Ordering is a bit difficult. I admit that I used the actual retail website instead of Etsy because you can't pick your own sample colors on Etsy. (Plus I don't actually like ordering samples off of Etsy cause its a pain in the butt to pick colors out...I gotta keep switching back and forth and everything and I'm just soooo lazy!)
The website isn't that great. I'm not really a website snob or anything, I just don't care for black backgrounds, they hurt my poor lil eyes! There is a very small color chart and a long list of colors underneath to choose from. The colors don't correspond (some don't have pictures, some pictures have no listing). To pick my colors, I basically scrolled through and read the descriptions. I was confused as to which ones were being offered.
Shipping: I ordered on February 8th (a Monday) and received my order February 18th (following Thursday). I couldn't find a shipping time stated anywhere. I got that automatic Paypal "your order has shipped" thing on the 12th, but it never updated. On the 18th, I contacted Ahna asking if she knew what was happening with my order. She replied with a simple "contact the post office". I was a little miffed about this since normally a company will work with the p/o themselves or just resend your order. Thankfully, I got it that afternoon. I thought 10 days was a bit long to wait without any communication. I ordered 3 other things (one from Canada!) on the same day and got all before this one.
The shadows come in really small baggies with the names handwritten on them but you get a nice amount. See above for a comparison of a "normal" size baggie vs. these. The formulas are different and unique, some were pearls (very shimmery and shiny, almost like a foil), some seemed like mattes with glitter and others were dry.
Click to make bigger! Swatched on top of Detrivore primer.
-Siren Spell shadow- Sea green with magenta shimmer (No picture for this one on site...I think this is where its bad to NOT have a swatch. To me, I thought it was like sea FOAM green. It's more of a slightly blue mid-tone green). It is by far the most interesting shadow, but I see that it was created from a customer contest.
-Mercy shadow- Bright cranberry with gold shimmer (There is a picture for this one! The color is actually pretty close, but sadly the gold shimmer doesn't show up that well)
-Love Sick shadow- Dark dusty rose with golden shimmer (Definitely not close at all to the picture. It's much, much darker than I thought! Again, the gold shimmer does not show through)
-Saint shadow- Light lavender with pearl and crystal shimmer (Again, not close to the picture. The swatch makes it look very blue-purple, but its really not. I do really like this one though, just not what I was expecting!)
-Chase Me shadow- Pale pink with golden shimmer (No picture here. The gold shimmer shows up though! Very pretty color, but sheer)
-Angel shadow- Light taupe with crystal Sparkle (No picture here either. BUT, this color is amazing. I want a full size of it!! Very shiny and pretty and the perfect pin-up girl color!)
-Serene shadow- Light peachy taupe extra pearl (No picture. Another win though! So pretty!)
Onto the blushes! There aren't any descriptions, but since the samples are dirt cheap, I ordered 3. They came in the very small baggies again, which is fine for shadows but not so easy for blushes. The formula is very dry and two of the three blushes (Rose Dust & Doll Face) went on very streaky).
-Rose Dust blush- sheer dusty orange based pink
-Doll Face blush- pale pink lavender!
Lip colors, then? This part of the site is better. All colors have both a picture and a description. I noticed differences in the texture of each color I tried.
-Risque Lip Euphoria- dark grape purple. (Goes on fairly opaque. Has a pretty thick and waxy texture. Smells like that fake grape candy.)
-Marry Me Lip Euphoria- semi sheer pink with pink shimmer (Very, very wet and sheer. Because of this, it sinks right into the lip lines.)
-Hint Lip Euphoria- semi sheer hint of color (Looks nothing like the swatch. Goes on basically clear with a greasy sort of texture.)
-Princess Lip Euphoria- semi sheer pinkish color (Again, different from swatch. Gives off a small bit of dusty pink color, no coral to be seen. Thick and waxy.)
So is I Touch Roses Sparkle-Approved? Not quite yet! Once the website is updated with more accurate swatches I might add it in. I know that photographing mmu is a really difficult and time consuming process, but its important for the customer. Also, a different type of sample baggy and labels would also be better. I detest getting samples with the color name written on in permanent marker...for one, it rubs off and second, I think it looks a bit trashy next to the rest of my nicely labeled samples (my dislike of this has gotten me into trouble before with a company, but I stand by it...printed labels look more professional!). And something should also be done with the shipping. I don't mind waiting if a company states how long it is going to take, but normally when one orders from a company that doesn't state this, it comes quickly.
Well, this isn't exactly an edit, but just some notes after reading other reviews. First, Heather's experience was pretty different from mine. My samples did not come in a purple organza bag, rather in a plain white envelope and there was no note. Also, they were all mixed together, my lip samples were not seperated. The strangest thing though is that we both recieved our orders on the same day, yet she got a note saying that "Hint" and "Princess" were too similar and she sent Heather a different lippie instead. But I got the two colors...Weird, right?
Shattered also had a different experience from BOTH of us. Her samples arrived wrapped in tissue paper with a logo sticker and she got a business card with a discount code (which I did not get!). She also noticed that a lot of her colors had black iron oxide (a mineral that makes blendability shitty) in them. I think because I only ordered light, fluffy bunny colors, mine did not.
So, the weirdness of each one of us getting our orders differently is just one more confusing thing for me...On the color side, I liked enough of the shadows to get more samples but on the business side, things need to be figured out a bit more before I'll order again.
Sorry for the longness of this! If you made it down this far, thanks for reading XD What are your thoughts?