Welcome to another Makeup Monday, Champagne Dreamers! The last couple of months have been crazy with new product reviews and it’s not showing any signs of stopping: I’ve got two posts a week lined up at least until the end of April. I think I need to settle it down a bit…and my wallet agrees!
But how can I resist when I find great new indie brands like Dazzle Me Dead? Last month I reviewed their Medusa palette from the Morgue series, and it was a green dream! There are two more monsters represented in the series: the Mothman and the Kumiho. The Mothman was a little too neutral for me, so I decided to pass, but the Kumiho is a gorgeous peachy red palette with some interesting shades and a couple of really gorgeous shimmers.
If you haven’t heard of the kumiho, it’s a creature from Korean folklore that is a 9-tailed fox spirit that can change form. It most often transforms into an attractive woman to seduce men and eat their heart or liver. A version of this legend was included in season one of Lovecraft Country – which is beyond amazing, by the way, so if you haven’t seen it I would highly recommend it. It shows an appreciation for Lovecraft’s amazing handle on the bizarre and macabre while not shying away from the racism in some of his works. It’s a narrative that centers black characters in a way that horror doesn’t often do. I really enjoyed it! Anyway, let’s get to the swatches!
The swatches for this palette were done over the Ardell In Her Prime eye primer with a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch on the right. The top photo is under my studio lighting with no flash,a nd the bottom photo is the same lighting but with a flash.
L to R: Liver, Fake Love, Delicious
Liver is a bright neon orange matte. This one is a little sheer, and very bright! I would suggest putting this on a white base to get the best pop of color, but it’s definitely got some impact. I don’t know that you’ll ever get full opacity with this, but as long as you pair it well it’s a gorgeous shade. Fake Love is a preachy rose gold metallic shimmer. It’s got a nice shine to it. Delicious is a medium brown matte. We all know how I feel about these shades: you have it a million times, but it’s a great base shade for building a look or darkening neutrals, so I’ll forgive it. I’m bored by it, but I recognize why a lot of people love shades like this, and the performance is good.
L to R: Saranghae, Devour, Gumiho
Saranghae is a gorgeous red satin shimmer that seems to have some fuchsia pink shift in it. It’ looks like a plain true red in the pan, but the shift gives it this great blue-toned look in certain lights/angles, and I think this one is a lot of fun. It’s subtle, but great. Devour is a coral matte, a little sheer but a pretty color. Gumiho is a bright buttercream shimmer, very metallic and reflective.
L to R: Jagi, Forever Young, Visual
Jagi is a bright brassy champagne shimmer, nice and metallic. Forever Young is a palet peach matte, a little tricky on the base I had but buildable and has a nice presence. Visual is a beige nude matte. You can see it in the photos, but in person it blended in pretty closely with my skintone so for light skintones like me this will be a great transition/blending shade if you don’t want to add too much color where you’re blending out your look.
This is a fun collection of shades that I think would be great for someone who’s used to neutrals and wants to start playing with color. The bright peachy orange shades are almost like typical neutrals but with more punch, and you can slowly start to dip into some reds and the gorgeous metallics to get your feet wet. Some of the shades have a bit of sheerness that requires building, or being creative with your base, but it’s a nice palette and at less than $30 for 9 shades (these pans are the same size as the larger Juvia’s Place 9-pan palettes like the Zulu) it’s a great deal.
I’ve been enjoying playing around with Dazzle Me Dead, and I’m excited to see what else they come up with. I mentioned them in the Medusa review, but I’ve fallen in love with their Zombae lashes as well – they are so fluffy and fierce!
And if you’re a horror fan and you haven’t seen Lovecraft Country yet, I’m going to need you to get your entire life sorted out – this show is creepy and weird and fantastic!
(Hear more of my thoughts on the Medusa palette in last month’s Review Roundup! And please think about subscribing to my channel to keep up with all of my latest makeup-related shenanigans!)