Monday, October 17, 2011

Pollen Cosmetics Swatches and Review

I'm usually hesitant to buy from brand new companies because I'm afraid of being burned but I had to take the chance when it came to Pollen Cosmetics (they just opened October 14th!). The pictures looked beautiful, each listing has swatches (yes!), the descriptions were well-written, and each one listed the ingredients for that shadow. Plus the owner is professional and super nice. I'm tired of the companies that pop up overnight just because someone though it would be a cool idea to make eyeshadow, and has not done their research at all. Everything about Poolen Cosmetics is thought out, researched, and professional. And the colors looked gorgeous. I'm so glad I placed the order!

I bought a sample pack of 10 and I paid $8.50 plus $1.50 shipping (they included a one free sample with my order so I have a total of 11). My order was shipped in a standard bubble mailer and I received it very quickly.

Pollen Cosmetics

I love, love, love the formula of these shadows. They're smooth and almost creamy feeling. Even without primer they adhere to the skin well. The colors are shimmery, but the shimmer isn't over the top and none are glittery. I didn't get any fall out from using these. I like that each sample baggie comes with it's own printed ingredient label. I didn't buy any full sizes, but they have ingredient labels as well, which is nice. The colors are gorgeous and even the subtle ones are nuanced and unique. It's frustrating, but I wasn't able to capture the true beauty of the eyeshadows. I suggest everyone pick up a few samples at least and you'll see I'm right!

As usually the top row of swatches are dry over bare skin and the bottom row are over Pixie Epoxy.

From left- Book Collector, Future Sunrise, Kymmie Jo, Lily Jane, Rare Find
From left- Book Collector, Future Sunrise, Kymmie Jo
From left- Lily Jane, Rare Find
From left- Ryley Marie, Sarah Shalene, Scouts Honor, Set In Stone, True To Form, Violet Me Go
From left- Ryley Marie, Sarah Shalene, Scouts Honor
From left- Set In Stone, True To Form, Violet Me Go

The only thing I wish is that they offered samples in jars! I'm too much of a klutz for baggies and I have so many eyeshadows that I will never use up a full size. But but is just s small complaint. I highly recommend Pollen Cosmetics!


Thank you for reading and have a great day/night/whatever!


  1. I really like the purple and dark green shades.

  2. OMG! I am rarely impressed with "new" companies, but your swatches blew me away! I'm loving Scout's Honor, Book Collector, and Future Sunrise! Thanks for the review :) The packaging is super simple and cute.

  3. They're all really pretty but I think True To Form is the most amazing one here.

  4. Wow! The colours are really nice! Especially the light pink, light blue and Violet Me Go. <3

  5. I just took a look at their shop, and the packaging, labelling and photos are beautiful - they have done a fantastic job it looks so professional!

  6. Hi Jessi!!
    Thank you so much for the super kind words! The swatches are beautiful if I do say so myself... ;)

    Pollen Cosmetics

  7. These look so beautiful, and I don't mind baggies as I like that they take us less room than other samples. I'm heading to the etsy store now, thanks for the review x

  8. They are all so pretty :)I will definitly have to check them out. I love eyeshadow!!! Thanx for sharing with us.

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  9. I just got my sample order today, and while I haven't touched the shadows yet, just staring at them in the baggies was enough to make me drool! xoxo

  10. Oooh, these are just gorgeous! Thanks for the review of a new company to try!!


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