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So today is all about pretty colors, because I meant to swatch the Ever in Your Favor shadows while they were on sale and didn't get that done in time. So, after the cut, 1) the Margot Verger color we decided to do after all and 2) my swatches of the Sherlock-themed Brilliant Deductions samples that I have, because they're on sale this week, in honor of the series 4 announcement. Also, while we're here, I'll note that I'm going to start posting sort of a retrospective of the This Is My Design colors each day on this tag until ~THE GRAND FINALE~ next Friday, because every time I post about a new color on Tumblr, there is (wonderfully) someone who reblogs it with "WHY HAVE I NOT HEARD ABOUT THESE BEFORE." Oh, you will hear about them. YES, YOU WILL HEAR ABOUT THEM. If I had actually been the one in the glitter mines, I might feel more shy about expressing pride in an accomplishment, but so much of this is Kristen's hard work that I have noooo shame. Like, I started "Survive" off by picking the name, and Freddie was very much "AQUA, YES GOOD," but we are otherwise blessedly free of that concern.




SURVIVE: "A lush orange with a metallic olivine gold undertone and teal/aqua sparkles." I have a whole meta post here explaining the concerns we had and the thought process that went into this--ideas of strength and vulnerability and endurance, and also "survive him," omfg you can sit the hell down, I am pretty sure Margot Verger's got this whole surviving thing down by now, thank you. Also, my own swatches are at the end. (In fact, I've updated the last four or five color posts with swatches, on this tag.)

Onward!






There are more of the new-style swatch grids over on the Brilliant Deductions page, but you can see the full collection in the old style up there. (Wait, how do I not have Recreational Scolding? Did I lose it somewhere? I swear to...) Obviously, given my connection to Aromaleigh, this is not meant to be an unbiased review of any kind. Suffice it to say, these are samples I got for myself last winter, and I've just taken pictures of them applied both dry and wet so that you can see what they look like with Real Person Amateur Photography. There are 21 colors and I have 15 of the samples (plus three unrelated LEs at the end); the descriptions are from the site.


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NOTE: ALL SMUDGES ON SAMPLE PACKETS ARE FROM ME PLAYING WITH MAKEUP LIKE A FIVE-YEAR-OLD.

PASSWORD PROTECTED: A muted warm mauve with coppery iridescence and bright golden sparks.
FLEETING IMPRESSION: A soft, atmospheric twilight mauve with overall iridescence of gold, green and blue.
BRAINY IS THE NEW SEXY: A very smooth English rose frost with golden highlights and tiny copper shimmers. (*contains carmine)

LUCKY CAT EMPORIUM: A smooth cinnabar frost with bright shades of jade green.
EXPERIMENTAL DRUG: A rich warm reddish brown with cool silvery iridescence of green, blue and violet.
DAMAGED & DELUSIONAL: A smooth plush burgundy wine frost with a striking gold highlight.



Applied dry:

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(A little bit blurry for the sparkle:)

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Applied damp:

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There is a definite flash of green in Lucky Cat Emporium that I can't get to show up; as you can see, Experimental Drug's duochrome comes out a lot more with a wet brush; Password Protected is probably my favorite color in the whole set.





FRAILTY OF GENIUS: A smokey cocoa frost with shimmering highlights of fuchsia and violet (*contains carmine)
HIGH-FUNCTIONING SOCIOPATH: A lush smoked navy blue with bright and saturated sparks of sapphire blue.
SURVEILLANCE STATUS: A smooth saturated dark purple with lush rose and violet iridescence, and smoke tones. (*contains carmine)

HOW QUAINT: A soft dove grey with violet-blue tones, and tiny shimmers of cobalt blue and copper.
GLITTERING CAREER: A deep smokey grey with russet/violet tones and overall fine pink highlight shimmer.
SOOO CHANGEABLE: A smooth taupe frost with golden highlights and interference shimmer of green and blue.



Applied dry (it was hard to get everything to sparkle all in the same shot, so my hand is a bit contorted):

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Applied damp:

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(Blurry, for science:)

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As you can see, the green on Changeable really comes out when foiled.






PSYCHOSOMATIC LIMP: A smooth liquid metallic bronze with rose tones and bright sparks of green.
#SHERLOCKLIVES: It is a beautifully wearable, yet complex soft warm chestnut brown, with duochrome effects of green to rose.
NICOTINE PATCH: A warm brown frost with iridescent gold and rose effects, and brilliant sparks of teal and blue.


