I’ve been on a purple blush kick lately. Just broke out my sample of Fyrinnae Royalty a few days ago, and I’ve got another little jar of violet dust on my review queue for sometime later, this week or next. But for now, I think I’ve found it– a new Holy Grail shade! Here’s Darling Girl Cosmetics’ creepily-yet-campily named Living Dead Gurl.
Darling Girl Cosmetics is an indie beauty brand with a dizzying array of face products– in powder, cream, and gel, with finishes from shimmer to matte. They’ve got something like seven purples in their repertoire, so I foresee a lot of darling little purchases in my future.
My favorite new Schrodinger’s Shade (forgive my punning) belongs to the Inner Glow range, which said to “impart a soft halo of color onto your cheeks” with a powder that “subtly reflects light and casts a luminous glow”. Living Dead Gurl is described as a “pinky purple with golden green iridescence”. It’s a kind of soft, candied lavender that layers well, laced with gilt-green microshimmer.
Availability: $5.90 for a full size or $2.50 for a petit from Darling Girl Cosmetics
Quantity: 10 grams for a full size or 3 grams for a petit
I have to say, I kind of like the name. A Walking Dead Girl would be a zombie or Inferius– mere rotting motor turned mechanically after the anima‘s snuffed out; it’s a phrase I associate with depression, a grey automatonic slog. But a Living Dead Girl is so funnily and paradoxically named, her ontological ambiguity’s cracked the duality wide open. With orchid cheeks. And an aura that looks like money. Whatever.
The color is actually imminently wearable– a sheer wash of it gives you a sweet natural flush with the slightest hint of pixie dust. Its pinkness and paleness keeps it from looking stagey or bruised, even applied with a fairly heavy hand. The green shimmer is subtle, not enough to emphasize pores. You can see it when your cheekbone catches the light. Overall, it’s a great gateway purple, even for the shy.
I also pulled together the other purple blushes in my stash– for science! Ended up throwing in an eyeshadow too. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Orchid is the only remotely similar cheek color I have. But it’s cooler-toned, and uniformly pearly in sheen, rather than dotted with discrete points of shimmer. The other purples– Darling Girl Cosmetics The Magic Lamp and Fyrinnae Royalty— are far less pink than Living Dead Gurl; Royalty is significantly darker besides. The nearest dupe I had was actually an eyeshadow, the baby pink Magic from Urban Decay’s Glinda Palette– it has a similar shimmer, though gold rather than green. But the shadow is paler, and a little cooler in tone.
Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance Candelight, Too Faced Brow Envy, Benefit High Brow Glow, Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow in Eye Candy and Envy, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Riot and Goldmine, Bobbi Brown Everything Mascara
Face: Korres Face Primer, Skin79 Oriental Gold BB Cream Plus, CoverGirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer, NARS Illuminator in Copacabana, Juice Beauty Refining Finishing Powder in Sand (read my review here!), Urban Decay De-Slick OIl-Control Makeup Setting Spray
Lips: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Amare