There are so many things I could say about this lovely shop and the super nice owner, but for today I'd like to focus on the custom eyeshadow option!
I initially ordered one custom eyeshadow, which I envisioned as an orangey-red with an aqua blue duochrome, as a pick-me-up gift for an artist friend of mine who goes by the handle Of Red and Blue. (If you're curious, here's her webcomic.) However, there's a reason such a colour isn't super common in the first place, as it turns out: it's tricky to make! But Christine (the owner of Hello Waffle and an extremely sweet and patient person) went through a bunch of different ideas and really put a lot of care into coming up with something lovely that would suit the concept.
I really have to emphasize that Christine's customer service is excellent--she really seeks to ensure that you're 100% happy with the product, she's quick to respond to e-mails, and very easy to correspond with. She provided video swatches of the mixes she worked on throughout the process, so you're able to get a better sense of the sparkle/shift in the eyeshadow.
One of the mixes she showed me that went pinky-purple was really gorgeous, so I asked to purchase it as well--hence Raindrops on Violets. I ended up splitting the four jars (you receive two jars with each custom shadow order) into two sets, because friendship makeup is the new friendship bracelet for adults. (Okay, so I just made that up, but come on. Friendship makeup.)
Anyway, here are some swatches over Darling Girl Glitter Glue. I'd describe Raindrops on Violets as a slightly metallic plum-magenta with a subtle blue shift, while Of Red and Blue is a molten copper with gold and aqua sparkle.
|Of Red and Blue, slightly blurred|
|Raindrops on Violets, very blurred (sorry)|
I think if I order a custom in future I'll probably message Christine about it first to get a sense of how realistic my expectations are! (I kind of feel like I put her through a gauntlet unintentionally.) However, she was lovely to work with and these colours came out very pretty--and most importantly, Of Red and Blue liked Of Red and Blue. :)