Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Haul: First Impressions of Siren Cosmetics

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Alllll the pigments - click for larger image.
Siren Cosmetics was having a 25 cent sample sale, so I decided to pick a few up! I've read a few nice things about them and wanted to see for myself. A girl can never have too many pigments, right? Siren markets these as hand-made pigments, but I will just call them eyeshadows because that's what I intend 

The Amazing:
Placed an order on April 30th, shipped on May 2nd, and received on May 5th! It only took them 2 business days to process and ship my order, which is very, very impressive considering that they were having a sale and it was probably pretty hectic.

The Not-So-Great:
I received everything neatly packed in two tiny zipseal baggies, and received two samples. A tiny detail was that there was no invoice included with package, and no note - it doesn't feel very personal. When I shop with an indie cosmetics store, what makes me feel happy every time is that they always include a personal note, it makes me feel better about supporting a smaller business. This is really not a very big deal however, and would not be a dealbreaker for me.

The Swatches:
Swatches that are shown on the website are not true to how they swatch in real life.

Dirty Mind  is described as "matte light coffee brown", looks like a chocolate to me. Not really as pigmented as I like my mattes, looks good over NYX Milk (I kind of fudged the swatch over Pixie Epoxy), but doesn't really work by itself.

Europa is described as "a deep turquoise with green shimmer", it's one of the shades that drew me into the brand. I really wish Siren Cosmetics sold minis, because I would definitely get a mini of this.

Ex Girlfriend is described as "black undertone loaded with an emerald green shimmer", I can barely see the green shimmer, even in the baggie and swatched over Pixie Epoxy. This shade had a lot of potential, but it just didn't work out for me.

Heart Breaker is described as "seafoam green with bright green shimmer", it looks more like a slightly metallic mint to me, and I absolutely was not expecting to like this color as much as I do. The website swatch looks a lot more baby blue than what you actually get. I would get a mini of this.

Heart of Glass is described as "light pink with a bold bright pink shimmer", despite not liking pink that much, I actually kind of like this shadow, maybe it's the pink shimmer that does it or something. 

Bel Air is described as "super sparkly gold cosmetic glitter atop a deep brown pigment", I can easily say that this is my favorite out of the bunch. It's super glittery and beautiful and of course, it's the one they're discontinuing. Sad face forever.

Cherry Bomb is described as "bright matte red, highly pigmented.  staining may occur." I just can't figure out how to work with their formula. It is a matte red, doesn't look really bright to me and I have no idea how they managed to swatch it that well on the website.

Chick Habit is described as "lime green shimmer with a golden yellow undertone", reminds me of Stripper Zombie from Notoriously Morbid, but toned down about 10x and with not as great formula. Not too impressed.

Indian Summer is described as "slightly reddish brown with a golden shimmer", it is easily the eyeshadow with the best formula in all the samples I got. It was very smooth and glided on super easily, again, doesn't really work with bare skin, but looks gorgeous over Pixie Epoxy and NYX Milk. I would buy a mini of this one in a heartbeat.

Brown Sugar is described as "novelty use", it was one of my freebies and I have no idea what to do with this. I wouldn't purchase it.

1983 is described as "an intense shimmer blue", my second freebie, and boy is intense right. It is this slightly shimmery electric blue is quite shocking. It looks like it would be on par with "Gonzo" from the UD Electric Palette, however I do not have the palette itself so I cannot comment on how similar they are. This also definitely needs some sort of primer to work, it doesn't play nice on bare skin. This color also stained my brush, even when I washed it right afterwards.

Swatches all together, top NYX milk, middle Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, bottom bare skin. Click for larger image.
Overall, I'm not impressed with the formulas of these hand crafted pigments as most of them would be unusable if not for Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy or NYX Milk, I do however enjoy some of their more unique shades such as Bel Air, Europa and Heart Breaker. I would consider repurchasing from Siren, if they weren't discontinuing Bel Air.

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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. Hmm. I was debating picking up some samples (so cheap!) but somehow these don't excite me that much. Shrug. Bel Air does look really pretty.

    1. I think they're out of the 25 cent samples by now. The owner actually responded to a reddit post I made and said her swatches on the website were without a base and swiped on, but I retried swatching them like that and got nowhere close. I had to actually pat it on with a brush in this post and it would not stay when I patted it on on bare skin. I don't know. I asked her how to achieve those results and she never got back to me. :(

      Bel Air was my favorite out of the bunch but discontinued. Much disappoint.