When it comes to create a special make-up look, especially those “fantasy” ones, I’m still a little bit annoyed because there are no make-up pigments with vivid colors in the world of natural cosmetics. At first I was “fighting” with myself that I’d end up using just natural cosmetics…But I soon realized that “fighting” against something that has served me once (and in some cases still does) is unnecessary, because I deprive myself of the most important thing: creativity. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe and stand behind the fact that for everyday use we can wear natural make-up, but if we really need a special color and feel great with it, then there is no need to compromise ourselves. While realizing this and accepting that I can have it all, suddenly have started to appear brands that are a great compromise between natural and synthetic. For example, when I need a pigment in bright magenta I don’t have to buy a conventional brand from big corporations, but I can use brands who make colored pigments without using so much toxic ingredients. And let’s face it: in this moment the industry is not able yet to get all colors from natural sources and some of them come only from synthetic form. Yes, synthetic colors aren’t the best in terms of toxicity but as I said, I won’t give up the creativity. (Plus, have we ever wondered how much synthetic colors have we ingested during our lives?). We have to understand also that colors on the other side have an incredible therapeutic effect! I believe that when someone comes to a point in life when she/he is at ease with himself and the world then there is nothing outside that can harm us. That’s my belief, but I completely understand that not everyone is able yet to accept this. Lots of inside work is needed though. But this is another story 🙂
Coming back to colors: I discovered a nice brand with minerals from US, called SweetPea and Fay who already has a large collection of blushes, eyeshadows and lip products in different and interesting shades. Although they are already great, I believe they have a lot of growing potential in their reserves to offer. Their vision is to offer handmade products with natural ingredients, without renouncing to special bright colors. I haven’t seen lots of reviews about this brand and so I decided to give a try on my own. I have tried products from all their categories: blush, eyeshadow and lip color and I love all of them!
Honestly, when I opened the package I thought at first sight: “oh again classic shades of minerals…” I was so wrong! In all my curiosity, I immediately opened the pots and started to apply the colors on my hands first…UUUH, what a boost of colors! And how pigmented are on “naked” skin (without any cream or foundation on)! I thought, this stuff is very promising! I can compare the eyeshadows easily to pigments from MAC, in terms of color.
SweetPea and Fay eyeshadows review
The first eyeshadow that I opened was Fresh oil. My first thought was: “hmm, a nice deep smokey gray…” Nope! On the surface it looks something between a metallic grey and black. But it has an incredible finish of opalescent deep blue/green and even brown, depending from the angle of light you look at them. This color is awesome on its own to create an ultra chic smoky eye look for the evening! Highly recommended and ultra trendy!
The second eyeshadow is Copper Bird: a beautiful metallic golden copper with orange undertones that you can use on its own or I also like it in combination with Sweet Pea (next eyeshadow I’m going to describe). I find their names so cute 😀 All these eyeshadows are really highly pigmented and they blend very well. You can control the color and build it even more to achieve the desired effect.
Sweet Pea eyeshadow is a lovely light lime green with a shimmery satin effect. The metallic effect is not so emphasized in this eyeshadow and I really think it’s a gorgeous color to wear especially now in spring time. With lots of black mascara to get that lovely doll eyes look.
Last but not least is Shrooms is a magnificent color that looks sandy beige, but when applied on the eyes it changes from taupe shimmery beige to reflections of grey under certain angle. So elegant even if you wear it on its own!
INCI: Pure Mica, Sericite, Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide, Tin oxide.
SweetPea and Fay lip colors J’adore les lèvres
This products has really surprised me! Usually when I have in my hands a tube I expect a light glossy finish. Not here! Just with the smallest amount of color from this tube, you will get an incredible creamy long-lasting color! I love, love all four shades! In this moment I wasn’t interested in bright colors like yellow, blue,…for lips, although they have them in their range. More wearable colors attracted my curiosity and as you can see from the picture below (taken in daylight) the colors are sooo pigmented! These lip colors are based on above mentioned ingredients to add color and all natural beeswax, carnauba wax, oils of castor, olive and coconut. While its delicate flavor comes from french vanilla oil.
When I have put my hand under water to wash the color off, I did an experiment and saw that the colors are waterproof as well, because of oils. I also had to wash the hand very well with soap to remove the color which has a very good staying power.
I have tried the following shades:
Nantes: This is the favorite color to wear on myself. It’s a terra-cotta medium brown, not too nude and not too dark. It has a slightly orange undertone. Its texture is creamy and it glides great on lips! It’s absolutely a new must-have color, since in upcoming seasons these tonalities are coming back in fashion again!
Mermaid Kiss: it’s a light to medium neon pink, perfect for pale skin women with blonde hair and cool tonalities. It has a creamy matte texture. Just this color is even brighter (almost neon) in reality than on photo.
The gilded lady: A very special metallic chocolate gold brown with! Difficult to describe it exactly, since it changes the color depending on the light because of so many colored particles in it.
Willa: this is a light purple with a creamy, almost matte lacquered texture and some cool undertones. But in general it’s a very wearable color!
SweetPea and Fay blushes
I was amazed at how pigmented are these blushes! When I have put them on my hand -where as I said was no other base on before-I was blown away when I saw the colors. Even the light pink is so pigmented that I needed to shake off the excess from the brush even more than I usually do. These are the colors I have tried:
Andromeda: “classic” magenta pink with a matte finish and awesome pigmentation. Great for some extravagant looks!
Opalescent: this blush has the perfect name, cause it really reminds of an opal gem. (Btw. I love gems and I’m very inspired by their colors and even beneficial properties.). It is a shimmery light pink shade with an opalescent finish. Even if it’s a light shade, a little goes a long way! Amazing to wear now in spring to add a touch of freshness to pale skin.
The ingredients in blush are the same as in eyeshadows. To achieve the desired extravagant shades the blushes have also the addition of red and blue (plus carnauba wax, magnesium myristate and l-lysine) which are indispensable. These blushes are for me an extra addition for my makeup kit when there is some special occasion to create extravagant looks.
To conclude, this is my first general presentation of this brand. I like it as an additional “extravagant accessory” for my makeup kit to create bright colorful looks as green as can be possible now on cosmetic market.
Has anyone tried it yet? What’s your opinion about colors?
Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!