Maybelline has made quite a few appearances on my blog and I do love Maybelline as a brand. Today I shall review something called cream eyeshadows. Cream eyeshadows are as the name suggests, eyeshadow pigment that has a semi-solid (the scientist just had to peek through huh???) consistency but once applied sets and dries on the skin. Cream eyeshadows are usually applied on bare skin because if a primer was applied, there would be a barrier between the skin and the shadow which may make it slip and not set and stay in place. However, there are no rules! I have used it over eyeshadow even and it did work so, they are are a great way to experiment. These Color Tattoos by Maybelline are probably one of the best in the drugstore and also perhaps the cheapest. Just FYI, this is going to be a picture heavy review…
I got hand swatches too…
Individual pots of cream eyeshadow (or eyeshadow bases), that comes in matte, semi matte to iridescent shadows (I have non of the matte ones). All the ones I own contain some kind of iridescence either metallic or specks of glitter. They are semi solid (cream) and completely sets on the skin. I don’t exactly know how many colours there are in total. On the Malaysian website there are a total of 8 and I am missing Gold Rush. However, I have seen some of the completely matte shades reviewed by other Malaysian bloggers and YouTubers which leads me to believe that some other shades are available in Malaysia.
Price: Retails for MYR 21.05 (from Watsons and Guardian) but just wait for promotions. I bought most of mine at MYR 12.
Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline stand!
They are creamy and easy to work with.
They are completely budge-proof; there’s a reason they’re called 24 HR.
Nice range of colours.
Can be used many ways.
The neutral colours can be use on it’s own.
The pot is heavy and quite bulky.
It can dry out especially the top layer.
Some shades are not very opaque and streaky and this is evident from the hand swatches.
Other things to note:
The drying out of the product can be remedied. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on this. I do suggest you stay away from the videos that utilise alcohol because alcohol dries things out and your product will dry out faster second time around.
Using them as eyeshadow base would mean applying the product onto the eyelids and then packing on a corresponding powder shadow on it (picture below).
The single swatch on the right is the Color Tattoo in Painted Purple swatched on its own. As you can see it is a little patchy. The three different purple colours on the left are partly swatched on top of the cream shadows and partly on my bare skin (dotted lines separate it). It is obvious that the powder shadows appear more vivid and seem to adhere well to the base.
I love these cream shadows!!! If you learn how to work it you’ll love it! The neutral colours seem to work better than others.