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~ Maybelline Eye Studio Mono Eye Shadow ~
On a day-to-day basis I always like to wear a very natural coloured eye shadow on my eye lids. I go through quite a lot of different eye shadows and I always find it difficult to get just the right colour. The problem with a lot of eye shadows is they always look a lot different on my eye lids compared to what they look like in the container. A lot of eye shadows I go for do not always have a tester so I normally just pick a natural colour and hope it will look good on my eyes.
The colour I am reviewing is called Silken Taupe. It is a light brown/beige colour, which has a slight shimmer to it. This range comes in 14 different colours which consists of beiges, pinks, blues and greens. The eye shadow comes in a plastic pot, with a transparent, flip top lid. Because the lid is transparent you can see the eye shadow colour clearly and also the sponge applicator. On the front of the pot is the Maybelline New York logo, and on the back is the colour and the brands name (Eye Studio Eye Studio). This eye shadow claims to be all-day crease proof.
I purchased this eye shadow from Sperdrug for £4.09. It is currently on a buy 1 get the 2nd one half price. You can also purchase it from Boots, Amazon, EBay and some supermarkets which sell cosmetics. The eye shadow is a good size and was well worth £4.09.
I don't tend to wear too much make up, unless I am going out for the evening, so I like to choose eye shadows which are subtle. On first glance this eye shadow looked natural with a little sparkle. When I applied it to my lids, using the applicator provided, the eye shadow swept on incredibly easily without leaving any dust under my eyes. The colour is very pigmented and not a lot of eye shadow is required to cover the eye lids. Once I had finished applying the eye shadow both eyes look evenly covered and the colour was just what I was looking for. It was nice and subtle, with a hint of shimmer. Throughout the day I checked my eyes to see if the eye shadow had creased, and I am please to say that it stayed intact and looked perfect until I removed my make-up in the evening.
I also like to use this eye shadow when I am creating a smokey eye look. It blends very nicely with other colours and looks lovely with a darker brown or black. I have been using this eye shadow for around 3 months now and there is still loads left. I am looking forward to trying other colours from this range, maybe a more vibrant colour for when I am having a night out.
Overall I would definitely recommend this eye shadow. It is exceptional value for money and lasts a very long time. There are a range of beautiful colours to choose from and can be purchased in most chemists and supermarkets. It is now one of my favourite eye shadows and I will definitely be repurchasing. I give this eye shadow 5 out of 5 Dooyoo stars.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review :)
This is a solo eye shadow from Maybelline. I had the product given to me as part of a birthday present and have been using it quite often for nights out ever since. The product claims to provide intense colour.
The packaging is quite standard for a solo eyeshadow, a rectangular shaped plastic box essentially. The lid of the eyeshadow is quite cool, made of see through plastic it sort of dips with 4 triangles creating an indentation in the centre. "Maybelline New York" is printed on the lid. On the back of the packaging there is a peel back sticker which shows all the usual information such as ingredients. The name of the eye shadow shade is also indicated on this sticker, in my case - Silken Taupe.
I've seen the product on eBay for £1.50 which is a cracking price. I don't think they are on sale in Boots or Superdrug anymore but would imagine they were a bit pricey when they first appeared in stores like that.
I think this eyeshadow performs well. I don't use eyeshadow as regularly as a lot of people I know but I will sometimes go for light eyeshadow for a night out. Most of the time I reach for more natural colours and so this taupe shade was perfect. Upon looking at the product in its case it appears quite shimmery and as though it has an iridescence. On application though it is only a subtle shimmer which I was happy with, I don't personally like the more glittery or very shimmery eye shadows. The application was simple although the free applicator isn't very good. I always find the applicators given with eyeshadows are just too small and fiddly to use so I just use my own eyeshadow brushes. The eyeshadow when applied had good pigmentation but I wouldn't describe it as "intense" like the product describes itself. One thing I have also noted about the product is that it appears to dry up. I know shadows are dry anyway but I can't think how else to describe it, at first the product was smooth on application but I've started to notice that it is caking slightly in the case and this makes application a bit more of a hassle, I was disappointed with this.
