Tuesday, August 21, 2012

BFTE swatches and a look!

I checked my email one day and found one from the owner of Beauty From the Earth Cosmetics (also known as BFTE).  She had found a post I did a long time ago using some colors from them and she found out that I have cancer and she asked if she could send me some makeup to help brighten my day, which was completely amazing.  I mean, makeup is the just about the best thing to help lift my spirits.  So she let me pick a few colors and she sent me a 16 piece sample set.  She did not ask me to swatch them or even use them on my blog, but I figured since I have them, I might as well.
So a 16 piece sampler is $29 and they come in a variety of either pre-selected colors or you can choose your own.  They also come with an adorable little tin to store them in, which I think is awesome.  So here are the colors I was sent in the tin:

And now onto the colors.
Dry swatches with no base are on the left and wet swatches are on the right.

"Glittery light gold brown (or Golden tan)."
I LOVE this color!  It's the perfect mid-toned tan and it's super glittery!

Double Chocolate
(there's no description for this one)
This is a beautiful chocolate color with blue and brown sparkles in it. 

Spank Me
"Deep shimmery wine"
This is indeed a deep wine color with purple and wine colored sparkles.  Not my favorite applied dry, it really comes to life when applied wet.

Atomic Teal
"Beyond gorgeous silky smooth shimmery blackened teal.  Wowza!"
Again, a color that really comes to life when applied wet.  It's super gorgeous though and would look beautiful over a black base (like NYX black bean JEP).

"Warm red base with cool red shimmer, making this the perfectly balanced ruby red.  Looks metallic applied wet, and this is fabulous for the lips."
I would say this is a warmer red, it looks almost orangey in these pictures.  Definitely a pretty color, super metallic when you do it wet!

(no description on website, I actually had to search for the name to find it)
The photo on the website for this color does not do it justice at all.  It's so pretty!  One of my favorites!  It looks pink in the container but as you blend, it turns gold.  Especially wet, the gold comes out.

"Don't be fooled with how this butter yellow color looks in the pot.  Applied wet an interesting and unique pink duo pops out, and yes, it's beautiful."
This is a gorgeous golden highlight color.  Honestly this one was the worst one to apply wet, it got milky and streaky.  I love it dry but I wouldn't use it wet.

Dragon Slayer
(no description on website)
This is such a unique color!  It's like a burnt mustard copper color.  SUPER metallic!  Pretty both dry and wet but when applied wet, it really really brings out the metallic-ness of it haha.

(the label says Kraz but it's on the website as "Kras" and there's no description)
A medium cool-toned green.  Pretty, but not one of my favorite colors.  Kinda disappointing when applied dry.

Walking on Water
"Teal blue with multi-colored sparkles"
Such a pretty color!  And holy sparkles!  But they're not the obnoxious sparkles, they're the pretty sparkles. I love this one!

Blue Bayou
"A bright, rich turquoise blue with a satin finish."
Maybe the satin finish is why this one is SOO finely milled.  Not a problem, just an observation.  However, this one was the most disappointing one of the bunch when applied dry.  I'll definitely still use it because I just love the color, I'll just make sure to use it either over a good base or wet.

Blue Bird
"Bright blue with very good coverage."
One of my favorite colors of the bunch.  A nice cool toned bright blue.  Beautiful applied wet or dry.  Love it!  I can't wait to see this color over a black base!

Midnight Kisses
"Deep blue-toned purple with subtle pink shimmer."
Pretty color!  I'm a sucker for cool-toned purples though.  Not the best applied dry but again, I'll definitely use it!

(no description on website)
A grey-ish purple.  It looks periwinkle when applied wet.  I tend to go for either dark or really bright purples so I don't see myself using this too much but it's still a soft, pretty color.

(no description on website)
I wish this photographed as beautiful as it is in person!  You cannot tell but the perfect mauvey pink color.  I can see myself using this a lot, especially on neutral days!  So so so pretty!!!

Sweet n Spicy
"Frosty light pink-peach."
It looks much peachier than it applies.  It definitely applies more frosty pink.  Another beautiful color though!

And now the full-sized containers.  Here's how they compare in size to the samples.  The samples have .5g of product and sell for $2.00 a jar and the full-sized have 1-3g of product and those sell for $6.50 a jar.

And swatches of the colors I got in full-sized:

Big Ego
"Rich, deep dark royal purple with subtle shimmer"
I would definitely label this as a black based color because when you start to blend out, the black base really comes out.  GORGEOUS COLOR!!!  I love it!  When I saw it, the color definitely made me think of Ronnie from Bows and Curtseys, I feel like it's a color she'd really love.

Secret Garden
"Olive green with bronze undertones and golden glimmers."
It's a neutral, but it's an interesting neutral.  I think it's gorgeous.  I think you could use this on a day when you don't feel like playing with color but it would still make a statement.

Lava Momma
"Bright hot fuchsia with pink iridescence.  Not for the faint of heart!"
Holy hot pink!  It's brighter than it looks in the pictures.  This one was my daughter's favorite.  She said especially wet.  I like this color but I don't see myself wearing it a lot just because I don't really wear bright pink very often.

And finally, I have a simple neutral look I did using a few of these colors.  I can't wait to play around with them some more!

Colors I used (all applied dry):
Lid- Sweet N Spicy
Crease- Double Chocolate
Above Crease- Honey
Highlight- Bubbly (I LOVED how gold this looked in person!)

So thanks, as always, for checking this out!  I hope these swatches are helpful!  I definitely am in love with some of the colors and would totally recommend them!  Do you own any BFTE shadows?  Which ones are your favorites?  If I had to pick a top 5 from these it would be:
Big Ego
Blue Bird
and either Bubbly or Walking on Water.
I know, technically that's 6 but I couldn't choose between the last two haha.

I hope you all have an incredible week!!  Thank you so much for your support!!!


  1. So sweet of Crystal to send you this stuff! I have at least 200 BFTE colors in various forms and there are hardly any that I don't like. I don't know how you did it but almost every single color in this post is a favorite color that I use the most often in my own collection! You have good taste! ;)

  2. OMG I want ALL the colors! So petty and great swatches - Bubbly looks like a color I've been searching for!

  3. Pretty colors! Never heard of that brand before

  4. Maybe I should give BFTE a try? Dragon Slayer looks like a killer color for a great price though :D!

  5. Your post is great to read. I was wondering why people have different colors of life but still I participated.

  6. I have never tried any of their shadows, but your swatches make me want too! I loved all of them wet, and I usually wet all my mineral shadows anyways. Great to see a new post from you!

  7. These are so pretty! I really like the looks of BFTE, maybe I'mm try them!

  8. That is so sweet of her to offer to send you a package to brighten your day! I love when I see companies do things like that. These swatches are great, thank you for sharing them. I hope you're doing well :-)

  9. Those colors are crazy! Dragon slayer & addicted have to be my faves though! Gonna have to check them out!

  10. Thank you for the great swatches! Love your fotd too! I haven't tried BFTE before, but I need Big Ego. What a gorgeous group of colors! Sending positive wishes your way! xo Amber

  11. THANK YOU so much for doing these swatches! I've wanted to try BFTE for a *very* long time. I think now I know which ones I'll order!

  12. Gorgeous swatches, some very nice colours there.
    Hope your recovering well from your recent spell in hospital, get well soon.

    Best Wishes


  13. Hi!!! Dragon Slayer is such a wonderful shade *___*
    I'm really impressed, thanks for swatching,