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Tuesday, October 19

Did some shopping, shopping, shopping...

... and now waiting, waiting, waiting. Every internet-shopper knows this... the feeling of excitement (will it get hold up by the customs?) and longing for the soon to arrive shiny new toy. 

The Conservatorie has changed the homepage and looks MUCH better now. Hopefully they also got their customer service and overall efficiency booted up too. I tried to shop there last winter when they had a 25% off sale - and the coupon code did not work. Happened to lots of people. So - this company may be a bit weird in it's organization and customer service.

It seems they also got rid of some stuff and are now focusing more to become a place for resellers for custom made pre-packaged products. Samples used to be $1,5 but are now $0.95 which makes them competitive with TKB Trading's micas. One has to take into account the size difference - if Conservatorie has not changed their sample sizes, they should be a teaspoon while TKB Trading sells mostly tablespoon samples (1 tablespoon=3 teaspoons). I also ordered some brushes for testing, hopefully they're good.

Stuff I ordered are mostly foundations (EDM really pissed me off this time) of which they now carry a shimmering and a matte version (used to be all matte but with different ingredients in the base, altogether 3 different recipies):

Bare Foundation Matte-Deepest Beige
Bare Foundation Matte-Navajo
Bare Foundation Matte-Summer Tan
Bare Foundation Matte-Light Navajo
Bare Foundation Matte-Lightly Suntanned
Bare Foundation Matte-Barely Golden
Bare Foundation Matte-Medium Beige
Bare Foundation Matte-Barely Beige
Bare Foundation Matte-Light Golden
Bare Foundation - Barely Beige
Bare Foundation - Light Golden
Bare Foundation - Lightly Suntanned
Bare Foundation - Medium Beige
Bare Foundation - Barely Golden

I suspect they have not put their emphasis on creating foundations suitable for pale folks, and am now sorry for not getting the white foundation base as well. Photos on Conservatorie's homepage are VERY deceiving, I know that from the last time I ordered (2 years ago). Although the homepage is upgraded, same picture material (for micas at least) is used. No color charts of foundations are available either.

Some micas (just to see if they overlap with TKB Trading's stuff)
Pewter Mica
Golden Green Mica
Pink (Green) Interference Mica
Brilliant Mocha Mica
Sparkle Mocha Mica
Luster Brown Mica

and brushes:

Last time I tried the brushes they were quite disappointing (one brush had a scratchy ferrule, the other had a defect) but I really liked the synthetic brushes' texture. Oval eyeshadow brush would be perfect to pick up those colors that crumble easily in the palette but I'd really prefer for it to be nicely done.

Shipping was $10,56.


Britta said...

Hello lovely,

that sounds great, wonderful order. I'm excited to see it, too.

The swatches of my eyeshadow palette will be online in few minutes.


Blanka said...

Whats wrong with EDM? Their mineral foundations are the best I ever had. :/
TKB is great, big choice, and even bigger samples. I mix all my colors from micas, thats really affordable and you can make exactly the color you want.

LiisK said...

Blanka, read my other EDM posts and you'll understand. EDM as a company sucks major butt and really has no respect for their clientèle. Their brushes are just too good for me to overlook the company entirely :S

TKB is a Holy Grail indeed :)

Blanka said...

Oh, I found the post.
I guess everyone wants to make more money these days, and most of them dont even think about customers.
Happened a million times, and will happen again.
I had rather nice experience with them, my package got lost (worth about 60$ as I remember) and they sent it again.
But their flat top brush is my favorite make up item EVER :)

Anonymous said...

Oooh, räägi siis pintslitest ka paar sõna kui asjad kätte saad:)