Backstreet’s back, alright.
There, I said it, I’m not going to make any more silly jokes in this review.
Backstreets Makeup Co. was on my list to try for a long time. They’re Canadian, and shipping was only five dollars, which is pretty cheap. I mean, I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, what you did, as long as I love your product but cheap shipping is nice.
I ordered a full-size of Lugh’s Chain and a ten-sample pack. While I picked out a few colours I wanted to try, I let the owner pick the rest, because I want it that way. She included three free samples, which was pretty generous.
Flabbergast is a sort of browny mauve with a bright purple sheen. It doesn’t work too well over bare skin, but over any sort of primer it shines quite easily.
I thought I got the reference behind Meatloaf Again but it was actually referencing a show I hadn’t seen, which is presumably referencing Rocky Horror. It’s a darkish sepia with what comes off as a bronze shimmer.
Gingah is a deep tan colour- very similar to gingerbread. It has a slight bit of a sheen, but is otherwise mostly matte over most bases.
Algae is one of my favourites in the group. It’s a cool chocolatey brown with a really strong green-gold shimmer.
Teenage Wasteland is a light rosy gold. It leans a lot more towards the gold than the rose, and is kind of close to my summer arms. Look at my tan.
I am really entranced by Parisian Night Suit. It’s white with what comes off as a bright green duochrome. Over primer or bare skin, it kind of sheers out, leaving just a light greenish glow. If I was looking for a highlighter to wear when I was feeling proper mermaidy, this would be it.
Lugh’s Chain was on sale, so I snatched it up. It’s not the most intense black, and the glitter is a bit more subtle than the swatches indicate, but it’s fairly nice.
Out of all of them, Betty was the one I couldn’t quite meet. Tell me why I can’t be there where you are. There’s something missing in my heart. It’s not in the shop, though, so it’s not a huge deal. It’s a matte peachy colour that’s just a little bit too dark for my skin.
Asset Manager, on the other hand, is lovely. It’s a deep, almost black purple with a subtle coppery shimmer to it. Not quite larger than life, but quite a respectable colour.
Obsidian is like Asset Manager’s cooler cousin. While it’s not quite as dark as Asset Manager, it sort of shifts from a true purple to a dark indigo in the light.
In the bag, Olivine looks black. Joke’s on me, though, as it’s actually quite firmly green, with no hint of black once swatched. Granted, it’s a lovely metallic green, but I keep picking it up expecting black. Quit playing games with my heart, Olivine!
Magnetite is listed as a “mid-pigmented black” that is a lot more pigmented than some supposed full-pigmented black. This is either a fancy marketing technique for less-black blacks or a nice concession to people who aren’t ready to go full black. It has some shimmer, but not an overwhelming amount.
Corcra is a warm lavender with a bright pink shimmer that almost looks gold for some reason. This shade drives me crazy because it’s one of a kind. It goes from almost blue to almost gold and I don’t know how to deal.
In the bag, Corcra and Deoch-An-Dorus looked almost exactly identical. I was thinking that it was a bit odd to send two such similar colours in a sample pack. However, I gave them a chance and they proved me all wrong. Deoch is a lot more blue, with a strong turquoise shift. I found this the hardest to capture, and eventually gave up and took a nap.
Final verdict- jam on, ’cause Backstreet’s got it. I was actually really surprised by how much I liked these shadows. They were sitting in the drawer for the longest time, and now I’m kind of regretting that. I have a feeling I’ll be wanting another order quite soon.