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Bokeh Face – Review & Swatches

Recently I had the opportunity to try out a new indie company, Bokeh Face. I received one full size shadow and several samples to try out.

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Ordering from Bokeh Face is fairly straightforward, as they’re currently set up on Artfire and they were previously set up on Etsy. You can easily search for a specific color name. I do wish it was broken into color families so you could search like that, but it’s still easy enough to browse.

$5 for a 5g sifter jar for eye shadow, $10 for a 20 gram sifter jar for blush

Ingredients are listed for each individual shade in each shadow listing.

An example, Seaweed Ingredients:
Mica, Silica, magnesium stearate, magnesium myristate, kaolin clay, chromium oxide, iron oxide May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Black #2, Copper Powder, Silicon Dioxide, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Tin Oxide

Full size shadows come with a sticker inside on the sifter so the color doesn’t spill, as well as shrink wrapped. It looks very professional. Samples come in little clamshells. I must be getting better at opening these, as I didn’t spill a single one! The clamshells are labeled with the color name and number. They’re actually kind of cute ;)

Customer Service:
I emailed back and forth with Natalie, the company owner, several times. Not only was she courteous, she took my constructive criticism with grace and welcomed further feedback.

Shade Descriptions:
This is where I had a lot of feedback for Bokeh Face. Some of the shade descriptions were very much off base, in my opinion, from the colors I saw.

Glass Slipper – white with little flecks of gold
(to me seems to be a pale beige-pink with gold flecks, great highlighter)
Dirty Bird – gorgeous chartreuse green
(really gorgous chartreuse)
Swiss Vanilla – light-reflecting high shimmer sheer shade of ivory
(pale ivory with gold shimmer)
Alps – sheer golden peach
(to me this a light brown with gold shimmer)
Swiss Army Knife – intense gray that buffs out into a sheer chocolate brown. It has medium intensity shimmer with gold undertones.
(I see no grey in this, to me it’s a deep chocolate brown with gold shmmer)
Seaweed – not description other than green
(to me it’s an aqua shade wih green and gold interference, really pretty)
Flippie Floppies – green
(grass green with a hint of yellow)
Hurricane – depending on the light it’s turquoise, teal, cerulean…
(gorgeous blue with deeper blue lowlights and blue-green highlights)
The Brain – sheer peachy-pink with near-white shimmer
(to me, peachy-pink with gold shimmer)
Lumpy Space Princess – a lovely violet with subtle, deep purple glitter.
(this is a great color! It’s a pinky-violet with purple glitter)
Holy Hand Grenade – blue, shimmery, aewsome
(I see no blue, it’s a dark blackened plum brown shade)
Glam – is a super sheer, bright garnet
(I usually take garnet to mean reddish, this reads as peach to me)
Perfect- peachy-pink with subtle golden shimmer
(yes, it’s a pretty Orgasm clone)
Lotus – lavender blush
(lovely light lavender)

The shadows have a great texture and very good pigmentation. They last all day on my eye shadow primer. As you know, I have oily lids and I can’t go without a primer or my eye shadow will be gone in like 20 minutes. However these didn’t budge on me all day. At the end of my day they still looked fresh, so I was really pleased. Additionally, I believe they’re all unique.

Wearing Seaweed, Hurricane, Flippie Floppies and Swiss Vanilla

The blushes were all three nice colors, and Lotus especially I find to be unusual. Perfect reminded me of an Orgasm clone. Glam was nice too. I think the texture is good and since the pigmentation is sheer, you’re not in danger of clown cheeks if you have a heavy hand with application.

Would I purchase from Bokeh Face?
Yes! I want to pick up full sizes of Seaweed, Flippie Floppies and Swiss Vanilla. They’re gorgeous. I can’t believe that I waited so long to try Bokeh Face, especially considering all the positive things I’d heard people say about the company.

Samples sent for consideration. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://www.beautyraid.com Zelda

      saying flippie floppies makes me giggle… but I really love that color!

      • Phyrra

        I totally giggled too.

