Monday, November 14, 2016

Product Review -- Strobe Cosmetics Hotel and Freak Show Palettes

If you read this blog regularly, you know that I focus on mainstream beauty brands most of the time.

The kinds of brands that you can find at your local drugstore, Target, Walmart, Ulta, Sephora, or department store.

And I enjoy those brands and the fact that they're widely available so it's easy for most of us to find them.

That doesn't mean I don't keep an eye out for exciting indie brands, though -- and in fact, lately, I've kind of been on an indie makeup kick.

That's partly because I always think it's a good thing to support small business, but mainly because indie brands seem more willing to try new things and are more responsive to their customers.

They also tend to be cruelty free (and oftentimes vegan too), which is something that I'm trying to become more aware of.

Long story short: you're probably going to be seeing quite a few reviews of products from indie brands in the coming weeks/months.

I'd seen some really good reviews of Strobe Cosmetics on YouTube and various blogs, so I decide to pick up their two eyeshadow palettes, the Freak Show and Hotel Palettes.

The palettes are a homage to the American Horror Story TV series, which I don't watch so the references are beyond me.

Both palattes come in black plastic compacts, with artwork on the lid that's specific to each palette. Freak Show has a carnival ticket, while Hotel depicts a hotel elevator and hallway.

Inside each palette, there are 5 shadows, which all have a metallic or shimmery finish, and a decent sized mirror.

Strobe Cosmetics Hotel and Freak Show Eyeshadow Palettes

Strobe Cosmetics Freak Show Eyeshadow Palettes

Hotel contains Addiction Demon, a deep rusty red; Room 64, a golden brown; Checking In?, an olive green; Royale, a golden rose; and The Countess, a white with red/pink shift.

Freak Show contains Twisty, a deep, warm purple; Strongman, a deep rose gold; Monsters Among Us, a green/teal duochrome with a warm brown base; Conjoined, a peachy champagne; and Bearded Lady, a chocolate brown.

Strobe Cosmetics Hotel Eyeshadow Palette

From l. to r.: Addiction Demon, Room 64, Checking In?, Royale, The Countess

Strobe Cosmetics Freak Show Eyeshadow Palette

From l. to r.: Twisty, Strongman, Monsters Among Us, Conjoined, Bearded Lady
The shadow formula in both palettes is very impressive. The shadows are highly pigmented and have a smooth, creamy texture. They blend easily with one another, and also work well with other shadows, including all of the mattes I've paired with them.

(I'll also mentioned that I loved the shadow formula so much that I purchased several single shadows from Strobe Cosmetics after I tried the palettes. I'll review those too, but spoiler alert: they're just as fabulous.)

I absolutely love the shades included in both palettes too. Hotel is probably my favorite, with Addiction Demon and Royale being almost too beautiful to stand. Room 64 and Checking In? are also gorgeous, and The Countess makes a stunning inner corner highlight.

Don't get me wrong -- Freak Show is lovely too. Strongman, Conjoined, and Bearded Lady are perfect for everyday, while Twisty and Monsters Among Us add a nice pop of color.

Really, I can't say enough good things about these palettes.

Oh, and they're only $25 each, which feels like a steal to me.

Unfortunately, both palettes are out of stock at the moment, so you'll need to check back in at the Strobe website in the future.

Update: As I'm editing this post, they're actually back in stock for the moment, though the supply is apparently quite limited. I believe there should be another restocking for Cyber Monday, which is November 28th.

The good news is that all of the shades in both palettes are available as singles, so if there's a shadow (or two) that really appeals to you, you can pick it up on its own.

I definitely recommend both or either palette if you enjoy the shades.

And I know I will definitely be lining up to buy any new palettes that Strobe Cosmetics puts out in the future.

Have you tried the Strobe Cosmetics Hotel and/or Freak Show Palettes? What's your favorite indie makeup brand at the moment?

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