Review & Swatches: AFK Cosmetics Haul

Good evening all!

Today I have some swatches and a first impression on a newer indie brand, AFK Cosmetics. AFK opened in mid 2014 and offers eyeshadows and lip balms. A few weeks ago they were having a sale so I decided to take the plunge and pick up some eyeshadows I had my eyes on. The nice thing about buying from lesser-known indie brands is that they often have shorter TAT's so I received my package in less than two weeks, which is pretty good by indie makeup standards! 

In other news, I dyed my hair blonde for the first time ever! It's a super light color and I've always had my hair nearly black so it's definitely a big change but so far I'm loving it. Thursday is my 22nd birthday and my SO is taking me to The Cheesecake Factory for dinner so I'll try to snap some pics of my motd. I'm looking forward to playing with new color combinations to find what flatters my new look best :D 

Now onto the swatches!

* Disclaimer: All products purchased with my own money unless otherwise stated. Thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. *

From left to right: Suicidal Bastard, Female Titan, Bronze V, The Strip.

The Strip is a brown-based taupe with multicolored shimmer. From the Wastelanders collection. The shimmer often looks like a blue shift and it's really a stunning shade. I can't thing of another shade quite like this one. 

Bronze V is a metallic bronze. From the Summoners collection. Nice formula and catches the light nicely. A good one to pick up if you don't have a shade similar to this already in your collection.

Female Titan is from AFK's Fight or Die collection which is based on Attack on Titan. It's a shimmery light gold. Pretty shade but this one was probably my least favorite of the bunch, Unlike the other shades that all had a buttery, pigmented formula, this one applied a bit patchy. 

Suicidal Bastard is a dark brown with subtle red shimmer from the Fight or Die collection. This would be a great shade to use as a liner, on the outer lower lash line, and in the crease to deepen it.

From left to right: 104th Trainees Squad, Armored Titan, Potato Girl. 

104th Trainees Squad is from the Fight or Die collection. It's a gorgeous mustard with an orange undertone. Completely unique in my collection and reminds me of a shimmery version of Mac's Uninterrupted eyeshadow. 

Armored Titan is a matte orange red with gold sparkle. From the Fight or Die collection. Another stunner. I've never been one to use reds a lot but this shade is seriously changing my mind. I am dying to try this shade out with Hello Waffle's Fauxlivia.

Potato Girl is a an olive-toned medium matte brown with golden sheen. From the Fight or Die collection. Absolutely gorgeous. It has the same fantastic buttery formula as the other satin mattes I've swatched. I know these three will be getting a lot of use. 

When I received my package, I was surprised to see how small the sample baggies are! They still contain 1/4 teaspoon of product, but the baggies are just smaller in size. Here it is next to a standard baggie from Ten Three Labs for comparison. My goodies also came wrapped in cute wrapping paper with a string bow. I appreciate the attention to detail and the effect wasn't lost on me. 

Final Thoughts: 6/7 were hits for me. Nearly every shade, with the exception of Female Titan, had a super smooth formula and excellent pigmentation. AFK really excels in their satin matte formula which makes me happy because I completely love that formulation. I will probably pass Female Titan and Bronze V on to family as I have similar shades. My favorites were 104th Trainees Squad, The Strip, and Potato Girl. Overall, I'm thrilled with my first order and experience with AFK!

That's all I have for now, take care guys.

xx Carissa 

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