I had the opportunity to try out some stuff from Tval Skincare. Although their name suggests a skincare line, they also have their own line of mineral makeup called Smink. Here are some swatches of the eyeshadow pigments from the Tundra Spring 2008 (!) collection:
Nancy Oh! / Bonavista / Winterton / Barren / Changeling / Mummer / Figgy Duff / Little Heart’s Ease
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Eyeshadow Pigment Reviews
Nancy Oh! is a dark plum with a slight blue duochrome. The colour payoff is excellent, and it looks even better foiled or applied over a base.
Bonavista is a very shimmery mid-tone silver. I think it would make a rockin’ grey smokey eye.
Winterton is a white with very fine shimmer. It is one of the smoothest pigments in the collection.
Barren is a light olive with fine gold sparkles. This is the least pigmented of the bunch so I don’t like using this dry. I find that the texture was also on the chalky side.
Changeling is a greyish aqua with barely there gold sparkles. I had the same problems with this as Barren — it was quite chalky. It’s also a colour that is difficult for me to pull off, so it might be better suited for those with fairer skin tones.
Mummer is an incredible chocolate brown. It is very pigmented and smooth with or without a base. Definitely one of my favourites.
Figgy Duff is a shimmery beige. It works well as a highlighter, and it is just as smooth as Mummer.
Little Heart’s Ease is a shimmery rosy pink. This colour screams Springtime, and its pretty colour is well-complemented by its smooth texture and excellent payoff.
Trussle is a taupe that I unfortunately didn’t receive. We love taupe! I’m going to look for a swatch of this online… or maybe buy it.
The Low Down
Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of these pigments. At only $6 per 5 mL jar, these pigments are a good deal considering the high quality pigments you are getting. I did not have any problems with fallout when using these.
I recommend: the really delicious neutrals like Winterton, Mummer and Figgy Duff. If you like colour, get Nancy Oh! and Little Heart’s Ease.
Look for: Trussle, the taupe. This reminder is for me, anyway.
Skip on: Barren and Changeling.