa, spillage! I urge you to open them over a paper surface so if there is any spillage, you can just slide it right back in the jar.
 


The goods in their custom packaging


Received Loose Eyeshadow: Asylum (rust red), Absinthe (bright green), Junebug (gemstone green), Starling (bright teal), Magpie (pewter blue), Royal Sugar (sparkly violet-blue), Hysteric (bright purple), Goldilux (opaque gold), Lumi (sheer snowy shimmer)

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Received Pressed Eyeshadow: Dollipop (vivid pink), Buttercupcake (intense yellow), Midori (green), Afterparty (bright blue) *not pictured*, Poison Plum (royal purple)

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadows


Favorite Colors:
Junebug – I never would have thought I’d come to love a dark green as much as I love this color. It’s classy and unique.

Magpie – I knew I wanted Magpie when Amy first revealed the colors. Blue is not usually my color, but this pewter-blue is just stunning. Like Junebug, classy, elegant and unique.

Goldilux – I love opaque gold! Glittery, bright and bold, this is THE top gold loose eyeshadow, hands down.

Starling – I surprised myself loving this blue, but it’s great on its own or combined with the majority of the other colors.

Honorable Mentions:
Asylum – Probably the best red you will find in eyeshadow form. It’s not over-the-top fire engine red, it’s not pinky or too orange, either. It’s a solid rust without the brown. I have no other way of explaining it, but it is perfect for the clubs or that classy charity event to match the red with black overlay evening gown (as I wore it).

Absinthe – I love a good lime green, and this is strikingly vivid lime that definitely gets recommended.

Least Favorite:
Lumi – Sheer shimmer just isn’t my cup of tea. Makes a nice highlighter though.

Buttercupcake – I’m not into yellow on its own, but this is a good yellow for mixing.

Midori – Too standard of a green for my liking.

Application: I’m learning as I go, but I highly recommend a good primer for the loose eyeshadow and to apply them wet. I find, for the loose powders, if I do not have a sturdy primer or if I try to apply them dry, they loosen and leave streaks on my cheeks and parts of my eyelid above the crease (you can see this in some of my images). I haven’t had this happen every single time, but this is why I emphasis a good primer.

Lasting Power: Pressed or loose shadow, Sugarpill lasts a LONG time. I’ve worn them from just a couple of hours to all day and evening with little signs of wear.

Removal: The easiest eyeshadow/make up I have ever removed in my life. A couple of quick swipes from a make up remover wipe and it’s gone!

Looks: Here are a few looks I took pictures of while testing out Sugarpill.

Blues+Violets




Starling matches my blouse exactly!



Top: Dollipop Bottom: Royal Sugar mixed with Hysteric

 

Rainbow





Lumi – Asylum – Buttercupcake – Midori – Afterparty – Hysteric – Dollipop


Purchasing: Shadows run $12 a pop, a fair price because, as I said earlier, you get your money’s worth in quantity as well as quality. Shipping is $5 flat rate, which I have mixed feelings about because if I only want to order one color I would hesitate. I’d try to go in on a bulk order with some friends and maybe get enough folks to buy-in to reach that FREE shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Overall, I simply adore Sugarpill. It’s also handy to have met the girl behind the make-up, to know that Amy is truly passionate about quality control and what her customers have to say about the products. That kind of personal touch is rare with big-name companies, and I’m more than happy to pass on the standard fare in favor of some indie business love.

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February 13, 2011
I LOVE SHRINKLE! Been following her blog since the LJ years and I actually met her at a music festival about 5-6 years back (omg, I can't believe it's been that long!). Super nice lady :) I've yet to try her products because I'm so addicted to MAC, but the way you wear it looks so gorgeous that I just might! :D
February 16, 2011
Wow, we are two old school Shrinkle fans! I hope you do give Sugarpill a go - it's totally worth your money and the shadow lasts forever!
 
February 11, 2011
Great write-up, Rachael! I'm just like you- I don't know much about make-up and have started to experiment with a few brands because I've discovered that it's quite fun instead of sticking with the standards. I also think the price is just right and really appreciate someone who is focused on customer service and high quality products. Thanks for sharing Sugarpill with us :)
 
February 08, 2011
This is truly great review! I have not heard of this brand and I think when it comes to make-up, I'm hopeless. These pictures look great though, I love the color purple. As with you, I'm beginning to enjoy green quite a great deal! Thanks!!!
February 09, 2011
Thank you! This is a great independent company that has a strong, loyal and ever growing fanbase. Since I first posted this review on my blog, Amy has expanded with more amazing colors. I'm awestruck by her innovation; Sugarpill can easily go against the big companies!
February 10, 2011
Yes, I certainly believe in independent company and hope that I can actually get into the business of helping them grow and promote their brands around the world. Some of them are just so great that it'd be a waste for them to only cater to local clienteles! You seem to know quite a bit about cosmetics and make-up. Are you in that field of expertise?
February 10, 2011
Oh, you are sweet but no, I'm a novice when it comes to make up. I follow a very well kept up beauty/make up blog and that is usually where I find great recommendations, especially about indie make up companies. I just happen to know Amy who runs Sugarpill.
 
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   I am a freelance travel/food writer with my own hobby blog, Glass of Win.   I am a regularly featured writer for Visit the Place Los Angeles magazine and online community.
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