Saturday, April 13, 2013

Silk Naturals Spring Collection - Cream Shadow Swatches and First Impressions

Disclaimer: I purchased all items mentioned in this post with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Well...this week was a blogging fail. I didn't get up my Tuesday post, and I didn't even do That's Okay Thursday. I wasn't feeling well at the beginning of the week, and it turned into an awful week after that. Hopefully, this next week will be better for me.

The highlight of my week was the fact that Silk Naturals released their spring collection on Tuesday night. It's an amazing collection. They released 19 cream eye shadows, 2 cream cheek products (a cream blush and a cream bronzer), 5 lip glosses in a new formula, and a super shimmery clear gloss.

The other really exciting thing about their spring collection is the return of their Mystery Adventure Club. I'm going to go ahead and leave the explanation to Karen, Silk Naturals founder (taken from the listing for the MAC):

Every week I make a new gift with purchase.  When I make the GWP it's sort of my time to play.  I take a few minutes to just be grateful that we have customers, and try to think of something that would bring a smile to your face when you open your package.  GWP's can be pretty much anything- I'm not charging you for them, so I feel a lot more liberated to try new things.  In the past we've done sneak previews of new collections, glows, eye shadows, little bath/spa type things, skin care samples etc- pretty much whatever I'm feeling at the moment.  

We had a request for a GWP people can get automatic shipments of the gift with purchase items without having to order.

Here's how the club works. 

Packages will be sent the third week of the month- on or about the 21st for a total of 3 months.  Your first shipment will go in the mail on May 21 ish, and will cover the GWP's from April 21 to May 21.  So for $37.95 plus the cart will charge you for shipping  you'll get a total of 12 GWP's in a total of three shipments (plus some other goodies- we make it fun).  We don't charge your card, or send you paypal invoices for anything else.  One price, three shipments.

They've done this program a few times before, and I've always signed up. I've done so this time too. Karens' shadows are gorgeous, and they always throw in really fun extras. It's a nice little pick-me-up every month. If this sounds like something you'd like to try, don't hesitate too long. Sign-ups end on April 21st, and they reserve the right to limit sign-ups. I don't think they've ever stopped accepting sign-ups prior to the cut-off date, but it's always possible.

Now that I've got that out of the way, I placed an order for a few of the new items. Today I'm going to show off the 4 cream shadows that I picked up. Each shadow retails for $4.99.


 Each of the shadows comes in a skinny lip gloss looking tube. The label covered the entire circumference of the tube and does include the name of the color on the label (sorry they aren't pictured - I didn't think about that). The bad part about the large label is that you can't see the color from the side of the tube, but you can see it from the bottom.

The tube has a doe foot applicator. This actually works pretty well for applying these. When I've used them (I have two of their gumball - or trial - cream shadows), I just did a dab on the center of my lid and blended it out with my fingers. It gives a soft wash of color. Silk Naturals suggests doing two thin layers of these shadows to get the best result. 


 I was thrilled with the range of colors that were released - there's everything from neutrals to pastels to brights. I would have loved to play with some of the brighter colors, but I knew I wouldn't use them much, so I showed restraint. I only picked up a few shades, and picked up ones that I could wear easily. I am already imagining myself wearing these all the time this summer as a one-color wash.

Left to right: Tribeca, Gramercy, Sunnyville, Penthouse

I'm going to go ahead and take the shade descriptions from Silk Naturals site because I find them to be accurate: Tribeca is a "pale gold highlight," Gramercy is a "coppery tan," Sunnyville is a "peach shimmer," and Penthouse is a "nude pearl."

One of the interesting things about these shadows is that they quickly dry down to a powder finish. These will not work as a base for a powder shadow for that reason. The gumball shadows that I have lasted well on my eyes when worn with a primer. I haven't tried out these new ones on my eyes yet. I did the rub test on the swatches (which had no primer underneath), and they stayed put pretty well with light rubbing. Some of the shimmer migrated, but the swatches stayed pretty well intact.

Did you pick up any of Silk Naturals's spring collection? Are you indulging in the Mystery Adventure Club too?

Disclaimer: I purchased all items mentioned in this post with my own money. All opinions are my own.


  1. pretty swatches! Gramercy and Sunnyville look tempting.

    1. Thanks! They are definitely tempting. I couldn't resist even though I'd already placed a SN order recently. :-)

  2. These are beautiful shades!!! Loving Sunnyville!

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    1. I wore Sunnyville the other day and really liked it!