Manic Panic, we all remember them from the days of our youth and dyeing our hair crazy colors. Well ok maybe not ALL of us, but I certainly do! They were THE #1 choice if you wanted your hair purple, or red, or blue 🙂

Now Manic Panic has makeup out as well as hair products, and their new collection for fall 2010 is called Creature of the Night. Happily all their products are rated Vegan and cruelty-free, so that’s great to know!

Creature of the Night features a few different palettes as well as individual lipsticks, mascara, nail polish, powder and an eyeshadow/liner duo.

First impression when I saw the packaging was “oooh, this looks cool!”. I love the colors and design on the packaging, very much what I expected from them.

Second impression when I touched the packaging was “ooooh this feels cheap!”. The lip palette felt on the flimsy and thin side and didn’t have a heaviness associated with it that I expect when I think “quality”. The other products which come in plastic containers also all feel very inexpensively made.

But I am not one to judge solely on packaging so let’s see what’s inside, shall we?


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen

The Drama Queen Lip Locked Kit comes with a red, purple and black lip gloss, a red and black lip liner and two small applicator brushes.


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen


Lip Locked Kit in Drama Queen

It’s also has these little step-by-step cards inserted inside to give ideas on how to mix and match. I think this is kind of a cute idea and they tuck away nicely inside a pocket in the palette under the mirror.

Disappointingly, the lip lacquer colors were extremely lacking in color payoff. The black, purple and red are on the right side here. The black is more of a sheer grey, the purple is also very sheer and the red looks like a light pink/red wash. They are nowhere near as saturated as I expected. The black lip liner is ok, it’s fairly black. The red I think is actually a gorgeous deep bronze/red color and I liked it a lot. It’s really opaque but I would probably be more inclined to use this color as an eye liner rather than on my lips.


Lip Locked Lipstick in Deadly Night


Lip Locked Lipstick in Deadly Night

Deadly Night is the standout piece of this whole collection in my book. The color is a vivid, yet deep purple and it’s got tiny red and blue shimmer in it. It’s very saturated and went on really nicely.


Lip Locked Lipstick in Deadly Night


Lip Locked Lipstick in Deadly Night


Eyewear Cream Eyeshadow & Liner


Eyewear Cream Eyeshadow & Liner


Eyewear Cream Eyeshadow & Liner

The Eyewear Creme Eyeshadow and Liner is a little box that opens up (very similar to Urban Decay’s Ink For Eyes case) to reveal a mirror, a gunmetal shimmery liner, a black creamy eyeshadow and a dual-sided brush. Sadly the color payoff here was really not very good. The grey powder liner was incredibly sheer. So sheer that this is in fact 10 swipes to get the color to show up! The black creme eyeshadow was better but still not totally black and though I haven’t tested it on my eyes yet, I get the feeling it’s really smeary because it felt messy and greasy just swatching it. No bueno.


Supernatural Pressed Powder in Spectral


Supernatural Pressed Powder in Spectral


Supernatural Pressed Powder in Spectral


Supernatural Pressed Powder in Spectral

The Supernatural Pressed Powder was in the color Spectral, which is a really pale white. You can wear this powder either dry or wet, for a more white cast. I only tried it dry and you can see it is fairly white looking. It felt pretty silky and nice going on. No complaints other than I wouldn’t really use this color since it’s too pale and I’m not wanting to look Goth. 🙂

Overall:

I would say that the makeup that I tried was pretty mediocre. When comparing it to any medium priced department brand (MAC, Illamasqua) there is no comparison at all. The quality just is not there. I would say it’s more on par with really inexpensive drugstore lines like NYC and Wet N Wild. But the pricing is quite a bit higher than that. The only thing here I felt was good quality was the lipstick, and the powder was fairly decent. The lip lacquers and eyeshadow/liners just were not pigmented enough and I would totally skip them. I would have liked to try some of their nail polishes to see how those are and they are fairly inexpensive at $4.00 each.

Pricing:

Lip Locked Kit – $12.00
Powder – $9.00
Lipstick – $8.00
Eyeshadow/Liner Duo – $8.00

Overall Grade: C-

Deadly Night Lipstick Grade: B

Have you tried anything by Manic Panic?

-VV

Written by Kelly
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