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Item: Maybelline Silk Glam Eye Studio
Colour: Blue Drama
Bought in: Superdrug
I was looking for a really dark blue eye shadow and after looking at a load of individual colours found the colour I wanted in an eye shadow set. As there were other colours in it that I also liked I was happy to get the set.
This eye shadow "studio" is a set of 4 eye shadows in a plastic tray with a clear lid. The container overall is 9 x 4 x 1cm. This is a really good size for a multi eye shadow. As it is rectangular and slim line it fits easily in to my make up bag and as it has a few colours is good to take on a weekend away as you can get a couple of different looks out of the one package. The lid is clear so you can see the colours easily through it. The words "Maybelline, New York" are written across the bottom of the lid so they don't stop you seeing the contents. The lid has a little clip on it and you need to press your finger under to open it so I am happy that is shuts securely. The back of the packaging is black and has details of the colour names and there are details for application. It actually has a tiny picture with numbers showing you where to apply each colour on your eye lids and a key to explain which number refers to each colour (think paint by numbers). It also has a written explanation of how to apply. Full marks for such an in depth explanation and you don't get that on all multi colour eye shadow sets.
The eye shadows:
1 - Shimmery silver
2 - Light pale blue
3 - Deep navy blue with a little glitter through it
4 - Black
This shadow set comes with an applicator and you can apply a ecent amount of colour with this. I did try to apply the colours using the "paint by numbers" diagram on the back but just felt this was OTT for my style. I did like all of the colours though so have been using them in various combinations. For the main part I like to apply the shimmery silver over most of my lower eye lid with a thicker bolder stripe of the navy blue creating a 60s style flick towards the edges of my lash. I have also been using the black on occasions instead of an eye liner by using the thinner edge of the applicator across just the edge of my eye lashes. Handy to do if I am really limited space in my bag on a night out, if I take the likes of a clutch bag, I can use this set as my shadow and eye liner. On weekends away I can go for a silver/dark blue look or a silver/black look or even a pale blue with dark blue combination.
Overall this is a really neat little item. I like that it is a good variety of colours and the applicator is good quality. The packaging is small and easy to pack in my make up bag and although some shades will run out before the rest (silver) as I favour that one, I will still be able to use the others with other make up I already own. Good set and at £7.19 I feel is worth the money.
I find eyeshadows a very very difficult thing to buy. My eyes are rather odd in colour, mostly grey blue, but with a hint of green in there and some hazel in the centre. Unfortunately, as they are no real colour in particular, it makes it hard to put them with eye colours. I think traditionally, as my eyes are more towards blue/grey, I am meant to wear goldy brown colours but I have tried this and it doesn't do much for me.
The colours I like at the moment are soft purples. However, this is not the easiest colour to find as most purples are quite garish and designed for nights out and seeing as I am very pale skinned, I don't want it to overwhelm me.
So it was that I came across Maybelline's Eyestudio Diamond Glow in shade 11 Purple Drama. This is a quad eyeshadow with four colours that are designed to be used together and complement each other.
The lid is transparent so you can easily see what colours you are getting and the quad is housed in a rectangular box. A two-ended brush lies alongside the line of colours.
The colours are a white/grey which is to used as the base, a pretty pink, designed for the lid, a lilac, designed for the crease and a dark purple designed to be used as an eyeliner. Luckily they have thought to make the base colour twice the size of the other colours as it will get used much more.
The colours are all rather nice, the pink can be underwhelming as it's hard to show up and the purples tend to overshadow it as it were. They do complement each other nicely however, and can look nice altogether though it takes time to blend and arrange them properly and I don't have the time in the mornings before work.
What I have been doing mostly, it using the lilac over a Bourjois white base colour which looks quite pretty and doesn't take too long. The brush that comes with it is a bit rubbish because it's too small but you can't have everything. I would prefer it if they sold it without a brush and for a pound less.
As it is, it costs £6.99 and included in Boots's 3 for 2 offer on Maybelline right now.
Designed to give your eyes show stopping colour this Eyestudio Eyeshadow Mono by Maybelline New York boasts an innovative formula which contains ultra fine particles to make blending super easy. With a silky texture this eyeshadow shapes defines and highlights the eye area to give you an airbrushed finish that lasts all day and night. Available in matte pearl and metallic effects. K.D.