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Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow
Member Name: redhead78
Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow
Date: 29/08/12, updated on 29/08/12 (72 review reads)
Advantages: Good amounts of each shade, lasts well during the day, easy to apply following instructions
Disadvantages: More expensive than it needs to be in UK, applicators are rubbish, lack of colour choices
As it is made by such a well-known brand as Maybelline these eyeshadows are readily available in many outlets. A quick look on the Boots website shows they currently retail for £7.19 but can be bought on a 3 for 2 offer and, obviously it being Boots, can accumulate you another 28 Advantage Points. The Expert Wear eyeshadows are available as either a single colour, a duo palette, a trio or a quad palette. I bought the quad palette in shades Natural Smokes and from memory it cost about $5, so much cheaper Stateside than over here. The Boots website is surprisingly lacking in colour choices, providing only 3, although the version I have is still available on Amazon and for a much more reasonable price of around £5, although you'll pay delivery on top of that.
WHY I BOUGHT IT
This particular eye shadow set caught my eye because all my life I've been trying to achieve the smokey eyed look and failed miserably. I think really I should get a lesson from a professional but everyone else seems to be able to achieve the look without professional help and the stubborn side of me refuses to accept that I can't do it too! Anyway, this palette is specifically designed to achieve the smokey look and, not only does it provide all the right colours and tools for you to be able to do that, it also has a handy little set of instructions on how to apply them on the back of the case. So I figured that if I still couldn't get it right with this set of eyeshadows I never would and may as well give up!
The eye shadow quad palette comes in a little black plastic case, around 2 x 3 inches, with a clear flip top lid so that you can see the colours beneath. It has Maybelline New York written subtly across the front and on the back, as I said there is a label which shows how to apply each colour and has a little diagram as a further aid to getting it right. It also has a disturbingly long list of ingredients. I'm not going to count them all but there are ten lines of them squeezed onto this little case!
The lid clicks into place very neatly and has never fallen open, despite me not being the most careful or dainty of people. My makeup bag tends to just get chucked into my handbag/overnight bag/suitcase without much thought usually, but the case for this shadow has never caused any problems in either cracking or opening when not meant to.
Inside the palette you get 4 different coloured eye shadows. My particular one has a very pale pinky, a shimmery dark brown, an even darker brown and then an almost black colour. The palest and darkest colours both take up bigger sections of the set, as these are the two colours you use most if you apply them as directed. I find this an especially handy thought as some eyeshadow sets I've had in the past have supplied equal amounts of each colour but you never apply the same amount of each colour and so end up with one running out much sooner than the others.
Also supplied with the quad are two fowm applicators. I was pleased that they provided two as obviously with there being 4 colours one would have meant constantly cleaning your applicator between colours, whereas with 2 you have 4 sides of foam, one for each colour. Having said that, after the first time of using this set I gave up on the applicators anyway. To be honest they were neither use nor ornament and didn't pick up the shadow very well at all. I found myself rubbing the foam onto the colour really hard and still not coming away with much colour so gave up and ended up using my own brushes. This isn't a major issue for me as I normally use brushes and they're always in my makeup bag, but if Maybelline are going to supply applicators with the product it would be useful if they could actually be used for purpose!
Another thing lacking with the product is that there is no mirror in the palette so if you need to top up your colour during the working day or on an evening out you need to find another mirror. Again, not a huge issue for me as I don't wear it that much but I can imagine that if I did wear this on a daily basis that would become a thorn in my side.
Applying the eyeshadows is really easy thanks to the instructions and diagram on the back. You simply use the lightest colour to cover the entire eye area, the next shade to cover the eyelid, the even darker shade to contour the crease and the very darkest shade to line around your eye. It really is so simple that even I have been able to do it and achieve that much longed for smokey eyes look. When using my own brushes the shadow goes on very nicely, it doesn't fall off onto my cheeks or sit in the creases of my eyelid, it looks smooth and each of the colours really stands out, apart from the palest one, yet they also blend together really nicely too.
I'm a bit of a fidgeter really and tend to end up rubbing my eyes during the day a lot and unfortunately this eyeshadow doesn't have the staying power to withstand this, although not many do to be honest and it's not really fair to expect them to stay put when you rub your eye. But it has never run when I've been caught in the rain (I hate umbrellas and prefer to get wet than use them!) and when I've applied it on a morning to go out for the day it has always lasted for the entire day, although I would definitely have felt the need for a quick re-application if I'd wanted it to last the night as well.
I'm a contact lense wearer but this eye shadow has never had any adverse affects with them or irritated my eyes in any way, although I wouldn't say that I have sensitive eyes anyway. The list of ingredients on the back would make me wary of recommending it to you if you do have sensitive eyes though.
I have been quite impressed with this Maybelline quad eyeshadow. The packaging is sturdy and suitable for use, the eyshadows themselves are longlasting and really help me achieve my desired smokey eyes without making me look like a panda and, for the price I paid for it (erm, yes ok, for the price the hubby paid for it) I am very happy. The fact that the different shades are sized differently is very effective in this case and each is wearing down at an equal rate. I've now had it for about 18 months and use it probably twice a week on average and each colour has worn down to the silver lining underneath but still has plenty left around the edges.
Having said all that, there are a couple of negative points which detract from the star rating I can award. Firstly the price. It is definitely much more expensive over here than in the US which is very annoying and, to be perfectly honest, I don't think it's really worth the price Boots charge for it. I am equally as happy with a Number 17 quad palette I have (see previous review!) which costs a lot less and provides more actual shadow too. Secondly, the applicators provided with this palette were extremely innefective and quickly got relegated, first to the bottom of my makeup bag and then to the bin when I had a clear out. I'd rather no applicators were provided than ones that don't work.
The lack of a mirror is a slight niggle but not a deal breaker for me so on reflection I would definitely buy this quad palette again, although not in Boots, and am awarding it 4 stars as the benefits of the product outweigh the annoyances of the packaging.
Summary: A useful quad to have if you want to achieve the smokey eyed look but don't know how