Friday, April 18, 2014

Haul: First Impressions of Notoriously Morbid - Part I

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Entire haul - bonus candy and 2 sample baggies. Click for larger image.
There are three things that I can never pass up: 1. Make up, and assorted pretty things, 2. Sales and promotions, and 3. Doctor Who paraphernalia. Notoriously Morbid, an indie cosmetics company, managed to combine all three of my loves in their celebration sale!

The Amazing:
I placed my order on 4/3/14, and my order was shipped on 4/14/14. The turnaround time that is advertised is 10-14 business days, and my order only took 7 business days to ship; this is really good for an indie company.
Came neatly wrapped in pink tissue and patterned tape - click for larger image.
I ordered the beauty blogger package, The Doctor collection, and Jupiter Rain. With my order, I received 2 extra sample baggies, a handwritten note with my invoice, and a banana laffytaffy. All of the shadows are sealed with a shrink wrap - which I really, really appreciate, since not all indie companies do this.

The Not-So-Good:
Something that I was a little disappointed in was the amount of shadow in the full sized jars. Full sizes are advertised to be "completely packed 5g jars" on storeenvy and on a couple of eyeshadows on website, but only one shadow seemed to fit that description. I'm not sure if this is an anomaly or if I'm just being too sensitive because I haven't been able to find a review/blog with full sized containers. I was also unable to find an example of how much product a standard full size should contain in the FAQ, but I did feel slightly cheated, since some shadows I received contained much more product than others.
Sad half full container. Click for larger image.
As an example, my container of Noble weighed 8.0g, whereas my filled to the brim container of Boe weighed 8.9g. I understand there is a slight variance between the weights of the shadows due to the different densities of the individual shades, (Vashta Naerada clocked in at 8.9g with about 3/4 container filled), but there is no other way, than the pictures that I took, to really show how much was actually missing.

EDIT: Customer service is amazing. I contacted Carrie on 4/30/14 about the "half filled" container and she promptly responded and asked if I wanted her to send me new jars of shadow. Notoriously Morbid has A++ customer service and I am definitely going back.

The Swatches:
In the beauty blogger package, I received a full size of Gypsy Curse, described as a warm-toned taupe, which is exactly the type of taupe I asked for in the notes!
Swatch and container of Gypsy Curse. Click for larger image.
I also received samples of Hesitant Heroine, Stripper Zombie, Dust to Dust, Rain on Cold Glass, Garmonbozia, Teacher in Tweed, and Quiet in the Dark, two of which were samples that came with the order.
Swatch and baggie of Hesitant Heroine, click for larger image.
Hesistant Heroine is described as a "A deep sapphire blue with an indigo tone in a matte finish." I'm hesitant to use this with pixie epoxy again.

Swatch and baggie of Stripper Zombie, click for larger image.
Stripper Zombie is described as a "A sour apple green with a gold duocrome and packed with gold sparkle." I absolutely adore the name and the description - "She used to take her clothes off for a living, now that she's living dead she strips the flesh right off too!" This was a shadow that I did not ever expect to fall in love with because I don't really do sparkles or green, but my goodness, it is one of the most gorgeous things ever. I absolutely love it and I'm so glad that I got a sample of it. This would be something I would purchase.

Swatch and baggie of Dust to Dust, click for larger image.
Dust to Dust is described as a "An icy mint green with a gray/bone undertone." This was one of the colors that I had hoped to get after browsing the entire site. It's such a delicate/exquisite looking greymint color that I just have not seen anywhere, I'm very glad to get a sample of this, but I'm not sure if it'll be something I'd buy a full size of.
Swatch and baggie of Rain on Cold Glass, click for larger image.
Rain on Cold Glass is described as a "A shimmery gold with flashes of blue." This color looked vaguely uninterestingly cold and metallic/steely in the baggie, but when applied, I absolutely loved it - the gold really shows through. I would definitely get a full size of this one, it's perfect for lazy days where I'd just want to put one color all over my lids.
Swatch and baggie of Garmonbozia, click for larger image.
Garmonbozia is described as a "A creamy corn yellow with a chestnut undertone and a frigid blue shift. The more you blend, the more the chestnut undertone appears. If you are really into unique shades, this one is for you." This one didn't really catch my eye in the bag because it appeared to be this off yellow color with a very apparent blue shift, but my gosh, when applied it is such an intriguing color. I'm so glad she decided to include this sample. I will definitely buy a full sized of this.
Swatch and baggie of Teacher in Tweed, click for larger image.
Teacher in Tweed is described as a "An olive brown that practically screams librarian." Such a good description, it's cooler toned and brown-er than Gypsy Curse, and methinks it'd go great with Rain on Cold Glass.
Swatch and baggie of Quiet in the Dark, click for larger image.
Quiet in the Dark is described as a "A dark rose red with a gold duochrome." I like it, but I'm not quite brave enough to put red in my eye area yet. Maybe someday I'll be bold enough to!

Left to right - Quiet in the Dark, Teacher in Tweed, Garmonbozia, Rain on Cold Glass, Dust to Dust, Stripper Zombie, Hesitant Heroine and Gypsy Curse - click for larger image.
First column with NYX Milk, second column with ELF Primer + Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy and third column with ELF Primer only. Swatches were patted on with a brush. As you can see, NYX Milk makes all of them stay better, but Pixie Epoxy reaaally grabs hold of the duochromes and sparkles. I would not wear Stripper Zombie, Rain on Cold Glass, or Garmonbozia without Pixie Epoxy because they look so much more unique with it. I will, however, skip out on the Pixie Epoxy and only go for NYX Milk on the mattes, I'm not that great with PE quite yet and it always makes my mattes look kind of garbled.

I will be swatching The Doctor collection and Jupiter Rain in a later post. Overall, I really liked the section of colors I was given to sample and Garmonbozia was my favorite out of the bunch. What are your favorites from Notoriously Morbid? Thanks for joining me!

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Disclosure: Unless otherwise noted, all products were bought and paid for by me. I do not do paid reviews, but will consider relevant press samples, all my reviews will be 100% honest and my own opinion.


  1. I love Notoriously Morbid! I mostly have minis from them though, so I'm not sure about the full-sized jar issue. The couple I have seemed pretty full and comparable but I didn't weigh them or anything. As for favorites... I like Young Merlin a lot (it's very versatile), Ebeneezer I Release You, Shadow of Things, Douglas Firs, Witch With a Wand, and a bunch of others I'm forgetting because I never wrote about them on my website, haha. I also really like her lip balms!

    1. I should totally try those next! I saw them on your blog post, and Young Merlin is all sorts of gorgeous.. and suitable for everyday wear.