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The product I am reviewing is Max Factor Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow. I actually came across this product when browsing the Max Factor range and I loved the look and the colour of it which is why I decided to purchase it. This Colour Precision eyeshadow offers subtle colour and precise eye framing with the precision applicator tip, creating a soft and natural look. The eyeshadow has a creamy texture which comes in a range of different colours to suit your mood or clothing style. I didn't actually intend in purchasing this product and instead purchased a different Max Factor eyeshadow after reading a review about it this week on ciao. As all make-up is currently on offer on 3 for 2 in Superdrug I decided to get this product to try as well. The eyeshadow comes in a wand which looks a little bit like lip gloss. In fact I did actually think this was lip gloss before reading that it was in fact an eye shadow. The eye shadow comes in a long tube and you can clearly see the colour of the eye shadow through the tube. The colour I chose was called 'Pearl Beige so this was a very light beige colour and also looked very shimmery. On the tube it clearly states that the product is an eye shadow and that it gives long lasting colour with precise application. It also states that the product is opthalmologically tested. The lid to the tube is black and this twists off to reveal the wand with the applicator on the end. The applicator very much looks like a lip gloss applicator but is more spongey looking and slightly flexible. When unscrewing the lid a good amount of the product is already on the applicator.
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I purchased the eye shadow from my local Superdrug store where it's on offer on 3 for 3 with other cosmetics. The product is prices at £6.99 and comes in 5 different colours which include:
* Icicle Rose
* Pearl Beige (the one my review is based on)
* Golden Green
You can also purchase these from the Boots website, how-ever they actually only have a choice of three colours available on there so you get a better selection if you purchase the product in store.
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Using the Product
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On the boots website it tells you to apply the shadow in small amounts and blend, blend, blend. It can be used on its own of layered under another eye shadow for added depth and intensity. Alternatively they suggest using this particular colour eye shadow as a highlighter. Simply draw a C-shape on your temples around your eyes for a candle-lit skin look. Before applying the product for use as an eyeshadow, I applied some primer to my eyelids (Smashbox Lid Primer) to ensure that the product stayed on for longer. I unscrewed the lid and then pulled the wand out. I wiped the top of the flexible sponge applicator onto the inside of the tube. I then applied this to my eyelids carefully as I didn't want to apply too much of the product. The way to apply the product is to apply a little and then use your clean fingertip to blend the colour in. You can build the colour up more if you wish. I find that after blending in the first lot of eye shadow you put on the lids, it appears to look very subtle. The eye shadow was really easy to blend using my fingertip, although if you wanted a very intense colour you would need to apply this a few times in order to build up a noticeable colour. Although the sponge applicator tip is flexible and strong you can't really use this to apply the colour over the whole of the lid without blending as I find that the colour can look a bit even. I wouldn't suggest any other way of applying this product other than dabbing a little of the eye shadow on your lid, blending and then applying a little more and blending again. You can do this as many times as you wish to build the colour up and make it as intense looking as you wish.
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After applying the mascara and looking in the mirror I liked the results, but didn't love them. The eye shadow was a nice slightly metallic beige colour and looked great with my blue eyes and after finishing the look off with 2 coats of mascara. When using a little of the eye shadow a blending with your fingertips it gives a lovely subtle look, suitable for the day. If, how-ever you build the colour up then this makes the perfect look for the evening. I applied the eye shadow in the morning and didn't remove it until the early hours of the evening. Throughout the day I didn't experience any reactions such as itchy or sore eyes. Although I forgot I had make up on and rubbed one of my eyes the eye shadow didn't really come off which I was impressed by. During the day I noticed that the colour was fading a little and in some places especially along the crease it was starting to wear off a little. I didn't have the eye shadow on me to re-apply the product so I was going to have to leave it how it was. I always use a facial cleansing wipe to remove my make-up and I found that the eye shadow came off easily using one of these without having to rub too much at my eyes. A gentle wipe with the cleansing wipe removed all traces of the eye shadow.
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I did have high expectations of this product because I have been impressed with other Max Factor beauty products I have purchased in the past, so I expected this to be good as well. This is the first eye shadow I have purchased from Max Factor so I wasn't sure if this was going to be as good as my previous eye shadow which is made by Bourjois. Although there isn't a huge range of colour available the colours that are available are really nice and some of are a nice shimmery colour. The product is easy to apply, although for best and even results you definitely need to apply a little, blend in using your fingertip and then repeat this process until you are satisfied with the look of the eye shadow. The eye shadow felt slightly cooling when applying it to my eye lid with a sponge applicator. I only used the eye shadow with a lid primer so I can't comment on how long the product lasts without this primer. It may not last as long or it may last the same amount of time. The product was kind to my eyes, which is good as I have sensitive eyes and some make-up can cause reactions to my eyes such as making them feel dry or sore. In terms of value I do think the product is a little pricey, especially as it starts to wear off after a few hours. If you want to wear this product and keep the look all day then expect to have to re-apply the product at some point. Although it states you can use this product as a highlighter for the skin I personally wouldn't use it for this, as I have a separate highlighter I use on my skin. Although this isn't my favourite eye shadow, I will be using up the rest of it; however I don't think I will be purchasing it again.
