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There are certain items of make up which I tend to wear on a daily basis. One of those is generally an eye shadow. I have what seems like hundreds of different brands of eyeshadows ranging in shades, textures but one thing they generally have in common is the majority tend to be neutral colours or paler shades that are not so vibrant. I do have my favourites and those that I use all the time but when I see a new eyeshadow that I haven't tried before I will always give it a ago in the hope it will be suitable.
On of those 'new items' was discovered several months ago whilst browsing an online make up store and though for the bargain price of £2.50 I would give it a go. That item in question is Maybelline Eyecolor Express which as far as I am aware has since been discontinued by Maybelline so is only available generally via the internet where prices will vary as will the shade options and according to my little bit of research there was only 4 shades to start off with.
== Express ==
This particular eyeshadow is a loose eyeshadow so it isn't solid. Maybelline promises that within just one stroke it will give you a striking colour. Maybelline have given it a formula which is made up of high concentrated pigments which give a vivid colour without caking or creasing.
== Packaging ==
The eyeshadow comes in colour co-ordinated packaging depending on the shade you buy. Regardless of shade it comes in a little black circular plastic pot with a long, slender handle which is attached to the applicator.
== In Use ==
To use the eyeshadow you simply unscrew the handle which has the soft foam tipped applicator attached to it and sweep it across the eye. Because the applicator tip has been resting in the loose eyeshadow there is no need to do anything extra other than apply it directly onto your eyelid.
I found that application was incredibly easy as one sweep of the applicator and I found that it provided enough colour across my eyelid without the need of re-application. Despite being a loose powder you don't get any excess or waste which is great. It goes on incredibly smooth and doesn't crease, it instead gives a nice even finish which blends nicely.
The shade I opted for was 'Vintage Rose' and it is I would guess classed as a dusky pink which has undertones of more neutral browns just with a pink hue which although I wouldn't normally go for anything pink but it really is a lovely warming shade which is gentle and not overly vivid. An ideal everyday type shade.
I find that this eyeshadow does last quite well but after about 6 hours although it doesn't crease or wear badly it does need re-applying just to keep the shade looking as good as it should be which for me isn't a major problem given how quickly it is to apply. That and the fact that it comes in such slim packaging it can easily be carried in your handbag. Needless to say it is very easy to remove and comes off with a simple make up wipe.
== Overall ==
I am more than happy about finding this little bargain as it was a shade I wouldn't normally go for but I'm glad I did. It is incredibly easy to apply, although once it starts to run out you do need to shake the base a little for it to get onto the foam applicator which I guess is a slight downside to it's packaging but overall I like the fact that it gives a decent, easily blended colour which won't crease.
I think it is definitely a bargain buy and I would recommend it to those that are eyeshadow obsessed as it is a handy item to have in the make up bag and it won't break the bank should you find it in a suitable shade! 4 stars from me, dropping 1 for re-application time and that it is now discontinued so won't be always easy to find.
== Product Information ==
Price: £6.19 - original price from Boots
Availability: Limited due to being a discontinued item