As North Dakota’s Trash Queen of Glam, Geek, & Gore, I love horror and I love makeup – and when I can find a brand that combines the two, perfection!
As much as I love to rant about the Instagram algorithms, they know when they got me: they kept showing me ads for Wicked Sisters Cosmetics and their inspired-by-but-not-exactly-licensed-from classic horror films palettes! I’m going to have a video coming soon where I talk about 6 more brands that I want to try in 2021 (a sequel to the video I’ll link below!) and I got these in and started playing even before the video is filmed! That’s how excited I was to dig in and see what this brand had to offer.
The House of Horrors palette is an homage to Tobe Hooper’s classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre with a Leatherface silhouette, chainsaw held aloft, gracing the cover.
It’s a more muted, neutral heavy collection of shades that has a few pops of rich color and a couple of fun marbled shimmers. Some of the shades look a little repetitive, but I think there is enough here that I’ll be able to get some variety of looks.
I also picked up the Wanna Play palette, a collection of neons and brights with a couple of neutrals that is clearly inspired by everyone’s favorite demonic Good Guy doll, Chucky!
Swatches were done over the Ulta Matte 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 and the bottom photo is under the same lighting with a flash.
Let’s start with the House of Horrors!
L to R: Hippie, Texas, Van, Chainsaw, Urban Legend
Hippie is a pale beige matte. This is hard to see because it’s pretty much exactly my skintone! It went on nice enough and seemed to blend out, though it’s so close to my natural coloring that it’s hard to tell! Texas is a bright golden glittery shimmer. This one gives more opacity with a finger or foiling, but it’s got a nice presence even with a dry brush. Van is a muted army green matte. Chainsaw is sort of a gunmetal gray glitter shade. I’m not sure if it’s actually a pressed glitter, because it doesn’t behave like any other pressed glitter I’ve seen (in a good way!) but it’s got some silver flecks running throughout and when I first applied it the base looked almost sheer and then it gave me great opacity as I built it up. It’s a unique formula and while I like it, I’m not sure how to properly describe it! Urban Legend is a dusty medium brown matte, maybe leaning a little cool.
L to R: Sledge Hammer, Farmhouse, Truck Driver, Massacre, Human Tooth
Sledge Hammer is another pale nude, this one a little more clay-toned. It’s definitely different than Hippie, which is brighter and has a little bit more pink to it, but I’m not sure why you would need to have both shades – it feels like wasted space. Farmhouse is a medium chocolate brown, very similar to Urban Legend except a bit warmer. Truck Driver is a cooler army green, a bit lighter and more gray than Van. Massacre is a muted red that applies a bit darker, almost cranberry, with a dry brush. Human Tooth is a very pale pink that comes off very chalky with first application but can be built up to get decent coverage and opacity.
L to R: Pocket Knife, Hitchhiker, Roadside, 1974, Meat Hook
Pocket Knife is a cool camel brown matte. Hitchhiker is a deeper, cool -toned brown. Roadside is a bright yellowy ecru matte. 1974 is a pop of teal that has a muted, dusty application that meshes well with the rest of the palette. Meat Hook is a gorgeous marbled pan, but unfortunately it mixes up when you start using it and doesn’t keep that ground beef sort of look. It’s brownish red shimmer with some pinkish notes.
This palette overall is very muted. I keep thinking of the word “dusty” but I don’t mean that in the negative way that people often use it to mean shadows that don’t have any pigment. It feels like something that came from the 70s, listening to AM gold and fanning itself in the Texas summer heat. It’s not vivid but has some great pops of color. This palette is good for people who like softer, more blended out looks. There are way too many neutrals here for my taste, and I could forgive that except that so many of them are so similar. If you’re going to have similar shades at least give me different textures or finishes. And although Massacre has a soft focus quality to it that meshes beautifully with the palette, I would have loves a bright, blood red matte for this palette! It’s not a bad palette, but it’s definitely not aimed at my typical technicolor style.
Let’s see how the brand handles brights with the Wanna Play palette!
L to R: Spell, Killer Doll, Overalls
Spell is a bright orchid matte. All of the shades in this palette are mattes, actually, and they have a sort of semi-sheer quality to them like the House of Horrors palette. I’ll talk about that more below, but it’s interesting and I think could really work for a certain kind of person. Killer Doll is a bright denim blue. Overalls is a bright cyan shade.
L to R: Evil Laugh, True Identity, Toy Store
Evil Laugh is a bright grass green. True Identity is a neon lime. Toy Store is a light neon yellow. These were a little trickier than the first row, but they built up nicely. I would recommend a white base for all of the shades in this palette for the best experience, but especially these three.
L to R: Best Friend, Human Heart, Hammer
Best Friend is a bright neon coral. This was the weakest of the shades and would definitely need a white base to really shine. It’s a pretty color, but it just doesn’t have strong enough pigmentation to really shine on its own. I got more brightness with a finger, but that application was inconsistent and harder to control. Human Heart is a deep dried blood sort of red. Hammer is a light beige matte that is very close to my skintone (definitely redundant with the shades in the House of Horrors!).
These shades aren’t bad, though my first pass with each of them was scary: they looked chalky and inconsistent as hell! But unlike a lot of other chalky neon shades that I’ve tried, these do actually get better as you build and work with them. That’s why I don’t do the single pass swatch – it doesn’t tell me anything about how it’s going to actually apply! These need a little elbow grease, but you can get some really beautiful applications with them if you are willing to put in the effort. It’s not super beginner friendly, but it is an inexpensive way to get some neons and brights into your collection, with a fun theme to boot!
I picked up a liquid lipstick in the shade Enchantress. It’s a lovely bright popsicle red. I didn’t swatch it out for this review, but I’m excited to play around with it more soon. I also picked up one of the lip oils from the House of Horrors collection in Lime, but that’s just a yummy clear gloss with a great lime scent, so I didn’t include that either.
The last thing I picked up is the Wicked Veil Makeup Base. I’m always skeptical of color correcting products that don’t target specific areas (you know, like where the color is that needs to be corrected!) but I’ve always been curious about these swirled primers and it seemed like a good excuse to try it. I’ll definitely report back in a future video!
All in all, I’m happy with my first foray into Wicked Sisters Cosmetics. Their formula isn’t perfect, but I think that they have a formula that lends itself to soft, blended looks and they have a fun range of different products. There are a ton of other products ont heir site as well, so be sure to look around. And don’t be surprised if you see this brand pop up again closer to Halloween.
This ghoul is always looking to add more gore in with her glam!