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Maybelline Never Fade Jade, Pink Rebel, & Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Reviews, Photos, Swatches

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a bluish-teal with a satin finish. It’s beest applied with a damp brush, as it is semi-sheer and slightly patchy when applied dry. It is also easier to blend out when it is damp, as it tended to stick when I tried to apply it dry. Fyrinnae Gender Bent is lighter. Fyrinnae Sleepy Holllow is bluer. Urban Decay Deep End is more shimmery, brighter. Maybelline Edgy Emerald is greener, cream. MAC Cool Heat is bluer. Inglot #338 is matte, darker. See comparison swatches.

Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark fuchsia-pink with cool, blue undertones and iridescent fuchsia shimmer. This one was quite sparkly. Applied dry, it’s very sheer and more like a barely-there wash of color. Applied damp, it was more semi-opaque. CoverGirl Fired Up Pink is brighter, less cool-toned. Urban Decay Noise is less sparkly, darker. MAC Infra-violet is similar, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments ($6.99 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium-dark purple with subtle warm, plum undertones. Applied dry, it was sheer and uneven, and applied damp, it was more pigmented but still patchy. It was difficult to blend on the skin. Disney Snarfblat is cooler-toned. Dior Lilas Mitzah is similar. Urban Decay Vice is a touch darker. See comparison swatches.

Though they seemed incredibly pretty in their pots, I did not care for these in practice, because they stain the skin in such an over-the-top way and for all their staining power, fade within hours. I felt like my experience with these three was very opposite of what I experienced with the first three I tried. I experienced major staining with Never Fade Jade and Pink Rebel; my eyes were a murky, moldy green paired with “have you been crying?” pink for THREE (!) days. With a primer, it seemed to prevent most of the staining from Pink Rebel, but Never Fade Jade ate right through the primer and left an unholy stain of pain.

All three of these faded very, very quickly; like by the time you went to apply color on the other eye, everything appeared noticeably faded and washed out. I used these damp on bare lids, and then I used them damp over a primer, and they really couldn’t be helped over bare lids and absolutely needed a primer to manage decent color. I still had significant fading after a mere four hours with primer, and there was also a fair amount of fall out. Pink Rebel seemed to be responsible for the majority of the fall out (it was very iridescent!). I had originally tried three of the more neutral shades, and I remember Musings of a Muse didn’t like these much, so I was confused as I loved the neutrals, but after I tried these three, I knew exactly what she was talking about (and we texted about the differences between the shades).

Definitely not 24-hours of wear; not even four hours of decent wear with a primer (which has generally seen me through many an eyeshadow formula to at least eight hours of wear!). The staining is to such a degree that it can actually interfere with wearing makeup the next day or even the day after that. The staining left behind is sheer and uneven, so one would be hard-pressed to argue that was 24-hour wear. It’s not “powerful color intensity” that “stays put up to 24 hours.”  Some of the shades in this range are absolutely a dream to use, but these three were nightmarish.

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Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Pink Rebel Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Maybelline Potent Purple Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Pink Rebel (inner lid), Potent Purple (outer lid), Never Fade Jade (crease) — No Primer

Maybelline Never Fade Jade Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Pink Rebel (inner lid), Potent Purple (outer lid), Never Fade Jade (crease) — Primer

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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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Oh wow, I’m so sorry to hear about the staining! I don’t think I’ve tried any eyeshadow that stains, and I’d be SO angry if anything stains my lids for THREE days! Kudos, Christine!

Never Fade Jade… well, there you go! I am one of the very few who did not like the color tattoos. I could get down with the pigments though, but thanks for testing first. I will skip!

Wow! I thought all three colors looked gorgeous in the swatches, but anything that rapidly fades and stains that badly is something I’d completely avoid. I’m so sorry you went through this. 🙁

Just out of curiosity, what’s the lowest mark/grade you’ve ever given a product?

What a disappointment! I’m always confused when mass market brands (like Maybelline) fail to pull off something even indie retailers can easily manage — you’d think that if you had an entire army of chemists and seemingly limitless resources, you should be able to formulate on-par with what only one or two basement alchemists are capable of on their own! 😛

Maybelline won so many new users and so much pleasant surprise with some of their really great recent products, like the original Colour Tattoo shadows. What a shame that they’re dropping the ball after having got themselves this whole new reputation as a great brand at reasonable prices.

I own this in wild gold and i absolutely love it! and by the way the packaging doesn’t say that these last 24 hours they are just called color tattoos but the product does not claim they last 24 hrs

That’s strange, I bought Never Fade Jade and I had no problem with fading or staining. The color intensity is also excellent for me. I always use it on top of Urban Decay eyeshadow primer potion in Eden.

Oh no. My favorite drugstore brand has been brought down a notch. I don’t actually know what to do with pigments anyway but in the pot, these looked very interesting. I suppose they can file this under “Needs Improvement.”

I’m usually not a fan of loose eyeshadows/ pigments but the colours are so pretty! Still, I’m a klutz and always make the place messy and get all the colors on my face, clothes and vanity area that I just shun them altogether.

three days?! that is nuts! the only product i have that stains is UD’s Flipside pencil but the staining is slight and only lasts about a day after i’ve used it.

i am so glad you reviewed these. i’ve been wanting to buy some of the neutrals, but held off so far. ordinarily i would want some brights too but i think not, after reading this!

So the Maybelline pigments are $139 per oz versus Mac pigments at ~$80 per oz. As much as I bag on Mac, there is really no contest here. Mac pigments it is, though I still love Maybelline color tattoo cream shadows

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