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ART Cosmetics:​ Sparkle with a little piece of ART!

Hey everyone if you’re big into the Indie makeup scene then you have definitely heard of the brand Art Cosmetic.

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Earlier this July they announced a Collab with Instagram’s @MaddyRichieMakeup to create a whimsical highlight palette consisting of four gorgeous pigment shades. As soon as I saw this palette I knew I needed it and ordered mine the second it hit pre-sale on June 29 2017. I also ordered a few pressed glitters to try out as I have been searching for a pressed glitter and needed to spend a bit more to receive the free shipping.

Normally I purchase my makeup from either Sephora, the manufacture or the drugstore, this was my first time buying an Indie brand of makeup and I can say I was not disappointed!

So for those of you have never heard of ART Cosmetics keep reading to see details about my shopping experience, product review and of course SWATCHES!! You will love the works of ART this company creates!

 

Let’s just get right into the whole reason I bought from ART Cosmetics and it was because of the highlight collaboration with @MaddyRichieMakeup.

The palette went on Presale June 29 2017 and is still available while supplies last on the ART Cosmetics website

 I wanted this palette because of the colors; I thought they were so pretty I just had to have them.

Also Maddy Richie is Canadian and being Canadian myself I wanted to support her.

I have had trouble finding some good Canadian based makeup lines and even though the owner of ART is American I love that she teamed up with someone who is not from the same country to create such an amazing palette.

(PS. If you know any good ones comment them down below so I can check them out!)

Swatches with and without primer

So in this palette you get 4 beautifully pigmented shades in 37mm pans for $31 USD ($38.84 CAD) which works outs too about $7.75 USD ($9.17 CAD) per shade or roughly $1.10USD ($1.38CAD) per gram.

The 4 shades are called: Jawbreaker which is a glowing white highlight, Aura a pretty bubblegum pink, Vulgar a cool teal blue and Electra a pigmented shimmery purple.

The packaging is sleek and minimal, done in a silver case with a simple pink font on the front. You can smell the bubble gum before you open the palette it is that intense. I mean, I heard it smelt like bubble gum but damn ART you really make me want some bubblicious while I’m using this palette.

The mirror is lovely and works quite well, sometimes I find the mirror included to be quite cheap looking, almost like reflective plastic. This mirror was clear, and very usable which is nice since it’s a great size to fit in your purse for on the go glowmergencies.

The ingredients are listed on the back of the palette and are as follows:

Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide, Fractionated Coconut oil, Isopropyl Myristate, Avocado oil, Dimethicone, White Sericite Mica, Magnesium stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol.
May Include: Synthetic Flurouphiogopite, Silica, Boron Nitride, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Red #30 lake. (I don’t know what half these are but there you go)

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First impressions:

The palette smells and looks amazing!

I find the price to be quite reasonable for a first time collaboration, you get roughly 28 grams of product total in the whole palette, which is pretty comparable to more well-known brands such as Anastasia Beverly Hills or Huda Beauty.

(A comparable palette with four pans from one of these brands run about $1.75USD ($1.90CAD) per gram and cost upwards of $45+USD ($50+CAD) per palette).

I enjoyed the packaging it was simple and cute, I did however find it a bit difficult to read the ingredients on the back of the palette due to the small font and the texture of the case. The letters seemed to fit right in the little groves of material so I found myself moving it to make sure the light hit it just right so I could read it.

The palette arrived intact with no broken pans or flawed packaging and looked exactly like the stock photo on the website. At first glance the colors looked beautiful and smooth, I did notice a little white spot on my Aura highlight but it’s just something I noticed and in no way has affected my use of the palette and is slowly blending out the more I use it.

(I did not complain about this to the company as it hasn’t affected my ability to use the palette and I’m not going request compensation for this minuscule flaw)

I also thought the color choices were well thought out and fit well together, making it so you can use multiple colors in one look without it looking messy.

