Crow and Pebble
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Artistic Cosmetics: Crow and Pebble 2020 Unboxing

Hello, lovelies! As you know, we are big fans of themed makeup here at PopHorror. In the past, we have swatched LunaticK Cosmetics, Apocalyptic Beauty and My Pretty Zombie. Now, we are featuring Crow and Pebble. Named after the company from a story from Aesop’s Fables, Crow end Pebble was created by a woman named Karen whose ideas started after her experience as an archaeologist where she worked to create handmade and themed collections.

We want to send a huge thank you to Crow and Pebble for sending these items to us to swatch and share with you. They sent various shadows from each collection. You may notice some are difficult to swatch, and that is because a few blended into my skin tone, but I will describe them as best I can.

Crow and Pebble
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First up are two shades from The Music Of The Ainur Collection, which is inspired by the gods from the Tolkien mythos. The first shade is a gorgeous dark, matte plum called Webs Of History. This shadow swatches beautifully and looks great with green eyes, really bringing out the emerald. As a fan of matte shadows, I use this one almost daily. The second shade is called Pity And Patience and is an almost blue-black metallic with a purple shift. This one doesn’t swatch as well with the fingers, but the glitter is so fine and just sparkles.

Crow and Pebble
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These two small pots are lipsticks. The first is from the Sin From Thy Lips collection and is called Hippolyta. This shade is based on the ancient Greek Queen Of The Amazons. I know the name from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is a beautiful nude brown-mauve. I have an olive skin-tone, and this one is a tiny bit lighter than what I normally wear, but a pretty color nonetheless. This matte shade stays put well once it’s on, but isn’t easy to put on due to its staying power.

The second shade is The Black Foe, and this one really takes work. I expected it to take some manipulation because dark colors are notoriously patchy, and this one is the same. That, however, isn’t a problem, because it was expected. What wasn’t expected was what happened to the tub when I swatched it. Immediately, holes popped up all over the pot. In the featured image, you can see the pre-swatch look and above is post. I’m not sure what happened during pouring, but the whole pot is pocked. Regardless, this is still a gorgeous black cherry shade with a red shift.

Crow and Pebble
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The next collection we swatched was the Segfault_Collection. These are a collaboration with Sharon Yang and inspired by computer science. There are a couple of shades that blend into my skin color, but those make for amazing transition shades. The first is called Three Phase Commit and is a matte peachy, warm pink. It is brighter in the pot than on the skin, and makes for a gorgeous nude transition color. Next from Crow and Pebble is Abstract Interface. This matte gray-brown shade swatches semi-patchy but would look stunning with a wet brush. I love its cool tones for a smoky, nude look.

Next up is one of my favorites from the whole unboxing and is called Memory Leak. This is a stunning wine matte shadow with fine pieces of red glitter. It isn’t a full metallic, so it is a very versatile shade. It swatches incredibly easy, and I use this one regularly. The last shade from this collection is Cylindrification. On fair skin, this one is a lovely and delicate sandy rose color. On my medium skin, it’s pretty much invisible. This is sometimes the difficult part of finding pretty nude eyeshadows while not being fair-skinned. It still makes for a great transition shade, but is pretty much invisible on my skin.

Crow and Pebble
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These next four are from the Dune Collection at Crow and Pebble. The one is called The Great Revolt and is a petal soft pink. It’s described as a medium plum, but I couldn’t disagree more. This is a delicate and pretty matte pink that would be perfect as a transition shade for a spring look. Next is Muad’Dib which is a gentle matte brown, created to resemble the fur of a mouse. This will really bring out blue eyes.

Next is the metallic shade called The Lady Jessica, a wine red that focuses on the heavy side of the purple. There is fine purple glitter that lightly shifts. The final shade in the Dune Collection is The Spice Must Flow. This one swatches smoothly and shines like the sun with tiny gold flecks amid the purple-brown shadow. This is a color that would easily translate from a day to night look.

