Sunday, August 28, 2011

Linnaeus Cosmetics and my expectations being exceeded.

3 posts in one week, I'm on fire! Honestly, I'm just so behind in my reviews and I felt like getting super-sparkly this weekend :D

So, back in late July, Linnaeus Cosmetics had a 30% off sale, and I thought it would be a good opportunity to pick up a few shades for review, and a good time to get Kitsch, which for some reason just struck my fancy when I first stumbled upon Linnaeus. The problem was, Kitsch was the ONLY color that struck my fancy, but I did pick up a 5 sample pack and just kind of chose some colors at random. I didn't really put much thought into it, honestly. Yes, the pigments from Linnaeus did look very pretty and sparkly, yes I loved the animal correlation with each color, and yeah they were priced  reasonably, but for some reason I couldn't find any color that really excited me. I couldn't really place why, maybe I just felt I already had so many colors in my collection and I didn't see anything I felt I needed or didn't have. Well, I thought stupid.

Happy Linnaeus Surprise #1: I ordered on 7/26 and my order shipped on 7/29. I don't remember what the posted TAT was when I ordered, but I'm pretty sure it was longer than that. So, it shipped quick. Yay!

Happy Linnaeus Surprise #2: When I got my order in the mail, the care taken in packaging was fantastic. What I thought was the coolest thing, though, was something I haven't ever encountered before:

Look at that handwritten note! Sure, most of my orders come with a little blurb handwritten from the owner, and it's always appreciated, but receiving something like this just makes you feel like they really care, no?

Happy Linnaeus Surprise #3: I ended up LOVING the product. The colors, the ease of application, and the incredible pigmentation. When I first opened the package, I was afraid of the bags the sample pigments came in. More specifically, they were the largest bag I've seen a sample come in to date. I sat there going, "Ugh, it's going to be a BITCH to get as much product as possible into a jar." I was pleasantly surprised when I potted these that virtually no pigment even tried to stick in the bag and it was no trouble at all getting all the product from the bag into the jar. Silly me! Just a note, Linnaeus samples are 1/4 tsp which I feel is quite generous. Here is my humble Linnaeus collection:

I purchased a 5 pack, 1 was thrown in for free, and to my surprise I ALREADY OWNED a full size of Skittering (water damage on label from me, it didn't come like that) from when I won a giveaway quite a while ago. DERP. 

Sample of Kitsch that I potted to show generous sample size.

L-R: Kitsch, Twiggy, Show Off, Vex, Skittering, Lanky, Alacritous <3 Swatches were done over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.

Look using Vex, Skittering, and Kitsch. 

I really underestimated how much I would like Linnaeus Cosmetics. The colors are just gorgeous, the customer service and attention to detail stellar, and the product formula to-die-for. I would absolutely order from this company again, and I plan to.


  1. Yay! I'm so glad that you were pleasantly surprised with your purchase :)

    That's an absolutely lovely look you did as well!

    Would it be alright with you if I included your review under the "Press" section of the LC website?

  2. Well thank you! And you are more than welcome to include my review in the "Press" section. In fact, I would be quite honored :D