    • http://www.baroque-in-babylon.blogspot.com Tianne

      I really like Lumpy Space Princess! What a name, lol!

    • http://fiercenerditude.blogspot.com/ Vijaya

      Yesterday, I made a spreadsheet of companies I wanted to try, and used random.org, and I got Bokeh. I’m still putting it off, though. xD

    • http://lacqueredpaintedpolished.blogspot.com/ Jessi

      Okay, now I HAVE to try them since you gave your stamp of approval. I’m surprised at how much I love Swiss Vanilla- it’s gorgeous.

    • http://www.glassofwin.com Rachael

      I really like “glass slipper” – it looks like a very lovely highlighter.

    • Helvetica

      Some of the colours (the Neutral Swiss Collection, haha) look interesting. However, I see that if you order from the US you pay 5 USD for a full size, but if you are an international customer, you pay up to 1 USD more. Why do we international customers have to pay more for the same thing?? This is a big no-no for me.

      • Phyrra

        I would suggest emailing and asking why.

      • Anne W

        Looks like the shipping is free for US but $.50 for Canada/Mexico and $1 everywhere else.

      • http://www.bokehface.com Natalie – Bokeh Face Cosmetics

        Hi Helvetica!
        The difference in price is actually the shipping charge for international orders, not that people in foreign countries need to pay more :) I use the PayPal shopping cart service, and unfortunately, there isn’t a way to add shipping onto an order separately. Shipping to the US is free, Canada/Mexico is $.50/item, and elsewhere is $1/item. Hopefully that makes sense!

    • http://toxid-lotus.net Manda

      Ahh I love Bokeh Face. =D Natalie is so great to work with and I still love my Lotus blush. It’s just the right shade of lavender. I’m itching to make another order and pick up some of her newer shades like Dirty Bird. It’s seriously gorgeous. Great review!

    • Anne W

      Looks like they have their own site up now. The colors are gorgeous, but wish they offered samples.

    • http://hausofgloi.com Britton

      OMFG. Lumpy Space Princess?! That’s what I call my cat, hah. Lovely color though! They’re all lovely actually. Dirty Bird is really pretty.

      • Phyrra

        How cute!

    • http://www.ruthsmakeup.blogspot.com Ruth

      Ah! Lumpy space princess is my favourite Adventure time character. Need! x

    • zillah11999

      Oooh – Lotus! What an amazing colour – I think I must try it!

    • Rina

      Oh gosh XD Holy Hand Grenade?! The Python nerd in me just squealed.

      • Phyrra

        I ordered that one based on the name alone :)

    • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

      Argh I hate it when colour descriptions are wrong! >__< but these colours are really pretty, I especially like the look of Lotus, Dirty Bird and Hurricane. I've been looking everywhere for a nice lavender blush, so I may have to buy Lotus.

      • Phyrra

        Oh Lotus would be fab on you!

    • Beth

      Sorry, her colors may be pretty… however I find it offensive that she would say they are inspired by “an 8-year-old gay boy named Shannon. ” The Unicorn collection specifically I guess…. Turns me off from ordering that’s for sure.

      • Phyrra

        It’s from a youtube video:

        • http://OHWTO.com Becca

          omg how have I not seen that video yet? XD

      • http://prettynerdygirls.blogspot.com/ Anna Lee

        I don’t really understand your comment. Even if they weren’t based off an internet video, why would it be offensive to be inspired by an 8 year old gay boy? Are people not allowed to draw inspiration from boys? From children? From gay people? From people named Shannon? Just doesn’t make sense to me why that would be offensive. To me it comes off homophobic.

    • Judi G

      I was waiting for you to review Bokeh Face!! ^_^ I have also read some really nice reviews on them, but somehow, I just feel like companies are more ‘legit’ once they get a green light from you, hehe.

      • Phyrra

        Bokeh is really good :)

    • Melissa

      Which one did you receive in the full size?

      • Phyrra

        Swiss Army Knife. The rest were the sample clams.

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