I would say it's staying power is average, I don't ever really reapply my eyeshadow even if it does fade if I'm out but I would say if you do like to keep it looking perfect you will need to apply quite regularly with this on a night out. It seemed to last me 3 hours before it began to quickly dim and fade. The plus side though was that it faded nicely, it didn't collect in creases or corners and there was still an overall colour on the lid even if it was a lot lighter then when first applied.
Overall I would say this is an average eyeshadow. It's pigmented on application but not "intense" and if you like your eyeshadow to look perfect all the time this may not be the one for you as it requires touch ups. It's a good price though and I still use the shadow regularly so I will give it 3 stars.
I received two of these Maybelline Expert Wear Mono eyeshadows for Christmas last year, one in the shade 'black metal', which is the darkest shade available, and the other in 'silver'. I am glad I received both of these colours as when worn together they go very well with each other, but not so much when they are worn by itself. There are lots of other shades available too, some of which will look nice when worn alone, but a lot of them can be blended with another colour to create a smoky effect which looks great for a night out.
These cost £4.09 each which I think is quite cheap for an eyeshadow, especially considering how long they last too. Maybelline is a brand of make-up which I love and often purchase products from myself, but these are the first eyeshadows I had used by the brand.
The eyeshadow comes in a little pot with a lid attached to it that clicks down into place. Unlike a lot of eyeshadows I have owned, this one does not get everywhere due to the good packaging that it comes in.
It also comes with a little applicator brush to apply the eyeshadow onto your eyelids with. I have found that when using the brush that comes with it, the colour goes on my eyelids a lot more intense than it does with the other kind of eyeshadow brush you can use. Therefore you can alter the appearance of the eyeshadow depending on the type of brush you use. If like me you like wearing lighter colours during the day and darker shades for a night out, you can use the 'black metal' eyeshadow for both just by changing the brush you use to apply it. However, you cannot use the brush that comes with it to blend different colours in as it doesn't do a very good job at that. The brush is also quite small too.
I really like how these eyeshadows give a shimmery effect, the slight hint of glitter does not get everywhere either which is a bonus!
The eyeshadow lasts all day on the eyes too and I have never needed to reapply it often.
Overall I cannot fault this product. They are packaged well, lovely colours available, come with an applicator brush and are cheap. I will definitely be buying this in more colours now!
These are sold by retailers that stock Maybelline products but are usually priced at £4.09 each. At the moment they are in Boots' 3 for 2 promotion so would work out a little cheaper if buying more.
Although I do swap and change my eye shadows colours a lot, I tend to stick to a creamy/brown shade for everyday wear. I like to use a nice cream as an all over the lid shade and then accent it with various tones. This tends to mean I get through creamy eye shadows very quickly and I often try a new brand or slight variation in shade each time I run out just to add some variety. When I ran out of my No 17 pot (one I love I have to say) I decided to see what else was about, and picked out the Maybelline 'Naked Beige' from the Eye Studio range. This is a singular eye-shadow and costs between £3.50 and £4.50 depending on where your purchase it from. Mine was purchased from Tesco for £3.75 at the time.
Packaging and Presentation
The eye-shadow is presented in a small rectangular plastic case roughly 3.5 cm x 3 cm. The case is black on the bottom and clear on the top. Through the clear top you can see the eye-shadow itself. The plastic case is hinged and opens up easily to reveal the eye-shadow and a small applicator at the bottom. The plastic case looks nice when you first pick it up but at closer inspection it does seem a little cheap and flimsy. However the eye-shadow sits in the case snugly and the applicator is a decent standard.
Maybelline claim the Eye Studio Mono Eye-shadow's to be able to "Glides on effortlessly" while providing not only an extensive and vibrant range of shades but also "great blendability, precise colour application and a light-weight feel on your eye-lids". They also say that the applicator is designed to work with the eye-shadow to allow easier blending. The eye-shadows are designed to work both alone or mixed and matched with the other shades in the range.
There are a total of 13 shades and are in the 3 different finishes Matte, Metallic and Pearl. The colours are:-
These eye-shadows from Maybelline Eye Studio offer a god range of shades and textures. They are a good size and last a really long time. Although I think the pots look a little cheap they hold the eye-shadow easily and make them quite compact. The addition of supplying an applicator in each pot is a nice touch and these are of good quality and allow precise application.
