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      26.04.2013 18:25
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      not one for a night out but ok for every day wear just be careful not to snap the crayons.

      I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this eyeshadow. On the one hand I love it for everyday wear but on the other it can be annoying to use.

      I use the bronze haze shade which works really well with my blue eyes. I like the colour you get by mixing the two shadows and it is creamy and smooth looking. As I use it every day I tend not to go for all out smoky looking eyes. The two combined together is fine for day to day work wear but not very dramatic for an evening out so I always use it as a base and then add on more dramatic colours if I am going out. On the plus side it is really easy to use (especially in the morning when you want life to be as simple as possible) there are no annoying sponge applicators which always get grubby at the bottom of your makeup bag you just draw it on and smudge it with your fingers - simple.

      However, apart not being very dramatic my biggest criticism is with the packaging especially as the crayons (for want of a better word) snap really easily it doesn't matter how carefully I use it it breaks after a few weeks and while you can keep using it you have to be more careful that you don't drop it (especially if like me you have white bed linen) and for the price I would want it to last a bit longer.

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      19.02.2013 23:59

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      smokey eye by max factor...if you're not very good with this kind of look then the product is fairly good...but if you are a pro at this then its not very good.if you're going for a look to impress then wouldn't recommend.

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      08.02.2013 12:53

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      A product that I wouldn't buy again, good packaging but apart from that, a rather average product

      All I can say is.. DO NOT buy this product.. save your pennies. I am a lover of smokey eyes on a night out so I was excited to try this out as it looked convenient and I trusted Max factor products.. this however has slightly tainted my love for them. It works in two stages, first stage is an all over colour for the eye lid and stage two allows your to create contours and the smokey eye look. When first applied the soft product looks and feels nice and I was happy with my look however, in no time at all the product seemed to have disappeared from my face and there were only remains where I had put the product on a little more heavily. After using this product I will never use anything like it again, I didn't particularly enjoy the way the product was applied as when I create a smokey eye look I feel a brush does a much better job rather than "colouring in" my eyes, and for £7.99 I could probably get a much better set of eye shadows that actually can withstand the night. Apart from the Gold eyeshadow pencil I didn't rate the other colours and felt they were rather brassy and only having two colours I felt left you with an amateur looking smokey eye.. all in all I will not be rushing back to buy this product and would urge customers to stick to compact eye shadows.. they might be a little more bulky but they create a much better look.

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      19.11.2012 17:04
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      A total waste of money if you have the misfortune to actually pay for it

      I have a terribly sad piece of news to impart to you good people of Dooyooville. The perfect relationship has hit the rocks.

      No, not Mr Rarr and I, but the ongoing love affair I have been embarking on this year with Max Factor beauty products has hit a major impasse and I'm not sure things will ever be the same again.

      Let me elaborate. Months ago, some of you may remember my extolling the many virtues of a Max Factor mascara, an opinion I stand by to this day. I love that product, but with it at the time of purchase came a freebie that I was really happy to lay my greedy paws on, specifically a free full-size version of the then-new Smoky Effect eyeshadow duo tubes that the range had just started promoting. The idea? Two complementary shades to build up dazzling, high-impact eye make up, at one end of the twist-up tube a rounded velvety cream to fill the whole eye socket and the other a tapered, equally velvety cream-based pencil to emphasise contours, provide contrast and build up either a bold colour or a great smoky eye for nights out. I was delighted as I wanted to try the product anyway and happily picked up mind in Silver Storm.

      Sadly, whilst the mascara and I got on very well, this product was a big let down. Here's why...

      ***THE PRODUCT***
      You receive, for a retail price of around £7.99, a tube with clear plastic clip-on lids at each end. In one twist-up end you receive "Stage 1" of you product (in the Silver Storm instance, this is a round-tipped grey / silver shade, and in the other you receive (go on, guess) "Stage 2" - Again in the case of my combination choice, this is a dusky mid-purple, in a tapered-edge stick. In the middle of the tube is the black-backed Max Factor product information.

      The idea behind these duo eyeshadows is you can achieve professional smoky-eye effects without a make-up artist (yeah, yeah). You use one shade all over the eye and then build up your personally preferred level of drama angling the complementary second shade into the contours of your eyes - or hey, if you haven't got any contours, invent them.

