Saturday, January 28, 2012

Black Rose Minerals Review

The website was a little confusing for me at first but I was able to figure it out pretty quickly. The listings for categories are a bit cluttered so it took a minute to figure out what I needed to click on. Eyeshadow is sold by color under full or sample size. You can get samples in bags or jars. There is a $6 order minimum.

What I Ordered
Sample Jars: You Pick 6, which is located under the "Your Choice" category. The colors I chose are Bruised, Venom, Pacific Oil Slick, Teddy, Nobodies and Larkspur. The cost was $12.00 with $1.75 for shipping. The samples come in those 3 gram jars with the rounded bottom and the amount of product you get is very generous, it's pretty close to Fyrinnae's mini size. Jars come with out a sifter but are shrink wrapped to prevent spills during shipping.

Order Experience
When I ordered my samples there is a place on the website to input the color names, I received no errors but was promptly e-mailed saying they did not go through. This was the only problem I had with my order and was easily remedied by replying to the e-mail with my choices.

I ordered on January 7th, got the e-mail on the 8th, package shipped on January 26th and I received it on the 28th. Current turn around time on the website is 4-20 business days so this with in the stated time.

What I Got
Product Overview
Each jar is very nicely packaged, the top of the jar has a sticker with the company name and a rose. There is a sticker on the bottom with the website, full ingredients, what the product is safe for use on (eyes, lips, etc), company name and location and product net weight.

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Venom, Bruised, Pacific Oil Slick, Nobodies, Larkspur, Teddy
blurred slightly to show shimmer

A bright pink that leans violet, has a bright violet sheen so it photographs less pink than it looks in person. Happy to see it's lip safe because this would be gorgeous in a gloss. This color is BRIGHT and glittery

Perfect for a glamourous black eye. I was most excited about this color because I had a bruised colored shadow years ago and I have been trying to find one like it. It's kind of a muddy reddened purple.

Pacific Oil Slick
Reminds me of Sugarpill's Magpie, it's a blackened teal that is very sparkly. Photographs very green and metallic, but looks more like black with sparkles in person. I have a few shades similar to this but Pacific Oil Slick is the most green and most metallic. Perfect crease color for a teal smoky eye. It is also surprisingly lip safe!

A shimmery navy blue like MAC Deep Truth only prettier. Also similar to Fyrinnae's La Noche, but darker. In the pots they look very different but swatched they are similar. This is very satiny and shimmery and would be gorgeous in a smoky eye.

Such a pretty bright medium blue with a satin finish, I can't stop staring at this one. It would look lovely with Nobodies and Venom. It's along the lines of Sugarpill's Afterparty but a bit more complex.

A rich chocolate brown with lots of shimmer. It looks to have a little pink and a little blue shimmer. On my computer the website swatch looks rather grey, make no mistake if it looks that way to you too this is a chocolate brown. It's very warm and pretty.

In addition to the eyeshadows I received a hand written thank you note and some stickers. I got little animal stickers, a Sponge Bob sticker and two scented stickers. An invoice was also included. Last but not least, business card and two shadow samples in baggies- Lunar Shower and Blood Moon. These extras came in their own wax paper baggie decorated with a rose stamp and sealed with a logo sticker.

What I Liked
+ I was promptly e-mailed when I had a problem with my order.
+ Shadows are properly labeled and include whether they're safe for lips. I often like to mix my own glosses with pigments so this is a huge plus for me.
+ Products were well packaged with shrink wrap and secured in a plastic bag in a bubble mailer.
+ Colors are very pretty and rich.
+ The shadows are pigmented and apply well.
+ There is a wide variety of colors to chose from.
+ There are colors named after Marilyn Manson songs (yes, sometimes I buy a product based on it's name... don't judge me).
+ There are multiple pictures of the shadows in action. It's shown swatched dry and wet and shown on an eyelid.
+ Did not stain.
+ Pricing was fair.
+ Sifters are available for full sized shadows, If I order full sized ones I will get them to avoid the mess.

What I Did Not Like
- The website is a little hard to navigate. I think more spacing between the categories would make it easier.
- Special collection colors aren't listed under the full color listing. If you're not careful to check each category you might miss some nice colors. The Luciferi Collection is really worth checking out.
- I made a HUGE mess when I opened these because there was a lot of product in the threads and on the rim of the jar. It's a good thing these were shrink wrapped.

Do I Recommend This Company?
Yes, I am satisfied with my order and I will probably order from Black Rose Minerals again even though I need another eyeshadow like I need a hole in my head.

Stay tuned for some EOTDs using these!


  1. Great review! I buy shadows because of their names all the time as well, I can't help it!

    1. Thanks, it needs better pictures but it's impossible to get good light in the winter here in upstate NY (unless I get up around 7 am for sunrise like more most of my recent EOTDs).