TKB Trading’s Smokey XXX review

Posted on Thursday, at bought • 785 views

  • Manufacturer: TKB Trading
  • Availability: part of the regular line
  • Color Range: greyed mauve-pink shimmer
  • Cost/Amount: USD$14 for one ounce
  • Would you purchase again: yes
TKB Trading’s Smokey XXX

I agree with TKB's description that says that this is a complex color. Overall first impression is cement-mauve or warm grey…but that's not quite right. The pink and mauve are definitely more visible in certain lights, and fronted when this mica is applied damp. This is another straight mica from wholesaler TKB, so while you get a lot more product for your money, you'll need to apply this over a primer to get it to stay put for any appreciable length of time.

I'd almost wonder about using this as a blush-contour shade, but it's grey enough that it might not work too well on most complexions. I do like how this color looks on my lids. It works with my dark ash blond hair and greyed-blue eyes. (And…huh. As a straight mica, I should have no problems adding this to clear nail polish to get a custom color. There's a thought…)

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the eyeshadow in the pot; top right, the eyeshadow mixed with water and applied to bare skin; bottom left, the eyeshadow applied dry over primer.

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