|Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR by Eyestudio|
My experience with cream eye shadows have always been less than spectacular. I am a notorious eye rubber, and I am starting to suspect that the only area on my face with excessive oil glands are my eyelids. Needless to say, by lunchtime I generally have a beautiful (?) line in the crease of each eye, with some smudgings to compliment it. I'll leave the graphic description of what happens on a warm day up to your imagination - but it's a mess, and there's nothing hot about it.
But back to the present. The formula makes use of waxes, lightweight gel and 30% pearls and colourants to deliver intense bold colour. The shade I reviewed is Permanent Taupe (it's called Tough as Taupe in the US, I think that sounds way cooler), and I am most impressed with it's Taupe-ness, for starters. It's not champagne, beige or brown - it's proper almost-putty coloured Taupe. I applied it with my fingers (you can use an eyeshadow brush too), and I soon realised you have about a minute or two to play with it - after that, it sets/dries, and it's pretty much a done deal. As you can see in the pic below, you can control the intensity of the colour very easily.
|Swatched: Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Permanent Taupe |
(or Tough as Taupe, depending on where you live)
Does it last 24 hours? I don't know, I would probably sleep it off on my pillows if I attempted to test that theory. On one of the days I wore it I noticed some very slight shifting in the crease by mid afternoon*, but on all days at least 80% of it was still present after 12 hours. It's already moved into my (very small) daily makeup bag, and I'll probably add Eternal Gold sometime soon too. And then I can just imagine what you can do with Endless Black...
|Swatched: Maybelline Color Studio in Endless Purple. It's really |
pretty and vibrant, but I haven't had the guts to apply it anywhere
except on my wrist yet. I would love it if it works for me, but
deep down, I already know COMPUTER SAYS NO, pasty face.
Colour Tattoo is available in 5 shades locally (Boo Hoo, the US has 10 shades), and the RRP is R100 each
*I was wearing a very illuminating/light reflecting foundation on this day, which also served as the base for my eyeshadow. Bear things like that in mind, and consider using an eyelid primer if that's a problem for you too.