      On the positives, I would say that you can actually build these colours - you don't instantly get clobbered with shades that look like you've just put your face on in a coalmine. Also, the texture is pleasant and the product is non-drying. I was able to use the product for a suitably day-time eyeshadow effect, even though it was one of the "smokier" colour combinations available, as they are actually fundamentally quite subtle. Also, I like both the initial colour of the grey and the purple individually, and have worn them as such. However...

      ...I say wear, because this wears off so quickly you'd easily forget you ever put it on!

      Going on creamily, initially this product can look really nice, although I am glad that I used it for a lighter look and never went the whole hog with full-on eyes with this stuff for a night out, because frankly I wouldn't trust it to end up everywhere except where you put it if used heavily.

      I started using this lightly to add a little definition and colour and generally smarten up my look before work. Ok, so my commute may take over two hours but this basically wasn't in evidence when I actually got there! I was shocked to look in a mirror on the train as I neared the office to find that the only trace of either colour was in an untidy, hideous line creased up in the top of my eyelid. Did things get better? Did they hell. I've tried using powder to set it, I've tried not using powder, less moisturiser (not something I'd be happy with anyway), everything I can think of to extend the life of this product but it just does not work. So would I be brave and stick a full Hollywood smoky eye style on and go to a busy, warm bar or club? Would I hell!

      I have a further complaint about this, unfortunately. Clearly smoky eyes usually have their place in nights out, the products thrown in bags for top-ups and maintenance. Unfortunately, being kept in my make up bag has seen the plastic lids to both ends of this product crack and then consequently not be able to hold on securely, then crack further and snap off chunks all together - the lids just cannot stay on now. My other make up products can cope so this is clearly a big fragility issue and not good enough on a product which people will expect to take out with them. I now have the problem that when I DO use this - and that's when I know I'm going out of the house for two hours or less, unfortunately - I end up with one colour on my eyes and one on the hand I use to apply it, as both lids will fall off. I couldn't take this out now even if I did want to, so basically it's a big failure all around and I'm just relieved I paid sweet sod all for it, because it has had barely any use and probably won't get much more either. As both ends of the product are unprotected without the lid, I just have to leave this out on its side on my dressing table, where it sits, a beaten, broken, forlorn reminder that it is both a poor eyeshadow and is housed in cheap packaging that is not fit to get it anywhere near through its expected lifespan. It promised so much, but delivered so very, very little, so as I can't offer a half-star (and that would be my benevolent side coming out because I hate to kick someone when they're down), it's just going to have to be an overly generous one star, which is wholeheartedly undeserved.

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        20.10.2012 12:22
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        Fab way to create a smoky eye look!

        Recently, I started university and I am beginning to experience the financial constraints that come with a student loan. Until now, it would be a rarity for me to purchase high street make up as I tended to go for more premium branded products. A friend of mine asked me to pick her up one of these as she said she 'couldn't live without it'. I wondered what all the fuss was about and decided to give it ago myself.

        ** MAX FACTOR **
        The majority of people out there will be familiar with Max Factor as they have been around for quite some time. In fact, the original Max Factor & Company was founded in 1909 by a Polish man. It is now owned by Procter & Gamble Co, and has been since its sale in 1991.

        Their products can be located on the high street, namely stores such as Boots and Superdrug. To me, they are at the more premium end of high street products compared to other brands such as Rimmel for example. They have a largely extensive product range, from eyeshadow to nail varnish and everything else in-between!

        ** SMOKY EYE EFFECT EYESHADOW **
        This is quite a unique looking product and one that, based on a brief description, you would struggle to miss amongst other Max Factor products. I don't think I have actually seen an eye shadow for quite some time in a style like this. Basically, the product consists of a black middle panel with the brand and product name. To the left is a creamy pen with a clear lid, and to the right is the same but a different coloured creamy pen. When the lids are removed, these make up the two different colour eyeshadows to create the smoky eye effect. Both ends are protected by a plastic cover (this is underneath the clear lid) which can be twisted to reveal more of the pen at either end. Both ends begin with a slightly pointed, but rounded end so they are slightly easier to apply than a flat end.

        ** USING THE PRODUCT **
        I don't know about other girls out there, but I find a good smoky eye really difficult to achieve. Not only can it be difficult to get the right combination between right and dark colours, but to then get a near enough identical look on the other eye? To me, this constitutes impossibility!

