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Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


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Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Not Too Cool for Some Improvements!

A white eyeshadow base is considered a staple to most makeup artists, and even consumers, because it is quite versatile.  Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a decent option.  It is a highly frosted white with white micro-shimmer and silver micro-glitter.

Unfortunately, this has a very dry texture and was a little flaky when applied.  Upon application, Too Cool  set immediately, which led to it being slightly difficult to blend.  If you are using more than one color with this, I suggest applying Too Cool first, and then using any other shades-that will help with blending.

Furthermore, this shade has sheer pigmentation, compared to most of the other Color Tattoos.  If you desire full opacity, I suggest using a stiffer, synthetic brush (like MAC’s 242) and layering the color a few times.  If sheer color is what you are looking for, use a fluffier brush, or load the color on your finger, and lightly pat the shade over your lid.

Once set, Color Tattoos do not budge, and this shade is no different!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 14 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer), however,  I did notice a few sparkles under my eyes after several hours of wear.  I found this eyeshadow to be waterproof and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point, you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue unless you are using multiple shades, in which you will want to keep track of which lid goes with which shade.

This is a decent, long-wearing eyeshadow that is nice to use as a shimmery base to intensify lighter eyeshadows.  It can also be used to add a wash of color across your lid, or in the inner corner to brighten your look.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Too Cool (#05) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

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Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


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Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

Is It a Cream?  Is It a Gel?  Is It a Sponge?  What Is It?

However you decide to describe the texture, one thing is for sure: Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow ($36 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is full of glorious shimmer and micro glitter!  It is a light peach with light, gold sparkle and multi-colored, micro shimmer.

Chanel describes this eyeshadow as an ” intensely shimmering long-wear eyeshadow [that] offers true versatility. An innovative gel texture that is both soft and cushiony allows it to be worn as eyeshadow or eyeliner. Includes a specially designed shadow/liner brush, developed specifically for this unique formula.”

The texture is mind-boggling to me, as is not your typical gel or cream eyeshadow, but looks more like a pretty putty-quite malleable.  If it had a lower price point, I would most likely scoop it out and roll it into a ball, or some type of figurine.  Emerveille is smooth and creamy feeling, but a little finicky when it comes to application.  It did not adhere well to a synthetic brush (I tried MAC’s 242) and when I scooped some of the product out with a small spatula, it did not adhere well either, and simply flaked off.  It is best applied using your fingers-the warmth helps transform the shadow into a cream-like texture.  If you want to use a brush, which will yield sheerer pigmentation, I suggest using a natural bristled brush (l used MAC’s 239).  When using as an eyeliner, I suggest a small angled brush and layering on the color, making sure not to grab too much product at a time or the it will start to flake off.

This had really nice pigmentation and I did not experience any fallout when I applied this with my fingers.  Some of the sparkles did migrate under my eye after several hours of wear.

As Chanel states, this is a long-wearing eyeshadow that was still going strong after 12 hours of wear.  I did not experience any fading or creasing (no base).

Although this product performed well, and I love the color, I am not certain if I would repurchase it.  The makeup artist within me does not like sticking fingers into jars in order to apply products; it’s too unsanitary.  I am curious to see how other shades in this line behave (they may be a little creamier), so I might try one or two more to determine if this is a product I personally like.

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The Final LAB Report for Chanel Emerveille (#82) Illusion d’Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow

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Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches


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Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

It’s Bad in That Good Kind of Way!

When it comes to cream eyeshadows, Maybelline has created some of the best on the market, and Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow (≈ $6.99 for 0.14 oz./4 g.) is a favorite of mine.  It is a medium, metallic bronze with multi-colored micro-shimmer.  It has a smooth, creamy texture, opaque pigmentation; it applied evenly, and blended seamlessly.

Once applied, Color Tattoos set quickly, but not so quickly that you cannot blend the edges, if you wish to.  Once set, they do not budge!  I did not test this for 24 hours (it’s never a good idea to wear makeup that long), but it was still going strong after 12 hours of wear-no fading or creasing (no eyeshadow primer).  I found Bad to the Bronze to be water resistant and was best removed with eye makeup remover.

At this price point you might expect Color Tattoos to come in plastic containers.  However, they are housed in hefty, glass jars with plastic lids.  The only downside to their packaging is the sticker with the shade name is on the lid and not on the jar itself.  It is not a big issue, but, hey, it’s my job to point out ALL the pros and cons of any product!

This is a great, long-wearing eyeshadow that can be used as a base to intensify other shadows, or can easily be used to add a wash of color across your lid.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Maybelline Bad to the Bronze (#25) Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadow

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Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio Review, Photos, Swatches


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Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (380B)

This Trio Won’t Crack Under Pressure!

