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The product I am reviewing is a dip in eye shadow by Max Factor. I have been buying a lot of Max Factor products recently as I find the quality of their items quite good and have been impressed with the results of most of their products. I also saw someone write a review about this product recently as well which also prompted me to purchase it. I only got back into wearing eye shadow a few months ago and I have been buying different colours to try. I tend to stick to bronze and silvery colours as these are my favourite and I also find that they bring out the blue colour of my eyes as well. Although I did go into my local Superdrug store to look at this particular range of eye shadows I wasn't really sure what shades they actually did so I wasn't sure I was definitely going to purchase this product or not. The shade that grabbed my attention was a silvery white colour which I loved the look of so I ended up purchasing this one.
This product from Max Factor is a gorgeous loose shadow that gives striking results. There is a choice of 8 colours to choose from with pearl and colour pigments to gives your eyes a flash of colour. The eye shadows come in a small round pot which narrows slightly towards the neck. The pot is quite short is length. There is a long black bit which comes out of the pot which seals it to ensure that the eye shadow powder doesn't come out. This acts as the handle. It's on the end of this long black bit where you can find the soft sponge applicator which sits neatly inside the small pot amongst the powdered eye shadow. It clearly states on the front of the pot what the product is and also the shade of the colour you have purchased. The colour of the pot matches the shade of the eye shadow you have purchased. I bought the Silver Lounge so the pot was a gorgeous silver colour. It tells you to shake the product before use. When you shake it you can hear the sound of a ball bearing which is in the long black part which holds the applicator. The precision sponge-tipped applicator is apparently gentle on your eyes.
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I purchased the product from my local Superdrug store for £5.99 but you can also purchase it from Boots as well. The product can also be purchased from the Superdrug website (www.superdrug.com) and also the Boots website (www.boots.com). Superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 offer on all make up as well so it's well worth going here to save yourself some money. The eye shadow comes in the following colours:
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Using the Product
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I had already applied the majority of my make up apart from eye shadow and mascara. I used Smashbox lid primer on my eyes before applying the eye shadow to help the shadow last longer and for a smoother finish. I shook the eye shadow and unscrewed it and got ready to apply it. Although it was a powdered eye shadow it didn't really seem as though it was due to the applicator and style of the packaging. Most powdered eye shadows come in round pots rather than packaging shaped like this one. When unscrewing the top and taking out the lid with the joint applicator I could see that there was a good amount of powder on the applicator. It would have been good to tap any excess off but due to the shape of the pot this wasn't possible as the excess wouldn't go back into it very easily. I carefully applied a little of this to one eyelid and then blended it using my fingertip.
The sponge applicator was very soft and also a little flexible as well so felt nice against my eyelids. The eye shadow blended really nicely and although after blending it appeared slightly lighter I was able to apply a little more to build the colour up slightly more. I did find that when applying the product from the sponge applicator to my eyelids that the powder can be a little messy and does tend to drop down under your eyes a little. This was a little annoying as I had already applied the rest of my make-up. As the eye shadow is quite glittery it made the area under my eyes slightly glittery as well which I didn't really want so I had to apply a little more concealer and loose powder to get rid of the powder particles that had fallen down. I did take my time applying the powder as I wanted good results from it. I also applied a little to the inner corners of my eye and lower lash line before giving my lashes a coat of black mascara. On the Max Factor website it tells you to sprinkle the powder onto your lower lashes for emphasis, how-ever I didn't really like the sound of this.
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When having a good look in the mirror at the results I loved the way my eyes looked. The eye shadow really bought out the blue colour of my eyes and made my eye really stand out. I love the silvery white colour of the eye shadow and I loved the fact that it was also slightly glittery as well but didn't look too over the top. The eye shadow looked smooth and it didn't feel heavy either. The eye shadow which I had applied to the inner corners of my eyes and lower lash line really gave my eyes a lovely look. I went out and hoped that the eye shadow would stay looking great all evening whilst out for my Christmas work meal. During the evening the eye shadow didn't interfere with my eyes which I was pleased about as I have sensitive eyes and some products can make them dry or feel slightly sore and irritated. When checking on my make up during the evening the eye shadow still looked great and hadn't even started to wear off yet. It also hadn't started to look cakey or creased either which I was very pleased with. I only had my make up on for approximately 4hrs before I got home and removed it all using a Simple Cleansing Wipe. I found that the eye shadow came off really easily with a gentle rub.
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Although I have been using Max Factor products for a few months now and have been impressed with the results, I wasn't sure to expect from this as the last eye shadow I tried from Max Facto wasn't that good. I did recently read a review about this product, which made the product sound really good which is what prompted me to purchase it in the first place. Although they are 8 different shades to choose from there is only 1 or 2 shades that I would actually wear as I am very fussy when it comes to eye shadow. Although the eye shadow is a powder it didn't seem like a powder to me due to the sponge applicator and the style of the bottle. I found the product extremely easy to apply and found that it glided on easily with minimum effort. The eye shadow blended really easily which enable me to build the colour up a little more if I wanted to.
For me the eye shadow lasted for the amount of time that I needed it to but this may have been helped by the fact that I was wearing lid primer which does help make eye shadow last longer anyway. I don't normally wear eye shadow without a primer so I can't comment on how long lasting the product is without the primer. The product was kind to my eyes and didn't irritate them in any way. In terms of value I think the product is a little over-priced as it's a very small pot of eye shadow and if you use it on a regular basis then I don't see this lasting for very long. The only thing I didn't like about the product was the powder falling down beneath my eyes. When applying this next time I'll have to hold some tissue underneath my eye to avoid this. I would definitely recommend this product as I think the colours and lovely and the results are fantastic.
