Let’s continue the indie brand swatchfest in today’s post as well. I briefly mentioned My Pretty Zombie (here onwards referred to as MPZ) last time, and if you follow me on FB and IG, you’ve already seen a bunch of MPZ eyeshadows used in makeup looks. Nevertheless, I would like to do a full review here, and just tell you what my experience with this indie brand has been so far, show you some swatches and videos (yes, I intend to go on with the video swatches…considering to even do reviews/helpful tips/favourites of indie brands on YT. Still pondering that possibility though…)
Again, I heard about this brand watching a video by Tori, aka the Biohazardous Beauty. Once you go on the MPZ website, you will quickly stumble upon Tori’s eyeball, as she did their eye swatches as well.
I am super grateful that Andrea, the owner of MPZ, offers samples (like most other indie brands actually). Sometimes it can be hard to judge from a photo what the colour would look like live, whether it would suit you, etc and paying high shipping costs to only find out that it’s not what you wanted can be a bummer. Samples are really fantastic that way. MPZ offer a 3 sample pack (you choose the 3 shades) for 3$. I paid 2,25$ additionally for shipping, I believe. About a week later, you get an envelope in your mailbox with a super funky sticker on it, a card with a kitty (yaaay kitties <3!) and your 3 samples in zip-lock baggies. In total, I now have 9 MPZ shadows. The samples look like this:
Haha, you see?!..come to think of it, I may eventually get in trouble if Customs decide that these envelopes look suspicious to only open them and find out they contain sparkly powders called Anthrax and Rabies. Imagine that!!!
I don’t really like to keep my shadows in baggies, so I normally transfer them to jars, that I purchase separately. The amount of product you get is pretty decent, definitely among the more generous samples I have gotten. And they are sooo, soooo pretty, aren’t they:
Now that I’ve given you an idea of how the pretties look like, let’s show you swatches. I did those over Pixie Epoxy from Fyrinnae.
Group 1 contains: Celery and Bile, Dissolution, Brisket, Anthrax and Blue Fungus on Corpses: Like last time, I also made a short video swatch, which you can see here:
Group 2 includes: Grandma Cleavage, Gangrenous and Homemade Death:
The video swatch is here:
And just as I thought, “ok done”, I realized I had forgotten one shade…poor Rabies, swatched alone, as an outsider haha:
The eyeshadows have fantastic quality and the duochromes are really stunning. Used over a primer + Epoxy, they last 8-10 hours at least. The formulation on these is great, and honestly, they perform quite well over just primer too. I prefer to apply them over Pixie Epoxy for that extra layer of glamour, though 🙂
MPZ ranks highly in my book of favourites, and I would definitely go back and get full sizes of some of these shades, once I run out of the samples. Feel free to roam their website here. I will do a separate post with makeup looks featuring most of these eyeshadows.
Let me know which shades you liked the most, or what you have in your MPZ collection already!
Haven’t ordered from MPZ for absolute ages (but then I haven’t been ordering much from indies lately) but yeah, MPZ does fab duochromes indeed 🙂
Oh really?! Why did you stop ordering from indies? I am totally into in at the moment :). What do you have from MPZ?
I just have a handful of eyeshadows which are still at my mum’s I think (she stored my zillions of eyeshadows while I was moving, and unfortunately, bagage limits means I have to bring it back a little bit at a time!) From memory, I think I have gangrenous, tara yvonne, white wedding (well it’s white something anyway…. white bride, maybe?) and a couple more. I used to buy loads of indie makeup from Fyrinnae, Darling Girl, Aromaleigh (before stuff hit the fan), Concrete Minerals, Morgana, and I’m probably forgetting some. Thing is, the shipping price to foreign destinations shot up, and the customs limit in the UK came down, and it didn’t make it worthwhile ordering, unless you place big orders, but I had so many eyeshadows by then that maybe it was time for me to start using my stash. I still used to place a few orders a year. But now, I’ve just moved to Italy, and they have a ban on cosmetic imports. I don’t know if it is enforced or not, but I’m not willing to spend money just for the customs to seize the package and destroy it. This summer, I ordered some varnishes from I Love Nail Polish, and it shipped safely to my parents, and I was able to bring them back with me. So will definitely do that in the future and order my makeup that way. I can understand you’re into indie stuff. I was too when I was beauty blogging, and honestly, even years down the line, they spoiled it for me. Most drugstore brands have never had the same appeal ever since I discovered indies 🙂
I can see you are already past the “hoarding” phase. And I have to agree that shipping costs and customs limitations can become off-putting at some point. I have heard about that ban in Italy…frankly, sounds quite nonsensical. I feel bad for Italian makeup junkies :P. Hopefully you will at least be able to transport some of your current stash to your new home. I am so happy to have discovered the world of indie brands…all these unique shades are so much more appealing to me than any drugstore, or high-end for that matter, product. Once you go indie, you cannot go back, I absolutely agree with you on that 🙂
Yeah, you’re absolutely right! I used to work in a pharmacy in the UK, and we had a Rimmel stand, and I think they changed the name of the eyeshadows four times while I was there, new cases and all, and same eyeshadows every single time. Even the name remained the same. I can understand that people have their favourites and things, but there wasn’t much, but still, new shades once in a while wouldn’t do any harm. Eventually you got limited editions of this and that, but nothing ever compared to the creativity and the quality I saw in some indies. Don’t get me wrong, there have been some pretty awful ones too, so always go for trusted, established companies. But my stash is like my own pirate treasure. Looking forward to reading more about the indies you discover. While I’m no longer blogging beauty (although I might throw in a post or two in the future!) I very much like to keep in touch with that world 🙂 Thanks for being so approachable, it’s always nice to meet new indie lovers 🙂
I am actually thrilled that one of my readers is an indie lover 🙂 Not many around me, most people go for trusted, I-can-swatch-it-in-Sephora or the local drugstore kind of brands/products. I wish there was a way for me to show them what they are missing on with indie…But then again, one needs to be prepared to put in some extra effort for indie products…meaning you need to get Epoxy, or a special sort of base for e/s, for instance. Most people think it’s too much work…I love it!!! 😀
Love to have you around, and yes, I am easily approachable…that’s just my character 🙂
Yeah, but the care we give to applying makeup means our colours will stay put most of the day. Never had that result when I was wearing drugstore stuff. I remember once, I wore some Fyrinnae eyeshadows on top of Pixie Epoxy, went to work, and I had a bit of a hormonal moment and cried my eyeballs out. Eventually went to check in the mirror, only to find out that apart from red eyes the rest was completely smudge free! Just wear your eyeshadows, you’ll get compliments and people will eventually become curious 🙂
hahah I haven’t had the opportunity to test how Epoxy deals with hormones yet, but good to know 😉
I wear it all, out and proud..Most of the time they do indeed earn me compliments and swoons 🙂 Hopefully I will get more people to “dark side” of indie hihi
I’m sure you will. Indies are definitely getting more recognition than a few years ago when I got into it 🙂 Onwards and upwards 🙂
I’m sure you will 🙂
Yezzzz!!! Indie forever!!!! lol