Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) come in twelve different shades, and this post features three of them. These are the first three I grabbed to try, and they happened to coordinate rather well together, which was a nice bonus! I really liked all three, as they had a very soft, finely-milled texture with nice pigmentation. Maybelline touts 24-hour wear (which is one of my least favorite claims for any product to make), and I’m not overly comfortable wearing makeup for that long, but I did wear all three shades for sixteen hours. I had some creasing after nine hours, and it was noticeably faded and fairly creased by sixteen hours. When worn over a primer, I didn’t have any issues until fourteen hours (some fading but no creasing).

The one thing I did notice was that these don’t contain a ton of product; loose eyeshadows are all over the map in regards to sizing, with generous sizes above 0.15 oz. and some around this size.   The jar seemed large, so I was surprised to see how much it actually contained. I think that it has plenty of product to last you quite awhile, but for those who are concerned about price per ounce, it might be something to consider.

I plan to review a few more shades from the range, and the next three I have planned, I can tell you that these are not created equal at all.  Though they did not live up to the 24-hour claim, they did wear well for a over half a day, so I suspect that for most, the wear is long enough–or at least not a deal-breaker.  I did experience more issues with some of the other shades, which I will get into after I finish up testing them.

Barely Brazen is a warm, shimmering champagne beige with a frosted finish. It applied with mostly opaque color dry, and then was fully opaque when applied wet. MAC Mooncake is a cream product. MAC Summer Haze is more frosted, lighter. MAC All That Glitters is similar. See comparison swatches.

Breaking Bronze is a warm, coppery brown with a frosted, metallic finish. It was semi-sheer applied dry, and then it was fully pigmented applied with a damp brush. Disney Cosmic is less warm. theBalm Manic Maribel is less metallic. MAC Bare My Soul is less shimmery. Urban Decay Penny Lane is similar. NARS Isolde #1 is less metallic. bareMinerals Bragging Rights is similar. See comparison swatches.

Downtown Brown is a medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a smooth, metallic sheen. It had opaque color both wet and dry. bareMinerals Schmooze is less metallic. Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss #2 is similar, less metallic. Bobbi Brown Bronze is darker. Urban Decay Suspect is cooler-toned. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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Barely Brazen

B+

There are a lot of good things to say about this shade--nice color payoff, soft and smooth texture, and blends out easily--and the only downside is that it only lasts decently for 10 hours or so but definitely not 24!

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Breaking Bronze

B+

Like Barely Brazen, the major downside to this shade was just that it didn't hit the 24-hour wear time that Maybelline claimed.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Downtown Brown

A-

Downtown Brown had fantastic color payoff whether applied wet or dry, but it did not last a full 24 hours as claimed. For most, this isn't going to be a deal-breaker.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

5/5

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Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Breaking Bronze Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Downtown Brown Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Barely Brazen Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Barely Brazen (inner lid), Breaking Bronze (middle of lid), Downtown Brown (outer lid)

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20 thoughts on “Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches (Barely Brazen, Breaking Bronze, Downtown Brown)

  1. I have Barely Brazen and I really love it! But Downtown Brown looks so nice!

  2. Avatar of Shell Cay

    I saw these at the store the other day, is it just me or does the Packaging/stickers look like they are tester packaging? It just looks very unfinished for a powerhouse makeup company like Maybelline.

    That being said, I can’t wait to try out some of the colors!

  3. If the only downside is that it doesn’t last 24 hours, then I am not complaining! :-)

  4. Avatar of Clio Clio

    Anyone have tips on how to best apply pigments? They just look messy to me, and as if there would be tons of fallout.

  5. Arianna

    The shades look nice, especially Downtown Brown. But besides the fact that loose pigments are too finicky for my taste, the packaging turns me off from this completely. It looks unfinished :( I guess I was hoping for a sleeker design to it, more like the L’Oreal Infallible eyeshadows.

    • Avatar of Donna Donna

      I am more concerned about the quality of the product than how the packaging looks. It isn’t the packaging that I am applying to my eyelids.

    • Avatar of Jen Jen

      The packaging is very similar to Bare Minerals’ loose shadows. Elf’s loose pigments use the same thing, too. I guess I’m just so used to seeing it from other brands that I’m not really understanding what people were expecting (not just you – a few others have mentioned the packaging being a turnoff). :)

  6. Avatar of Alicia Alicia

    I have Downtown Brown and love it – it didn’t last that long on me though, but I have really oily lids, and the times I’ve worn it, it was really humid outside. I love Barely Brazen, I might pick that up.

  7. anjie

    I have the black one and the jade one. Both wear very nicely over nyx primer. All day really. My favorite is the black! I love the blue sheen in it.

  8. megan

    I’ve ignored these when I go look at makeup but Breaking Bronze and Downtown Brown look very nice!

  9. Sometimes I need 24-hour makeup >_> Only sometimes though. I hope to see more of the colorful ones, just because these shades don’t interest me intensely. It’s not to say they aren’t pretty (they really are!) but not my cup of tea ~

  10. Avatar of Steff Steff

    I have Improper Copper and Never Fade Jade (so far, will be grabbing more ASAP) and I LOVE THEM. I flat out squealed when I saw them at Walgreens because drugstore pigments. Both the shades I have have really nice pigmentation and have worn well, though I’m with you on not testing the 24 hour thing. Happy to see you like them as well! I can’t wait to get some more :)

  11. I like the look you created with these.

  12. Cinzia

    I have Barely Brazen and I absolutely love it! It has become an everyday colour for me. I find it has an almost wet look on the lid that I love.

  13. I can see all these doing well for Maybelline, quite wearable pretty shades

  14. I always love how detailed your posts are! Keep up the good work! (:

  15. Definitely getting Barely Brazen. However, I was hoping Downtown Brown would be like the LE Downtown Brown polish. Sadly not, but its still a beautiful shade.