(review may also appear on ciao)
I love make up and I also find the most fun type to play with it products for use on the eye area. I have too many different shades of eye shadows to even count but I am always on the look out for new ones. One of the most recent ones that I purchased was the Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow by Maxfactor.
What does the product do?
The product appeared to be very different to the powdery shadows that I tend to purchase. At first glance, it appears to be a lip gloss because of the way in which it has been packaged but it is in fact a creamy shadow. It claims to be easy to blend, long lasting and because of the specially designed applicator, it promises to be easy to apply and to be precise with your application.
The shadow comes in five different shades. You can choose the blue Stardust, the Golden Green, the brown Coffee, Pearl Beige or the beautifully named the pink Icicle Rose. Obviously five shade doesn't give you an awful lot of choice but the colours are all quite different to each other so you should be able to find one that you like.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a tube that resembles lip gloss. It is transparent so you can see the exact colour which you are getting inside. The bottle has a golden rim which is accompanied by some golden writing. The tube has a screw top lid and inside the lid, there is a wand which you use to apply the shadow. The end of the wand is a super soft applicator which has a pointed end. The product costs £6.99 per tube and it can be bought from department stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and a variety of online websites.
The product is fairly easy to apply to the eyelid. You can use a primer first in order to increase the staying power of the shadow and to try and prevent any creasing. As the shadow has a creamy consistency, there will be no powdery fall out onto your cheeks which is always a bonus in my opinion. You simply sweep the brush across the eyelid to get a splash of colour. One brush is more than enough for each eyelid.
I bought the product after testing it on the back of my hand in the shop. The colour there looked so vibrant that I just couldn't leave it behind. I choose to buy Pearl Beige which is a pearlescent almost metallic shade. On the eyelid, it doesn't translate quite as well but it is still fairly vibrant. The creaminess means that it is very easy to apply to the eyelid but when it comes to blending, you seem to wipe it back off again. It creased almost immediately which is always a risk when you use creamy shadows and I had used a primer. The colour is definitely not long lasting and if you should rub your eye during the course of the day, then it will all come off again. Other than the beautiful colour, it doesn't seem to keep many of its promises.
All in all, this is a creamy shadow which doesn't really deliver on its promises. The colour is beautiful but it creases quickly, fades quickly and rubs off easily. I have stopped using the shadow now as it doesn't have good enough results to warrant using it. Mine's going on Ebay!
This eyeshadow is different and is quite a good product.
I paid £6.99 which is quite expensive but it does last a long time so you are getting good value for money. This is a creamy eyeshadow which comes in a tube with its own applicator and glides on as a wet creamy texture but dries very matt. It comes in a couple of different colours but there is not a massive range. I have the brown but I also saw a silver, pink and green when I bought mine but there are not lots of different shades to choose from.
One of the things that I really like about it is that it stays put all day. I often find with powder eyeshadows that they rub off quite easily but this does not. It gives quite a strong looking colour so I do have to be careful with how much I apply as I only need a little bit otherwise it can look too strong. It is also nice because unlike other cream eyeshadows I have tried it doesn't crease or dry out.
The only problem with it really is that it can look too heavy so definately needs to be blended in after it has dried so I do have to wait a couple of minutes for it to dry. I think the shades are quite appropriate really as they are quite light as anything brighter would look too much and be too strong.
This is a good eyeshadow for a change and I would recommed it.
I fancied the free gift Boots are currently giving away if you spend £15 on Max Factor, and ended up purchasing this eyeshadow amongst other items. It claims long lasting colour which I like in an eyeshadow- who wants their carefully applied make up creased or gone before the end of the day?
The eyeshadow costs about £7 and comes in 5 colours- Star Dust (silver), Icicle Rose (pink), Pearl Beige (neutral), Golden Green (green, quite obviously), and the shade I chose Coffee (brown). It comes in a see through tube so you can see the colour, something I particularly like as it means I can easily tell what shade I've fished out of my make up bag. The applicator is long thin and spongy, very much like the ones that come with lip gloss.
I found the brush too big to easily apply the eyeshadow. It didn't give me enough precision to get it where I wanted it and I felt clumsy using something that size and shape. Instead, I used the applicator to dab some onto my eyelids and then blended with my fingers. This gave a lovely smooth application of colour.
The eyeshadow is a creamy texture and I found it very easy to blend. It goes on smoothly without needing to use a primer and gives an even finish. The colour is bold but not over the top. I think it would be great for giving a smokey eye look.