Now on to the swatches and the scoop and how well it works!I did a number of swatches to see what it looked like with primer and setting spray, without primer, brush verses finger and how it holds up under running water.

I can say just from the swatches this palette has a very smooth application. The product feels buttery and soft to the touch and has minimal fall out. I found the most fall out came from the shade Electra and Vulgar, it wasn’t anything major just out of the four shades I noticed Electra had the most fall out followed by the shade Vulgar.

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When it came time to apply to the face the shades where easy to work with, I didn’t find them patchy and they blended flawlessly.

I found the easiest way to apply these pigments was with a flat eyeshadow brush over top a primer and pat it on instead of swiping it.

Patting on the product gave me the most color pay-off versus swiping it over top the eyelid.

This palette is PIG-MENT-ED, you only need to dab your brush on the pan to get great pay-off.

I used Jawbreaker as a highlight and I’m sure they saw it in space cause boy she was GLOWING!

Now I personally achieved the best results using a lid primer versus a setting spray when it came to applying this to my eye lids. I tried a setting spray and I’m not sure why, maybe it was the brush maybe it was the spray but it was just not doing it for me. (FYI I was using the tarte setting spray and a concealer brush so maybe I’ll need to use different tools.)

If you are just going out for the day it will last you no problem but if you sweat and wipe your face a lot you will need to reapply if you want to keep the blinding glow. I work in a kitchen so at the end of the day I still had a faint glow on my cheeks but it was very subtle. As long as your not overly sweating it will last until you decide to take it off. As you can see by the water test that unless you wear a primer it will come off very easily.

When it came time to remove the product it came off easily with water and makeup remover and did not irritate my skin.

Now that I have spent this whole time talking about the palette I hope I haven’t bored you because I still have more Items to talk about.

 

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The other items I bought were 3 pressed glitters and the glitter adhesive to go along with it.

These arrived in little clear clamshells, perfectly in tacked with nothing missing or incorrect. I did notice that one glitter pan (Kirby) wasn’t as full as the rest and I have contacted the company in regards to this. (I’ll talk about their response in my final thoughts)

I ordered the shades Kirby, Snow and Darling: Kirby is a gorgeous pinky gold shade with lots of shine, Darling is a deep shimmery purple and snow is a crisp cool glittery white.

The glitters cost between $4-$8.00 USD ($5.02 -10.05 CAD) and currently they have a sale on some of their pressed glitters.

Upon researching other handmade pressed glitters I found this to be a reasonable price for comparable products.

Boutiques such as HolyGlitter and GlitterAddict range in price from $4-8 USD

($5.02-$10.05 CAD) so it seems like this is the going rate for pressed glitter.

The ingredients for the glitter are as follows:

Glycerine, Jojoba oil, Shea Butter, Acrylates Copolymer,
Isopropyl Myristate, Dimethicone Bis-Vinyl Dimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol.

(Again HUH? Haha)

The glitter comes in 26mm pans that hold roughly 3-5 grams of product at a cost roughly $2.66 USD ($3.34 CAD) per gram. They have a wide range of shades to choose from so finding a color you like won’t be hard, narrowing down the choice might be!

I found the glitter to be a bit sticky so when I told the company about the glitter pan I also asked them about this issue as well.

I found this didn’t affect the pigment but did make it hard personally for me to apply. I was scared that if I pressed to hard the glitter would squish out of the pan and it is so pretty I didn’t want to wreck it.

I did a number of swatches just like with the palette to show the glitter with or without adhesive, finger verses brush and a water test. I also read that a wet brush is the best way to use pressed glitters so I tried that as well.

I have never worked with pressed glitter before and honestly was surprised at how much difficulty I had working with it.

I assumed that like craft glitter it would stick to everything and it did….. So well that it would stick back onto my finger when I went over the swatch again. Unlike craft glitter the glitter particals did wipe away much easier leaving little to no residual glitter. (Nothing worse than remaining glitter 3 days after you removed it.) I found the glitter easy to swatch but, when it came time to test it in a look boy was it a different story. I clearly need some practice using pressed glitters because I had a hard time using it.