        For the reasons mentioned above I was reluctant that this product would be any different to other smoky eye products I have tried in the past. The fact that my friend raved about it so much was the only reason I really bought it!

        The first thing I would have changed about it is that there were no instructions with the product. Although it might be self explanatory to some people how it should be applied, I feel I would have benefited from a light guide of some sort just to highlight where each colour should go. Nevertheless, I over came this issue quickly.

        I began with the lightest colour (note there are a number of colours available which I will list later) and put this across my eyelid, into the crease and slightly above towards my brow brown. I repeated this onto my other eye. This was very easy and does not make a mess at all because as mentioned before, they are creamy as appose to powder so they glide on easily and quickly. Using the slightly darker colour was the part which concerned me most as this is when I usually go wrong! I took the darker shade and gently coloured the outer part of my eye and along the crease of my eye. When I immediately looked in the mirror this looked awful, just like someone had literally drawn a dark colour over my eyelid!

        At this point I realised the trick probably was to blend it a little. Using my index finger, I went over the dark colour and made it blend with the lighter shade. Within a couple of seconds, the colour actually looked like they had been applied with a powder as they sat really nicely together. I then repeated this onto my other eye.

        ** OPINION **
        I did not have the challenge I expected in making the colours on my eyes match. I feel this is because this eyeshadow is creamy and it does not sit heavily like a powder, so even if the colours aren't exactly the same on both eyes, the colour isn't intense enough to notice.

        To finish off the look, I applied some liquid eyeliner with a small flick at the side and I felt it gave a really nice look. I was so surprised at the ease of applying the product and the ease at which I felt I could blend it and make the colours sit together nicely.

        I was slightly concerned whether the eyeshadow would run, crease, or come off easily as it is so creamy. I found that it sat perfectly for a couple of hours but began to crease a little after a few hours or so. This is fairly easily rectified as if you run your finger along the crease it seems to provide a temporary fix but it would be better if it lasted longer. I imagine that in humid temperatures it wouldn't last very long at all. A plus side to this, is that when it comes to taking off your make up at the end of the day, this is very easy to remove!

        ** PRICING AND AVAILABILITY **
        As mentioned above, Max Factor is readily available in high street stores such as Boots and Superdrug, as well as many supermarkets and online. The product comes in a variety of shades: bronze haze (this is the one I purchased), blue tempest, silver storm, onyx smoke, indigo mist, citrus thunder and pink plume. There is likely to be a colour to suit every skin tone and complexion.

        I thought the price was very reasonable at £7.99 and competitive against other eyeshadows from different brands. In light of the price, I would definitely purchase it again!

        ** OVERALL **
        I am really pleased that I decided to purchase this product as I have used it almost every day since. As the colour it quite subtle, it is suitable for an everyday look but you can layer it slightly too so it becomes a little more dramatic, making it adaptable for a night out.

        Although the product does crease a little and it requires reapplication throughout the day, in light of the price I don't think there is much room for complaint. Even with almost daily use for just over a month the eyeshadow is showing no signs of needing replacement and I think it'll last a good few months yet.

        I will give the Smokey Eye Effect eyeshadow 4/5 Dooyoo stars - losing one star because it unfortunately does not last all day. Give it a try!

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        05.09.2012 13:25
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        great product - limited colour!

        I saw this on offer in Supedrug so went and bought three of them and i was so impressed by them. The packaging is simplistic yet professional, it is clearly visible what it is you get in the product and clearly states the concept. The idea is that all of us can do a smokey eye in an instant without the need of fancy brushes or makeup artists and it really works!

        I found it really simple to do, following their instructions and i didnt need any other tools to complete the look. If i was to criticise anything about this product it would be that the colour for me, don't really compliment each other so i found myself mix matching some of the colours for example, id use the bronze from one and the black from another, so buying more than one of these might be a good idea. For me, they are slightly pricey for what you get, but i love that Maxfactor have tried to really help out their customers and its not overly gimmicky.

        All in all, good product!

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        15.08.2012 23:23
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        An ok eye shadow from Max Factor

        I have a massive stock pile of make up and well what girl hasn't? When I purchased my latest mascara a few months back from Max Factor I received a free eye shadow gift. I love a freebie and this did influence my mascara purchase!

