Today’s review is on US indie brand- Impulse Cosmetics!
Based in Northwest Pennsylvania, Impulse cosmetics are handmade in small batches and cruelty free (which is always a good thing). Looking at their website, their products seem to focus on the loud and daring, with pigments and lipsticks in all kinds of shades and finishes.
I was especially drawn to their duo-chrome pigments, so my sis got them as a gift for my birthday last year. Woohooooo hooray for free makeup yayyyy.
Each full-sized, pigment eyeshadow are priced around US$3.99 a pot and the sample sizes are US$1.25 each. CHEAP :))) Of course, after conversion, it amounts to about SG$6/pot, but it’s still really cheap for unique pigments that we can’t get in Singapore!
First off, the full sized pots. Each pot is labelled with a paper sticker on the back, and the ingredients are clearly listed out. The amount in each pot is ‘roughly 1/2 tsp’ according to the website, so I’m pretty sure not getting equal amounts for each pot you buy.
Each pot comes with a four-hole sifter that is sealed with a sticker on top. Peel the sticker however you like to vary the amount coming out each time you use it. I also like to pour the pigment onto the cap to control the amount that I’m using.
Look at the cutie little samples! Each one is a small clamp shell container that holds ‘approx 1/4 tsp’ of product. Again, unreliable measurements, but ehh~ they’re just samples so I’m don’t mind that much. I ordered their Glam Glue Eye Base sample, two pigment shadows in ‘Leaky Cauldron’ and ‘Pilot’ (I rubbed the paper off by accident hehe) and one Metaluxe lipstick in ‘Texas Tea’.
Their sample containers are really thin and small! But it’s good if you don’t want to commit to crazy colours, or you’re just using it once or twice. However,it’s a bitch to clean up after because of the lack of a sifter ughhh.. Those pesky little shadow bits just can’t stay in the shell and ruined my very clean backdrop.
I wanted to try one of their Metalluxe lipsticks and the colour ‘Texas Tea’ was screaming at me to buy it!!! It’s a beautiful, true copper shade that reminds me so much of a picture of copper pipes that I saw in my textbook before. Hahaha weird, I know.
One gripe about this lipstick is that if I rub my lips together, it will emphasize the CRAP out of my natural lip lines, and the metallic sheen highlights it even more. I’ll probably use a gloss over top if I’m wearing this shade to soften the wrinkly effect.
Each colour is swatched on top of the Glam Glue Eye Base for maximum shine and pop. I really like these unique colours and they have so much shine and colour pay-off WITH the eye base. I found using M.A.C Fix Plus helps the shadows to pop even more, and it anchors the shadow to the lid better.
The pigments have a soft texture and are high in glitter content. Most of the colours I got are glitters with a black base, so they aren’t pure glitters and often these shadows have a black, hazy perimeter when packed onto the eye.
- On the eyes, I noticed that Leaky Cauldron tends to crease, even with the added security of the eye base. I’ve yet to try all the colours so I’m not too sure about the rest.
- I hardly noticed a duo-chrome effect(apart from the lilac shade) even though the website states so?
- Poseidon, the dark purple, stains my eye like a MOTHER. Even after removing the makeup, my eye was left with a bluish-green tint, and I am now very afraid to use this on a client. I have no qualms on using it on myself though, as long as I’m not going out the next day. 😛
Overall, Impulse Cosmetics was worth the try! It’s not often that you get to see such interesting colours, so i’m glad I bought some to test them out. However, I would say skip the shadow samples and buy the pots- cleaning up was too much of a hassle every time.
Take note of shipping costs and wait for a sale, it makes everything slightly cheaper with their coupons and promo codes!