I am usually not super quick getting reviews up, but this review is very hot off the press, because I used these products for the first time the other day and just knew: I have to blog about this asap! Last Spring Germany indie makeup brand Lethal Cosmetics released a new liquid eyeshadow formula as part of their Glitch collection. It features 7 different shifting multichromes of which I picked up and tried two. Let’s get on to the review!
Review: Lethal Cosmetics Glitch Liquid Shadow in Gateway & Payload
Lethal Cosmetics may be a brand you will have heard me talking about before. I already did several posts with some of their eyeshadow singles and I threw these two liquid shadows into an order I placed for my third palette of singles. These had just been released and I decided to give them a whirl, because apart from their singles I haven’t really tried any other Lethal Cosmetics products. These retails for either €21 or €24 each depending on the shade you get. The more interesting, more shifty shades are the ones that are more expensive and so I decided to try one of each to see if I like these.
What do these liquid shadows have to offer?
Well, they are multichrome liquid shadows, so we hope they will have a great shift with hopefully a multitude of colors. I have tried some multichromes in the past and in my experience not all the shifts that are advertised always show up visibly. It really depends on your skin tone, how the light hits the reflection and where you place the shadow. Unfortunately multichromes are really hard to capture on camera. It usually takes sunlight, a mirror and an extra flash light to get all the shifts and sparkles to come to life. Since I am all about showing off products, but then in a way that you might actually see these, I didn’t pull out all of the stops to make these look extra good. As you can see, on me, some of the shifts are barely noticeable.
Lethal Cosmetics Glitch Liquid Eyeshadow in Gateway
Gateway was a shade I was very interested in as it reminds me a lot of the Etude House Mirror Holic liquid shadow I reviewed for you a few months ago. Now that is more of an iridescent holographic sparkle, so I wasn’t sure how this would compare. This product promises to not just be an iridescent neutral pink sparkle, but it should have shifts of gold, green and even a light blue. In the bottle you can see the shift a little bit if you move it around in the light but in the picture it just looks like a neutral pink.
Lethal Cosmetics Glitch Liquid Eyeshadow in Payload
The more interesting shade of the two that I picked up is also the more expensive one of the two. Payload promises to have an orange – pink – violet – blue – teal shift. I get more of a purple/ blue vibe from this, but as you will see below you can definitely get a good shift out of this product, but orange is a bit lost on me. As I mentioned I feel that some multichromes do not show up unless lighting conditions are ideal and this one luckily does show up, but I have yet to see the full spectrum even in real life.
How do these products swatch?
So I was very curious to see if I could get these products to show up in a swatch. Here you can see them applied full on, straight from the doe foot. I feel that it helps Gateway to show up, but Payload not at all. Gateway definitely shows as having a hint of green sparkle running through it making it super interesting. Payload unfortunately looks like an intense indigo/ purple shade but the shift is hardly there. So I was curious to see what would happen if I sheered these out a little bit.
How much of a shift do they have?
So I already mentioned it is difficult to capture the shifts in multichromes if you do not pull out all of the stops, but I think I managed okay here. Top left is still a full on swatch and then you can see just how much shine Gateway has and it can truly pack a punch when completely built up. It does have a sheerer base though than Payload so when you sheer it out (as can be seen in the other pictures) the shine does become less intense. However, when you sheer it out, you can see some of the blue and green a bit better (pictures to the right). I think this can make for a interesting topper shade over smokey eyes!
Payload was the shade that looks no more like an ordinary purple in a full on swatch, but this shade truly comes alive when you blend it in. You can clearly see it shifts from a purple, navy to a brighter blue and that is just with regular daylight! The pink and orange I didn’t get too much of at first, but this is one of those shades that if you build it up right and you apply it to the lids you start to see the full effect as the curve of your lids will make the shadow catch differently every time.
How do these shadows apply to the lids?
Seeing how thick these looked in a full on swatch I decided to experiment with my look when I first used these. Unfortunately these pictures do not do these shades justice and how they looked in real life. Let me tell you: the day I wore this I kept looking at my makeup in the mirror to catch all those gorgeous shifts. Since these are quite intense, I decided to use Payload as a liquid liner and I even managed to create a wing (go me!). It was easy to build up the shade to full intensity and it definitely has enough impact to use this liquid shadow in other ways than just a dab of color all over the lid. I also used Gateway as an inner corner highlight and it made for a great sparkly shade. Sadly, because of the placement I didn’t build it up to full intensity but you can still see a bit of the green coming through on the lower lash line.
My final thoughts
This look wore all day and I was really loving they way it came out. I am happy to see that the Lethal Cosmetics Glitch liquid shadows can be used in a multitude of ways and they still look pretty. For the fullest effect of the multichrome shift though I feel that both shades behave differently and warrant a different application to really be able to see it shifting in a multitude of ways. For Gateway I would recommend to build it up to full intensity to get the biggest impact of shine and shift. For Payload I would recommend the opposite as that shade shifts more when it is more sheered out and would warrant for instance more detailed applications, where Gateway is more perfect for that slap on and go effortless look. And the best part about multichromes: they make any eye look appear like you’ve put in tons of work while all you did was dab on one shade of eyeshadow.
Would I recommend the Lethal Cosmetics Multichrome liquid eyeshadows?
If you are looking for some good liquid multichromes than these are very stunning indeed. Are they absolute must haves? Not necessarily. I think so far the best multichromes I have tried are still my Clionadh Stained Glass shadows, but these are very pretty on. At some point I may invest in Cipher and Breach because those look stunning too. So I am looking into getting a few more of these as I think they make for a very fun addition to my makeup collection. I also think these are quite beginner friendly for those people who may be new to multichromes and this is can literally be applied with a finger. Bonus points for this being an EU based brand: so if you are in Europe these are far more affordable to get than many of the US indie brands that also do multichromes.