The Spring Season is a series of posts featuring my favorite soft beige, coral, and pink lipsticks and lipglosses — all perfect for the first blossom of spring — that runs through March 2010.
Look: Maybelline Green with Envy Quickie
From several readers’ comments, it sounded like there was trouble using this quad, but I didn’t seem to share a lot of the concerns readers had. When I originally tested it, I just did one eye (the other eye was something else…), so I figured I’d at least do both eyes so it would be visually acceptable. So, I threw on this SUPER, SUPER quick look after I got home from school (which is why the mascara is dusty–I was wearing mascara already–only removed my eyeshadow from earlier in the day but kept the mascara on).
The colors definitely showed up on me, and I just threw on UDPP as a base since it was the closest thing to me when I put this on. Just used MAC 239 to apply and do any blending, along with the 226 for the crease. I was a bit hurried (I have a ton of cases to read!) when I did all this (think about three or four minutes), so I don’t think I spread the UDPP evenly on my lid, but otherwise I really didn’t encounter difficulty using these. I took my brush, tapped it into the eyeshadow, then I patted it onto my lid; rinse and repeat! The champagne shade was the only shade that felt a little on the powdery side for me. Not better than a lot of my high-end eyeshadows, but some of the better drugstore eyeshadows I’ve tried in the past five years.
I don’t know if it helps, but I thought I’d share my method and how everything turned out for me with some photographic evidence, LOL!
P.S. – Cheeks are Benefit Sugarbomb; lips are Chanel Santal Rouge Allure Laque.
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I think the color pay off of the Give Me Gold Eyeshadow Quad was better than this one, but I’d still say it was good for something found in mass retailers and for the price. It has the same silky texture, but it can sometimes feel powdery (use less than you think, then build up). I have a few more of these to try out over the next few weeks, so I’ll continue to review the other variations as I test them. I have a few of the more “colorful” ones to judge just how pigmented Maybelline can do truer, more vibrant hues.
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Recommendation: If you like soft shadows and want something affordable, Maybelline Eye Studio Quads might be up your alley!
Eden is a yellow-toned opaque primer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some skin tones (probably those with yellow undertones and medium complexions) use this as a concealer in a jam. On me, I felt like when blended out on the lid, it looked slight yellower than my MAC Soft Ochre paint pot, but this has a much thinner consistency, though it still runs significantly more opaque than the original UDPP and still thicker and richer than Sin.
Unlike the original UDPP, which carries a slight sheen/shimmer, and Sin, which carries an incredibly metallic shimmer sheen (and it’s very pink-champagne), Eden is completely and utterly matte. It’s a good base for those wanting to keep their matte or satin eyeshadows just that, soft and with minimal shimmer. Also, it’s a nice way to kind of mattify some of the more shimmered eyeshadows you have, too.
I like it, and it didn’t really crease on me, which surprised me as UDPP creases on me, personally. It worked well with my skin tone, but I think those with more pink undertones may find this a little too yellow on them (just like Sin is kind of awful on me). It comes in the same genie-bottle packaging as the other versions of Primer Potion, so if you aren’t loving that curvy lil’ bottle, this isn’t any different.
I’ll probably stick with my MAC Soft Ochre paint pot for a matte, neutral eyeshadow base (like the thicker texture, less yellow, and no packaging woes), but I’m so glad Urban Decay has put out a truly matte Primer Potion! It’s about time and makes an excellent addition to their Primer Potion range!