I’ve been dying to try the Sydney Grace Cosmetics eyeshadow singles ever since I started following Alexa from Gandalf Sandwich on instagram. If you love makeup and you’re a bit of a gamer/fantasy lover I HIGHLY recommend her account. She creates eyeshadow looks based on places in books and video games and I’m obsessed with her makeup style. She also features tons of smaller, unique makeup brands and that’s how I discovered Sydney Grace Cosmetics. The power of influencers!
Sydney Grace Cosmetics is run by two sisters. The brand is cruelty free, paraben free and made in the USA.
Sydney Grace Cosmetics Review
There is so much choice available on Sydney Grace Cosmetics’s website! I spent literally 2 hours trying to decide what shadows to order. I really wanted to pick up the Danny’s Dream bundle which features all green shades but since I recently picked up the Just My Luck Palette from ColourPop I decided I should go with shades that are more unique to my collection. Now I wish I had picked up the green shadow bundle, it’s everything I wanted the Just My Luck palette to be.
I settled on six eyeshadow singles:
- Admiral: dark chocolate brown matte
- Sea Foam: pale green matte
- Lemon Cream: light yellow matte
- Toffee: warm caramel matte
- Major: true gold metallic
- Recruit: silver-green metallic
Sydney Grace Co also makes pressed blushes, bronzers & highlighters but I decided to stick to single shadows for a first order.
Pricing & Shipping:
The cost of my eyeshadows weren’t too bad. The matte single shadows retail for $5 and contain 1.8g of product ($2.77/g). This is quite comparable to ColourPop single shadows at $4.5 for 1.5g ($3/g). Sydney Grace’s shimmer and pressed pigment shadows retail for $6 for 1.8g of product ($3.33/g). I guess the main difference is that ColourPop has a TON of sales which reduce the price of their eyeshadows where Sydney Grace shadows are more of a fixed price.
Shipping was unfortunately a little expensive. To ship internationally from the USA to Canada the cost was $10USD, which is crazy to me. Shipping costs are calculated by weight so if you ordered a lot if would probably be more expensive. I was able to find a promo code for 15% off which saved me just under $5, so it did offset the shipping cost slightly. If there was a threshold to reach free shipping I would have placed an order much sooner!
Lemon Cream is such a beautiful shade. I noticed that this eyeshadow in particular would skip on my eyes if I was trying to apply it over a primer that had been set with powder. I had no issues applying it over a tacky base so it was easy to get over it. Once Lemon Cream is built up on the eyes it didn’t budge. No creasing, no fading, nothing. I’m obsessed with Lemon Cream all over my eyes with a tiny bit of Toffee in the crease! Yellow is having a moment on my eyes these days.
Toffee is soo beautiful! The name is perfect, toffee is a warm, caramel brown. It pairs well with Lemon Cream and I’ve been wearing them together quite a bit. I didn’t have any issues applying this shade like I did with Lemon Cream. It’s easy to blend over a primer that’s set or one that’s still tacky. I’m happy I picked this shade!
Sea Foam is such a unique colour! It’s between a mint and a blue, and it’s very pigmented. This shadow is a bit powdery so I’ve been tapping out my brush when I use it. I find that Sea Foam applies better with a scratchier/denser brush. Some of my softer brushes don’t grip to the formula quite well enough which is odd, but it’s what I’ve noticed. I love this shade for Summer!
Unfortunately I did notice a bit of fading with Sea Foam. It didn’t crease but some of the shadow disappeared around the 3 hour mark. It was definitely still visible on my eyes and most people wouldn’t notice, but up close I could tell because I knew where I had placed the shadow!
Admiral is a deep cool toned brown. It goes really well with all the Army themed shades Syndey Grace Cosmetics released a few months ago, and it’s been working well to add depth to the singles I chose. This shade was really long lasting in particular, when I swatched it with the other singles it was the only shade left at the end of the day.
Admiral is super pigmented to it’s best to work slowly with this shade.
Pressed Pigment Shades
Major is a gorgeous yellow shimmer shade. It comes across as more shimmery than metallic on the eyes which is what I was hoping for. This is a great shade to wear all over the lid or with Lemon Cream. I’ve also been wearing it as a fun pop of colour in the inner corners of my eyes! I didn’t notice any fading with this shade, it was still visible on my eyes 8 hours later.
Depending on the lighting Recruit looks silver or green. It’s not a duo-chrome though, I never really notice both hues at the same time. Both shimmers I ordered feel extra soft & smooth to the touch. I didn’t need setting spray to make it pop nor did I need to apply it over concealer to get more out of it. I experienced a bit of fallout with Recruit and it’s the only shade out of the 6 where fallout occurred. That’s pretty good if you ask me!
I wanted to create three looks with these shades so you guys could see them in action. I know that this is not an eyeshadow “palette” but the shades do go together pretty well (with the exception of maybe the Lemon Cream & Sea Foam). Let me know which look is your favourite!
Look 1: Lemon Meringue
I needed to do something with the yellow shade! Have you guys seen the Trendy yellow looks that everyone is doing on YouTube this spring? I’m obsessed! I wanted to do something similar so I did a look using the shades Lemon Cream & Toffee. Such a delicious combination! This look reminds me of the lemon tarts from Duchess Bake Shop in Edmonton. If you’re ever visiting my home town you MUST go to duchess.
You can now watch how I got this look on my YouTube Channel!
This look uses the shades Sea Foam, Admiral and Toffee. I don’t know what’s up with me but I am obsessed with a pastel matte shade all over my eyelids these days. Sea Foam is all over my eyelids here and I have a touch of Admiral in the outer corners. Two shadows only, but beautiful.
My last look uses the shimmer shades! I decided to do a fun halo eye here with Toffee in the crease, Admiral in the inner & outer corners and Recruit in the centre of my eyelids. I also used the shade Henna from my ColourPop Brown sugar palette in crease. To add some more color to the look I used a little bit of Major in the inner corners!
Truth time… Is purchasing from Sydney Grace Cosmetics worth it? Even with the shipping cost my answer is yes. The mattes have virtually no fallout whatsoever and aside from Sea Foam I experienced no fading or creasing.
I’ve enjoyed the shimmer shadows as well, they pop even when applied dry. No fix + or concealer needed.
The shade selection is incredible. SGC has so many different colours and finishes to choose from! You’re bound to find something that you don’t already have in your collection. I’ll definitely be ordering more once I purchase a new empty palette to fill up!
Have you tried Sydney Grace Cosmetics?
Thanks for reading lovely! I hope you enjoyed my Sydney Grace Single Shadows review. Please let me know if you’d like to see more of them on my blog. Talk soon! x