Corvus Cosmetics is a shop I've been wanting to try ever since it first opened back in November, and I finally got to do so when I received almost all of her eyeshadows as a gift! I was really looking forward to seeing how they performed, and couldn't wait to try the Mouseia Collection, which is inspired by the 9 Greek Muses.
About - Corvus Cosmetics is a relatively new indie shop, specializing in eyeshadows, and owned by Noel. She is working on quite a few new collections and products, but currently has a collection based on the 9 Greek Muses, a Heathers inspired collection, as well as a Grimms' Fairytales inspired collection.
Shipping - I received these as a gift, so I don't know how the shipping went for these.
Product Size - I have the sample bags here, but they are also available in full size.
Free Samples - Again, I received these as a gift, so I don't know how many samples were included.
All eyeshadow swatches are done over Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer.
Calliope - "A dark, velvety green with a light green shimmer and subtle sparkle."
This is a nice color, I actually like that the base isn't too dark, and it seems to be mostly sheen. It would of course make a great eyeliner, or also a great crease and outer corner shade.
Clio - "A slightly blackened molten gold with a metallic finish."
This reminds me more of bronze, and it was very velvety and smooth. This would also make a great eyeliner.
Erato - "A dark, shimmery, metallic burgundy with a soft coppery sheen."
I had thought I would like this more than I did. There's not much sheen to it, and it is a dark burgundy. I like it, but wish it had more sheen or shimmer.
Euterpe - "A creamy white highlight shade with a near-matte finish."
I was impressed with how smooth this turned out since it does seem to be a bit matte. It would be a great brow highlight shade.
Melpomene - "A very dark brown-red with a slight red highlight."
This was my least favorite shade of them all, it just looks like a slightly purple black. Not my thing.
Polyhymnia - "An icy silver-blue highlight shade with a slight blue shimmer."
This was a very icy blue shade, which was a bit sheer. I really liked these pastel shades in this collection, I'm just not quite sure how to use them. I worry they are too light for an all over lid shade, but I'm anxious to try!
Terpsichore - "A soft, pastel pink with a slight shimmer."
This is another shade I am excited to try, because I don't really have anything like it in my collection, but I'm just not sure what to do with it yet!
Thalia - "A pastel lavender shade with a slight shimmer."
This one is just barely a light lavender, it almost looks white in some lights.
Urania - "A near-black navy base with a strong blue and turquoise shimmer, with gold and silver sparks."
Ever since I received a beautiful blue exclusive shadow in my Innocent+Twisted Alchemy subscription one month from Corvus Cosmetics, I have been super impressed by her blue shadows! This one is awesome as well, and I just love how shimmery and sparkly it is. Such a beautiful space looking blue shadow.
Overall, I like that this collection has some dark shades and some pastels. I think you could easily pair some of them together for some awesome looks, but I think most of the pastels will work best as an inner corner highlight shade. My favorites are probably Calliope and Urania, which was surprising considering I was fully expecting Erato to be my favorite, but I just didn't find it unique enough. The only downside is that there are no midtone shades in this collection really, but I think you can still get a lot of versatility out of these shadows.
Customer Service - These were a gift, so I don't have a comment on customer service.
Availability - All of these shadows are available on the site.
Overall Satisfaction - My favorites were Calliope and Urania. I thought the eyeshadow formula itself was very nice, especially considering how semi-matte the pastel shades were. Sometimes mattes tend to clump up over primer, and not completely smooth out, but these were very creamy, if not a bit sheer.