        Max Factor - Smoky Eyeshadow:

        'At last! Get the Smoky Eye Look in two simple steps! Max Factor, The Make-Up Of Make-Up Artists'.

        My Findings:

        There were a few shades to pick from at the time when looking in Boot's store however I went for Onyx Smoke. For me this was more suited to my own personal taste, as I dress more to the gothic side. I was really hoping this would be some good, as I normally do a smoke look on my eyes normally. For that I use a white eye shadow, black and silver one.

        So instead of using three items I would be using just that one, I was hoping this would also save me a little time. This eye shadow is double ended, and looks more like lip stick rather than an eye shadow. The one side you have silvery, creamish colour then other end is black.

        Each side is shaped different, the lighter colour has a round edge and the black side has a more of a pointed edge. To use, you start with the light shade I use it all over my eye lids. Then you get the black colour and smooth it above the eye lash line on you eye lids, once that is done you need to use your finger or brush to just blend the black up the lid slightly.

        This eye shadow feels like most mousse eye shadows and I personally get on much better with powder ones. Once this has been on your eyes it does crease pretty much straight away, which is something I hate as I think it spoils the overall look.

        Longevity of this product is poor compared to others; if you don't use a primer you will be lucky if this lasts a couple of hours. I always use Benefits primer and this does aid the staying power but I still need to re-apply if on a night out. I find the powder eye shadows have a much better lasting effect.

        I do think it makes a nice look for my eyes, but at the same time takes a little work to maintain the look I like. The packaging has a good design keeps the product intact, safe and doesn't dry up. The lids are easy to open and obtaining the contents is easy.

        Price and Availability:

        I had this free with a mascara purchase, if you want to purchase this item the normally price is around £7.99. Boots currently have this on offer for £4.99 and Superdrug also has £1.00 off.

        Shades -

        Pink Plume
        Blue Tempe
        Onyx Smoke
        Purple Dust
        Silver Storm
        Indigo Mist
        Citrus Thunder
        Bronze Haze

        Overall:

        I'm in two minds over this, as it does give my eyes a nice look and a nice shimmer when it catches the light. But it does take so effort to maintain the given look, it doesn't weigh my eyes down and doesn't feel sticky in anyway but the creases are also a put off.

        Three out of five stars from me

        Thank you for reading.


        Additional Information:

        www.boots.com/en/Max-Factor-Smoky-Eyesha​dow_1110012

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          05.08.2012 16:24

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          Good for very very dry eyelids. Wouldn't bother buying, the risk of failure is too high.

          I have this in the shade "purple dust" (here the first stick in the photo).
          Here step 1 is a cool toned purple with pink shimmer running through it. Step 2 is a khaki/olive green with a gold shimmer running through it. My initial thoughts were "how do these two colours go together? I'll try it on the eye and see".

          The purple step one applies very sheer and it's greasy nature means you can't build it up without rubbing the product away. The second step - the olive green liner - hardly showed up at all. However the greasy nature of the product makes it easy to create a smoky eye and to blend out.

          The real problem isn't the poor pigmentation, but trying to get the effect to stay for longer than 10 minutes. It simply creases then fades away. I tried primers, putting eyeshadow over the top (which completely covered the colour anyway) but this doesn't last at all on me.

          Glad I got this free with an excellent Max Factor mascara.

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          24.07.2012 20:35

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          I would not recommend this

          I bought this product in the brown shades but I really didn't like it. The product consists of two sides, a lighter side which you apply all over your eyelid and a darker shade that you apply around the corner or your eyelid to create a smoky effect. It is reasonably priced. The product does go on quite easily and is a simply way to create the smoky eye effect that is used on all the catwalks and on celebs. The colour was duller than expected and I found that I had to put quite alot of it on for it to really show. I also thought that the two colours did not blend together very well so they did not quite create the softness that I wanted for my smoky eyes. The worst thing I found about the product was that it really irritated my eyes. It made them itchy and watery and I was constantly rubbing them all day! My hairdresser thought I had really bad hayfever because my eyes were watering so much! Eventually I had to remove it because it was just uncomfortable to wear. The colour did not last and I will not be using this product again.

