Yes, you read that right. SAVED BY THE BELL GRAB BAGS! Mo from Madd Style Cosmetics is always coming up with amazing grab bags with playful ideas. Since I grew up on SBTB, I had to get them. There were two bags, one called “The Max” inspired by the favorite STBT cafe hangout and another called “Miss Bliss Years” inspired by the character Miss Bliss. There were certainly a lot of things that went on at The Max and the names of these shadows bring back some memories. “The Max” is full of awesome bright 80’s inspired colors and the “Miss Bliss Years” is packed full of versatile neutrals. The swatches I’ve done include three versions of the shadows: over bare skin, applied wet, and applied over Pixie Epoxy. I think this really helps capture how different the shadows can be worn. All pictures were taken outside in natural sunlight.
First up, “The Max” collection!
I’m So Excited– a shimmer magenta
The first picture shows a clear shot with of the shadows without the light really catching the sparkle. This is a very vibrant pink with pretty sparkles but as you can see in the bottom swatch, it can be worn less intensely. The second picture is out of focus to help capture some of the sparkling shimmers. The Pixie Epoxy swatch on top gives this shadow the darkest, boldest pink look, so if that is what you’re after I’d recommend a sticky base of some type.
If you’re trying to remember where the name fits with the series, this was the name of one of the songs the girls sang in their girl-group in the episode where Jessie is dealing with taking pills to have energy to keep up with school work and all her other hobbies and obligations. it was kind of a big deal back in the day since people didn’t really talk about addiction as much back then.
Screech- a golden green tone
Screech is a nice light green color. I’m partial to greens anyway, so I definitely love this one. Just like with I’m So Excited, the shadow is more sheer when applied by itself. The middle swatch (applied wet) is about half the size of the others because I didn’t leave myself enough room between the other two! You can still see how it takes on more of the ‘golden’ tone that is mentioned in the description though. The swatches on the left show the sparkles in this shadow a little better than the one on the right, but this one photographed more shimmery than anything else.
It’s so pretty!
Screech, of course, is named after the super geek and Zack’s best friend on the show. He’s best known for his squeaky voice and ability to get them into and out of trouble with his bumbling ways. Screech was so in love with Lisa throughout the whole series and was always doing silly things to try and get her to love him.
Time Out! Time In!- a blue toned purple with hints of pink and blue shimmer
This is probably my favorite of the collection. I love how this looks in all forms of application. The sparkles are gorgeous. The second picture really shows them off. But even the left picture shows how pretty this color is.
Time Out! Time In! is inspired from Zack’s ability as a kind of “narrator” at times to pause the show and talk directly to the camera. He would pause mid-action and disentangle himself from the scene (if necessary) and talk about what was happening before getting back place an saying “time in” for the show to continue. While this was happening the other actors in the scene would just stand still and hold position until it was time to go again. It almost always led to something funny happening.
Hot Sundae- a vibrant coral
Hot Sundae is probably my second favorite shadow of the collection. I have other coral shadows but this one is so pretty and sparkly. It isn’t super bright, slightly more pink than I’d expect with the rest of the colors in the group but I love it. I actually really like how the color looks so different depending on how you apply this one. This is a very versatile and wearable color.
Hot Sundae was the name of the girl group that Jessie, Kelly, and Lisa formed. It’s also the one that Jessie is in when she gets hooked on caffeine pills. I remember thinking that their video was so cool when I was a kid…it’s pretty funny to look back at now.
The Zack Attack- a blue tone with silver shimmer
This color is very 80’s blue and perfect for this collection. The silver shimmer is very pretty and delicate. I actually like the combo of The Zack Attack and Hot Sundae together. I think a lot of these colors could be worn together if done right.
The Zack Attack was a band that all the friends were in. Not only was there an all girl singing group, there was a band too! I know, only on SBTB. They were one talented group of kids, ha ha. The most memorable episode involving The Zack Attack (they popped up now and again) was the “Rockumentary” episode where they basically fast-forward to the future and pretend that the bad has been a success and show you how they fell apart. Their big song “Friends Forever” is the kind of the point and lesson of the show. It seems like SBTB pretty much always had a lesson for us kids.
Alright, that is all of the shadows in The Max collection. It also came with a cherry cola lip balm which smells and tastes amazing. No swatch of that because it is colorless. Stay tuned for the swatches of the Miss Bliss Years bag!