Femme Fatale Cosmetics, "hand blended mineral based cosmetics" - review & swatches

Femme Fatale Cosmetics, a beauty company based in Queensland, is pretty young - we're talking eight-months-old. While they take their baby steps, they are in the process of reaching out to bloggers all over in order to experience their product. And experience I did*. Last week I was sent six samples to try - three vegan and three non vegan and to be honest I couldn't tell the difference. I did, however, have to research what it takes for something to be considered "vegan" - let's take a look at a few examples (list courtesy of One Green Planet):

  • beeswax (often found in lip products)
  • carmine (from cochineal or smashed bugs, usually added to red or pink blush-on or lip products)
  • pearl powder
  • allantoin (from the uric acid of cows/mammals, sometimes added to mineral makeup)
  • collagen (either from animals or human placenta)
  • silk powder
  • elastin (usually found in mascaras; derived from cows)

My husband would define me as an omnivore and a makeup lover; I could never go fully vegan, but I can certainly try to be more thoughtful when I purchase my wares for Bagful.  I love animals, especially cats (bonafide CCL) and I would never want them to suffer for the beauty of others.

*steps down from soapbox*

Loose powders and potions frightened me in the past until I happened upon Benefit Show Offs about nine years ago. Heck, that was a long time ago! And then, Benefit took them off of their counters. Then, I gave Bare Escentuals loose mineral shadows a go, but couldn't shake the duochrome spell cast upon me all those years ago. With Femme Fatale, I think I have found what I've been longing for all these years. What's better than 39 shades of eye colour to choose from? Try price points which start at $1.10 AUS for a sample size or $5.00 AUS for a full size jar.

Femme Fatale eye shadow

Femme Fatale eye shadow

Lip and eye safe

Lip and eye safe

Incantation (L) and Divinity (R)

Incantation (L) and Divinity (R)

Eye safe only

Eye safe only

Clockwise from top left corner: Spark of Life, Endless Winter, Polymorph and Elitist

Clockwise from top left corner: Spark of Life, Endless Winter, Polymorph and Elitist

All together now

All together now

Swatches in direct sunlight

Swatches in direct sunlight

Swatches captured indoors

Swatches captured indoors

When I swatched the colours last week I used a dry q-tip for application purposes.  In hindsight, I should have dampened the end or just used my trusty index finger.  I apologise for the lack of vibrancy here.  When working with loose powders, keep in mind they can be a bit unwieldy; especially when extracting product from miniature zip-lock baggies.

:Edit:

The swatches above are sad, at best.  Today I re-swatched all of the colours in order for you to see how much these colours shine.

Swatches - take two

Swatches - take two

In the look seen below I used four out of the six colours.  For my eyes I started with Inglot shade 397 (peachy cream) and applied it all over.  Then I blended Spark of Life (light mint green) on my lower lid, dabbed a hint of Elitist (gold) on the inner half of my lower lid and added a bit of smokiness with the help of Polymorph (shimmery gray).  But where was the fourth colour used?  Ah, my lips! I layered Divinity (light pink) over Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart.

Femme Fatale

Femme Fatale

Loose mineral goodness

Loose mineral goodness

Eyes
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As for my final thoughts, for as messy as loose powders can get, the colour pay off is intense. Make sure you use a really good eye base and also do your eyes first.  I stupidly blinked when I was putting on my mascara after just sweeping away the remnants of fall out from painting my eyes. Growls were uttered and I may've even dropped an "oh, shoot."

The Bagful breakdown:

Total amount for Femme Fatale samples:

  • $1.10 AUS per bag

Value for money spent (performance and quality):

  • 9 out of 10 bags – cheap, cheerful, awesome customer service and a pretty handsome selection

Likelihood to purchase again:

  • A doe of a company with so much potential.  I can't wait to purchase the full size jars of shadow and the six blush shades they also have for sale at $8.00 a pop!

*Femme Fatale provided me with free samples in exchange for this review.  Thoughts and ramblings written here are completely my own.