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          03.06.2012 15:48
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          A really poor product from Max Factor

          I purchased one of these 'eye shadow sticks' quite some time ago, when the product was first released. I had seen all the advertisements for them, and I thought they looked like a fantastic product. I loved the simplistic idea behind them, in that you only have to use one product to get a 'smoky eye effect', which I thought would mean they were going to be quick and easy to use. In a sense, they are quick to use, but I really can't recommend them!

          The packaging looks fantastic at first glance. I suppose it is a little like a traditional lipstick case, but it is double ended, and you simply twist the eye shadow up to use it. The lids of the eye shadow are clear, so you can see the exact colour inside, which I think looks really effective when you see the product on the shelf. My main gripe with the packaging is that is is incredibly flimsy. Max Factor is not a particularly cheap brand, so it frustrated me that both the lids broke and cracked in rapid succession. I wasn't even particularly heavy handy when using this, they just seemed to break in my make up bag, which I think is very poor. The plastic they used must be incredibly thin and fragile, which isn't something I really appreciate for a product I intended to get a lot of use out of.

          The range of colours are beautiful, and they all seem very wearable. I went for 'Bronze Haze' which includes a nice sheer gold/copper for the eyelid, and a chocolate brown colour for creating definition. I thought the colours looked so wearable in the tube, but I was pretty disappointed with them overall. The colour pay-off is terrible in my opinion, I spent awhile trying to build the colour, but I just couldn't get it to work. Even the brown colour seems to sheer - there was no smokiness going on! I think perhaps it's the cream formula, but it just seems to melt off my eyelid immediately, which is such a shame, because the formula feels so nice as you apply it. It is definitely creamy, and doesn't seem to crease at all, which I suppose is a plus. I think the gold colour could perhaps be used as a highlighter, or if you do like a very sheer and subtle look, then you might enjoy this product. I also found that because it's a cream formula, and the stick is fairly slim, it snaps off easily and melts in warm temperatures - so not a great Summer time product!

          This eye shadow stick is currently being offered at £4.99 from Boots, and it would usually be £7.99. I don't think I would pay either of these prices for another one of these because it's just useless.

          Save your money!

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            30.01.2012 12:10

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            Not good value for what you get from it

            I absolutely love the smoky eye look but have always found it difficult to re-create. I have tried pencil eye liner and liquid eyeliner and have found them almost impossible to put on without making a complete mess.

            So, when i saw these pencils, i thought they were made for me. It couldn't be easier, the lighter end for filling in your eye socket and the darker end for lining and adding the smoky effect.

            However, it was easier said than done and i wasn't so much smoky as two tone as i found it difficult to get the blending right. I found application instructions in a magazine running a promotion which was helpful as it meant i knew where to start.

            I have the black and the brown pencils and both of them i got during promotions - buy max factor mascara and get the pencils free. i think on their own they are about £9 which is probably right for the product.

            There is a good selection of colours to suit all eye colours / skin colours / occasions.

            However, I would have felt as though i had wasted my money if I had bought the pencils. I didn't find the effect particularly long lasting and if i put some on in the morning, by midmorning / lunchtime, you would hardly notice that i had any eye makeup on.

            I have also found that i use it mainly as an eyeliner and in that respect, it is good because the tip is so thick you can get away without being too precise and it is more effective / noticeable than normal pencils. It would be a bit too expensive for the benefit you get from it. It may be that i simply do not have the right technique and in someone else's hands, they would be more effective.

            I probably woudn't buy them again but having said that, they don't wear out at a fast rate so good value for money in that respect!

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            09.01.2012 00:26
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            Great concept, rubbish in reality

            I received the black and white Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow free when I purchased a mascara from Boots. The concept was really good, two colours that are easily smoked together, however there are some downsides.

            The colour pay off is rubbish. The white barely shows up unless you apply it very heavily, and as soon as you rub your finger/a brush over the shadow to blend, it disappears. The black is hardly black, more like a light grey, with the same problem. By the end of the day, the shadows have faded almost completely.

            I used mine with a primer first; I never have a problem normally with eyeshadows creasing, but this creased within the first 5 minutes of application.

            Only positive is that the eyeshadows are very creamy, which makes them glide onto the skin without any tugging/pulling at your eyelid.

            I would prefer an eyeshadow powder duo rather than these, its a great concept... would be better if it actually worked!

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            11.10.2011 10:45
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            Would be in love with this product if it had staying power!

