Myth, Aberrant, Anomaly
A few weeks ago I decided to give a little makeup company called Linnaeus Cosmetics a try. I'd read several good reviews, and I love mineral eye shadows, so I figured it was time to jump into the fray. I'm really glad I did, because my transaction with Linnaeus and owner Marin was one of the best I've ever had.
I chose the collection Echidna because it was neutral, had variance in the colors but was still cohesive, and I could tell that I'd be able to go from natural to dramatic with the colors. It seemed to be a perfect starting point for me. Here is how the collection arrived packaged:
How adorable is that? The canvas bag is perfect for holding jewelry, and made such a good first impression! I also received 3 samples with my order: Sprightly, Zippy, and Cliff Line. They are lovely colors, and were hand-picked by Marin based on me having chosen the Echidna collection already. Marin also included a full-page note of thanks! That's some serious customer service, people.
Now for the swatches and reviews:
Taken in indirect sunlight.
Top to bottom: Anomaly, Aberrant, and Myth
Anomaly is a gorgeous silvery taupe color that changes with the lighting. It's extremely difficult to describe, although Marin explains it as "a dark, burnt umber base with predominantly cool tones." I don't know if I agree with that, as I don't really see the burnt umber. What I see is a lovely, shimmery, silvery taupe that is absolutely gorgeous. Aberrant is described as "an elegant beige with a soft shimmer." I find this description to be perfect. Aberrant makes a lovely base for your eye makeup. Myth is a dark brown with a warm base and gold shimmer. It's a very complex brown, and looks amazing on the eyes.
Here are some more pictures:
Taken in direct sunlight.
I did a face of a day using these three colors and I was very happy with the results.
To get this look, I used:
- DiorSkin foundation
- Chanel Soleil de Tan in Bronze Corail
- Revlon Colorburst Lip Gloss in Papaya
- For the eyes, I used Aberrant as a base, from lash to brow. I then used Anomaly on the mobile lid, followed by Myth in the crease and under the eyes. I finished with Urban Decay liner in Zero and Benefit's "They're Real!" mascara.
Bottom Line: Between the quality of these shadows and Marin's incredible customer service and attention to detail, Linnaeus can't be beat. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, easy to blend, and last all day with a primer. The entire Echidna Collection was only $16, to boot! I know I'll be back for more soon (new collections are being released in September), and I'm currently recommending Linnaeus to everyone who will listen. Linnaeus shadows can be found at Linnaeus Cosmetics.