So today I will be reviewing something a little outside the norm for Perilously Pale. I must shamefully admit that I’ve become quite the luxury makeup snob. This didn’t come about because I think there is anything wrong with drugstore products or that I care about an “image” or anything like that. There are many, many outstanding brands and products out there. My passion for higher end makeup and even more niche lines has resulted from a series of disappointments with drugstore products. While there are many fabulous products out there, there also happen to me a enormous amount of sub par ones as well. Weeding your way through the mass of displays to find the right products can result in a lot of time lost and wasted dollars. I came to the conclusion that if there was an eye shadow formula that I have come to know is above and beyond the best I’ve every used, (Le Metier de Beaute and Rouge Bunny Rouge for example) than it is more practical and affordable for me to build my collection one $30 eyeshadow at a time then spending twice that amount on a bag full of drugstore products that don’t work out. Beyond that, even if I do purchase a product I’m not happy with it is valuable enough to either sell or swap for something to replace it. With shipping costs the way they are in Canada doing the same with lower cost drugstore products just doesn’t make sense. They end up in the trash bin.
Now here comes the big BUT. No not my big butt…the big but to this story. Recently there have been some products arrive on the drugstore market whose quality has been touted to rival that of it’s higher priced competitors. I decided to FINALLY squash my high end snobbery and take a chance on some of them. I had some fun the other day with a drugstore makeup “haul”. There were some great sales on and since I’m so used to shopping online it was fun for once to actually pick things up on somewhat of a whim.
I’m going to start today with two of the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadows. I chose the colours Edgy Emerald and Pomegranate Punk.
I’m really not sure why this is called Edgy Emerald. I don’t see this shadow of green as emerald as well. More a pretty mint of sea green.
Pomegranate is a beautiful burgundy.
Edgy Emerald is fairly pigmented but much sheerer than the well pigmented Pomegranate Punk. They both have beautiful shimmer that is quite understated. Edgy Emerald is more uniform in colour with a lovely sheen where the multi-tonal shimmer in Pomegranate Punk brings it some complexity.
I wanted to test out the wear for these prior to reviewing them so here are some pics of them applied. In these photos the only makeup I’m wearing is the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows with some black liner and mascara. No concealer or brows. Eek! I applied them with no primer underneath using my fingers. I applied them more heavily on the lid and blended out into the crease.
You can see that Edgy Emerald is a bit on the sheer side with some patchiness showing through. I think if I had done a better job of not opening my eyes to crease it before it was set I likely would have had a better result. With another layer this would be gorgeous alone or I think it will function best as a base for powder eyeshadows in the same shade family. I also applied these under my eyes using an angle brush as an eyeliner. These work outstandingly for this purpose. These suckers really don’t budge once they are set so they are perfect for under the eyes.
Pomegranate Punk applied very evenly and is nicely pigmented. I was impressed with how beautifully and effortlessly I could blend it out into my crease.
Oh yeah, and in case your wondering, I did wear both of these at the same time all day. I must have been quite the sight. Ah the joys of being a beauty blogger. 😉
My final verdict. These are outstanding! They have excellent lasting power (although I didn’t attempt the full 24 hours!) and I had no issues with creasing once they were set. I have no qualms recommending these and for the performance they offer they are a bargain. I think on sale I paid only a little over $6 for each of these. I wish I had picked up more! The Maybelline Canada website has a lot of cool features including a tonne of makeup tutorials.
What do you think? Would you like to see a wider variety of products on Perilously Pale? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you. Stay tuned for more items from my drugstore haul!