Do we really want to wear our make-up for 24 hours? I'm sure you all have heard and read reviews about these all over the web. This is probably one of Maybelline's most popular and hyped up releases and I can see why. There really aren't many creme eye shadows from drugstore brands that perform well. Most have bad color pay-off and crease like no tomorrow. These Color Tattoos are said to be comparable - if not better than - MAC Paintpots. Do they perform as well as they claim?
BRAND: Maybelline PRODUCT: Color Tattoo 24hr Shadow PRICE: Can range from 6-9USD PROS: Affordable, Different Textures, Bright Colors, Multiple Uses CONS: Not Enough Neutrals, Some Can Apply Patchy/Uneven
Packaging wise, I would say these remind me more of Benefit's Creaseless Creme Shadows. Since I don't own any creme shadows from Benefit I can't further compare the two. I purchased six out of the ten shades available. The shades I have are Painted Purple (shimmery royal purple), Fierce & Tangy (matte orange), Too Cool (shimmery white w/silver glitter), Edgy Emerald (shimmery green), Bold Gold (shimmery gold w/gold glitter) and Tenacious Teal (shimmery blue). I really wanted Tough as Taupe, but that shade is really popular and was practically sold out everywhere! I really liked that these shadows came in shimmer and matte textures, variety is always a plus.
A quick comparison with a MAC Paintpot. Pretty much the same size, only difference is that the Paintpot is taller than the Color Tattoo. I switched the caps and both fit the other just fine. MAC Paintpots contain 5 grams/.17oz while the Color Tattoos offers 4 grams/.14oz of product. Paintpots run you about 20 dollars, so only paying around 6 dollars for almost the same amount of product, its quite a steal.
The texture on these are quite similar to paintpots. Slightly dry, but smooth and creamy at the same time. These apply well with one swipe, but I did have some trouble with the Painted Purple - with 1 swipe it appeared patchy and took about 2-3 swipes in order to make it a solid swatch. The smoothest out of all of them is Fierce & Tangy and I'm assuming this is because its a matte texture.
Below are some looks created with these shadows (I was on a purple kick, as always!). I used them as bases, liners and accents. I have also tried them on the waterline, and it worked quite well. One thing I should mention is that it felt weird as it was drying on my waterline, but it didn't irritate my eye so no complaints. I didn't experience these fading, smudging or creasing on me. Unlike paintpots, I can actually apply these in layers and still, no creasing. LURVE.
My top picks: Fierce & Tangy, Edgy Emerald, and Tenacious Teal - they apply evenly on the lid, and wear alone beautifully.
Worthy mention: Too Cool and Painted Purple - they work nicely, but I'm not too crazy about them. Though the purple makes a lovely liner.
Stray away from: Bold Gold - I find this to apply patchy and uneven. I also hate the glitter chunks in this one. It goes everywhere!
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