My name is Mrs T and I have an addiction to confess of which I have been trying to detox from for the past few months. I have been, for the past two years, addicted to shopping on Beauty Bay. This might not seem like anything special but there was a point where I spoke to our local delivery man more than I talked to my friends, I would even recognise his car and squeal with delight as he pulled up outside my house.
My addiction was not of epic detriment to myself or my life, I did not get into debt, I did not hide purchases like some other beauty addicts might confess, but I did have a slight issue where, straight after I had ordered something, I was straight back onto the site and filling my ‘virtual basket’ again with goodies ready for the next payday. I realised that my makeup spending could spiral and cause subsequent guilt further down the line so I chose to have a ‘separation’ from the site for a time.
Why are you telling us this Mrs T?
I have started this blog post in a slightly confessional and rambling fashion due to the fact that I wish to atone for my digression’s; I fell off the Beauty Bay wagon with a massive bump when I discovered that they sell Sugarpill eyeshadows.
I had been practically angelic on the makeup buying front for the past few months now, sticking mainly to the drugstore and only buying what I needed; because every girl needs three different mascaras, right?
I have such the collection of makeup that I could survive a zombie apocalypse and still have enough highlighter to make a tin man envious. I did not need more makeup but the little voice inside myself was saying ‘Mrs T, you need this in your life, your life will be finally complete if you give into the force of the Sugarpill eyeshadows’ (cue Darth Vader’s Death March music).
The pull of the force was so strong I could not hold out any longer. There were so many reasons to persuade me to purchase; I had seen so many amazing reviews of these eyeshadows on YouTube, the famous drag queen Kim Chi from ‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ has her own shade named after her and one of my lovely friends who has some said that they were the best eyeshadows she had ever used.
That final point was the final straw that broke the camel’s back; my friends are my first port of call when it comes to makeup reviews and products and if it is good enough for my beloved Queen’s then it is good enough for me and when I received a minor windfall I went onto Beauty Bay’s site quicker than Usain Bolt can run for a bus.
Who are Sugarpill Cosmetics?
Sugarpill is a Los Angeles, cruelty-free, Indie brand that launched in 2010 as a direct result of the creator Amy Doan working with various Drag Queens and finding that they wanted bright, pigmented and vibrant eyeshadows to use when on stage. She developed a saturated formula that has been raved about by many a beauty Guru on YouTube. As you are aware, I am slightly obsessed with colourful eyeshadows, after all, I am a child of the 1980’s so this companies flair for the brighter hues on the spectrum was right up my street.
Here comes the haul
When looking at and selecting colours it is not hard to predict what I will go for, green and purple being my favourite colours. I knew I had to have the shade Midori in my like, it is hands down my favourite shade of green. I also knew I wanted the shade ‘Kim Chi’ as I had been lusting after this sea like blue/green shade for what felt like an eternity.
I had to throw a purple in the mix and so I chose ‘Poison Plum’; this shade is the most versatile shade out of the ones I have as you can go gentle or pack it on, to create different intensities of the shade. I also put ‘Mochi’ and ‘Velocity’ in my basket to compliment the other shades. This was mainly due to the fact that I knew I would not be doing a beauty bay order for a couple of months so I saw it as an opportunity to ‘stock up’ on products I had on my Wishlist.
In this order, I also decided to take the plunge and get the Gerard Cosmetics ‘Slay All Day’ setting spray in peach. I have tried it once so far and I am very impressed; it smells great and it survived a very hot and humid day shopping in Manchester with my friend, so far so good.
I took the opportunity to get the last remaining shades of Makeup Geek eyeshadows that I wanted; Vanilla Bean, Corrupt and Pegasus. The first two probably seem very boring colours to get (a cream and a black) but these are two absolute staple colours in any makeup addicts collection, the cream to create a blank canvas and the black to add depth to the look.
Look using Velocity, Poison Plum and Mochi
I have tried out my Sugarpill eyeshadows a few times and my initial verdict is that my friend was right; these are the best eyeshadows I have ever used. They are super pigmented and are easy to blend as well. For pigment and quality, they are indeed better than my Makeup Geek eyeshadows but they do come with a hefty price tag at £8 for a single pan (they are significantly larger than standard eyeshadow pans though).
Look using Poison Plum, Midori and Kim Chi
Despite the cost, I believe I am investing in quality and helping to support an independent, cruelty-free brand in the haze of dishonest big brand cosmetic giants that rule the beauty industry. I will definitely buy more Sugarpill eyeshadows as they are, for me, the absolute best in quality I have tried and the colours are awesome.
I have done a tutorial video on this halo eye look using these Sugarpill shadows, you can find it here.
If you want me to do any more tutorials/looks with any combination of these shades, just let me know and I will happily oblige.
Let me know what you think of these looks in the comments and place your bets on how long I can last without buying from Beauty Bay again.
Ciao for now makeup fans xx