I just realised I never uploaded the results of the Monster High Collab I hosted; I can be such a dunce. If you feel like trying your hand at any of the characters at any stage, feel free to send your look a long and I’ll add it to the list
I’ve been wanting to do this for some time. The Matte Showdown: Sugarpill vs Concrete Minerals!
I’m a big fan of both brands. And I was very lucky this year to complete my Sugarpill palette collection by finally getting the Sweetheart palette. And double lucky that on Black Friday this year I got to order the rest of the Concrete Minerals matte collection. Once all the other colours arrive in the mail I’ll do a post update comparing all similar colours in both collections that I have.
So first off, this is not a which-brand-is-better comparison. Both have exceptional quality matte eyeshadows. This is just to show how their products compare to each other. Subtle differences in finish, pigmentation and things like that. Both are amazing! I can’t stress this enough. It’s just a matter of preference.
So below you’ll see which colours I have from both collections that are similar so far.
First thing to know is that Sugarpill’s matte shadows are pressed eyeshadows and Concrete is loose pigments. So you immediately have a comparison in terms of pressed vs loose.
As you can see from the swatches. Despite seemingly appearing the same if you search for swatches online from both brands, there are differences. Both brands are marketed as highly pigmented matte shadows. And from a makeup perspective both deliver very well. From a photography point of view the slight shimmer…(actually it’s more a satin finish, extremely subtle), in the Sugarpill shadows does make them photograph differently than if they were completely matte like the Concrete pigments. In person Midori/Thrash, Afterparty/Domino and Dollipop/Hi-fi look extremely similar. But due to the slight satin finish in the Sugarpill shadows, they photograph lighter, but this also allows them to blend a bit easier. Toxic despite very often showing up in swatches as a contender for Acidberry is definitely more pastel in comparison than a bright acid green.
Technical side of things (how much do they cost):
Sugarpill: Single eyeshadows cost $12 for 3.5 grams (0.12oz) of product.
Equals: $3.4 /gram
Concrete Minerals: Matte pigments cost $8 for 1.5 grams (0.05 oz) of product.
Equals: $5.3/gram for Matte
So Concrete might sell a cheaper/smaller size, but their price per gram is much higher than Sugarpill’s. On the other hand Concrete offers free shipping internationally with any order over $50 or a $2.99 flat rate in the USA, whereas with Sugarpill your order needs to be over $100 to qualify for free shipping or ther flat rate is $6 in the USA.
Like I said, I’m a big fan of both, but there are subtle differences and pros & cons to both brands. But if you’re looking for great matte shadows either brand would do.
If you have any other question in terms of differences between the brands and you’re having trouble making up your mind, please leave a question and I’ll try to answer as best I can.
My Sugarpill palette collection is finally complete! Mwhahahahaha… Here’s my impression of the Sweet Heart palette:
The palette consists of 4 colours: Dollipop (pink), Afterparty (skyblue), Midori (green) and Tako(white). It’s taken me a while to get this palette as these colors are the ones I was the least drawn to in the Sugarpill palette collections. But I recently got a few shadows from Concrete Minerals and became addicted to using Hi Fi, their pink matte pigment shadow. I’ve been wondering how Sugarpill and Concrete Minerals would weigh up against each other in terms of color (I’ll make a comparison post asap).
Ok so how do the colors perform?
As can be expected from Sugarpill: Amazing! I doubt there’s anything I can truly say that’s new about this palette in terms of a review considering how long it’s been on the market, but I just once again want to impress how pigmented these shadows are. A comment on Tako – I’ve been searching for a pigmented smooth white eyeshadow for some time. I own Gesso from MAC and White from Nyx. Gesso is incredibly smooth but unless I’m willing to scratch some off, it’s not that pigmented. On the other hand Nyx’s white is beautifully pigmented but not smooth at all. I thought I’d found what I needed and Tako wasn’t even a consideration when I bought this palette. But it’s actually become my best find. Super smooth and so pigmented. When I layer this over Inglot’s White gel eyeliner I get a pure white; it makes me so happy ^_^.
Am I happy with the purchase?
