Per the brand, the formula is supposed to be a "super longwearing liquid shadow" that can be used as "an all over base color, a touch of glitter, or extreme metallic foil" with "high coverage" and "no fall out." They were quite pigmented, and they sheered out a bit as liquid and cream products do as you diffuse the edges. The liquid eyeshadows applied better with an exterior applicator, whether synthetic brushes or fingertips (though I'd recommend swiping product onto a clean palette or brush rather than directly onto fingertips!). The wand applicator makes it hard to apply with precision and worked best for all-over, one-and-done application.
The formula felt watery and thin, and it spread out decently, but there was a lot of fine and larger shimmer/sparkle without a strong base color, so they tended to look better and more even in person as the shimmers reflected light. They dry down fast enough that I could diffuse and blend edges but not so slow that it pulled into my creases as it dried down. I found that they tended to breakdown from teary or watery eyes, as I always noticed gaps or missing pieces where I might water more (inner and outer corners) but did not have that issue elsewhere (like the lid).
I think the more glittery shades worked best as something layered on top of other products and not as much on their own unless used as liner--they seem to do okay as a thin line, likely due to the fact that it's just a lot harder to see any imperfections when the line itself is thin. More metallic, less sparkly/glittery, shades seemed to work best alone (as they were quite pigmented, too, so they didn't lend themselves well to layering).
I didn't have much fallout over time but occasionally, there was a small chunk of product that dropped (rather than a few stray glitters). I also felt like the smoothest application was with fingertips as a brush seemed to make the product more likely to clump up or accentuate lid texture.
The average rating based on all reviewed shade(s) in this formula is shown below.
We somehow bottled up high shine liquid metal, loaded it with glitter, and created an actual supernova for your eyes. This water-infused, super longwearing liquid shadow is extremely versatile and can work for so many looks, whether you want an all over base color, a touch of glitter, or extreme metallic foil. This high coverage and high impact shadow will send you into hyperspace….no fall out included.
Water, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Vp/Va Copolymer, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Carbomer, Silica, Chlorphenesin, Tin Oxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
2 Written Reviews
By Aiden 1 year ago.
I was hoping this would be somewhat similar to the cover FX liquid glitter/shadow/hybrid thing in amethyst since I adored the sample I got so, so much but wasn't willing to drop $30. It looks super similar in the tube, but From the Valley doesn't have any base pigment. The glitters themselves are very fine and colorful, like blue and pinks and purple, but it really bummed me out that this isn't really buildable. It's a lovely sparkle but needs to be layered on top of another shadow to really look great.