The eye-shadow itself come in lovely colours and look good quality. I particularly like the Matte finish on the Naked Beige shade and it does blend very well as Maybelline claim. It applies to the lid smoothly and sweeps over your eye area easily. The colours are deep and cover very well and can easily be built up if you want more depth. Since buying the Naked Beige I also bought a couple more of the Matt and Pearl shades from the range and these too mix and match together well and compliment each other perfectly so in fairness to Maybelline the claims are true. The only very minor issue I had with these was that by the end of the working day it had creased a little on my lids and faded somewhat, but I tend to find that most eye shadows do react this way if I do not use my eye primer before application.
I did buy one of the Metallic colours - Silver as well and this is where I personally found a slight downfall. This eye-shadow did not seem to apply as well as the Pearl and Matte shades, and clumped onto my lids. When I attempted to blend it, it also didn't perform as well as the others. It seemed to be less malleable and the pigment didn't seem as fine. The colour was still strong and had good depth but the shine was far too much for my liking.
Overall the eye shadows are fab. They blend well, give a nice depth of colour and have a wide range of shades. They are a good size, and reasonably priced. Most of Maybelline claims here are true in terms of the Matte and Pearl finishes but I found the metallic shade of Silver to not work as well. A good eye shadow for everyday wear. I do think Maybelline need to re-look at their packaging of these items though as compared to their other items such as the innovative Dream Foam Foundation or their wide array of mascara's in their colourful tubes these look plain and cheap next to them.
I bought myself the "stormy green" shade, must say I love the name. The colour is, as I would describe it, a smoky olive or army green. I kind of liked all the colours that were available but think this one suits me best at the moment thus the selection of this one and purchase was made :)
The eyeshadow comes in a small black/transparent box (as shown on picture Dooyoo provided), pretty nice looking may I add. It is quite easy to open but if you use too much force (or are a bit clumsy since your hands are a bit weer) you can easily unintentionally disassemble the box, but you can fix it without a problem. The box is sturdy enough though to not open by itself when you have it in the purse or make up bag.
The eyeshadow comes with a brush that is not of top quality but it is still more than enough, considering there actually is one, many eye-shadows come without.
The eyeshadow is applied nicely with either a brush or with fingers, the colour spreads evenly and it is just intense enough that it still looks acceptable for anytime of the day (if you apply little, darker contrasts can be made with applying more eyeshadow). The colour I have can make your eyes look super mysterious and seductive, it is one of the eyeshadow my boyfriend likes the most. It is quite durable, I did not have to correct my makeup often. It is certainly one of the better eyeshadow I used recently, well especially in this price range.
It washes down without problems, I usually wash up with watter only (unless I have lots of mascara) and it comes off soon, with make up remover even quicker.
A minus on the box being easily disassembled and brush not being the best I still love this.
I purchased this product in dark brown, which I was eagerly anticipating having an excuse to use it! It came with its own little brush, which I really liked, considering most mono eyeshadows don't provide this and if you're like me, end up using your finger to apply! The colour is really rich and long lasting, and doesn't crease or fade as much as I had expected. It also blends really well to give a really nice look. This product also layers really well so you can create a more dramatic or natural look depending on your mood.
I was really impressed by this product especially for the price. It works really well using the included brush, or your old faithful brushes, as some shadows can have really poor transfer onto other brushes.
It takes a lot to impress me with eyeshadows as they can seem a bit samey, but this shadow is definitely one I would buy again and again, a real pocket money staple.
Maybelline Eye Studio Mono.......
I do tend to go through eye shadows like there is no tomorrow and usually I stick to using the same sort of natural shade. I do however flit between brands so the shade is slightly different along with the overall look.
I have been using this eye shadow for a month or so now and I feel it is a pretty good one. For the price of around £4 I purchased this item from Boots. I suspect I bought it when there was some sort of special offer going on as I try to always do this.
The eye shadow is of a good size although more or less a standard one in comparison to other eye shadows from other companies. The shade of this particular one that I have bought is called "naked Beige" (605) which doesn't sound overly exciting by this is my normal day colourings.
The look of the eye shadow is nothing overly special either although it does state that it has a "Precise Colour Applicator". The applicator never really bothers me as I tend to apply most of my make-up using my hands and finger tips anyway.
