Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Review: Detrivore Cosmetics May LE Set

I placed my most recent order with Detrivore Cosmetics on the 22nd of May. One month later, on the 22nd of June, I got an email saying that my order had been shipped. Their stated TAT is 1-20 business days, so I can't complain about that. However, once I got the package, I realized that they hadn't been completely honest - the post stamp on the package says JUN 27 2012, and so does the customs declaration form that had been signed by hand. Now, I don't really care whether my package was shipped on the 22nd or the 27th, but it does annoy me that they chose to lie about it, and for that reason I want to mention it in this review. It's a matter of principle more than anything else.

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Let's move on to the products. I ordered the May LE set of eyeshadows, three of their permanent eyeshadows and two of their Embalming Tubes (lip balms). I may review the other products another time, but today I'm just gonna focus on the eyeshadows in the May set. 


The first three pictures below are of all five eyeshadows swatched dry over the e.l.f. Mineral Eyeshadow Primer. In the last five pictures, the shadows are swatched over Fyrinnae's Pixie Epoxy.

 From left - right: Baleen, Cetacea, Lividity, Mollusk & Incatiation

Official color descriptions ~ My own color descriptions

"Baleen is a LE emerald green shimmey eyeshadow." ~ A medium green with silver shimmer. Really pretty, but not very unique.

"Cetacea is a dense puplish blue satin eyeshadow. It has blue, purple, red, and pink shimmer." ~ A shimmery blue with a very strong purple shift. This is a very interesting color in my opinion, more so in real life than in photos (the purple shift was difficult to capture). Absolutely beautiful!

"Lividity is a dark pink shimmery eye shadow on a black base. It's very similar in concept to Livor Mortis, but is much more glittery." ~ A very sparkly dark purple. This looks like jewels in the jar and applied over a tacky base. Gorgeous!

"Mollusk is a bright coral  pink satin eye shadow loaded with shimmer." ~ A medium peachy pink with shimmer. Again, really pretty, but not very unique.

"Incantation is a bright gold LE eye shadow with copper, pink, and gold shimmer." ~ I definitely wouldn't call this a bright gold... I'd say it's a camel color full of pink shimmer. This is, whithout a doubt, my favorite eyeshadow of the bunch. I've never seen anything like it before, it's amazing!

My thoughts

I think all these eyeshadows are beautiful - especially Cetacea, Lividity and Incantation. Unfortunately, I had a reaction to Cetacea, so I don't think I'll be able to wear it. I tried it once and got this red, itchy rash exactly where I put it. I've never had a problem with any other Detrivore shadows though, I'm probably just oversensitive to something in this one (the ultramarine, perhaps?). These shadows definitely need a tacky base to reach their full potential; I wasn't too impressed with them ober the e.l.f. primer alone, but over the Pixie Epoxy - WOW!

Would I repurchase this set?

I would definitely repurchase Lividity and Incantation, and I would repurchase Cetacea if I wasn't oversensitive to it. I'd probably not repurchase Baleen and Mollusk, simply because I own a lot of shadows that are quite similar to them. But if you don't have any similar eyeshadows, I think they're a good buy.

Where to buy

You can purchase this set at detrivorecosmetics.net, more specifically here. The price is $17.


  1. I know that Detrivore got really backed up with some sales they had held, as my first package took about the same amount of time. But when I contacted her to ask about it, she was super friendly and apologetic and told me when it was going to be shipped out. I love the shades I got so I didn't mind the wait.

    Have you tried any of their mattes from their Graveyard collection?? One of them I got was Ossuary, and it's probably the smoothest nude matte I have ever used, of any pressed or loose shadow!

    I agree that for the sparkly shadows they need a good base like Pixie Epoxy! I love the looks of Mollusk and Cetacea. I actually don't own a lot of pinks, so for my collection it would be unique. :-)

    1. Yeah, I don't mind the wait either, that's fine, especially considering that it's such a small company. However, it does annoy me that she chose to be dishonest about when my package was shipped. She should have just told me the truth.

      Hmm... I did get a sample of Bone, which is matte. Will give that a try soon! I love the formula of Detrivore shadows in general :)

  2. Hi Sandra,
    Thank you for the review. I appreciate it. After I print out the shipping label for an order the cart will automatically sent an email. It wasn't done to lie to you. I don't remember why there was a delay, but I am sorry about it.