            I brought this in August after having to replace my old eyeshadow. I brought it in superdrug for £4.99 on special offer. The colour I brought was bronze as that is the one that best suits my skin tone. I thought to go with maxfactor as this is usually my preferred brand with make up.

            At first glance the product looks impressive. There are two different eyeshadows either end of the stick, one slightly rounded to go over the eyelids and one tapered end to give the shadowy effect. When I did the swatches on my skin the colour certainly did look impressive.

            The problem occurred when I started wearing it to work. I would notice within a few hours at work the colour would crease and the eyeshadow would disappear by the end of the day. Thinking this was due to no primer under my eyeshadow, I brought one and put it on to my eyelids under the eyeshadow. The same thing happened again. Thinking it could now be the primer, I tried with foundation under the eyeshadow and it happened again. At this point I gave up and have now swapped to loreal quad pro which I'm very happy with.

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            If you like the smoky eye look, these crayons are fab

            Sales people must love me. I'm one of those people who goes into a shop to buy, say a lipstick and comes out with a lipstick and twenty other items I didn't need, but think I've got myself a bargain because they were on special offer. That's how I ended up with a Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Crayon. I went to get a new mascara, but was sucked in by a 'buy two, get the third free' offer, so ended up buying a second item I didn't need in order to get a third item I also didn't need for free. They must have seen me coming.

            The sultry 'Smoky Eye' look has been in fashion for many, many years now, but it can be difficult to achieve, especially if you're not overly confident with make-up. I'd personally say I'm quite experienced when it comes to applying my slap, but smoky eyes are something I can never seem to get right. I start out with intentions of creating a sexy, come to bed eyes type look, but more often than not end up looking like I've got two black eyes! I think that's why this product appealed to me, as it aims to achieve a smoky eye effect in two easy steps.

            ==Colours==

            The product is a double ended crayon in a clear plastic casing. There are eight shades available. They are:

            *Onyx/Smoke - Black and Grey
            *Bronze/Haze - Bronze and pinky-gold
            *Silver Storm - Silver and purpley-grey
            *Indigo mist - Teal and Indigo
            *Citrus Thunder - Lime and burnt orange
            *Purple Dust - Purple and brown
            *Pink Plume - Pink and brown
            *Blue tempest - light blue and mid blue

            I toyed between the Onyx/Smoke and the Bronze/Haze and eventually settled on the Bronze/Haze. I have grey-blue eyes and felt the black and grey shades may be too dark. Now I think about it, I kind of think that Silver Storm may have suited my colouring better, but I was comfortable with the bronze colour as I tend to wear a lot of browns and bronzes anyway.

            ==Application==

            I am a big fan of Max Factors mascara's and foundations, so I trust the brand, but this was the first eye shadow product I had used by them. The first thing that struck me when it came to using this, was simply that there were no instructions on the packaging, however the lighter end was labelled 'step 1', whilst the darker shade 'step 2'. I also noticed that whilst the lighter of the two shades is a rounded 'bullet' shape, the darker of the two colours is tapered to a flat point.

            I did have a bit of a play around with this, but didn't really have much success, so threw it into a drawer where it remained up until about a month ago. I finally decided it was time to consult the Max Factor website for tips on how to use this and get the most from it.

            The directions on the website are slightly vague in my opinion, so I actually watched a couple of youtube tutorials to get an idea of where I was going wrong! It seems everyone has their own method on application, but the general consensus is that you should apply the lighter shade to the whole of the eyelid, before using the darker shade along the lash line and the crease of the eye. I tend to put the darker shade into the outer 'V' of my eye and apply a dark brown gel liner, but as I say, do what suits you and have fun playing around with it to get the look you want.

            The lighter of the two shades applies incredibly easily - the crayon like texture glides over my eyes smoothly and the rounded tip makes it quick to apply. I do find I need to go over the eye a few times with this, because the colour of the lighter shade is very similar to my skin tone and it doesn't show up particularly well if I just go over my eye the once.

            The darker shade, again, glides over the skin easily, however I sometimes find it difficult to be completely accurate, as I don't think the tip of the crayon is as thin as it could be. Over time I've actually found that it has worn down and become thicker, so the longer I've owned it the harder it's becoming to apply. On a more positive note, unlike step one, the colour shows up straight away and doesn't need to be built up so much. Both colours are slightly shimmery, but not in an OTT way and the fact that these are cream based rather than powder means that they have a slightly metallic look when on the skin.

