I recently heard of and tried another indie brand, Crow & Pebble, and wanted to share my #MOTD and review with you. I got the company’s debut release, dubbed the Four Horsepersons collection. This series consists of four different sets, the Albus, Azrael, Raven, and Scarlett sets. Each group includes five complementary colors containing one matte shade and four shimmers. I ordered the sample size, for budgetary reasons, so I missed out on the cool artwork on the jars, but I got all the pretties, so I won’t complain! I also get to enjoy a bit of art, because I received the shade Adam as a gift with purchase.
These colors are extremely pigmented, and i found the saturation impressive. I did note that these pigments have a slightly different consistency than I’m used to. I wouldn’t call them moist, but they have a slightly stickier feel, and are so finely milled that they feel silky to the touch. Some, particularly the mattes, are in semi-loose form, and though they have that same soft, silky formula, they are more opaque than the shimmery shades. This stickiness didn’t affect application, but was noticeable when I emptied the baggies into jars; the pigments stuck to the insides of the baggies more than I’m used to.
Just a light tap of the brush to these pigments yields an insane amount of color. Despite that, they’re easy to blend. Y’all know blending is not my forte, but even I managed to do an okay job with these. I suspect that has more to do with how fine these pigments are than with any improvement in my skills. Besides that, these are probably the largest samples I’ve ever received.
For this look, I used three of the five mattes and two shimmers. As always, I decided way past midnight I wanted to do makeup, so y’all have to forgive that piece of lint on my eyebrow, lol. The colors are described as follows:
Creation’s Shadow, the deepest of deep matte blacks. Ohmigosh, this black, though! Creation’s Shadow is intensely pigmented, and is a surprise love, for me.
Slimline Limousine, shimmery black with a gold duochrome overlay. This shadow is another surprise favorite. I’d originally thought it was a gunmetal, but the goldtone is a unique twist.
Particularly Toxic Weedkiller, a dark sage green. This was another hit for me. I generally don’t like colors like this, because they “gray out” on my brown skin. PTW, though, stayed green without me having to pack it on, and didn’t look gray even in the areas where I blended it out.
Newtrition, a cool-toned taupe, is, surprisingly, not too gray or chalky on me, either. It makes an excellent base and blending shade for me
Chernobyl Power Station, a biting, shimmery acid green, practically radioactive. You know CPS was the color that caught my eye and that I had to have. It wasn’t quite as pigmented and opaque as I’d hoped, but it worked quite well for the look I did. When I feel the need for more vibrancy (and you know I will!), I’ll use a white base.
Here’s how I used everything:
Newtrition – base
Particularly Toxic Weedkiller – transition shade
Creation’s Shadow – inner and outer lid, crease, lower lash line
Slimline Limousine – center of lid
Chernobyl Power Station – center of lid
Other products used:
Make Up For Ever Artist Acrylip in 401 Raspberry Red
Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation in Chestnut
Milani Retouch + Erase concealer in Honey
Milani Prep+Set+Go transparent face powder
Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush in Warm Berry
Bentley MUA highlighter in Galore
You’ll be seeing more looks with these pigments, and my goal is to do a look with each of the sets. I’m by no means an expert on using pigments, but I have to say I’m impressed with Crow & Pebble’s debut collection. The colors appear ordinary, with the exception of a few pops of color, on first glance, but they’re not. I like the little touches, like the unexpected shimmers and unusual combinations. The names of the colors are unique and fun, as well. I’m really chuffed that I picked up the full collection, though I’d have been happier if I could’ve afforded the jars for the artwork. The softness and blendability of the formula is a definite plus, and as for Crow & Pebble, I’ve gotta say…I’m here for it! If you’d like to check out Crow & Pebble’s offerings, you can find them here.
Have you heard of or tried Crow & Pebble? Are there any colors that strike your fancy?
Thanks for reading!