The colour lasted well. By the end of the day it was as strong as when I'd just applied it and hadn't shedded any bits over my cheeks as some eyeshadows do. I did find that it had creased very slightly but it wasn't particularly noticeable. Overall I was very happy with the durability and would love it if more shades were brought out.
This product was a freebie, which was just as well as if I had paid for it I would have been even more disappointed. I must admit it was very easy to apply, using the stick applicator definitely gave me precision but it was very difficult to make the eye shadow have any real impact on my eyes. The more I applied the more it seemed to gather in the creases of my eyes, eventually just looking rather messy! I wear eye shadow every day but I highly doubt that this would last a morning let alone a whole day at the office! This is the first cream eye shadow that I have tried, so maybe there are other brands out there which are better but I definitely won't be going back for more. That's not to knock MaxFactor though, as 99% of my makeup collection is made up of their products!!
After seeing the adverts for this new eyeshadow from Max Factor on the TV, I wanted to try one of them out! However I don't use eyeshadow that much really as I'm usually rushing around on a morning before work so just wack a bit mascara on and that's my eye make-up done! On a weekend this is a different story but I have too many eye shadows to justify buying anymore. Luckily however, this was offered to me free through the Amazon Vine programme in the 'coffee' shade, which as the name suggests is a dark brown colour, so I decided to grab it while I could.
This eyeshadow is packaged in the way many lip glosses are, a long see-through tube and the applicator is that spongey one you often find on lip products. However this is almost certainly for your eyes! The packaging states 'long lasting colour' and offers 'precise application.' Well... we'll come back to that one.
I was a bit concerned this might be a bit too dark for my pale skin and 'sparkling blue eyes' (yes I'm very modest, but I do love my eyes!), however I didn't need to worry as the shade wasn't so bad once it was on and blended in.
It felt weird applying this eye shadow using a lip-gloss style applicator, and I smoothed it onto my eyelids easily. This is where my only problem begins. The applicator is a big spongry brush... and considering this is a dark brown colour it's hardly suitable for smoothing all over my eyes, and it was extremely hard to blend in for a flawless finish.
I had to place the brush away and smooth and blend the eyeshadow across the folds of my eyelids using my finger... this worked great, but now I have eyeshadow all over my finger, meaning a dash to the bathroom sink. This is my only problem with this eyeshadow, if I had a spare eyeshadow brush lying around I would use that to blend it in, but my eyeshadow brush is strictly for powder eyeshadows, and this one is more of a liquid which might spoil my brush.
Once applied I finished off the look nicely with the Max Factor False Lash Effect mascara (also free thanks to Amazon Vine!) and voila, gorgeous eyes!
At the end of the day I looked in the mirror expecting the eyeshadow to have gone into the creases of my eyelids or appear smeared... however I was extremely surprised and pleased to see it still looked as if I had just applied it. The colour was just as strong and it hadn't disappeared into the creases, and this is a huge bonus when choosing an eyeshadow these days, many people using eyeshadow primer's to avoid the creasing effect. There's no need for a primer with this eyeshadow though!
The Masterpiece Colour Precision Eyeshadow is available in Boots for £6.84, making it quite expensive so look out for those offers.
There are 5 available shades:
* Star Dust - A Silver shade, perfect for those upcomong Christmas parties.
* Icicle Rose - Pretty pink and girly.
* Golden Green - A nice green shade for the autumn
* Pearl Beige - A white/natural colour for everyday
* Coffee - A dark brown shade perfect for creating dark and smouldering eyes!
If you are looking for an eyeshadow which gives a bold colour and really does last all day, then I could recommend this one for you.
You may have seen the adverts recently tacked onto the Maxfactor Masterpiece Mascara advert, for their new precision eye-shadows. A cream shadow, in a tube like a liner. Mmm, not something I would normally go for, I like to blend powder shadows to be me.
But Boots were offering the eye-shadow free with the mascara.
Now I adore the mascara. I've tried many over the years, and this one is top dog for me. And I needed a new tube, so I grabbed a 'coffee' eye-shadow too. Well, it was a freebie.
Opening the tube is just like an eye-liner, until you get the applicator out. It's just like a long thin version of the sponge applicators you get with powder shadows. And of course, it's coated in a creamy liquid colour. The texture is like the eye-liners I like, but the consistency is a bit thinner.
The colour is rich yet subtle. It has a bit of a shimmer to it. So it's great for this time of year (well, when it's more autumn than summer anyway). I describe the colour as more Mocha than coffee, but either way, with my dark hair and eyes, it looked great.
The applicator did apply the colour surprisingly well, provided you don't want a strong line. Soft edges are a given with this, which is good for daytime.
I can't comment on the price as this was a freebie, but given the mascara is around £9 I can't imagine the shadow would be too expensive. The shelf-life is 6 months from opening.
I'd say it'd be great for an everyday daytime look