Having run out of Sherlock-themed samples, I threw in Island of Misfit Toys, Concrete Jungle, and Betelgeuse as the bottom row so I'd have a full hand, so to speak. Concrete Jungle and Betelgeuse are both on clearance, and Island of Misfit Toys and Sherlock Lives are on the monthly limited editions page.

ISLAND OF MISFIT TOYS: It's a soft buff with a slight metallic cast, and soft duochrome effects. Make it more dramatic by foiling it, or wearing it over a black or colored primer!
CONCRETE JUNGLE: It is a tauped soft brown with aqua sparks and a soft warm green duochrome effect. This color appears drastically different depending on where you view it.
[NO KIDDING.]
BETELGEUSE: This shade is a warm brown frost sheen with very strong duochrome that goes from green to chartreuse to gold, with a cool green highlight sparkle.


Applied dry:

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Applied damp:

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I was really, really surprised that Concrete Jungle showed up as an almost peachy brown on camera--there is a very strong, pale green duochrome, particularly when it's foiled. But I could not get it to show up. For that matter, Betelgeuse also looked unexpectedly warm on camera when I applied it dry, but looks like more of a yellow-gold-brown in the sample. The struggle is real:


(Afternoon light, but in the shade:)

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And there you have it. There are other blues and greens in the collection as well, but as this was before my Consulting Recapper time when I started trying new, cannibal-themed things, I dared not attempt those colors. I also took pictures of a handful of Serpens dragon colors and the Ever in Your Favor samples that I have, while I was out swatching cannibal colors anyway, so you may get a flood of those soon. Plus some of the new Okeanides colors, I have some of those now. Basically I'm awash in tiny bags and covered in glitter, is what I'm saying. HOWEVER. My current makeup-related priority, if I can manage it, is to do the This Is My Design colors six at a time like I did these swatches--because I'm going to try to post all five sets of six, one each day, until THE DAY OF RECKONING. I mean, in addition to the graphics like the one up top; I'll post those anyway, because I want to look at them all together and GLOAT OVER HAVING FINISHED SOMETHING FOR ONCE.


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Ah, such pretty colours...

(I already thanked you all for "Survive" in the comments to previous post, but I feel like I can't thank you enough. No, really, it means a lot to me that it exists, and I'm glad you changed your mind.)

Truly, the only reason I didn't want to do it mid-season was that I was afraid it would feel like Lesbian Erasure: The Eyeshadow, and basically compound the hurt of the situation. So I kind of needed to hear that it *was* something people wanted now and it *wouldn't* cause hurt. Particularly since we now know where her storyline ended up and we had more thematic options to choose from. And after hearing from y'all and realizing that her last scene was exactly the color we needed--it seemed like the right time. I just hope people like the color now. :)

I guess I was saved by my need to be spoiled for everything - it seemed clear to me from what Fuller said in walkthroughs that they only went for the trope I dislike ("a lesbian sleeps with a man"), not the trope I *hate* ("a lesbian falls in love with a man, turns out that she really was straight all along, just didn't realise it").* So I didn't see it as an erasure and was only sad and disappointed by this decision, not furious.

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* Even though there evidently were people among writers who *did* want to make her straight. Siiigh.

I actually figured that's exactly where they were going with it the whole time, right up to a "now she can't have children" conclusion of some sort--I just logicked backwards from what I knew happened later in the book. But as someone pointed out, even if you rationalize that part, you're still stuck with the "conniving woman tricks man into getting her pregnant" trope, which is... also not great. (And if people felt that was still lesbian erasure, I wasn't going to argue they were wrong to feel that way, you know?) It's still better than the awfulness of the book, but as I ended up saying to someone, "better" is not the same as "good." So it's a big ol' mess no matter how you slice it, ending with two guys telling Margot how to feel about the whole thing ("survive him") while she was still processing her grief, which is why my explanation post was like, "You two need to sit the hell down, because Margot has been surviving all her life, thank you." That moment just sort of highlighted for me, maybe ironically, how fitting that name would be for her color.

>>>(And if people felt that was still lesbian erasure, I wasn't going to argue they were wrong to feel that way, you know?)

I understand. The problem is, at some point the biphobic part of community decided to come out to play, and it made everything much more complicated.

So yeah, a mess both in and out of universe, but I'm still... still grateful that Margot exists, mess or not.

Reading your post, this comment, and your linked tumblr post on the subject, is making me very interested in reading your full analysis of Margot-gate in the recaps. I had a lot of...complicated(?)...thoughts on her story line. A story line, that while I agree is problematic, in no way lessened my love for her character.

