FOTD & Review of TBN Blackened Violet

8 Dec

SAM_0373Two Christmases ago I purchased a few samples from The Body Needs’ Blackened Collection. I’m not a huge smoky eye girl, so I’m just now getting around to using them. I opted for loose shadow, but TBN also sells BV pressed into a 26mm pan or a “crush pot” – NOT to be confused with Coastal Scents’ “hot pots,” LOL! The sample size costs about $2 and is about 1/2 tablespoon of loose e/s encased in a 0.5 gram sifter jar. This is the perfect size for someone who is interested, but not willing to make a commitment to the full size product.

What’s interesting about BV is that it takes on a different cast depending on what color base you use underneath the pigment. See for yourself…

swatches of blackened violet over NYX jumbo pencils

swatches of blackened violet over black, red & white bases (using NYX jumbo pencils) – NO FLASH

Although the price & packaging of Blackened Violet are great, I was pretty underwhelmed by the actual performance of the product. I felt that I had to pack it on to get a decent color payoff and found that it had a lot of fallout.The color is so dark that you’ll need makeup remover or a wet wipe to keep from looking like you have dark circles under your eye or you got TKO’ed last night! I also discovered that blending out Blackened Violet will remove most of the shimmer, which is what makes it so pretty in the swatches on my hand. I even used a metallic base to help the shimmer translate, but the finished product was quite demure. For that reason, this s e/s was a fail for me (Overall score: 4). But if you’re in the market for a blackish-purplish e/s with a little bit of shimmer, then this may be the one for you. *kanye shrug* ONTO the FOTD…


PRIMER: NYX HD e/s base

SAM_0372BASE: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze

SHADOW: I started by using packing Blackened Violet on the portion of my eyelid closest to my lashline. When I attempted to blend out BV, it got kinda patchy, so I used the 2 darkest purples in the palettes shown below (CS deep grape & a matte navyish-purple) to help fill those gaps. Then I mixed matte brown e/s (CS new terrain) with matte plum e/s on a fluffy brush to blend the darker purple into the crease. Next I used a matte orangy-brown e/s (CS oktoberfest) to further diffuse the purple. Finally I used a frosty gold e/s  to highlight my brow bone & a metallic bronze e/s to highlight my tearduct area (both from the Wet N Wild Comfort Zone e/s palette).


OTHER DETAILS… I used NYX Cosmetics Slim Lip pencil in Espresso (820) & a matte dark brown e/s from my 88 warm palette to fill in my eyebrows. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal mascara in Glam Black on my lashes. I defined my upper lashline & waterline using a liner brush dipped in Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black.

FACE: For spot correction I used, Ruby Kisses 3D face creator in Level 11. Then I dusted a light layer of L’oreal True Match Powder in Nut Brown (C7) over my face.

CHEEKS: Black Radiance sheer finish blush in Soft Honey

LIPS: Burt’s Bees Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter & my “new” lipstick, Trendy Thalia 🙂



2 Responses to “FOTD & Review of TBN Blackened Violet”

  1. Natalie December 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    Okay I’m just now getting into really wanting to have perfect eye shadow, can you tell me where I can get the color palette with all the shades? Also how do you get your eye brows so perfect and what do you use on them?You may have past blogs that answer those questions if so can you direct me to them. Thanks so much!!! By the way I use loreal true match c7 nut brown foundation and I love it!!

    • Sham December 11, 2013 at 6:10 am #

      if you’re looking for a comprehensive e/s palette, I would start here. Coastal Scents has a variety of affordable palettes & if you don’t see any that move you, you even have the option to customize your own.

      My brow products may vary, but I have them listed under “Other details” of each FOTD. My preferred method is to first draw the “skeleton” with a dark brown eyeliner. Then I fill in gaps between the hairs using a matte, dark brown eyeshadow. I don’t use brow wax or clear mascara to set my eyebrows, like most ppl do, b/c my brow hair is extremely fine & it looks fake on me.

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