I was about 8 or 9 years old (one of my first experiences with makeup) the first time I tried a product from Wet ‘n’ Wild, and it was awful!  For some reason, I wanted a nude lipstick and their’s was the cheapest one I could find, but  it was drying and had a terrible plastic taste.  Over the years, I remember some of my friends using Wet ‘n’ Wild, because it was so affordable. Unfortunately, it was one of those “you get what you pay for” brands.  With recent changes to their eyeshadow formula (not sure yet on their lipsticks), Wet ‘n’ Wild is no longer a brand you need to uninterestedly pass by on your way to find a higher quality drugstore brand.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells (#380B) Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio (≈ $2.99 USD for 0.12 oz./3.5 g) contains three eyeshadows-labeled as “brow bone,” “crease,” and “eyelid”.  The concept behind this line of shadows is they are “coordinating trio shades [that] take the guesswork out of creating the perfect eye look. The ‘how to’ palettes are created to highlight, define, and accentuate specific eye colors to create unique looks.”

BROW BONE is a light, bone color with a frosted finish.  It has a dense, buttery texture (not at all powdery) and excellent pigmentation.

CREASE is a medium, warm brown with multi-colored micro shimmer and golden, bronze sparkle.  This shade has an incredibly smooth texture, but was powdery.  The pigmentation was awesome, so a little goes a long way with this crease color.

EYELID is a soft peach with a subtle pink undertone (not pink enough to be considered a cool color) and a frost finish.  It has a very smooth texture but was a smidge powdery.  As with the other two shades, this had great pigmentation.

Without a base, this wore for about 10 hours before it started to slightly crease near the inner corner of my eye and I noticed only minor fading.  I did not experience any fallout during application (I do suggest tapping off the excess powder for the crease and eyelid shades), but I did notice a few flecks (literally 3) of sparkle under my eyes after several hours of wear.

The pigmentation, combined with the smooth, easy-to-blend texture, made this an effortless palette to work with.  It is the perfect trio to use when you are in a hurry and still want some color on your eyes.

BEAUTIFUL ON A BUDGET TIP: Be sure to check your Sunday paper for coupons and store ads to receive a better deal than the MSRP.  When it comes to drugstore brands, there is never a reason to pay full price!  ;)

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The Final LAB Report for Wet ‘n’ Wild Stop Walking on Eggshells (#380B)

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Bare Minerals The Next Big Thing READY Eyeshadow 4.0 Review, Photos, Swatches


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Bare Minerals The Next Big Thing READY Eyeshadow 4.0

Not a One-Hit Wonder! 

Whenever I think of Bare Minerals, I cannot help but remember the info-mercials with the brand’s CEO, Leslie Blodgett, famously covering her beauty mark with a few swipes of their mineral concealer.  Member those?  Yeah, you member!  I had never fallen in love with brand because I do not care for loose products (too messy).  However, when they released their READY (pressed shadows, blushes, etc.) line of products a couple of years ago, my interest was suddenly piqued.

READY Eyeshadows are supposed to provide “exceptionally vivid, long-wearing color in an ultra smooth, silky texture for effortless application and seamless blendability.”  Bare Minerals The Next Big Thing ($30 USD for 0.17 oz./5 g.) is a limited edition quad from the spring Remix collection that contains four complementary, warm-toned eyeshadows.

RISING STAR is described as a “sunlit gold.”  It is a frosted, light, yellow gold with light gold sparkle and multi-colored micro shimmer.  It has a really soft texture and nice pigmentation, but due to the amount of sparkle, there is a translucency to it (though, I would not consider it a sheer color.).  I did not experience any fallout when I applied the color to my lids, but I did see a couple of flecks of sparkle on my cheek several hours later.

SMASH HIT is described as a “vibrant peach,” but it is more of a bright, orangy coral with a matte finish.  The texture feels silky smooth, but it was slightly powdery and did not yield the pigmentation I was hoping for.  Also, it faded incredibly quickly on me (even when worn over an eyeshadow base.).  This was only dud out of the four – not the “smash hit” I wanted it to be.

HOOPLA is described as a “glowing copper.”  It is a highly metallic, golden brown with subtle copper undertones.  This had excellent pigmentation, with a dense, buttery  texture and lasted seven hours before it began to crease (no base).

ENSEMBLE is described as a “smoked-out plum” and that is exactly what it is.  This had much better color payoff than SMASH HIT, but was a little more powdery.  I did experience a little fallout during application, but none after.  It wore well over eight hours with just minor fading (no base).  It blends well, but you do lose some of the pigmentation along the way, which means layering if you are wanting dark, dense color.

The shades in this palette are not particularly unique (I have a Dior palette from last spring/summer that is very similar), but they are really nice colors to wear for the upcoming seasons.  As stated above, the only dud was SMASH HIT (which was the one color I wanted to be perfect); all the rest performed really well.

I really like the limited edition, aqua packaging of this collection, however, the glossiness means it holds fingerprints.

If I was to rate this when worn over an eyeshadow base, it would have received at least an A- in grade.  I have oily eyelids, so I need a base to prevent creasing and fading, but I rate products without a base because it gives you a better sense of how the product performs on its own.

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The Final LAB Report for Bare Minerals The Next Big Thing READY Eyeshadow 4.0

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