Also, I am trying to hold out until the set is complete to order the whole thing. It gets more and more difficult every time you post a new color!

You are in luck, because this Friday we're putting out ~THE LAST ONE.~

I'm honestly really uneasy about discussing the Margot thing at length--dredging it up again--but it seems cowardly to just be like "Well some shit happened and I'm not going to discuss it and you can read what other people said about it." I'll have to figure it out when I get there, I guess.

YES!

I haven't read through all 80 bajillion comments (rough scientific estimate) on your Hannibal recaps, but in general it seems most of the discourse on your recaps stays pretty civil and intelligent. In contrast to tumblr, where sometimes things seem to escalate very quickly (no disrespect to tumblr in general).

Well, I mean, it's hard to have a coherent conversation on Tumblr anyway, because it's not threaded all in one place and you're not sure who saw what. It can lead to a lot of grandstanding and shouting into the wind (or to your followers) rather than a one-on-one dialogue. And it's thousands of people in all directions, rather than a very small, moderated conversation on a single blog where people know I will shut that shit down if people get rude. Tumblr's great for broadcasting something, to get a statement or an idea to go viral, but it's not that great for follow-up replies, basically, and you can get nuanced discussion, but it's patchy.

Oh, absolutely agree. Involved, back-and-forth discourse isn't necessarily the point of Tumblr. Mostly I just meant to say that I think your recaps offer a venue for intelligent discussion on potentially tricky issues. Of course, I wouldn't blame you if you still wanted to steer clear. To summarize: I'm excited to read the recaps for a variety of reasons. :)

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Okay, THAT one I haven't seen. Heeeeeee. (Not that the video isn't wonderful and amazing; I insta-reblogged it and maybe two different gifsets.)

Wow, I'm incredibly impressed you made makeup that is Sherlock themed. You get a high five.;

Honestly, I had nothing to do with that collection--that came out last year. I'd been a customer for years before Kristen and I actually talked about anything this spring, so I already had those. I just suggested she put Brilliant Deductions in the weekly sale this week because of the series 4 announcement--all the credit goes to her on this set. :)

Unrelated to this post: I've been listening to your podcast appearances during long, long waits in various airports, and I start to pick up your conversational stylings pretty fast. I also notice a sudden uptick in the number of people who think I'm hilarious when I'm just, like, talking about whatever.

And then grad school rears its head, and I have to cite my sources, and then I tell people to read all of your stuff.


...does anybody else ever leave comments on other people's blogs and then have the horrible realization that one sounds like a slightly unsettling fan-Franklyn? Just me?

...I'll show myself out.

Heh. I think we all have those moments (not that this was one). I've been getting a little concerned that I'm resorting to the same verbal tics over and over again ("It's SUPER interesting that..."), so at least they're working for someone!

(Speaking of which, you can hear them ALL OVER AGAIN when the Aliens episode of Matter of Taste comes out on--Thursday?)

I seem to have picked up "it's fine, it's fine...it's not fine. It will never be fine. Nothing will ever be fine again."

I found Cleo's drawn-out groans of agony pretty memorable and funny. :D

"Oh, [Alana's] on the doorstep, just like Abigail's moooooom~~~ Why are you doing this to meee~~? WHY?!?!"

Edited at 2014-11-05 04:29 am (UTC)

I've listened to all of Cleo's appearances on MoF, A Matter of Taste, Anglo-Filles and Poufwa, I didn't notice any verbal tics, only her very emotional and distinct accent. I would take a slightly unfamiliar accent (not that I can't make out what Cleo's saying; I've sat through Grant Morrison when he'd been on Fatman On Batman with Kevin Smith, I can totally learn to decipher Kayleigh's Perth [?] accent on AF; Cleo's Alabaman accent is a breeze in comparison) over unable-to-distinguish-who's-who any day of the week. Episode #40 of thereunion.me podcast featured two models named Cam Damage and Jac Fishburne, that episode totally skipped the "Hi, I'm Bob." "And I'm Alice." part other podcasts have, and judging from the voices in the next two hours the ladies might've well been twins. >_< Not so on the other podcasts I listen to, thank God.

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Cleo, I don't think you need to change anything so long as you are comfortable with the way you speak. In RL I strive to speak in Mandarin Chinese but when I get agitated sometimes my regional accent slips out. In my four years of university my classmates and friends (who are mainly from Shanxi province while I'm from Shandong) often comment on the faint accent I still seem to have.

Edited at 2014-11-05 04:31 am (UTC)

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