Here are my last drugstore purchases. I figured I would post these because during the holiday break you will all get antsy and want to just shop at some drugstore to relieve yourself from holiday anxiety. What better way than to buy makeup that is just making its debut. Two of them to try are the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows and Dream Bouncy Blushes.
I can't believe it took a drugstore line this long to come out with cream eyeshadows that compete with cosmetic counter ones. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows ($6.99USD) are a contender for MAC Paintpots. The textures are similar although I find MAC thicker and more saturated in color. Maybelline has less density and is easier to spread with fingers and/or brushes. The colors aren't as vibrant and saturated but they still have enough pigment to last throughout the day.
I only bought four colors (but I think I want more):
- Bad to the Bronze-Shimmery Maple Sugar brown. This one will be one that sells fast or will always be sold out. A useful neutral.
- Tough as Taupe-a cool toned satin taupe. About time there was a cool toned taupe in cream form! If you liked or wanted a taupe similar to Jane Iredale taupe in cream form, this one is it.
- Edgy Emerald-soft luminous Kelly Green.
- Fierce & Tangy-more like a soft luminous sherbet orange.
These are worth a try for anyone who likes cream eyeshadows. The only disappointment you may feel is your ego trying to defend itself from liking a drugstore item, especially if you are a high end snob. Otherwise, these will blow open the possibilities of more great items to come from drugstore lines.
So, I praised the Color Tattoo shadows, but what about the Dream Bouncy Blushes ($7.99USD)? I actually think these will be a hit or miss for several people. It will mostly depend on your taste of color and pigment amount and your skin.
First, the texture is the most interesting aspect of these blushes. They are housed in regular flip top blush compacts made for powder types. Upon first touch they feel cold and clammy like someone's bare foot bottom touching you. Unlike other cream blushes, these don't feel sticky or thick. As described they feel lightweight like a powder, yet melts into skin like cream. They leave a smoothness onto the skin like a face primer. They are easy to apply, just a swipe with the fingers is fine. No need for fancy brushes. Since it applies so easily, it can be used on bare skin as well as make up skin.
What can be disappointing about these blushes? Pigment. If you are into the massively heavily pigmented blushes, these are not it. They are sheer and soft which are the type I like. (I can't go around making animal balloons 24/7!) If you have oily skin, these will probably disappear because the oils in your skin will absorb the pigment. I also don't know how these will work in the summer heat. The staying power can be compromised due to sweat and heat.
There you have it, the reviews on two of Maybelline's most newest color products. I hope you get your hands on these during the holidays!