The "amethyst" color in the duo didn't jump out at me while I was in the store, but when I put it on at home, it's simply gorgeous! Now, I just applied it not an hour ago so I can't tell you the quality of the eyeshadow, but the color is just divine. It's a unique deep burgundy with gold shimmer throughout.
I took some pictures of me wearing it today, shown below, but I don't think they totally do it justice. You just have to trust me that it's pretty. :)
Now, the Colossal Diamonds mascara is a little different story. I had read pretty much all terrible reviews of this online when it launched. This is why I didn't buy it full price. $3.14 is reasonable, though, and it's hard for me to pass up a glittery mascara.
1) The glitter is pretty much non-existent on my lashes. I read that other bloggers couldn't see the glitter from far away, but I can't even see it up close, LOL. So in that area, thumbs down.
2) It does a pretty fair job to make my lashes look dramatic. The only thing I don't like is that I have to apply like 5 coats for it to get this way (Which basically makes this another thumbs down for me). Even though I LOVE the look after I apply all those coats, it's such a waste.
3) The formula gets a little clumpy even on the first coat. After 3-4 coats you can kind of "cover up" the clumps, but I don't like that. My lashes look dramatic, but they don't have the "separated and combed" look, if that makes sense.
After all that, I was on-the-edge about whether or not I liked this mascara. The end result WAS dramatic and what I was looking for. However, I think I have a deal breaker...
My eyes are a little irritated. I'm 99.9% sure it's the "diamonds". It's not an overpowering irritation, but ever-so-slight that I can feel the mascara. Not good, guys.
I should have taken other bloggers' advice and stayed away from this one. I'm going to Target tomorrow to see if I can return it (Along with some earrings that I tried and found are too heavy).
Do you think they'll give me my money back if I tell them it irritated my eyes? That's really what happened, too, lol. I don't know if they're like Walgreens though and will take used makeup.
Sorry again about not having pictures here. I don't think we have batteries right now, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow or Friday.