First Impressions & Swatches: Notoriously Morbid

I first heard about Notoriously Morbid through the cool people of /r/Indiemakeupandmore. I remember briefly browsing the site for a bit but wasn't intrigued by anything, so I kinda forgot about NM. Later on, I asked people on /r/Indiemakeupandmore for recommendations on gold duochromes, and a few people suggested Quiet in the Dark and Gretel's Ghost from NM. I went back to check out NM (this time on Etsy), and then added those two shadows to my cart for kicks. I wasn't going to purchase anything, but after hemming and hawing for a while, I ended up buying the blogger package out of curiosity (haha).

Picture-heavy post!

The blogger package consists of one 5g eyeshadow jar and 5 sample bags for the sweet price of $5 + $2.90 shipping. I requested that the jar be Quiet in the Dark or Forgotten Dreams. I also purchased on a Friday, and NM tends to have a weekly "Free Day Friday" in which you receive some kind of freebie if you purchase on that day. My freebie was a "Coffin Kisser" lipbalm. I haven't used the lipbalm yet, so I won't mention it further.

Bought - 3/29/2014
Shipped - 4/9/2014 (took 11 days to process; TAT is stated as 10-14 days)
Received - 4/12/2014


All of the goodies. Got candy, a free lipbalm, and 2 extra sample bags. :)

From L to R, top to bottom: Forgotten Dreams, Spirit of all Three, Lizard on a Windowpane, Pornographic Priestess, Look Upon Me, She's Full of Secrets, Boe, and 13 Black Rainbows
Inside the bag of 13 Black Rainbows.

Okay. So everything came intact, on time, and with extra goodies, but what about the quality of the actual products? I'm always wary of trying new indie eyeshadows because sometimes, the website swatches look damn amazing but once I receive the shadow, the pigmentation is majorly lacking. Or, sometimes some stores don't have swatches at all (totally pisses me off). Some shadows require a primer or sticky base to even show up, but of course no website ever tells you that =_=.

I was crossing my fingers in the hopes that Notoriously Morbid is NOT a bullshitter like that. Anyway, NM delivers pretty well. For more duochromey/sparkly colors, a primer would definitely bring out all the nuances. However, you could easily get away with using the shadows on their own without a primer and still get a decent look, albeit all of the beautiful sparkles and sheens might not show up as nicely as you want them to.


All swatches are done using a $1 ELF brush. The upper half of the swatch is patted and gently swept over Darling Girl Cosmetics Primped & Primed, and the bottom half is over bare skin. Photos were taken in natural lighting in the early evening, so photos were leaning a bit blue. To counter that, I color corrected the photos in Photoshop.

Click on the images to enlarge.

Taken with flash. This is the only photo taken with flash.

Same picture as the one above, but a line is drawn to show where the primer ends and the bare skin begins. Upper half is over DGC Primped & Primed. Lower half is on bare skin.

And here are a bunch of pictures of my eyes using Lizard on a Windowpane all over the lid and Boe in the crease and outer half of the lower lashline. This look is done using NO PRIMER. Sorry for the whack brows and pimples. I'm still trying to learn how to deal with them. D:

Summary and Other Thoughts:
  • Shipping is within stated TAT.
  • Everything is wrapped nicely.
  • Generous with freebies.
  • Colors work pretty well without a primer, but work better with.
  • Swatches on website are iffy. You'll need to do some swatch searching outside.
  • Colors aren't the most simple, but they're not the most complex I've ever seen either. I'm excited to see NM's new collection though, which will be released sometime soon.
  • There's nothing inherently wrong with anything of the shadows (in fact, the formula is one of the better ones I've come across), but there weren't any colors that made me go "HOLY SHIT THAT'S GORGEOUS."

So would I repurchase? LOL, the funny thing is that I actually placed an order shortly after this one (but before I received my package from the first order) because there was a sale for 40% off everything. I bought a few other duochrome shadows and the gel liners.

But anyway, after trying these shadows, I would come back for the formula, but at the moment I really don't know for sure if I'd return simply because there aren't really any other colors that wow me at the moment. Unless I come across a really unique and interesting color, I can definitely go without repurchasing. Thus, I'll wait and see what Notoriously Morbid has to offer later on.

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