            The next step is to blend, as the darker colour comes out in a harsh, unnatural looking line. I'd recommend using your fingertips to blend - as it's a cream based shadow I don't imagine a brush would work very well, although in fairness I have never tried, as I find using my fingers works well (although have a baby wipe near by, to wipe any residue off with!). It blends fairly easily with minimal effort.

            The last thing I think I would advise, is if you have a translucent powder, just lightly brush some over the top to 'set' the eye shadow. I find if I don't it can slide off reasonably quickly. I did try applying it on top of a primer (Urban Decay Primer Potion), but the crayon didn't go on well over that, so a setting powder is the next best thing.

            ==Results==

            Once I'd had a few plays around with this and mastered how to do it, for the first time in my life I actually had a smoky eye effect that I was happy to leave the house in! The effect the crayon gives is really good and I like that you can build it up to be as subtle or dramatic as you like.

            I certainly have never achieved a look like this with powder, which in my opinion is because the crayon is easy to blend. It also helps that you have your two colours there ready for you, so you don't have to mess about trying to find two that compliment each other.

            If I wear a dusting of setting powder (I use ELF High Definition powder) over this, I find it will last the entire night without creasing. The only exception to this is if I'm somewhere very hot and sweaty like a nightclub, in which case I've found it will start to crease quite badly. I have found without the powder over the top, it seems to crease within about an hour, no matter what the environment I'm in. With this in mind, I tend to save it for 'date nights' with my fiancé, if we're going to a nice restaurant or for cocktails somewhere quiet, rather than nights with friends when I know I'll end up overheating in some stuffy bar. Of course you could always wear it during the day, and I imagine it would be fine for this as long as it's not too hot and you don't plan on going to the gym in it, but for me I stick to night time wear.

            ==Price and Availability==

            Mine was a 'freebie' from Boots, but the normal price is £7.99. I think that is an OK price, but at the same time, probably the top end of what I would be willing to pay for this product. I've found it is much cheaper on Ebay, so it may be worth taking a look on there if you're looking to save a few pounds.

            ==Overall==

            Although I initially dismissed this product as not being very good, now I've actually taken the time to learn how to use it properly I do actually think it's a very good product. It has to lose a star for the fact it doesn't last well and requires a powder over the top to keep it in place, but other than that, I feel this is a product which I would certainly be happy to recommend to others.

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              If i'm being totally honest I bought this product as a last resort because when it comes to eye shadow I am a complete and utter disaster. Now i'm no make up phobe - far from it in fact. I refuse to leave the house without my beloved foundation & mascara (at least). I have every piece of make up down to a T usually. That is, bar the eye shadow - bane of my existence!!! Although I have tried in vain (numerous times) to achieve that perfect model look, it never ever works for me. Clumsy some might say - as 9 times out of 10 I end up looking like an extra from a horror film (the low budget type). Ten minute before I must leave for a night out, I end up scrubbing eye shadow stains from all over my face & neck....Yes neck!!
              Browsing through the make up stand in Debenhams one afternoon, looking longingly at the rows and rows of beautiful bronzes & attention grabbing greens, I came across Max Factor's new invention. And if I do say so myself, best invention to date. Forget the lightbulb and the telephone, the complete genius's at Max Factor have just made a complete easy DIY eye shadow!! This had to be purchased. Pricey - Yes!! Worth every cent - I had no doubt!! I had never been so excited as I was that afternoon, rushing home to test my new purchase out. I had my doubts, of course I had my doubts! The smokey eye look is an absolute favourite of mine. I used to pore over magazines of celebs with this look and models on the runway rocking out the smokey eyes. Never dared to try it myself with a fear of having dark blue and grey smudges covering my face refusing to budge.
              The result - AMAZING! Being honest it took me three attempts but I wasn't willing to give in! I had bought the purple dust shade...using the lighter to cover my lid and the darker to define the lash and creases. (You can see how I had trouble before!! ) I even took a dramatic step, winging it out at the corners to make my eyes instantly bigger. It was amazing to say the least. I had been transformed from Frankensteins wife to glamour model extrodanaire!!!

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