Yes! I now have all 3 of the Sugarpill palettes and the only matte colour that isn’t covered by their palettes is Bulletproof(black). But I’m very happy with the black eyeshadows in my Sleek palettes for now, that I don’t have a burning desire to acquire it.
This post is severely over due. I made these horns sometime last year, just to see if I could and they came in handy for an upcoming cosplay. I made 2 sets of horns. The one I wanted to see how “realistic” I could make them and the second inspired by Dreaded Eden. Mostly I just wanted to see if I can engineer a pair.
Right, so here is what i used:
Bell styrofoam shapes
Plastic alice bands.
Newspaper torn into 2cm strips
Premade paper mache
Bostik – Clear gel glue
Felt fibres (the rainbow coloured bag underneath all the string and ribbons, honestly I have no clue what you call it, but i found it next to the felt in the craft shop and i know you can make felted patterns with it, if anyone knows what you call it please let me know)
The base for both horns:
Cut two pieces of florist wire double the length of your intended horns. Fold them in half and twist the tips together (securing the tips together is a trick I learnt while trying to bend them, it helps a lot).
I used the styrofoam shapes as a base to push the wires through to give them better support. If necessary use blocks of styrofoam along the length of your horn to keep its shape when you wrap the masking tape around it.
Wrap masking tape along the length of of the horn try not to crush the shape you’ve created for your horns.
Once your done wrapping both horns, tweak the shape to make them symmetrical.
Dilute the wood glue with some water and use this with the newspaper strips to build up the shape of your horns and to make them stronger. Paper mache 101.
Also another important step: I had to learn the hard way that the styrofoam isn’t a strong enough base. The screws pull right out of it. Should’ve been obvious but this is how I learnt, with my horns constantly falling off at the cosplay picnic.
So to fix this: I hollowed out the base of the styrofoam and filled it with a plug of paper mache and let it dry properly. This can take up to a day or more depending on how deep you make the plug. But I’d suggest erring on the side of a deeper plug, it gives more grip to the screws. Be warned if you’re going to be very hard on the horns the plug itself might pull out. But sofar it’s worked quite well for myself.
To attach the horns to the alice band. Using the Dremel tool drill a hole through the alice band at the height you’d like your horns to be and also a hole in the paper mache plug. Just make sure it’s slightly smaller than the screw so it can get a proper grip when being screwed in.
For the more “realistic” set I used the pre-made paper mache to give it texture and to add ridges. The first time I only added the bigger ridges that go with the turn of the horns.
Only afterwards I realised I should’ve added the ridges running around the horns as well. No matter, the paper mache adhered well enough on top of the acrylic paint.
After finishing them off I used a combination of black and Burnt Umber paint to add details.
Unfortunately I didn’t take progress photos of this one. But i’ll try to explain as best I can.
I separated each colour of the felt fibers into to equal amounts; for each horn. I then applied a line of the clear glue on both sides of a horn and started to wrap the fibers around the horn, starting at the tip.
Think well beforehand in what sequence you want the colours to be. As I wrap the fibers i keep gliding my hands over them in a twisting motion, always in the same direction to smooth them down. Before the one colour is done, I add the next colour just underneath and then blend them over each other. At the bottom i just applied enough glue to secure the last piece.. I added the golden ribbon as a round off but you can decorate it any way you like. Rhinestones, ribbon, fabric paint. Whatever would make your’s special.
If you guys have any questions let me know anytime in the comments section. I’ll try to help anyway i can ^_^
And here’s a few pics of Horns 1 in use. Unfortunately I haven’t used the rainbow horns for a shoot yet.
I’ve been really quiet on the photography side of things, but hopefully that will be changing soon. Here are some shots from a test shoot I did with Leoni. She’s a very talented fire poi and bellydance performer going by the name FireFly.
These shot were done in preparation for a bigger shoot we’re planning, which is still in the preparation phase. Going by how this shoot turned out I’m having a good feeling about the upcoming shoot ^_^
Sugarpill: Burning heart palette, Goldilux
Concrete minerals: Hi-fi, Domino
“A quick preview off the camera back. This is coming out sooooo good! ^_^
Concrete minerals: hi-fi (the amazing matte pink)
Sugarpill: Burning heart palette