Thanks MsTricia for your review of this product, as I probably would have never tried this product and it wouldn't be one of my favourite eye shadows if it wasn't for your good review.
(review also on ciao)
It's my birthday (mini whoop!) and as a nice treat yesterday some friends were taking me out for my birthday. I wanted to try glam up a bit as I needed some new mascara and lipgloss so headed to Superdrug as I had some Love 2 Shop vouchers and wanted to put them to good use. When I got to Superdrug they had a 3 for 2 offer on all their products so I got my lipgloss and mascara and my eye was caught on the Max Factor section when I spotted this Eyeshadow.
It comes in a small little pot, with an elongated handle, which inside has a small circular sponge attached. The pot itself is actually the colour of the eyeshadow for example, if you buy purple shadow the pot will be purple etc. I got my eyeshadow in a bronze-gold coloured variety called "Bronzed Gold 02" and so my pot is a nice caramelly brown colour so makes it distinct to find in my little makeup collection.
The sponge on the end of the wand is really soft so gentle to apply and nicely shaped with a round, curved tip. The eyeshadow itself is a nice gentle powder, so when the brush is dipped in it gathers a decent amount and I can easily sweep it across my eye lid giving nice coverage and evenly applied. There is a little filter around the rim of the pot so when you withdraw the brush, it does wipe off some of the excess powder (bit like a mascara filter on a mascara brush so you don't have too much excess) and I don't end up with a whole heap of unnecessary powder on my eye!
The eyeshadow itself is really good quality, sits nicely on my lids, and is very long lasting as it stayed put all throughout my dinner until I got home at 1am! I was really unfortunate as yesterday I managed to accidentally bash my eye on the car door (whilst I was sober I might add!) so I was trying to work hard to cover my bruised eye and fortunately none of my friends really noticed my bruise and I got loads of compliments on my eyeshadow!
My favourite thing about this eyeshadow is that being a whole set it saves me having to root around for my brush and eyeshadow pallet as it is perfectly together and I can whip it out on the go and know exactly what I am looking for! There are lots of colours to choose from, green, yellow, blue, pink, purple, silver etc so in the future I may experiment with more in the range. It costs £5.99 but as it was the cheapest of the 3 items I picked up I got it for free and it was really worth the free money! I would definitely recommend it, although it is a bit expensive but it works a charm and is easy to use so gets 4 stars from me!
I Came across this eye shadow reduced to £3 in a sale at boots and as other Max factor products have been really good I decided to purchase one in a lovely silver colour and give it a try. There are a range of different colours to choose from and usual retails around £6.
It comes in a pot with a twist of lid and attached to the lid is the application wand which you dip in and out of the bottle and it picks up the crushed up eye shadow powder ready to apply to your eyes. The sot padded head of the brush is rounded in shape with a tip on the end of it which makes it very easy to apply to your eyes. It picks the dust up very well but once on the brush stays put until it transfers on to your eyes which is good as it means no mess application.
I found the eye shadow very easy to apply You simply gently rub the brush across the powder and then rub over the lid of your eyes. The colour is fantastic it is really vibrant and intense but you so not have to pile lots on to get this effect just a small amount of the eye shadow is needed.It sits very lightly on your eyelids so much so you forget it is there which is great and there is no irritation from the shadow either.
The eye shadow lasts really well which is good for such a vibrant colour to stay bold and noticeable throughout the day but yet when I come to removing my make up at night it also comes off very easily just a wipe with a face wipe and I am fresh faced ready for the next day which I think is really good.
Over all I think this eye shadow is really good the strong colours add a little impact to your day to day make up and there are lots of different shades to suit anyone it is easy to apply mess free and lasts for ages one of my favourite eye shadows at this time would definitely recommend.
Max Factor Max Colour Effects Dip-in eyeshadow is part of the new Max Colour Effects range which features lots of fun vibrant colours. It costs £5.99 and can be purchased anywhere that stocks Max Factor products. There are currently 10 shades available in pinks, greens, blue and metallics.
The eyeshadow comes in a container that reminds me of a nail varnish bottle, with a long slim lid. The lid screws off to reveal a sponge applicator. The applicator is short, fat and pointed, quite like a thick felt tip pen. I found the applicator very comfortable to hold, and the shape was good for precise application and blending. You can't do fine lines with it, but apart from that it's excellent.
The eyeshadow has to be shaken before use and you can hear metal balls rattling when you do this. I suspect it might be to make sure the eyeshadow hasn't clumped and to get it on to the applicator, although since the ball appears to be in the lid, I'm not sure exactly what it does and how.
The eyeshadow is a fine dusty powder. Despite this I've not made a mess with it yet. It's easy to apply and blend, and I've had less problems with it dropping on my cheeks during application than I expected. As always with a powder shadow though, it's best to do you eyes before your foundation or to have a tissue on your cheek to catch and falling bits. It blends easily and can be used to create smokey eyes or other fun effects if you have multiple shades. It's very long lasting and still looks flawless at the end of the day. The colours stay vibrant and are slightly pearlescent. but not over the top so they're perfectly suitable for during the day, or you can glam them up for night time. I was impressed that it didn't shed bits over my face throughout the day or crease, even without using a primer. When it's time to remove the eyeshadow, it comes off easily with eye make up remover leaving no trace behind.
I thoroughly recommend these eyeshadows. They're fun, vibrant, versatile and fantastic quality.