Hello, ladies and gents! I’m back with another first impression post. Today we’ll be talking about Corvus Cosmetics. A small indie brand working out of Maryland, Corvus Cosmetics offers a rotating catalog of loose eyeshadows and, most recently, loose highlighters. In addition to seasonal collections, they keep The Essentials and Nevermore collections in stock at all times. Also check out The Best of Corvus section, where all the bestselling eyeshadows are available for purchase. Today I’ll be showcasing two of The Essentials collections – The Bronzes and The Taupes.
The Essentials collections are meant to be stand alone palettes made of five loose eyeshadows each. They each follow a color “theme.” Currently The Essentials is made of four collections – The Roses, The Reds, The Bronzes, and The Taupes. I purchased The Roses collection when it was released and thought it fell a bit flat, but found a renewed interest when The Taupes was recently launched. So without further ado, onto the swatches!
Whiskey Sour: A warm toned highlight.
I’m not a massive fan of highlight shades. I like sparkles as a brow or innner corner highlight and this is definitely too light for me to use as a transition shade. However, if you’re the person that hits pan on the extra large white shade in ever palette, this is the color for you. It’s a nice matte shade that blends very smoothly.
Old Fashioned: A warm toned cream transition shade.
This would make a nice transition shade for lighter skinned ladies. I have weirdly dark skin on my eyelids, so I need something a little darker than this. (Keep reading to see what will satisfy my super picky qualifications of a transition color.) I would call this less of a matte and more of a satin. If you don’t like a matte white as a highlight and want something a little deeper, this would also be a good shade for that.
Amber Moon: A metallic bronze.
To me, this is neither bronze nor metallic. This looks like a nice shimmery medium brown, and is actually my favorite from this collection. The right side of this swatch is over Darling Girl Glitter Glue, which did help provide more of a “metallic” sheen, but I still wouldn’t categorize this as such.
Manhattan: A matte satin brown.
A nice satin, darker brown, this would work very well as a crease color. You can see a low shimmer in my swatch, so I wouldn’t call this matte at all. The low shimmer will dissipate with blending. Nothing remarkable about this color, but it’s a good staple in anyone’s collection.
Irish Coffee: A blackened matte brown.
This and Whiskey Sour are definitely my least favorites in this collection, but that’s all just preference. I’m not a fan of anything that has “blackened” in the description because I personally find them to get a little muddy when blending next to other colors. I haven’t used this yet in that capacity, so I can’t tell you if it will do the same. I can tell you that I found the shadow very smooth and soft. I would say this leans a little more satin than matte, which also makes me believe it will blend out better than other colors of the same “blackened” variety.
Generally, I think the name of this collection is a little deceiving, just like with The Roses. I wouldn’t consider any of these colors bronzes. That being said, the shadows themselves are nice and should work well on the eye. Amber Moon was my favorite, which seems to be a current theme since it’s been added to The Best of Corvus section of the site. I will probably use that and Manhattan the most. This would be a good collection for someone who is just starting out with makeup and maybe doesn’t have a lot of staples, mainstream or indie. I would say I most definitely have something similar for all of these shades existing in my collection already.
Chantilly: A neutral semi-matte white.
This is softer and less matte than Whiskey Sour or Old Fashioned. As a white eyeshadow hater, this gets a pass from me. I would say it’s different enough that I can see why a brand would offer three similar shades, but I don’t think they would really all be necessary in someone’s makeup collection.
Madeleine: A matte light nude transition shade.
Yay! A transition shade I can use! This color is great. It might be a little yellow for my skin, but it’s definitely something that I would get a lot of use out of. Once again, I would call this more satin than matte.
Mille-Feuillie: A pressure-sensitive neutral taupe.
This is the color that made me want to order. I was very much intrigued by a pressure sensitive eyeshadow and it’ll be interesting to use. In the swatch below, I’ve swatched the left side with just a simple patting motion and the right side by applying pressure and blending. This would be interesting to use in a one shadow look, or maybe with just Madeleine as a transition. You can see on the left side there is some low shimmer which blends out into a satin sheen on the right.
Eclair: A neutral moussey brown.
I’m having a real hard time finding the difference between this and Manhattan from The Bronzes. This might be more cool toned? A little? I’m not sure. It has the same low shimmer that will blend out upon application.
Au Chocolat: A deep chocolate brown.
*cue Twilight Zone music* Read above, but insert “Irish Coffee” where I wrote “Manhattan.”
Madeleine and Mille-Feuille were my favorites out of this collection. I can’t wait to use Mille-Feuille and see how the pressure-sensitive..ness.. works in action on my eyelid. As for the rest of the shadows… I’m a little disappointed with how similar they are to the colors in The Bronzes. If you plan on ordering from The Essentials collections, I would encourage looking first to see if there are any similar shades between the collections before grabbing the whole thing like I did. I feel like any differences in these shades would be negligible once applied to the lid, except maybe some of the whites due to preferences and undertones.
I did want to make an little note about the more customer service side. The turnaround time (TAT) for this brand is listed as 5-30 business days, which is a little odd. I know from Facebook the owner is a full time student and takes care of her business between classes and such. I was curious if the brand would be more to the 30 day end of things or would get it out well before, like Fyrinnae Cosmetics is prone to.
I made my order on February 2. I received a shipping notification on February 11, but it sat in “Shipping Label Created” for a few days. It was accepted at the post office on February 16 and arrived on February 18 (the advantage of living on the East Coast). That brought the TAT from order date to actual shipped date to 10 business days. So it was somewhere in the middle of the stated TAT, which wasn’t bad. I always get nervous when I see packages stuck in Shipping Label Created because I’ve had packages lost before, but I know that some owners print the labels as they’re working on an order as opposed to when they’re actually shipping the order.
I hope you found my first impression helpful! I’ll make another post with a full review and looks once I’ve used the products.