I ended up using a brush because it was the easiest way to get the glitter where I wanted it without it making a huge mess. I had an easier time just applying the glitter straight to my lids and found I had the most difficulty trying to apply it over the adhesive. No matter what I tried I could not make the glitter stick to the adhesive properly. I’m not sure if this is a product flaw or a technique flaw as I might just need more practice. The adhesive had minimal odor, and took about 30-40 seconds to dry. I found it was the easiest to work in small areas at a time to ensure it sticks to the adhesive and you get the most color pay-off.

It was very sparkly, no shortage of glitter in these pans and they had no fall out at all. The glitter will last all day with or without adhesive. I found the best way to apply was with or without adhesive and using a damp brush helped. The glitter had no smell of any kind and they didn’t irritate my eyes.

Still take caution and test before you apply near your eye area as everyone has different sensitivities and we don’t need people going blind over glitter!

They were easy to wash off but took a bit of time to ensure that you got all the glitter off your face, so take time removing it. Even with the adhesive once you wipe it, it spreads everywhere so take time and focus don’t just wipe your face all crazy like or you’ll have glitter everywhere.

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A little bit of info on the company
ART Cosmetics is 100% vegan, cruelty free and prides themselves on handmade products that are free of harsh chemicals, suitable for all skin tones.
The founder Aly Rae Tanner and Co –Founder Callan Minster pride themselves on producing a quality product “that your skin doesn’t absolutely hate you for putting on.”
Aly Rae Tanner is a licensed cosmetologist and part time model while Callan Minster majored in Biological Science and has a knack for handmade products. Together they combined their knowledge and love of makeup to create beautiful products for us to enjoy!
Their site is a simple design that is easy to navigate with lots of great quality pictures.
The main page has a few links to the items they sell but the easiest way to see everything is to click the catalogue link on the left side of the page.
All the products have clear pictures the accurately portray the item you are getting which is awesome because let’s face it there is nothing worse than ordering one color and getting something totally different.
You can also create an account to help keep track of all the orders you’ve placed and the shipping addresses you currently have on file. You can’t create wish lists which I would really like to have seen as I hate trying to remember all the pretty items I wanted the last time I was on the site.
They offer free shipping on orders over $50 and they take great care in shipping their products. Each item was wrapped in bubble wrap and the box was packed with pretty pink tissue paper for added cushion with a couple fragile stickers placed on the outside of the box.
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I placed my order on the presale date which was June 29 2017 and received the items on August 14 2017.

I did have a bit of a delay on my order, normally the package would have been sent after the release date of the palette (July 14 2017) but mine was forgotten. I contacted the company and they were super-fast at responding and correcting the problem.I do not fault them for this as the owner is going through some medical issues and even through them was able to reply to my email and rectify the problem promptly. I also received a speedy response in regards to my questions about the sticky glitter and a partially full glitter pan, literally an hour after I sent the email if not sooner! They were more than happy to replace the glitter if I chose but gave me a couple tricks to try first to remove some of the moisture.I declined, as her tip on pressing the glitter with paper towel worked and removed the extra moisture. I also don’t like being THAT person, had the glitter pan been really empty I would have requested a new glitter but it was not missing much.My main objective was to see how the company would respond to my question as well as the time it took to return my email.

 

Final Thoughts!

ART Cosmetics in nothing short of ART in makeup form. I can say I definitely need more practice with the glitters but overall I love the products.

Everything was well thought out from packaging to color choices, no small detail is over looked.

This also holds true to the product, everything was packed with pigment and applied flawlessly. I am glad to have chosen ART Cosmetics as my first Indie makeup purchase, they have set a high standard that will be hard to beat.

ART Cosmetics is She Runs the House Approved!

Have other Indie Brands that you’d like to see reviewed? Drop me a message and I’ll make it happen.

 

*Disclaimer: All Currency exchange is based on rate at time of post and may not reflect current rates*

 

 

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