I have two major problems. OK, three. Books. Art supplies. And makeup. If these three things didn't exist, I swear, I'd be a millionaire.
I'm no stranger to Sweet Libertine Cosmetics. They are, after all, the ones who came out with the Firefly colors, AND Amanda Palmer colors, AND MLP: Friendship is Magic colors. Their makeup comes in gorgeous, highly pigmented colors, and the geek spin to the company makes them high on my list when I want to shop for pretty things.
When author Delilah S. Dawson announced on her social media that she was working with someone to make a cosmetics line inspired by her Wicked As They Come steampunk novel, I had an idea that it might be Sweet Libertine...and when I got my promo swatch kit, I saw that I was RIGHT!
So here we have two AWESOME people collaborating on makeup--How could this possibly go wrong?? And I was so right.
The Wicked As They Come eyeshadow collection is versatile and has enough colors for you to create endless possibilities. There are enough shades where you could easily create both day and night looks (if, you know, you care about those things). There are shades that compliment every eye color and skin tone, and the shadows, which are the loose mineral pigments Sweet Libertine fans love, work well both wet and dry. Not a single of these had a chalky feel or look, which is probably my biggest criticism of most eye shadows.
Colors include: Clockwork Monkey (metallic copper), Sexy Mr. Darcy (steel gray), Bludbunny (rusty bronze), Can-Can Dancer of the Damned (sparkling black), Magic Dust (silver-gray), Tsarina's Kiss (pale pink), Daggerman (pale lilac), Tightrope Girl (pearly wine), Madam Morpho (medium blue), Uroboros (gold metallic), Vampy Witch-Queen (medium green), and Conjure Me (darker medium blue). All the colors have a shimmer to them of varying degrees, and I don't think there is one I don't like.
On the arm swatch below, I brushed the shadows onto my totally bare skin, with no primer, dry, so you can see how awesome they look even without any prep or perks.
Below, I'm trying out a really simple look (so you can see, anyone can do this!) with Tsarina's Kiss, Daggerman, and Uroboros, dry over eyeshadow primer. Then I used wet Tightrope Girl to line.
And in this one, I'm trying out Uroboros, Madam Morpho, and Vampy Witch-Queen (again, dry over primer), lined with wet Conjure Me.
I wear glasses, too, so in case you are wondering if all these pretty colors are wasted behind specs, fear not!
So...YES! I whole-hearted recommend these new eyeshadow shades from Sweet Libertine Cosmetics, AND I suggest you read Delilah S. Dawson's book, Wicked As They Come! You won't be disappointed. You can find the eyeshadow at SweetLibertine.com TONIGHT, Friday September 30, at 9:00 PM EDT. You can also join a release party on Facebook today at https://www.facebook.com/events/310344679327939/.
Melanie R. Meadors is an author and editor of science fiction and fantasy, blogger at The Once and Future Podcast, and a professional author publicist. She studied physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University, where no day was complete without a heated debate over relativity versus quantum mechanics. You can find her at her website, melaniermeadors.com, on Facebook, and Twitter, @melaniermeadors.