Friday, May 24th, 2013

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Waves of White 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a cool-toned white with a teal duochrome/shimmer. It has a soft, lightly metallic finish. When applied, I was able to get semi-opaque color payoff. I tried layering, but it does seem to get chunky and create unevenness/patchiness so one layer seemed to work best. It might be nice as an inner corner brightener or layered over black eyeshadow (to bring out the duochrome). It was also, inadvertently, kind of cool painted onto lashes. It’s not a dupe by any means, but since it is within the range, I thought it was worth mentioning: Maybelline Too Cool is a stark, cool white, with no teal shimmer/duochrome sheen. L’oreal Dive Right In is darker, less white, and a powder. Sugarpill Lumi is a loose powder and leans greener. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Shady Shores 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a yellow gold with teal shimmer/duochrome. It applies with semi-opaque color coverage, and it was a bit more forgiving layered than the other shades I’ve tried from the spring/summer launch. NARS Goldfinger is a bit brighter, no teal shimmer, and a powder. MAC Treasure Hunt is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Gorgeous Gold has a subtler duochrome and is a powder. MAC Impeccably Rich is less yellow, no teal shimmer. MAC Eclaire is less yellow, no teal shimmer. bareminerals Rising Star has no teal shimmer and is a powder. bareMinerals Standing O has no teal shimmer and is also a powder. See comparison swatches here.

The consistency of both shades was thin with a lot of slip; it was thinner and creamier, while feeling almost wet, compared to the permanent range of Color Tattoos. I have normal-to-dry lids (more often slightly dry), and both shades had light creasing after nine and a half hours of wear. Again, I wish these had been touted as a new finish/variation on the Color Tattoo range, like the Metals were. The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

I don’t have Blue Paradise or Lavish Lavender–I only spied the display for these just yesterday at my local Walgreens (and I was there three days or so prior) and they only had three pots left (all ones I’ve reviewed). It was sandwiched between two Garnier displays as an endcap (very easy to overlook).  I was lucky enough that the lovely Muse was willing to play personal shopper for me so I could review the ones I have!

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Waves of White

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The consistency, payoff, and feel of these is different enough from the original Color Tattoo formula that I think it would do a better job of setting expectations.

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

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Shady Shores

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

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4/5

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow
Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Cool Crush 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, bluish-silver with a frosted, metallic finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff. Because it’s on the sheerer side, it may be better as a base underneath your favorite powder eyeshadows than as a standalone color. The consistency is thinner and has more slip than the permanent range of Color Tattoos. The lasting power on me wasn’t as good as the permanent range; there was some faint creasing after ten hours (no primer). Sephora Sweet Dreams is bluer, powder. Maybelline Icy Mint is bluer, not as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is slightly bluer. Urban Decay Strip is darker, bluer, and a powder. MAC Water & Ice #1 is more silvered and a powder. MAC Free as Air is darker, bluer. Giorgio Armani #12 is more silver and a powder. Benefit Blue My Mind isn’t as cool-toned. Bobbi Brown Iced Blue is lighter, less blue, and a powder. See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Seashore Frosts 24HR Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, grayish-blue with gold and pink shimmer–it is a very interesting and complex shade. It applies with semi-opaque color in a single layer, and for me, it does best with one layer–more than one, and it just clumps up and becomes uneven. The texture was thin and slippery, so it was easy to apply and blends out best with fingertips. I saw light creasing after ten hours (no primer) with this shade. Clinique Big Blue is a bit darker, not as nuanced. Make Up For Ever #940 isn’t blue, but it has a very similar duochrome/sheen to it (so you could use it layered over a blue for a similar effect). L’Oreal Infinite Sky is bluer, not as muted, no sheen/shimmer like Seashore Frosts. Chanel Destination lacks the golden shimmer/sheen. See comparison swatches here.

I feel like Maybelline should have branded these differently, like they did with the Metals. Maybe Iridescent Color Tattoo or Luminous Color Tattoo, and then gone with a different description of the formula, like “to be used layered with your favorite Color Tattoo” or “for a sheer wash of shimmering color.”  They share little in common with the original formula (described as “longest-lasting,” “super-saturated color, “vibrant color that does not fade”), but the shades I’ve tried from the latest limited edition set have all been similar in texture, payoff, and wear.

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Cool Crush

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8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Seashore Frosts

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Seashore Frosts is one that is unique enough to still be worth considering, despite the wear and pigmentation.

