January 27, 2012
These new cream eye shadows by Maybelline Eyestudio have been the talk of the online beauty community for the past few weeks. Having heard about them from a few of my favorite gurus, I wanted to give them a try myself. As expected, these puppies were extremely hard to find! When in walking into the cosmetic section of a store, I became excited when I would spot the display- but as I got closer I'd see that there was only one left in a color I wasn't interested in, or no more left at all. I eventually found one at a CVS ($7.00) and the other at Walmart for about half the price ($4.34). I discovered some online shops such as Ulta.com were selling them; however I was too impatient to wait for shipping and also have been trying really hard to use drugstore coupons to save on my makeup shopping habit.
Both colors that I tried were very creamy and blendable when swatched on my hand. The texture felt a little bit sticky, which may be the reason for it's long staying power compared to a more slick cream shadow. The glass jar packaging looks high quality, and holds 4 grams of product. I do not wear my makeup for 24 hours, therefore I have no idea if this product would last as long as it claims. However if you have issues with oily eyelids, a long lasting product will be key to making your makeup stay put.
Painted Purple is a beautiful grape shape that has a bit of shimmer when it catches the light. Tough as Taupe is a gorgeous matte grey with a hint of muddy brown. I noticed that the purple shade was not as pigmented as the taupe, and may be better used as a base or primer. If a bold eye look was desired, it would have to be layered on multiple times and topped with an powder eye shadow to brighten the color.
In terms of comparing these eye shadows to MAC Paint Pots ($17.50 for 5 grams), I believe they are a close 'dupe' that is budget friendly and more accessible (hopefully soon to those like me). I would recommend these to anyone who loves cream shadows that will look great under a powder or on it's own.There are 8 other shades in the collection including a cool shimmery white and a striking aqua teal.
Tough as Taupe
Tip: A creamy eye shadow looks best and more pigmented when applied with a finger or a synthetic brush.
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