Review: Scaredy Cat Cosmetics

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  • Company name: Scaredy Cat Cosmetics
  • Presence: online storefront only (Etsy)
  • Products: eyeshadows
  • High points: good quality for the price; multiple product sizes; multi-item discounts; -=really=- cool jars
  • Low points: small inventory; currently only sells one type of product
  • Would I buy from them again: yes

I got interested in this company because of a review that Sirvinya did. She posted some lovely colors, but what lead me to investigate further was...wait for it...the packaging.

Anyone who's been reading this blog for a while knows how absolutely skewball that sounds. Not only do I traditionally not care about packaging, I repot all of my loose powder products so I don't even ever keep any packaging! Still...this intrigued me. Each full-size jar is a triangular jar with a label on two sides, and the third left free so that you can easily see the color. All of the labels are different for each color. Not just different color palettes, but different images. The art style, coupled with the unique jar shape, hit all the right buttons in my brain...and I had to go check this Etsy store out. (I'm still working on a good way to display the empty jars. They're that visually interesting.)

Review: Scaredy Cat Cosmetics

The Store / The Site

Your standard Etsy storefront, nothing wildly unique about that. As of this review, there aren't different collections of colors, so you can browse the categories by "everything" or "vegan" - and that's about it. Each of the colors has a very nicely-staged photo of the jar with a tiny "pile" of the product, all three sides of the jar (three jars each displaying a different side,) a swatch photo, and the shadow on the eye. The photos are well staged, and every product has the same four photos.

Each product description includes the shade, some "copy" text, whether or not the product is vegan, the ingredients, and what areas the given product is safe for (eyes, face, lips, or any combination of the three).

The Shopping Experience

Again, it's a fairly straightforward shopping experience, since as of September 2011 the store is only on Etsy. If you wanted to do a custom order - you want to buy multiples of a shade, or you wanted to buy more than six full-size colors at once - the merchant has done custom orders in the past and may do so if you convo her through the Etsy system.

A few times, I've had Paypal difficulties with this shop - but for me, since I've had PP difficulties with other shops using my primary browser, I know that this is a problem generated by Paypal itself, and not by either Etsy or the merchant in question.

A few times I've been looking for a particular color, but was unable to find it in the Etsy shop (I was looking for Rose Gold, which was displayed on the larger photo of all of her colors.) I convo'ed the merchant and the color was relisted. It would be nice if there was some place to reliably, repeatedly go to see every color in the current inventory, though - that picture listing all of SCC's colors is on some of the product pages, but not all of them or even a majority of them.

Shipping and Packaging

Order turnaround time is fairly fast: I've seen a shipping notice within three days every time I've ordered, except for one notable instance where the seller let me know about a delay. I've always ordered full-size jars, and multiples of them. When my package arrives, it's a cardboard box with packing raffia inside, and the jars nestled inside of that. The jars are not outer sealed, but each jar does have both a small neck and a sifter. I think I've had minor leakage with these jars perhaps once. My orders have all come with an invoice, signed by the merchant. This merchant doesn't send out shipping notices, but the Paypal order listing always updates with the tracking number.

The Products

Currently, all that's sold are eyeshadows. There's a good range of shades, and a few "highlighter" / softer shades as well. But there are no other products of any kind. I don't know if there are any plans to expand the line or not. A part of me would love to see the artwork on the blush containers! (Another part of me is just as glad that there aren't more products, because I'd buy many of them just for the artwork.) Eyeshadows are $5 for a full size jar (between 1.5 to 2 grams of product) and $5 for five trial vials holding 1/4 teaspoon each.

Summary

SCC currently offers a good range of colors, and they're a fairly good value. The shadows are well pigmented, they don't easily crease or fade, and all ingredients are clearly listed (and included on each jar) so people with certain chemical sensitivities know which products not to buy. I like that they come in a range of sizes (the "trial vials" are essentially their samples) and I really really like the unique artwork on each jar. The customizable "quantity-discount" deals are nice, too: you can build your own larger order and get one product free - and there are these "quantity-discount" deals for the trial vials as well as the full-size products. Order turnaround times are not dreadfully long - my longest was five days - but the only place you can see TAT is the store policy page.

I would like to see the eyeshadow line expand. I don't know if the owner's gotten any questions about other types of products, but I'd like to see her expand beyond just eyeshadows.

There are a few minor wrinkles that would be nice to have smoothed out. It would be nice to browse by main color, since currently there are only two browsing options. It would be nice if there was a way to see a list of all current items in the inventory, or it would be nice to have the "displaying everything" photo on all product pages rather than a dozen scattered here and there throughout the shop. It would also be kind of nice if there were a few more options with regard to finish. Almost every color is a shimmer, there are no mattes, satins, or sparkle (large-particulate shimmer) finish colors.

Aside from those wrinkles, I really love the unique packaging for each color!! I haven't bought every color in the shop - but I will confess that I did buy a few colors because I just had to have the jar artwork. (I know. I have fallen in love with cosmetic packaging. Try not to faint.)

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