The eye shadow is set in the case which has a clear plastic cover enabling you to see the product inside. The little applicator is of a black colour and so is the base in which the eye shadow is set. The eye shadow has a sort of sideways diamond etching into it and the powder glitters slightly in the light.
As I say I use my fingers for application and this I find especially ease. With this eye shadow, you don't need too much to create a good coverage on the eye lids. A sweeping motion on each eye a couple of times to get the desired look.
The eye shadow tone is a nice colour which looks both natural and slightly shimmery at the same time. The colour lasts a good while too and pretty much will make the full working day without fading.
All in all I have to say that this little eye shadow is a good one. The price is a little steep if bought without some sort of offer on but I would say that it is worth it and I will most likely be buying it again. For these reasons, I will give it a 4 out of 5 star rating. The only minus mark being because its not very exciting. But then again I am the one choosing beige!
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I'm a fairly new convert to Maybelline make up and though I had their mascara, until recently I'd not used their eye shadow. However, all that changed when I went on a short visit and discovered I'd left my make up bag at home - an absolute disaster as I've been known to scare animals and children who see me without make up! Rushing to the nearest supermarket to buy some emergency supplies I found that the only eye shadow which roughly approximated my usual shade was Maybelline's Eye Studio Mono (750 Chocolate Chic) which is a powder shadow.
There is a reasonably extensive range of colours to choose from in both matte and metallic finishes. Although most of the colours are in pale, muted shades there are four or five darker colours in brown, green, blue and very dark grey so something to suit every eye colour.
This shadow costs £3.99 and doesn't appear to have a use by date so I consider it pretty good value for a product that will last approximately twelve months.
This eye shadow comes in the usual plastic container measuring about 5cm by 4cm with a clear lid so that it is easy to see the colour of the contents. The lid is slightly concave and has a saltire-shaped indentation which appears to be entirely for decoration because I can't see that this serves any purpose other than that. The container is more robustly made than many similar products and although the hinges are made of plastic, they do appear to be reasonably substantial and after several weeks of daily use are showing no signs of wear and tear. The lid is the click shut type and, again, so far this has proved to be enduring the daily use. I find that often with cheaper containers these clickers become loose and the lid eventually fails to close.
The black plastic base has a silver rim surrounding the contents with a separate section for the applicator brush. The applicator is the usual short stick of plastic with a sponge tip. The overall impression given by this container is of a good quality product.
The eye shadow itself has a creamy consistency which doesn't leave any powdery residue on the block of colour but adheres well to the applicator and transfers just as well to the eye lid. Chocolate Chic, which is one of the darker colours in the range, goes on quite a bit lighter than the colour would suggest but I found it easy to build up a deeper shade by applying additional layers. The powder also blends in well. Another plus point is that because of this more creamy consistency none of the powder drops onto the face during application.
The applicator, of course, is absolute rubbish and really not up to the task, except in emergencies such as mine. I was lucky and found a set of make up brushes so didn't need to use the applicator. The instructions on the reverse of the container say "Sweep onto eyelid" and I'm afraid you'd have great difficulty sweeping anything with this applicator. It's sole function, I would guess, is for use when you want to refresh your eye shadow during a night out.
This shadow stays on the eyelid well and remains matte, although if applied beneath the lower lashes, it does have a tendency to melt. It would be fair to say that I'm no longer in the first flush of youth and have what I prefer to call laughter lines around my eyes. I've found that this shadow doesn't run into these creases except in extreme heat and neither does it accumulate in the socket line.
If there is a down side, it is that during this recent very hot weather the shadow tends to lose its matte appearance but this just makes it look more like a cream shadow than a powder one.
It's a few weeks now since my cosmetics crisis and I've continued to use this eye shadow in preference to my usual brand and I fully intend to continue using this Maybelline eye shadow for the foreseeable future.
I've knocked a star off for the useless applicator and it's slight tendency to melt but overall I'm impressed with this product.
Why you'll love it / Eyestudio Monos have sleek packaging plus easy-to-use applicator / Our colour experts have created vibrant shades with intense colour pigments for an extensive shade collection / Our collection consists of gorgeous ready-to-wear shades that will suit any look, skin type or mood / Highly charged with pigments, all Eyestudio shades have an ultra-soft formula with a texture that is silky to the touch / Allows for perfect blendability, precise colour application and a light-weight feel on your eye-lids.