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£14 for an eye shadow seems excessive but having tried many over the years it is easy to see why this one costs so much: mainly for the Calvin Klein brand name. The eye wash comes in cream form but in an absolutely stunning range of colours. I initially chose Alexandrite which is a beautiful purple colour although all the colours in the range have a slight silvery shimmer to them and are available from neutral to colourful shades. I do recommend Pebble as well with its grey/brown shade.
I admit I didnt pay £14 that is the RRP. I only paid £2.95 in postage and got the eye shadow for free in an offer. It comes in a sturdy box and the traditional minimal less is more look gives it a top quality feel. The box does contain instructions for use in several languages as well as a list of ingredients the only recognisable one really is sunflower seed oil.
The tube itself (10ml) has a long nozzle which does prevent squirting out too much after releasing pressure, the cream, because of its consistency will be sucked back in. Ease of use is important depending on what order you apply make up, if you generally do one bit wrong, everything has to be removed. Ive not had too much of a problem as long as I apply the cream before mascara or my lashes end up looking silvery. As I am applying it with my finger rather than a brush I can smear it to get lighter coverage and it is so light that it doesnt feel as though there is anything there.
The depth of colour is really dependant on how much is put on. A very small blob wont give any colour and only make the eye area shimmer. This on its own is still attractive and a tiny bit will go a long way but really I loved the colour so more is needed. I do have to point out that this is a wash similar to using watercolour paints, the colour is not bold but more attractive as it is more subtle. Coverage isnt always even but that is the disadvantage of applying by finger but because the cream contains oil (no need to worry about eyes looking greasy) it doesnt dry up or fill into any folds on the eye area. When it is applied, the cream looks a little more like a powder.
Problems I have found with cheap alternatives seem to be excess water build up in the tube. E.g. like a bottle of tomato sauce gets watery and has to be shaken before use, the same occurs with those and after a few months the cream dries up. I didnt find this a problem at all with this eye wash. As long as the lid is screwed back on properly, each time I go to use it even if there are a few weeks between, the cream always comes out the same consistency.
The wash lasts. If I were to apply it in the morning Id still be shimmering at night although with continual blinking, the colour does fade slightly. However, the tube is small so is easily portable to touch up on the colour. It is also extremely easy to remove even with just water especially since the eye area is sensitive rather than using other products which is an advantage.
Overall, Id highly recommend them. Fantastic if it can be bought for a much lower price (eBay sellers have them for a few pounds as well as other online retailers) as it is certainly good value for money at £2.95! The range of colours available are large whether you want to be colourful or more neutral. I've used several different shades and been very happy with each. Because of its ease of use and the results Ive had time and time again, it is one I will continue to use. It does pay to buy a much better brand and Ill be sticking with Calvin Klein in the future.
A subtle wash of colour for eyes / Long-lasting / Resists fading and creasing / Botanicals / Vitamins /