Thursday, March 31, 2011

Linnaeus Cosmetics

Of all the cosmetics companies I have ordered from, Marin owner of Linnaeus Cosmetics, by far has the highest standard of customer service I have ever seen. From the moment I ordered from her, she made sure I knew exactly what was going on with my order, when it would ship and then letting me know it had shipped. I only wish other cosmetic companies had such a high customer service standard.

Stamped animal on the back of the envelope
I was super excited to receive my order from Linnaeus Cosmetics. I had heard good things about it from various blogger reviews and I didn't wait long to actually order from them. The TAT was excellent. I ordered on Tuesday March 22 and my order was received on Monday March 28 so it took a total of 4 business days.

Inside the mailer
 The outside packaging was the standard yellow bubble mailer but on the back was a not so standard stamped image of what I think is a white-tailed deer. Inside my package was a handwritten thank you note (<3 this!) and a little cotton bag stamped with a jack rabbit and tied with raffia bows and a tag with the company's logo on the front and tips and tricks on the back. I am a sucker for awesome packaging and this is definitely awesome! =)

Ingredients Labels
Stamped lids

I ordered 2 full-size collections from Marin; Lovely Cotinga collection and Green Mantella collection. The Lovely Cotinga collection consisted of 3 eye shadows in Astute, Show Off and Flutter. The Green Mantella collection consisted of 3 eye shadows as well; Brigand, Cavort and Pollywog. When I ordered, Marin was running a special deal of buy 4 shadows and get 1 free so I chose and received Tough Stuff. Also, I received a free sample baggie of Kalahari. All shadows were swatched over MAC Painterly Paint Pot and photographed under a mixture of daybulb and natural light with no flash.

L-R: Flutter, Show Off, Astute
Flutter: Bright blue shimmer

Show Off: Deep dusty purple with red glitter

Astute: Deep purple/red shimmer. To me this shade looks almost the same as Show Off minus the red glitter. Astute is slightly more red than Show Off. I personally would have liked to see a bigger difference between the shades.

L-R: Brigand, Cavort, Pollywog

Brigand: Beautiful emerald green shimmer with aqua undertones

Cavort: Lime green with strong yellow undertones. This seems to be a somewhat pressure sensitive shade as I noticed the harder I pressed the more green it became.

Pollywog: Medium satiny green. If spring were a color this would be it!

L-R: Tough Stuff, Kalahari
Tough Stuff: Dark smokey grey

Kalahari: Gorgeous shimmery champagne with gold glitter

My very colorful arm!
I love all the pigments I received! Each one is incredibly smooth and very blendable. Marin has a very nice range of colors in her shop and it is definitely worth taking a look. Again I cannot say enough about Marin's customer service! I wish all MMUC owners were as amazing to work with! I will definitely be back later to shop with her more!

5 out of 5 Glittery Bubbles

**All products were purchased by me with my own money. I was not compensated in any way shape or form for this review. All opinions are my own. I make it a point not to reveal to the MMUC that I will be reviewing their product so as not to receive any undue favors.


Melly said...

Oh! All of the colors look amazing! Great review :)

Jessie Jane Townsend said...

those are lovely! love the packaging!

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