|Blackbird Alliance pigment built up a ton and blended over bare skin, then primer, then thinly applied over bare skin again.|
Please note the photos in this post have been adjusted for lighting tint using photoshop to make the colors of the product appear to true life. However, the product has not been enhanced, saturated or otherwise improved in any way.I am usually not that easily disappointed. I somehow tend to be a weird "it could be worse" optimist, in a large contrast to my cynic teen days, so now more than ever I can tolerate a good "oh, well that's unexpected" type of twist. I don't actually remember being legitimately disappointed in an indie product before, which is why this post is a little sad and weird for me, but I think it needs to be reviewed. It's not even for purchase anymore, so this review doesn't serve much purpose besides general feedback and opinion, but sometimes you gotta just put everything out there, right? So here it goes.
Alliance was a Limited run pigment from Blackbird, I believe it was a custom shade that was whipped up for another customer and the remainder of the batch was put into the shop and sold as a Limited color. I am super into anything cobalt-colored, so I jumped on it right away, and also threw a jar of my beloved Atlas in the cart too.
|For contrast, Blackbird's Atlas, over primer and bare skin, not overly built up.|
|Alliance over bare skin and blended out a bit with a finger vs reformulated Atlas, also blended with finger.|
|NM Watcher to Father vs Blackbird Alliance|
|Blackbird Alliance over primer.|
That said, I am super grateful to Alliance mostly because it pushed me to make an order in which I ordered a sample of Half-Full, which is my new favorite primer/transition/base/browbone/everything shade. I've got a pressed pan of it on the way and I really am excited for that!
Where to buy: If you'd like to check out Blackbird's regular selection of matte shadows, they're available here on their website.