Corvus Cosmetics Cryptozoology Collection Pt. 1

Corvus Cosmetics recently released a new collection based on Cryptids tales. The collection is comprised of 14 eyeshadows, ranging from light to dark neutrals with a few pops of subdued color. Cryptozoology will have a limited run and is available August through February. Most of the shadows in this half of the collection have a satin or matte finish. I'll be reviewing the next half later this week. Like with their other collections, Corvus has provided a detailed description of the inspiration behind each color so I encourage you to read through them! I didn't know many of these stories and it's always cool to learn about different urban legends. 

To show some of these eyeshadows in action, I created this eye look using Dover Demon on the lid, Goat Man as a transitional shade, and Loch Ness Monster in the crease. The colors blended out fairly easily and lasted all day without fading or creasing. 

Products were provided as press samples. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Photos were taken in direct light. For reference, my skin tone is slightly lighter than an NC15, fair with warm undertones. Please view my disclosure policy for more information. Swatches are done half on Urban Decay Primer Potion, half over Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue. 

Flatwoods Monster (vegan, not lip-safe) is a dark grey with a silver sheen.

Mongolian Death Worm (vegan, lip-safe) is a rusty red with a satin finish. This would make a good color to mix with gloss to create a lip color. Corvus does reds and blues very well and this one doesn't disappoint. 

Loch Ness Monster (vegan, not lip-safe) is a gorgeous blackened blue with a teal overlay. This one is definitely my favorite of the bunch here. I wore it in my crease in the look above but I can't wait to wear it over a sticky base on my lid. 

Kappa (vegan, not lip-safe) is a slightly shimmery forest green with a blue undertone. 

Dover Demon (vegan, not lip-safe) is a rosy grey with sparkles that shift from blue to pink. I wore this all over the lid in the look above but next time it's going in the center of a halo eye!

Goat Man (vegan, not lip-safe) is a light sandy taupe. The sparkle is pretty minimal in this color so it works well as a transition shade. I struggle sometimes with finding a good blending shadow for silver looks that isn't a cool toned grey since they tend to wash me out. Goat Man works well for that purpose so I'll probably order this in a full size. 

Wendigo (vegan, not lip-safe) is a charcoal grey with a matte finish. I've been trying to find a good indie dupe for Mac's Typographic eyeshadow and this one is very close. When doing a smokey eye I tend to opt for that color instead of a black since I'm pretty fair-skinned and I don't want to get the dreaded Panda effect!

Jersey Devil (vegan, not lip-safe) is a golden peachy shade with pink sparkles. I can see this working well as a lid shade or a crease shade, especially if you have a warm skintone.

Every shade had good pigmentation and applied well. Noel, the owner of Corvus has formulated her shadows to show up true to color with or without a sticky base which is awesome since a lot of people don't like the fuss and muss of Pixie Epoxy and the like. The only color that needed a sticky base was Lock Ness Monster to bring out that pretty teal sheen!

That's it for part 1, stay tuned for part 2!

xx Carissa

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