Best Of, Etsy, Eyeshadow, Swatches - March 3rd, 2011
Given all the drama on the interwebs lately about epically bad indie cosmetic companies, it’s nice to find a company that is doing everything right. I do mean everything! Dear Readers, meet Linnaeus Cosmetics! Be warned, there’s going to be gushing. A lot of gushing.
Linnaeus Cosmetics is run by Marin, who seems to be my kind of girl. From her profile, she says she’s studying veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation, likes to bake and crochet, and loves makeup. Awesome!! Marin “wants to share her passion for animals, as well as all the positive feelings that come with applying makeup, such as feeling good about yourself.” For me animal themes + makeup = WIN! Putting my makeup on, really having fun with it, is probably the number one thing I do to take care of myself (other than boring stuff like taking vitamins, etc.) I do it all for me, because I’m an artist who loves color and playing with color.
In case you don’t know, Linnaeus was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who is primarily known as the father of taxonomy. You can go read about him, he was cool. As a child I was kind of obsessed with the idea of order and organization (ok, I still am), so when my botanist mother taught me about binomial nomenclature, I thought it was awesome. I also loved the Dewey Decimal System, and the Periodic Table of Elements. Yes, I am truly a nerd.
Anyway. When I saw the Etsy shop, I geeked out all over the place. Eyeshadow inspired by wildlife? Sweet! And what amazing colors! I purchased the 10 sample set, since it’s a good deal and there were so many I wanted to try! I picked Go Go Flamingo, Pollywog, Brigand, Cliff Line, Balancing Act, Lanky, Twiggy, Those Gams, Fabled, and Bombastico. My order shipped fast, I ordered Saturday night and it arrived today (Wednesday), coming to OR from VA. The envelope even has an awesome critter stamped on it! There was also a copy of my invoice and a sweet handwritten note, and two free samples (Flutter and Show Off). The samples all came labeled with the ingredients and whether or not they are lip-safe.
Today I wore Pollywog and Brigand together, and they are just the awesomest shades of green! Pollywog is a pale aqua green with a lovely gold sheen to it. Brigand is a dark green aqua. Pigmentation is super, and they blended really nicely. In the picture I’m also wearing Fyrinnae Nijiro to highlight, an olive green eye pencil, Bare Escentuals Blush in Desert Rose, and also BE lipgloss in Wild Honey.
Because there are good swatch photos on the shop website, I’m not going to swatch them all. Here are Go Go Flamingo, Flutter, and Lanky swatched on my arm with flash. (The weather is AWFUL today, so no decent natural light.) Despite the flash, they are still bright. Flutter has a little more depth than the picture shows.
All in all, I really love the Linnaeus eyeshadows. I think this is a perfect example of an indie cosmetics maker that is getting everything right – image and theme, quality of product, great colors, and awesome customer service. I give them two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Be sure to check out the shop blog too!