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6.5/10

Application

4/5

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Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Precious Pearl Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is a warm ivory with a frosted shimmer and finish. It looks more golden in the pot, but swatched and applied, it looked closer to white (and I have warm undertones, so those would normally bring out the warmth in a shade like this). MAC Angelic is cooler-toned. MAC She’s Got Class is slightly cooler-toned. MAC The Cool Elite is more of a pure white. Dior Fairy Golds #3 is similar. Estee Lauder Bronze Dunes #2 is warmer. Guerlain Terra Azzura #1 is similar but a powder.  See comparison swatches here.

Maybelline Icy Mint Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.) is an iridescent, cool-toned, blue-aqua with a frosted finish. bareMinerals Sensational is greener. Benefit Blue My Mind is less iridescent. Buxom Husky is bluer. MAC Blue Willow is more silvered. Dior Swimming Pool #4 is comparable but a powder product. Giorgio Armani #10 is more metallic, less blue, and a powder product. L’Oreal Dive Right In is more aqua and a powder product. See comparison swatches here.

Both of these looked better in the pot than applied, because both were sheerer, a little streaky, and were difficult to apply evenly. Precious Pearl was easier, and the color itself is far more forgiving with a sheer, slightly uneven application. Icy Mint, because it does have a tint of bluish-aqua to it, does look odd with as much streakiness as there is. The texture of both shades was slick and creamy, so they glided on well but didn’t seem to smooth out quite as nicely. They are very blendable, though, and they took a bit longer to set than other Color Tattoos I’ve worked with.

As an eyeshadow base, they worked better than they did alone, as the unevenness gets covered by other eyeshadows. I tried applying sheer, thin layers and allowing them to dry before applying another layer, but it didn’t help (just slid the product around or caused it to look clumpy). Icy Mint creased noticeably after six hours of wear, and Precious Pearl had light creasing after eight hours of wear.

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Precious Pearl

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Precious Pearl was easier to work with, and the color itself is far more forgiving with a sheer, slightly uneven application. Though I wasn't very impressed by it, if you're only looking for a sheer wash of color, it would be worth considering.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

4/5

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Icy Mint

C-

Icy Mint had a sheer, uneven application that made it look unflattering when worn, as you could see streaks and unevenness even at a distance. It also creased much more quickly compared to other Color Tattoos I've worn.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

6/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Top 10 of 2012: Best Drugstore Beauty Products

This has been a year filled with some fantastic formulas and shades–and at less than $10!  Here are some of my favorites:

What’s was your favorite drugstore beauty buy of 2012?

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Video Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Review + swatches, not just first impressions! :)  I reviewed them here on the blog here, here, and here.

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow
Maybelline Pomegranate Punk Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows (Part 2)

This post includes the remaining four shades of Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows ($6.99 for 0.14 oz.), which are a cream/gel eyeshadow that’s supposed to yield 24-hour wear without creasing or fading and have intense color payoff.  I reviewed the formula itself here in part one.

  • Pomegranate Punk is a darkened red-burgundy with a shimmery finish. It has good color payoff and a creamy consistency. It’s similar to Benefit Stiletto. It’s slightly less red compared to MAC Idyllic. MAC Artifact seems similar, too, perhaps browner.
  • Tenacious Teal is a medium-dark blue with a silvered shimmer. It has great color payoff and applies smoothly. I’m not sure where they were going with the name, because there’s really no teal to speak of. It’s bluer than theBalm Open to Offers Olwen. It’s slightly lighter than Urban Decay Haight.
  • Too Cool is a bright metallic-finished white with subtle cool undertones. It has excellent pigmentation and a smooth feel. There are several white eyeshadows that are similar, depending on how you like your white, but it’s not a unique shade. Because it’s so pale and light, though, it will make a great base and make your eyeshadows pop more.
  • Tough as Taupe is a mauve-tinted gray with neutral-cool undertones. It’s opaque and feels very smooth. Though I don’t have it, it seems like it would be similar to MAC Stray Grey. MAC String-a-long may also be similar but I don’t own it to tell you how similar. Urban Decay Bust is browner. theBalm Come Hither Heather is lighter. MAC Interior Life is slightly darker. NARS Delphes is similar.

Please see this post for my full review! :)

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Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 2)

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They're the best performing cream eyeshadow I've tried from a budget brand, and they're an excellent cream eyeshadow, period. The formula compares best to MAC Paint Pots, especially some of the more recent finishes. The best shades are those with less shimmery finishes.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

9.5/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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