Crow and Pebble
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The next six shades are from a Crow and Pebble collection called A High, Lonely Place. I love the packing on this collection with its bright, watercolor-like labels. The first shade is called Jumping At Bluebottles. I love this name as it evokes a strong mood. This light brown neutral has small flecks of duochrome pink and almost light purple, making it almost invisible on the skin, at least until the light hits and the colors shift. This is a fun highlighting color. Next from Crown and Pebble is Become A Water-Rabbit. This light pink-brown neutral is another duochrome glitter shadow with pink shifts. It is barely the lightest pink on medium skin, and the shift is what stands out.

Next up is King If Cats, a GORGEOUS shimmery dark red brown shade. This shadow is so strange because it looks like a shimmering neutral, but if you get it in the right light, it is an intense silvery gray metallic. This is one of my favorites from Crow and Pebble and one that I used often. Next is another favorite called The General. This is a smoky gray with is peachy or coral shift. This color can turn any smoky eye into something dark but delicate.

Now we have Heavy And Savage, which is a strange one. This is pretty brown/copper/gold/pink. It has a very similar shift to The General, but its base is a lot softer, more fitted for lighter looks. It works well as a highlighting shade that would match with its kin in the smokier shadow. The last Crow and Pebble shade from the A High, Lonely Place Collection is Starveall. This red-brown base turns deep purple with the intense blue shifting glitter. The blue shift is so intense that completely changes the base shade, even in shadow.

Crow and Pebble
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I didn’t mean for this grouping to happen, but how patriotic. I even swatched it like it’s the Fourth of July. The first color is from the Crow and Pebble Trope-ic Thunder Collection and is called Fumbling Magician. This dark, dark blue has a dark purple base, but the blue shimmer is so strong that it transforms the whole shadow to a cool blue. Because this is so dark, it swatches a little patchy, but that can be fixed with primer or a wet brush.

The next two are so similar that it very difficult to tell them apart, but that is because they are connected in theme. Ursa Major and Ursa Minor are two shades that shine like stars in the sky. Ursa Major has a purple-mauve base while Ursa Minor is lighter with a lilac base. Both are filled with sapphire blue shimmer that looks like millions of constellations in the small jar.

Next from Crow and Pebble is a gorgeous color called Devotion To Duty. I LOVE this color. It looks like brick dust, and I adore it. It swatches so evenly, and the color quality is really vibrant. I think I may be impressed with this color the most out of all of them. This shade is a must have to any make up collector.

Crow and Pebble
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The last four eyshadows from Crow and Pebble start with a super metallic color called Petrochemical Sheen. I love how industrial the name is and the color matches the name perfectly. This color changes depending on how you look at it. In this picture, it looks like a green gold, but in other light, it’s a lovely deep brown with a green duochrome shift. This reminds me of the shimmer of when chemicals rest in water.

Next is a shade for the perfect dramatic smoky eye called A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned Evil. This color is PERFECT for green eyes. To the untrained eye, this looks black, but if you look closely, you can see that it is the darkest of purples. It is so dark and inky, but the subtle eggplant shades offer up beautiful emerald eyes. It swatches a bit patchy, but such is the nature of shades this dark, especially purples. Next is another gorgeous red shade, but this time, we’re going metallic. Devotion To Duty is a metallic cranberry.

The last eyeshadow in this unboxing is Whisky Priest… now, that’s my kind of priest. I love a good dark brown, especially ones that make my green eyes pop, and this one does just that with its violet base. The dark brown is the perfect smoky, shimmering nude, while the purple adds depth and dimension.

Crow and Pebble
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Now we’re cooking with oil! We are getting into the contour powders. I will say this upfront: the larger jars have a massive leaking problem. While the small jars keep the product pretty well contained, I lost a good amount of product just opening the jars of the contours and blushes. This could have been improved with a little topper with holes or netting under the lid and over the product. Not only that, but product volume varies drastically. One jar has a good amount while the other two have a fraction of powder in them. I am not sure if it was just mine (which is a possibility since it’s an unboxing), but if it is a common occurrence, that could be extremely frustrating. That being said, I have also lost a lot of product just getting in and out of the jars.

