Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Today, CoverGirl is doing a pre-sale for their two new additions to the Blast line-up with Smoky ShadowBlast ($8.49) and ShineBlast Lip Gloss ($8.49). For those who purchase by visiting, they’ll save $5 and earn free shipping while supplies last. For those who purchase by visiting CVS, they will receive free shipping. I found the pre-sale site forced me to “build a look,” when I just wanted to see where to buy, so you can just go to directly and search for it by name and it’ll show up. is also showing all of the shades shipping in “one to two weeks.”  Curious!

Smoky ShadowBlast is available for pre-sale in four shades: Silver Sky, Onyx Smoke, Bronze Fire, and Purple Plume. ShineBlast Lip Gloss is available for pre-sale in four shades: Dazzle, Flare, Ablaze, and Firecracker.

When these officially hit stores in January 2010, we’ll see an addition of Citrus Flair and Tempest Blue ShadowBlasts, and we’ll see a whole slew of additional glosses come the new year. The additional gloss shades are: Aglow, Beam, Ember, Fire, Gleam, Glimmer, Glow, Heat, Ignite, Radiate, Smolder, and Sparkler.

I just played around with two shades of ShadowBlast this weekend, because I wanted to be able to share a little more insight than just marketing blitz as the pre-sale got underway…

First, an obvious point of contention with this product is the lack of labeling on the product itself.  The original packaging does tell you the shade names, but once you take ’em out of the packaging and toss it away, there’s nothing to tell you what you have.

First, I tried Citrus Flaire ShadowBlast, which was a duo of shimmery chartreuse green and a rich, shimmery copper. The chartreuse side is “step one,” designed to be use as a lid color, while the copper side is “step two,” meant to be used as a liner or crease shade. The second one I tried was Silver Sky ShadowBlast, which was a duo of a shimmery, light silver (“step one”) and a smoky purple with lighter shimmer (“step two”). Both ShadowBlasts were pigmented, smooth, and creamy without being overly so–just enough slip to glide along the lid without tugging or pulling.

After playing around with these this weekend, I’d say that they’re best layered over a base like Urban Decay Primer Potion or Too Faced Shadow Insurance or else set well with powder eyeshadow for best results. I found when worn alone, it was hard to get just the right amount so it didn’t crease or look faded. If you just want to use them as a liner, I didn’t have migration issues, but the tip of the product is a little bulky, so it’s not super easy to use as a liner.

These reminded me a lot of MAC’s shadesticks, actually – just a little softer and smoother and with less staying power (on their own). When I used it alone the first time around, it creased within fifteen minutes–I threw a layer of the chartreuse shade all over my lid for a quick and dirty crease-test, and by the time I finished photographing and swatching the other ShadowBlast, it had definitely creased.

Bottom Line: It’s really great to see CoverGirl step up their game with these pigmented cream eyeshadows. I think if you’re looking for a way to boost up eyeshadow colors, these make a great way to add an extra level of dimension underneath your regular eyeshadows.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

Recommendation: For a more budget-friendly alternative to pigmented cream shadows and ways to enhance your eyeshadow, these are worth checking out.

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38 thoughts on “CoverGirl Smoky ShadowBlast Review, Photos, Swatches (Citrus Flair & Silver Sky) + CoverGirl Pre-Sale

  1. kim

    I’m not seeing $5 savings or free shipping at :(

  2. Tricia

    Interesting idea from CG; I might have to take a look at those. But at first when I was scrolling down, I thought you were reviewing green lipstick o_O LOL

  3. Miss_Silk

    wow this reminds me of maybelline’s old 2 sided eyeshadow and liner stick….Where one part of it would be the color of the eyeshadow in shadestick form(it would be about an inch+ of product)…and the other side would have an eyeliner. It has a blue tube that connects the eyeliner and eyeshadow, but you can remove it and switch it with something maybe 2 eyeshadows instead of the eyeliner….and so on..

    I think i’ll check this out, because I really like the easy “To-Go” products, because sometimes, if i’m going somewhere for an hour or 2 then going home, I wouldn’t need much. Thanks for the update!

    • Can’t say I remember those, but they do sound similar. I’d say these are about an inch to an inch and a half of product when you twist them up as well.

  4. Patty

    These look fun. Does the tapered end come with any kind of sharpener, or are we out of luck when they wear down?

    • From what I could tell, I didn’t see one. I was wondering about that, too, but it’s still so bulky, it’s not too easy to use even the tapered edge as a liner (but it’s OK in the crease for now).

  5. I love the silver/purple! Wow. Thanks for the info, Christine.

  6. Teresa

    These are a neat idea. I’d love to try one out also. I like 4 of the 6! (excluding the green and the blue). They are very pretty colours :)

  7. Luisafer

    I tried some shades that were pastie, but they get all chunky and bulky on the lid or on top of the crease, do you know if it happens to this ones??? thanks!!!

  8. Nadine

    I saw the swatches and was surprised. They are actually very pretty! I really like the green and bronze. Not sure if I’ll get them, but it certainly sparked my interest! That name is gonna get old pretty fast though! Like, I understand “blast” for mascara, but eyeshadow ???

  9. J

    I’d looooove to try these out as an eyeshadow base 😀

  10. Lorna

    i think they are a neat idea and they would be great for travel. unfortunately, i am glutted from sephora’s friends and family sale and my budget can’t sustain another bite. thanks for the info.

  11. Jo

    Nice, I hope these get released in New Zealand :)

  12. Jane

    The purplish grey eyeliner side looks alarmingly sharp.

  13. CRiSTaL

    They all look great…Glad they getting into having better products =)

    Thanks for such a great review

  14. Emily

    I ordered the black and white one and the silver sky from the pre-sale, and after using both of them to try out different looks, both sides of the silver sky one broke off and the white side of the black and white one fell off too :( I tried sticking it back on and putting the in the fridge, but they fell off again! I’m going to keep them just because they’re still usable and exactly what I’ve been looking for, but I’m really PO’d that they both ended up broken…

    • Oh no!

      This is a little dangerous, but you could heat up the edge of the product with a candle/flame and then smoosh it back in (like a lipstick). I would definitely send an email over to customer service about it, though!

      • Emily

        I actually tried to stick it back together after warming it up with my fingers for a little and it didn’t work :( I think I’m going to call to number they give on the website and see if I can get a replacement for them…

    • Sheila

      That happened to me too, I bought the bronze fire and the first use the blunt end broke off…I will keep this product but I think I’ll find 2 empty makeup pots and use a brush with the product… I do like the colors and they blend well together. using a primer is a must as they creased on me after about 10 minutes. I don’t think I will buy this again though.

  15. tina

    Hey Christine!
    Could you please do a look using the silver/plum shadestick?

  16. the colour are gorgeous!