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October 11, 2014

Indie Weekends: Geek Chic Cosmetics Timey Wimey Collection Review and Swatches

It's Indie Weekends time, and I have some more Geek Chic Cosmetics swatches, and here is the Timey Wimey Collection inspired by the Doctor Who universe!

If you haven't heard of Geek Chic Cosmetics, they sell geeky themed cosmetic collections, eyeshadows, lipsticks, blush, foundation, nail polish, and perfume. They are based in Oregon, and eyeshadows can be purchased in sample clamshells, or in full size jars.

Here are all the sample clamshells in the Timey Wimey Collection, before some shades were discontinued.


This was everything I ordered. For my other Geek Chic Cosmetics reviews from this same purchase, click here and here.

I have done some photo comparison collages of the clamshell packaging and label, the shadow as it looked in the packaging, a swatch done by me over primer, and the Geek Chic Cosmetics website swatch for comparison. I want to mention my swatches are all done in a homemade lightbox with daylight bulbs. I lighten them to get whites as white as possible (which I think could be corrected with another lamp, but for now this will do), without blowing out highlights. I never color correct though. 

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Bad Wolf
Bad Wolf - "A rich pearlescent royal purple woven with soft golden iridescence, studded with sparkling golden gems."

I really like the color that's shown in my swatch, it's a very pretty periwinkle purple. Would I call it royal purple like the description, no not at all. And it looks nothing like the website swatch.

Unique?: No, there are other companies with similar shades.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Bigger On The Inside
Bigger On The Inside - "A TARDIS-esque blue base, glowing with metallic golden light from the heart of the time vortex, and glittering gold sparkles."

Sometimes it's so interesting to see that Indie pigments can look completely different in the jar compared to the actual swatch. I actually like the color shown in my swatch a lot, kind of a golden blue green color, that almost looks olive green. It's not as blue-green as the website swatch, but I like the color. This shade did stain pretty badly. Still had it on my finger the next day.

Unique?: Kind of, finding a certain olive green color is hard enough (trust me, I've tried), but getting one that also looks blue green with golden sheen is quite unique I think.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Don't Blink
Don't Blink - "Incredibly sparkly and festive, brimming over with silver, holographic and iridescent glitter in a silver base."

The shade shown in my swatch is pretty much just silver. I didn't see much of the holographic glitter, and it wasn't very pigmented when I swatched it.

Unique?: No, silver shadows are pretty easy to come by in the Indie world.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Exterminate!
Exterminate! - "Rich coppery bronze, metallic and shining with its power restored, with a scattering of red sparkles."

I noticed in my clamshell of this shade, there was a fiber or a tiny hair or something in it. It was underneath the pigment, so I know it wasn't from me, but I contacted Geek Chic Cosmetics about this, and she is replacing the shade for me. I'm not too bothered by it, but it was something to note. This shade is basically just a copper, my swatch would probably look more similar to the website swatch if they weren't so focused on showing the glitter and sheen in their shades, and instead showed them how they normally looked in normal lighting.


Unique?: No, it's copper. Nothing special.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Sexy In Suspenders
Sexy In Suspenders - "A pale fawny satin with a bright, unlikely blue highlight and choc full of blue and purple sparkles."

I like the look of this shadow much better in my swatch versus in the clamshell. It's a very pretty color, which I don't even know how to describe. I just know I don't think I have anything like it in my collection already. And you can definitely see the blue sheen when it's in the right light. Same with this one, if the website swatch wasn't so focused on showing the blue glitter, you could probably tell what the color is, but I do like this color.


Unique?: I think so, seeing as how I don't even know what to call this color, I think it's pretty unique.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Untimely Love
Untimely Love (discontinued) - "A dusky blackened maroon base lit with a vibrant, vivacious spring green glow."

I really like this shade! It's like a brick red base color, with green-golden sheen. I don't think it looks anything like the website swatch, the base color isn't as orange as shown, and the sheen is more green gold.


Unique?: Yes, there aren't many shades like this at all.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - We Are Coming
We Are Coming - "Rich, velvety milk chocolate gleaming with shifting golden copper highlight, studded with a moderate scattering of ruby and sapphire glitter."

Finally a shade you can easily see the blue glitter in! And it looks pretty close to the website swatch! This is the kind of olive green I've been on the search for, or at least close to it. I like this color, I'm kind of obsessed with olive green shadows for fall.


Unique?: Sort of, I've seen similar colors to this, but there aren't many. And none of them have a blue and red glitter.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Yes, Sir
Yes, Sir (discontinued) - "A cool, blue-toned red matte base, shifting with a bright wash of blue interference and accented with a handful of icicle blue sparkles."

It's pink with a silver and blue sheen. Probably my least favorite color of this collection as it doesn't really seem to fit the theme, or go with the rest of the colors. It's too bright for everything else. And the website swatch looks more red-orange, but in my swatch it was definitely pink. Hot pink, but not red. There shouldn't be another red in this collection anyways, Untimely Love had red in it.

Unique?: Not as it looks in my swatch, there are plenty of other similar shadows this color.

Geek Chic Cosmetics - Timey Wimey Collection
Overall, I do like this collection, there are some very interesting colors and I'm happy to see they didn't go with the obvious Tardis Blue color in the collection. Pretty much every other Indie shadow company has a Tardis Blue shade, and I appreciate that Geek Chic Cosmetics didn't go with the obvious color choice for this. You may remember I harped on them for not doing a blood red color for the This Is My Design Collection, but that's because not many companies are doing a Hannibal collection. It would have been a nice color to add into that collection that was already many shades very similar to each other. Tons of companies have a Doctor Who collection, and really how many Tardis shadows does someone need? And Bigger On The Inside is a shade that is kind of blue without being so obvious about it. It's much more unique in the realm of Tardis Blue colors.

I think the collection has some great staple shades to use for everyday looks, some neutrals, some pops of color, it will be interesting to see what kinds of looks I can create with just this collection.

What do you think of Geek Chic Cosmetics and the Timey Wimey Collection? Let me know in the comments!

For all other Geek Chic Cosmetics reviews, click here.

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