Let’s get into the contour itself. I love the variety in shades that Crow and Pebble have, as they aren’t your average contour colors. There are so many different colors and undertones that are on the more unusual side. The first that we received is Prospero, which is also the name of the character in Masque of the Red Death, which I appreciate. This plum based contour is both warm and cool, which works for many skin shades. It is the middle swatch and my favorite of the three.

Next is a shade on the darker side called Maugris. This is a warmer brown that is a more classic contour color. It swatches so nicely and blends well but I love the strange coloring of Prospero.

For every contour, you need a highligh,t and here we have a highlighter called Cerridwen. This plum-based highlighter goes well with your plum-based contour, although this highlighter is on the warmer side. The highlight is pretty light and brushes off easily, so I recommend setting this or putting it over top liquid foundation.

Crow and PEbble
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No face is complete without a blush, and Crow and Pebble has blushes in a rainbow of colors. What’s even better are the names! The first up is Mistress Of Illusion, She Who Delights. Just look at that name! There’s nothing that makes you feel more royal or goddess-like than a name like that. This is a pale lavender shade that would look incredible when used for cosplay or fantasy make up. I can imagine myself as a beautiful flower fairy with this on my cheeks.

Next up is Crown of Ra, She Who Mauls. This is the blush you want to wear when you need to kick a little ass. It is the darkest of the four I received. It would be stunning on deeper skin tones. This is to represent the Egyptian goddess, Hathor, and can be built from sheer to dramatic. This is a cool red matte and goes on beautifully. Next is another bold and adventurous color called Strife Stirrer, She Who Makes the Sea Swell. This blush is to represent the Norse goddess, Freyja. It is a peachy matte shade in the pot, although it settles heavily on the orange side. I love a pretty peachy blush, and because the Crow and Pebble blushes are buildable, you can start with a sheer and natural pretty peach or build to an intense orange.

The last blush may be my favorite, and it’s called Friend Of Flowers, She Who Keeps Love Hidden. I am a sucker for anything blush or rose colored, and this one fits the bill extremely well. This color is just so damn wearable and, because it’s buildable, is great to match a variety of skin tones. It is used to represent Aphrodite, and I can see why. This is the perfect blushing rose color. If you only get one blush, this is one I would recommend.

Crow and Pebble
Photo by Dev Crowley

The final item from Crow and Pebble is a bullet lipstick called Lady MacBeth. This is a spot you won’t want out with this blood red matte lipstick. On my skin tone, true reds tend to turn very pink. This color does the same, leaving an almost satin finish. The lipstick stays on well. There is really only one thing negative I have to say about it: air bubbles must have occurred during pouring, because one use of the lipstick or swatchings brought holes to the surface, similar to what happened with the lipstick pots. Thankfully, it’s only one hole thus far. The color is gorgeous, and the lipstick feels really good.

That’s all for the Crow and Pebble unboxing! There was a lot to unpack, and aside from some pouring issues with the lipstick and waste problems with the larger jars, the quality is incredible. The eyeshadows and blushes have lovely pigments and swatch buttery smooth. I think my favorite items are the Friend Of Flowers blush and the shadows Devotion To Duty and A Pupil Of Mine Until He Turned Evil. Those are such dramatic shades and can create some iconic looks. Let me just say that I am amazed at how well the Crow and Pebble red shades swatch. They are so buttery smooth and go on very evenly.

I highly recommend these handmade cosmetics if you are looking for gorgeous colors, quality swatches and want to support a company who loves the arts. She also have a matte and metallic collection called Role For Stats for all you tabletop and RPGers out there! Check out their website HERE. Crow and Pebble is based in the UK but ships internationally. Even though these items were sent to me, I was not paid for this review, and all opinions are my own.

About Dev Crowley

D.D. Crowley has been writing since she could scrawl misspelled words on paper to make a story. Thankfully her writing has improved. An avid horror, paranormal, sci-fi and video game lover, she gets to write about all her favorite nerdy fandoms. Some of her favorites are found footage movies, the original 'Halloween' and 'Resident Evil' (the games not the movies, don't ever ask her about the movies... you have been warned).

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