So I think it will come as no surprise to anyone that when I found out that there was a company called Geek Chic Cosmetics that I was understandably excited. I got even more excited when I saw all the great colors, and that the large majority of the products are Vegan. Then I saw that they had a Storybook Love set that was based on The Princess Bride, which is like one of my movies ever… suffice it to say I purchased it as fast as I could enter my credit card info.
Long story short, I love it. I actually made a second order before my first had shipped, and I’m just as happy about that one as I am about my first. I felt that it was necessary to post a review of it here, but there’s just one problem.
I still kinda suck at makeup. Makeup reviews with no pictures are pretty lame.
Specifically, I’ve been spoiled by all these experienced beauty bloggers out there, and the concept of taking pictures of makeup that I’d applied to myself doesn’t excite me. Nor does taking pictures of swatches because my pasty white skin may as well be a piece of white paper. But then, I built a Lightbox, and I decided what the hell. I’ll at least take pictures of it in the containers! I need better bulbs, I realized after taking this. The low-watt eco-friendly ones that I have in right now just aren’t bright enough for my purposes. With out further ado, or excuses, here it is, Storybook Love!
This set consists of 4 eye shadows, a blush, a lip gloss and a solid perfume. Descriptions are from the Geek Chic Cosmetics website (save “My Take” which is obviously my opinion on the matter).
As You Wish…:
The Geek: “I’ve been saying it so long to you, you just wouldn’t listen. Every time you said ‘Farm Boy do this’ you thought I was answering ‘As you wish’ but that’s only because you were hearing wrong. ‘I love you’ was what it was, but you never heard.”
The Chic: A powder purple pearl. As You Wish… has a noticeable purple and red color shift to it that makes it appear almost pink in certain lighting, also has tons of pretty pink sparkles. Goes on semi-opaque but is easily built up to opaque, truly shines with a sticky base or primer.
My Take: Super sparkly, extremely well pigmented, and it goes on very well. Besides, how in the world can I find fault in an eyeshadow names after one of my favorite movie quotes of all time?
Dream of Large Women:
The Geek: Men don’t get much larger than Fezzik. I mean, he IS the brute squad. Although he can take on 6-10 men at a time, he really isn’t that bright, and can only dog paddle. He does have his moments, though, such as conveniently being able to find four white horses for a hasty escape. Maybe one day he’ll find a large woman of his own.
The Chic: A soft bubblegum pink pearl. Dream of Large Women has a strong blue color shift that makes it appear almost purple in certain lighting, also packed with oodles of blue sparkles. Goes on smooth and opaque and truly shines with a sticky base or primer.
My Take: Despite my geekiness, I am still a girl at heart, and a girl that very much loves bubblegum pink. I love this color. It was the first one of this collection that I wore, for very good reason. It’s so pretty.
The Geek: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
For a very smart man, Vizzini sure had a hard time understanding certain things about the Man in Black. Like how his ship managed to catch up so fast to his own. Or how he bested his Spaniard. Or how he outmatched his giant. Vizzini was sure of one thing however: no one was a match for him in a battle of wits, not even the Man in Black. Didn’t you know? Never bet against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
The Chic: A pastel mint green with a pearl sheen. Inconceivable! has a soft turquoise color shift and a touch of blue-green sparkles. Goes on semi-opaque but is easily built up to opaque, truly shines with a sticky base or primer.
My Take: I didn’t really expect to like this color, but it’s actually surprisingly pretty. I don’t wear a lot of green, as it can make my green/brown eyes look more brown, but I’ll make an exception for this. I think the blue in it may help to curb that problem.
Prepare to Die:
The Geek: Ever since the six fingered man killed his father when he was child, Inigo had only ever been invested in one business: revenge. It did not matter how long it took him to find the six fingered man, he would avenge his father. And on that day he’d say the words that he had waited half his life to say: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
After that? Well, there’s always piracy.
The Chic: A creamsicle orange pastel pearl. Prepare to Die has a very subtle pink color shift and tons and tons of silver sparkle. Goes on semi-opaque but is easily built up to opaque, truly shines with a sticky base or primer.
My Take: I expected to loathe this color. Then I put it on my skin. It’s really, really pretty. I did not expect orange to be flattering on anyone’s skintone, especially not mine. I was quite glad to be proved wrong.
The Geek: “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.”
Even if it was for a noble cause, Miracle Max was hesitant to help the mostly dead man. But once he heard it was to ruin Humperdink’s wedding, Miracle Max was much more enthusiastic. After all, Humperdink was the reason Max was fired. Also, the witch told him to do it. Uh, his wife. They’re so cute together.
The Chic: A fairly vibrant peach toned blusher with a touch of bronzed shimmer to it. Goes on sheer and can be built up for a sunkissed look. Particularly flattering on olive skintones.
My Take: I had no clue what to expect based on the pictures on the website. This blush is surprisingly not bright orange, as I’d feared. It’s a nice peachy color that I actually really like. I was afraid it’d be to dark/bright for my paleness, but so long as I don’t put on a lot, it works really well for me.
The Geek: “Hold it, hold it. What is this? Are you trying to trick me? Where’s the sports?”
There are many elements that make up a great story: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True Love. Hate. Revenge. Giants. Bad men. Good men. Beautifulest ladies. Snakes. Spiders. Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest Men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passion. Miracles.
But sometimes you have to get through the kissing parts to get to the good stuff.
The Chic: A frosty baby pink gloss with a strong blue colorshift and packed with tons of pretty blue sparklies. Kissing Stuff is unflavored.
My Take: This gloss is great. Not too sticky, not excessively sparkly, but a nice hit of shimmer. It’s a great everyday gloss.
Wuv, Twue Wuv:
The Geek: The clergyman probably practiced his whole life for this all-important moment: wedding the new king to his chosen queen. Years of practice in front of a mirror… wasted by an impatient groom. Seriously, of all the impetuous demands. Skip to the end? Just say man and wife? Don’t you know, if you didn’t say it, you didn’t do it. Cwazy pwinces.
The Chic: This scent evokes visions of springtime and the summer love that follows. Freesias, frangipanis and plumerias sprout from under raspberry roots, breathing the citrus-laden air of melons, cherries, apples and pears.
My Take: I expected to hate this. There was nothing about this scent that screamed “Erin” to me. For perspective, I actually own another Geek Chic solid scent, Vengeance. It’s quite a different animal, for sure. Even after I got it, I smelled it and I didn’t care for it. But I let my BF smell it and he liked it, so I put it on. I’ve worn it every day since. It’s surprisingly really nice – fresh, clean, girly… I love it. I’m so glad that this fragrance proved me wrong.
Well, there it is, the Storybook Love collection from Geek Chic Cosmetics. It’s on sale until today, so if you want to get it, there’s never been a better time than now. I have a ton of other colors by Geek Chic Cosmetics, based on interest I may decide to share them at a later date.