I was browsing on Sephora the other day and seen where Ardency Inn's shadow in Royal was back in stock so I jumped on it and decided to try two of their shadows. I normally don't buy individual shadows in compacts because I use my customized single shadow palettes so much that I forget about my other shades. Plus they're expensive, unless it's Colour Pop which you know I love. A regular compact shadow would be anywhere from $16-$22 usually. These are $21 a piece. That's expensive if you ask me. They have great reviews though and I loved the Royal color so I went for it.
First thing I noticed and was a little disappointed about was that they were small. It's .06 oz which is about the size of a MAC shadow ($16) and slightly smaller than a Makeup Geek pan ($6). The packaging it self is really small too, which I like. It won't take up much space or anything. It's slim and the lid closes magnetically which I really like as well, you don't wreck your nails trying to get into it.
The colors I chose were Royal and Peacock.
Royal is an insanely deep grape color. It's got a beautiful sheen to it. These are crazy pigmented. They don't disappoint at all as far as product goes. It beautiful, it goes on well, there's just not enough good things to say about it. Very impressive. Not patchy or chalky in texture.
Peacock is a duo chrome that has a reddish brown base with a blue green sheen over top. It's very pretty. It reminds me a bit of Urban Decay shadow in Lounge. If they even still make it. This isn't as red as that but still same concept. It's a unique color in general. This is one of those shades that if you put a base underneath it, it's going to be a different look. I have a whole post on it but if you use a white base under this it would be brighter and if you use a dark base it's going to bring out the duo chrome a little more. So that's why I love it, there's a lot of different possibilities with duo chromes and this one especially.
For this look I used Royal on the lid with Makeup Geek In The Spotlight foiled shadow over top of ABH China Rose on the inner corner and inner third of the lid. ABH Fresh Peach and Violet is in the crease. My brows aren't jiving with me in this though so don't mind that.
The shadow applied evenly and perfect. It's not as butter soft as you expect it's a little dry in texture but is still great quality. Which I like that it's a little more dry it's not going to crease on you as bad. When they're super soft they have more oils in them and tend to crease on the lid through out the day. These are made to be used without primer if you want. They were "inspired" by music shows, so they're made to hold up well and also have an intense color pay off for both on stage and off.
"They're organic and mineral pressed pigments enriched with Manuka Honey", not sure what the purpose of the Manuka Honey is but they have a color pigmentation up to 78% in some shades and I believe it! They have 11 shades. Although almost always two or more shades are sold out. So go check them out if you're interested. They are very good, it's just up to you if you want to pay $21 for one shadow. I think they're great though and if you find a shade you absolutely love then it's worth it because the pigmentation and long wear of them will be hard to beat.
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