Back in whatever month Black Friday is in (meh, google too far) November probably, Sugarpill had a wicked ass sale, 30% off.
The sale was a complete surprise! That evening I set my alarm to wake me up at 1am because I wanted in on Morgana Cryptoria's lipstick sale but then I saw Amy (Sugarpill QUEEEEN) tweet her sale and I was ON THAT YO!
The website is GORGEOUS! Hop on over to check it out. The top right hand side holds your cart total which is handy because I tend to impulse shop and before I know it, my credit card just lost another $100 :s
As soon as I placed the order I remembered I was heading to my mom's for Christmas holidays and I didn't want to miss the post man so I emailed Amy to ask if she could please ship it to my mom's house, and she was sweet enough to do so :) The package ended up arriving 2 days before I had to come back to Winnipeg so I'm glad I asked, it would have bothered me to have to wait any longer! I WANT ME LUCKY CHARMS! I mean, shiny stuff. Charms are cool too. Off topic, back on track!!!
The order arrived in a frikkin ADORABLE white box with a pretty blue kitteh on the front.
Inside was loads of awesome pink tissue paper and my lurvely order packed nice and neat. I also got 1 business card, 1 double sided photocard, 1 sample of Magentric and 2 glitter stickers! She gave me the Turquiose one also, even though I forgot to use the facebook special code to get it so that made me even more pleased! There was a packing slip but I can't find that bugger. She wrote a thank you on it and I remember there being a cute sticker!
One thing I was worried about, is knowing the jars come without sifters. Right now all my loose pigments, which take up probably 90% of my collection, all have tape to keep the lids from unwinding, even the siftered jars (minus the ones where I haven't pulled the sticker off the sifter yet) I've seen some Sugarpills reviews and the jars mostly always seemed to have some spillage. Well something must have been done with those jars, or maybe I got really lucky because not a single jar came unscrewed even a little bit. There was no spillage anywhere. If you blow up the pic below you can see for yourself. The only reason Goldilux has a bit around the threading is because I gave my mom some. I actually trust the jars so much I have them in my cart upside-down, name side up.
I bonked Paperdoll :(
That's what 25 grams plus another 5 grams of awesome looks like. I didn't use or spill any Lumi. It's still 5 grams of pigment. The website says:
A crazy amount of detail has been put into every single part of the product and packaging. The boxes the Chromalusts come in are matte finish except where the graphic and "Sugarpill" is, that part is glossed over. I couldn't get it to show up on a clear pic :(
Ingredients are listed on the back/bottom. The lids of the jars have the logo painted on them, it's not a sticker.
Even the business card is seriously one of the cutest/BEST business cards I have seen. It also has a shiny finish. I'm going to have to find out a way to get a bunch of these to pass out. Friday I did a look (will post later) and 3 people complimented it! I never get that many random compliments! 1 guy asked if it was airbush. Silly boy. So if I go on a Sephora trip, I wanna be armed with Sugarpill cards to help spread the Gospel of the Sugar that is a Pill.
(I have 2 business cards and 2 photocards now, this is what the front and back look like)
I've seen people gush over the size of the shadows but it was only when I actually had these in my hands, did I actually "get" it. HUGE!
Burning Heart Palette and Sweet Heart Palette
Sure I've seen people do the whole MAC comparison but I didn't really get it until I did it myself. So here's my attempt to make you get it :)
To sum it up without all the math, which I completely fail at, Sugarpill is the better deal. Especially since MAC changed pigment jar sizes and while Sugarpill is 5 grams of product $12US, MAC's new jar is 4.5 grams and costs $23.50CDN (can't find the US price but it's not cheap)
Singles, Sugarpill are 4 grams of product for $12US each (less if you go palette style) whereas MAC is 1.5 grams for $17.50CDN (our dollar is a tad lower than the US dollar, but knock off a couple of bucks for better comparison)
Sugarpill is the much better deal.
I know I've seen some say that $12 is too much but I know when I spend $12 on a jar of Chromalust, I'm getting a quality product that's unique in colour with crazy beautiful packaging and detail. I'm kind of surprised they aren't a bit more, Amy goes all out! Even the Magentric sample is crazy labelled. The black name sticker that's on the bottom of the boxes is inside the little card so you know what colour it is. And PINK STAPLE! Not as in it's a staple for your collection (although it could be!) but the sample baggy is held in with a pink staple. So cute! I haven't popped my sample out yet, I'm just injoying it's cuteness for now. And if people can drop $14 on not-so-creative junk (oh HAI Chameleon!) they should definitely be buying these instead!
Some were also hoping to see samples before committing to a full size jar. I think A good idea would be to team up with a friend to split jars, or try to find someone sampling off their jars. I'm a makeup hoarder so don't look at me right now :D I only shared some Goldilux with my mom because she birthed me :D I don't think Sugarpill should absolutely have to provide samples. (Don't beat me in the face for this!) I just think we get a bit spoiled having most indie companies provide sampling options. You won't see samples of MAC pigments unless you go into a store and have someone help you, but if you don't live near one you are SOL on that anyways unless you find someone sampling their jars. What's to stop a person from only ordering samples over and over and over, never grabbing that full jar. With the amount of time, work and detail, I don't see much profit happening if she were to provide these unless she were to charge more than the usual $1 we see elsewhere and we wouldn't see as much awesome. I could be wrong though, it's just my guess/opinion. $12 IS WORTH IT!! If you have to live off Kraft Dinner and turn all the lights out for 2 months to get some, DOOOITTTT.
SWATCHING! I made up a genius way of swatching! Someone probably already discovered this, but it just popped in my head before this review so for this morning while looking for a clean brush so I'm totally taking credit for it :D Those shitty little useless sponge tip aplicators you get in compacts? WORK MAGIC! Q-tips suck for me but right now it's all about the sponge. My brushes were dirty and I didn't want to dip my fingers in the jar or reuse a brush 6 times. I don't know the shelf life of these pigments, so I want to keep them as sanitary as possible.
Birthday Girl looks a bit different than it looks in the jar. It wipes on darker. Window light
Birthday girl has a matte finish loaded with pink sparkles Paperdoll has a matte finish loaded with pinky purple sparkles Darling is actually more green than the swatch shows. That's the hard part with turquise shades not behaving for the camera :( Decora is pink with green sparkles (was hard to get them to show up!) Goldilux really is the greatest gold in the world. I have many mannnnny golds but this one is now number one. Not only is it super metallic, it has GOLD SPARKLES!! Lumi looks white but goes on a shimmery blue. I was hesitant about getting this one because I have a bunch on interference shades already but those are straight mica and those were more glowy looking where Lumi is more shimmery IN YO FACE-y :) Lumi looks sweet over black, just look at it over my tatoo! shinyshinyshiny
I wont swatch the pressed singles because oodles of people have done so already including the swatching queen Temptalia here and here
You may notice the back of her palette looks different than mine. Amy listens to reviews and constructive critisism and she improved the palettes by labelling them with the colour names on the back :)
All in all, I LOVE everything I got. I'm begging my mister to allow me to place another order today because it's Sugarpills Birthday!! 20% off: birthday I NEED Bulletproof to finish my pressed collection and I wanted to grab some more Chromalusts. Absinthe, I shall OWN YOUUUUU and your little friend Tipsy too.
I'm just some 27 yr old girlie in Canadaland, dodging polar bears and wild geese and junk, who is addicted to reading and who feels the need to share my <3 for makeup!
If for any reason you would like to contact me to say WHAT UP WOMAN?! etc., my email is PaintedKitteh@gmail.com