Hello Loves! I have more Bundle Monster thermals to show you today - the Awakening Collection! The Awakening Collection consists of 5 gels - two creams and three shimmers. This collection is very affordable at only $18.90 with free US shipping on Amazon for all 5 gels. Needless to say, I couldn't pass them up. Ready to see them?
*Update (8/8/2014): It seems the price has gone up to $25.99 between the time I wrote this post a few days ago and publishing it today. I apologize for the misinformation. $25.99 for 5 thermal gels is still a really good price, though!
The first color in the collection is called Revelation. Revelation is a brown cream that shifts from a medium brown when warm to a dark chocolate brown when cold. This one is a bit thick in consistency, but not as thick as the gels in the Beneath It All Collection. I found this one much easier to apply in thin, even layers. The swatch below shows Revelation in it's natural, unassisted shift.
The collage below shows Revelation in all of it's phases. In all of the swatch collages, the warm phases shows the lightest possible color and the cold phase shows the darkest. The warm phase photos were assisted by a heating pad and the cold were assisted by ice water. ;)
The second color in the collection is Fantasia. Fantasia is a sheer, greyish blue in the warm phase and a rich, medium blue in the cold phase that is packed with a shifty green shimmer. This one is a bit different than the others. It is not thick, but rather the same consistency as many of my other gel brands. It applies nicely, but is a little sheer even after three coats. Surprisingly, this is also my least favorite out of the collection. I know, it's strange for me to not love a blue, but the warm phase color doesn't work well with my skin tone. The swatch below is Fantasia in it's natural, unassisted shift.
Here's the collage of Fantasia in all of it's phases. These are assisted shifts that show the color in both temperature extremes.
Here's the assisted collage. Of the five colors in this collection, My Destiny is my personal favorite.
The fourth shade is Sorbet Surge. Sorbet Surge is an orange cream that is more pastel in the warm phase and bolder in the cold phase. Consistency and application are similar to Revelation and My Destiny. The main difference between Sorbet Surge and the other gels in the Awakening Collection is the subtlety of the shift. As you can see in the natural, unassisted photo below, the difference between warm and cold is not very pronounced.
The difference shows a bit better in the assisted swatches. I actually like the subtlety of Sorbet Surge.
Finally, the fifth color in the collection is True Goddess. True Goddess is a sheer, light pink in the warm phase and dark pink in the cold phase. The pink is accented by a gorgeous golden shimmer. This gel is the same consistency as the others in the collection (excluding Fantasia).
I think the golden shimmer in True Goddess really sets it apart from other pink thermals. It gives it a bit of pop. I especially love the cold phase.
What do you think of the Bundle Monster Awakening Collection? The colors definitely feel more suited for fall to me, which is good since fall is right around the corner. ;) I should note that these do have a strong odor like the Beneath It All Collection, so if you're sensitive to odors it may be something to consider. But overall, I love the collection and have been very pleased with the Bundle Monster thermal gels. I might have to try a few of the non-thermals next. :)
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