I can't believe I waited so long to try Sugarpill. I've wanted to try their stuff from the very first time I heard about them. The one thing that always kept me from clicking "place order" was me being convinced that I already had similar colors. I have a lot of eyeshadow... Really, a lot. And I didn't think I should spend money on matte white, matte orange, matte hot pink, et cetera when I already had the same colors from other brands. But when they had their Black Friday sale this year, I couldn't resist. I ordered a few things and now I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner because they're FREAKIN' AWESOME.
What I really wanted was the Burning Heart palette (you know how infatuated I am with red and purple eyeshadows) but it was out of stock. Sad face. Yes, I know I could order the shadows individually, but I way prefer palettes over singles. Someday I'll get my hands on Burning Heart, but for now I'll settle for the Sweetheart palette and the three loose shadows I ordered.
This is the front of the Sweetheart palette. Just look at that amazing design. It's not a sticker; it's actually printed.
It's a sturdy, heavy cardboard palette with a magnetic closure and a full mirror inside the lid. The quality and construction of the palette itself is top notch.
The back of the palette is perfect. It lists the name of the palette, the shades, the URL of the shop and is just ridiculously cute.
The ingredients are listed on the back of the outer box. Click to enlarge.
The shadows, with flash and without. The shades are Dollipop (hot pink matte), Afterparty (bright blue matte), Midori (bright teal-green with slight shimmer) and Tako (matte white).
I also ordered three shades of the Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow.
Not only are the boxes extremely adorable, the shades and ingredients are listed on the bottom.
Look at the design on the jars! This is honestly the nicest indie brand packaging I've ever seen.
The shades are Asylum (rust red shimmer), Goldilux (INSANE yellowy-gold metallic with sparkle) and Royal Sugar (bright blue with turquoise flecks).
Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Asylum
Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Goldilux
Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow in Royal Sugar
Swatched lightly over bare skin (no primer): Asylum, Goldilux and Royal Sugar.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
Sugarpill Chromalust in Goldilux on lid
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Dollipop in crease
Sugarpill Chromalust in Asylum on lower lashline and over Dollipop in outer crease
Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner in Perversion
Hourglass Film Noir Full Spectrum Mascara
I've always heard that Goldilux is the most intense gold shadow ever, but I didn't believe it could be any different from the other 30+ gold shadows I own until I tried it. It is amazing. Seriously. Crazy sparkly without being glittery and it's super dense and shiny. Asylum is really shiny and sparkly and has great pigmentation as well. And, so far, Dollipop is the best hot pink eyeshadow I've ever used. It's not as neon looking as Make Up For Ever #75 or Kryolan UV Pink, but it applies so much smoother and easier and blends better.
My thoughts? Wow. These exceeded my expectations. Again, I can't believe I waited so long to try them. I have so many thoughts about these that I'll probably end up rambling for pages if I don't put it in bullet-point form.
What I liked:
- Website is extremely well-designed, eye-catching, attractive, easy to navigate and shows multiple clear pictures of each product.
- Packaging is the same: well-designed, eye-catching and attractive. It's the best indie company packaging I have ever seen. No crooked stickers or scribbly hand-written labels; this is something I can be proud to display or give as a gift.
- The pressed eyeshadows are HUGE! Much bigger than a MAC shadow, bigger even than a Stila or Make Up For Ever shadow pan. They contain 4 grams / .14 oz of product, so they really are as massive as they look.
- The Chromalust loose shadows are pretty big as well. They are 5 grams packed by weight, so some shades may look more or less full, but contain the same amount of product.
- The Chromalusts come in a big wide-mouthed jar without a sifter making them much easier for me to use (but also easier to spill).
- The products are all a great value.
- The colors are just as bright and pigmented in real life as they appear on the website.
- Formulas are smooth and silky, not powdery and streaky.
- Every shade I've tried so far applies and blends beautifully.
- You get a pretty glittery sticker with your order and the shipping box has a kitty on it.
- $5 flat rate domestic shipping on order under $75, orders over $75 get free shipping (including international).
- Their models are smokin' hot. All the makeup, outfits, props, and everything in the promotional photos on the website looks awesome. Really well done.
What I didn't like:
- My Midori was cracked. The shadow still works just fine but it's still a little disappointing to get a brand new item that looks damaged.
- Burning Heart is always out of stock when I want to order it!
- The shipping. I know that I ordered during a sale and I expected some delay, so I don't fault them too much for it, but I would have liked a little warning if it was going to be more than a few days past the stated shipping time. I ordered on the 25th and didn't get a shipping notice until the 3rd. The package didn't actually ship until the 10th. Their website states turnaround as 1-3 business days. Again, I definitely understand why it took so long, but a little notice on the website or in the order confirmation would have been nice and would have adjusted my expectations a little more.
- Dollipop stained my skin. It's not a complaint but it's worth mentioning. I expect hot pinks to stain so it was not an issue for me and I didn't mind, but it may be a problem for some people.
So, overall, I'm very happy with everything I ordered and I would definitely order from Sugarpill again. I have a wishlist as long as my arm now. Dying to try Burning Heart, of course, but also Bulletproof, Decora, Lumi, Hysteric, Birthday Girl... pretty much everything they make, really. The packaging design, the construction, attention to detail and the quality of the products are better than almost any high-end/more expensive brand I've ever tried and definitely the best indie stuff in my collection. They sell only bright, sparkly, fun colors that are actually a good quality. Plus, you get this card with a baby goat and a hot chick on it with your order: