I purchased some of these items and others were PR samples.
I’m going to tell you a secret that I’ve never told anyone else.
<whispers> As much as I love Darling Girl Cosmetics, I wasn’t looking forward to this year’s “Oh The Horror!” Halloween collection when I first started seeing sneak preview swatches and color descriptions!!! </whisper>
Alright, so that may not be the most scandalous secret, but I still feel guilty because I should have known they'd be awesome, since Darling Girl never releases anything that's not awesome!
The reason I didn't think I'd like this collection because a significant portion of it is made up of colors that are “blackened” or that have black mica bases, and I’ve never, ever liked eyeshadow colors that are blackened, and another portion is made up of bright colors, which I'm still trying to get used to wearing, since I naturally gravitate toward neutrals.
But then I received some PR samples, and
liked loved them
enough to buy the rest of the collection, too (except, somehow, the shades Bathed in Blood and Pumpkinhead must have slipped out of my shopping cart, because I managed to
get all of the colors in this collection except for those two!) Through the
process of experimenting with the colors in this collection, I discovered
something about my taste in makeup that I didn’t know about before: I may not like
blackened eyeshadow shades, but I actually LOVE them when I use them over
a black eyeshadow base or black eyelid primer!!!
Since so many of the shadows in this collection change their appearance significantly when applied over a black base, I have swatched every color in this collection over both Darling Girl Glitter Glue and over Tick:Tock Cosmetics’ Infinity Eye Shadow Base in Black Hole.*
First up are, from left to right: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman/Attack of the 50 Foot Woman on black, Bad Ash/Bad Ash on black, Boogieman/Boogieman on black, Camp Blood/Camp Blood on black, and The Count/The Count on black.
The second set of swatches are, from left to right: Creature from the Black Lagoon/Creature from the Black Lagoon on black, Death by Unicorn/Death by Unicorn on black, Frankenstein/Frankenstein on black, Go Go Godzilla/Go Go Godzilla on black, and Heads Will Roll/Heads Will Roll on black.
The next set of swatches are, from left to right: Here's Johnny!/Here's Johnny! on black, I Am Pain/I Am Pain on black, The Invisible Man/The Invisible Man on black, King Kong/King Kong on black, and Lonely Assassins/Lonely Assassins on black.
The last set of swatches are, from left to right: Monster Within/Monster Within on black, The Mummy/The Mummy on black, Ripley's Cat/Ripley's Cat on black, Seven Days Later/Seven Days Later on black, and Sleep Kills/Sleep Kills on black.
As you can see, some of the colors—particularly those that are “blackened,” like Creature From The Black Lagoon, Here's Johnny!, Monster Within, and King Kong—look slightly muddy when swatched over Glitter Glue alone, but become incredibly intense and vibrant when swatched over a black base.
Some of my favorite colors from this collection are Creature from the Black Lagoon and Here’s Johnny! because not only are they gorgeous colors (particularly over a black base), but because they are off-the-hook sparkly. I also love the beautiful neutral duochrome of Frankenstein. However, my hands-down favorite shadow from the entire collection is Bad Ash. I don’t know what it is about that shade, but it's badass.
Here are some looks I've done using some of these colors:
Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (yellow), Go Go Godzilla (green), King Kong (blue)
Go, Go Godzilla used as liner
Creature From The Black Lagoon (blue) [along with Meow WTF (purple) and DGC Teenager Dream (pink)]
Frankenstein (lid), Sleep Kills (outer V/crease)
Heads Will Roll (inner lid), Here's Johnny! (outer lid) [along with DGC Shy Violet to highlight]
I Am Pain (lid), Lonely Assassins (outer corner), Death By Unicorn (crease).
I posted more about this look here.
Do you have any favorites from Darling Girl’s Oh The Horror! collection?
* I photographed all of these swatches in several different lighting environments, but I have only included the swatches that were taken in natural lighting with flash because they provided the most accurate color and sparkle.