High Voltage Cosmetics, that is! After eyeballing their stuff online for some time, I placed my first order with HVC on 27 August. Actually, I placed it kind of late at night, as I recall, so for all intents and purposes, let’s call it 28 August. It shipped on the 29th and I got it on 1 September. FAST!
I ordered several different colors, but today, I want to focus on the purpley ones. The colors I used here are Crazy Crazy Nights (described on the site as “dusty rose,” but it seems more like a mid-tone violety purple with rose shimmer to me), Out in a Pout (described as “metallic maroon red wine,” but again seems more like a darker purple color with reddish/pink shimmer), and Backstage Pass (perfectly described as “bright ivory/cream white with a shimmery glow of gold sparks thrown in”). Neither of the purple colors seemed all that shimmery to me; they behaved more like matte colors in that they stayed where I put them and didn’t seem to want to sheer out as I blended them. No big deal, I just ended up using Crazy Crazy Nights to blend Out in a Pout, and using Backstage Pass to blend CCN.
On to the swatches! This one was taken in direct sunlight. From left to right, Backstage Pass, Crazy Crazy Nights, and Out in a Pout. As always, click to embiggen.
Crazy Crazy Nights is built up quite a bit in the middle, so it looks darker and more purple than it really is. In reality, it’s more like the color around the edges of the swatch in these photos. I swear that CCN and OiaP look different in real life–OiaP is significantly darker.
Inside, with flash:
Inside, with flash, at an angle–you can see how much darker OiaP is in this one:
I really liked all three of these colors. CCN and OiaP were nice, but didn’t seem that unique to me. The one that really blew me away was Backstage Pass. I’m a sucker for extremely light eyeshadows, and I have had a HELL of a time finding a white that’s not sheer. As you can see here … this bad boy AIN’T SHEER. It’s opaque and very sparkly, and it makes an incredible highlight color. Several of the highlight colors I’ve bought are so sheer as to be useless–what’s the point of using it if you can’t freaking SEE it?–but not this one. I love it.
And now to the look. Let me just preface this by saying that my office closed early today because of the long weekend and I had WAAAAY too much time on my hands. Also, my hair was sort of greasy and refused to cooperate, so I said “fuck it” and put more stuff in it and stuck it pretty much straight out, in keeping with the “High Voltage” theme.
In the stairwell (hey, it gets good light):
Out the back door:
OK, here’s what we have here:
- Wet ‘n’ Wild light pinky/violet eyeshadow (top left color in the Lust palette, I don’t think it has a name) in inner corners and inner third of lids
- High Voltage Crazy Crazy Nights in middle of lids and above Out in a Pout to blend
- High Voltage Out in a Pout on outer lids, in crease, and under lower lashes
- Backstage Pass to blend out CCN and as highlighter
- Sonia Kashuk eyeliner in Purple Passion on waterline
- Christian Dior DiorShow mascara over Urban Decay lash primer
- Urban Decay XXX Shine lip gloss in Love Junkie (I LOVE this color)
I tried to make crazy eyes in this next one, but I’m not sure it worked.
Generally speaking, I was very happy with this order–fast shipping, nice colors, very reasonably priced, good stuff all around. Would definitely order from High Voltage again. (ETA: And when I do, I think I need to look into their lip stuff too … Julissa’s post has convinced me!)