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Maybelline Eyestudio Eyeshadow Quad Natural Impact - (Shades of brown / bronze) Currently these eye quads are on sale at Boots for £7.19, with a three for two offer on them. I picked up this palette in my local boots, as it was fairly similar to the colours of the one I had before - I tend to lack imagination when it comes to day time make up. The package is set out nicely, with four colours - labeled 1 - 4, clearly. There is then instructions on the back, suggesting how these different colours can be applied. 1 - is a highlighter, and is to be applied under the brow. It is the palest shade in the palette, and it works well to emphasize the brow well in my opinion. 2 - is a shade darker, than one, and can be used as a base over the eyelid. I have to admit to not loving this shade on - it is a shade of pale khaki. As such I tend to skip this step - however it does give good coverage. 3 -It a shade of brown, which is to be applied to the crease of the eyelid. I love this shade, and for my next eyeshadow purchase I will be trying to colour match this shadow. 4 - is a bronzey / gold colour - which can be applied to the top, and bottom lash-line. I Again love this, and with the number three shadow, this is the most frequently used of the palette. Overall, I love the effects that I can achieve with this palette - it came with a handy foam applicator, one end of which is flat, and wide, and the other is more pointed and narrow allowing for precision when applying shadow to the lash lines. The applicator is not the best (although I never find they are when they come with an eye palette), although it does work well on the move for re-applications. I have experienced no issues of allergic reaction to the contents, and best of all, I have never seen the product 'crease' over the course of the day. It lasts well, and I can go all day without re-applying - although if I were to go out in the evening I would re-apply to ensure that it lasted all night. The plastic case has lasted well while I have been using it, although the one issue I had with the product over all. The number one shadow broke (I would like to point out that I hadn't been using it long, and hadn't yet used enough to 'wear it though'), and as I was in a rush, I emptied the powder in to the bin, and resolved to replace it the next day. Well - I realize this was my own fault, but by the time I had got to work, the number two shadow had gone, (and exploded all over my handbag)... This happened after I had been using the palette around 4 months. Personally I don't think I can recommend the product to be used in a traveling make up bag. I won't be buying the same style palette again, although the product it contained was great. It gets a 3* rating from me - and this was nearly a 2* - but I though one each for the strong packaging, the quality product, and the applicator seemed to be fair.
I have never owned any Mayabellne eyeshadows before but I have probably a dozen of their mascaras so my boyfriend picked this as on of my Christmas Makeup presents here are my thoughts. Packaging The lid here is a thick see through plastic that has a kind of indent in the middle. Not only is this great for seeing which eye shadow set you are picking up but this design looks kind of expensive. The bottom is black and on the white label it explains how these eyes shadows can be worn and has an ingredients list. There is a good quality applicator supplied too. Colour/effect Mine is in Blue Drama unfortunately there are no names for the individual shadows, but they consist of : 1 - a white 2 - a very pale blue 3 - an almost navy 4 - a dark grey All of these have a kind of metal effect to them, and are highly pigmented (shade 2 a little less than the others), these are also very easy to build up. I find that just one coat o shadows 1,2,4 makes a very good day look and I regularly get complimented on these. The colours really are very good. Formulation This is almost a creamy, although a powder they apply just like a cream. I have had problems with cream eyeshadow in the past and even though I love them I can't buy them. This is is the perfect solution for me. The shadows go on so easily and there is never any fall out, either when applying or during the day. Also I use a primer with this eyeshadow and it lasts the entire day without one touch up. This is much better than many other items them I also wear with a primer. The shadows are humidity proof not waterproof. On tiny issue is this crumbles when you get nearer to end but this is going to happen so I won't mark it down for this, Price and Availability Maybelline is one of those brands that can be bought virtually anywhere on the highstreet or online, but I have not seen these particular style of Maybelline quad in the shops for a while so you may need to go online. I have also seen them priced for anywhere between £2 and £7 but even the latter is a great price for such a perfect product. In conclusion Great quads from great brand will be repurchasing.
I love purple and i was looking for a new eyeshadow that had good pigmentation and staying power, went to my local Boots store and ended up coming home with Mayebelline eye studio diamond glow eyeshadow quad #11 Purple Drama which cost around £7 and i got 28 points on my advantage card too. These are available in different shades suitable for different eye colours with 4 complementing shades in each pallette. Comes in a black case with a clear lid with Maybelline logo on it with handy little double ended applicator inside that fits into the pallete case, one end for applying the eyeshadow and one end for applying the eyeliner. A 'how to create a look' demonstration on the back of pallette with easy numbered instructions. The eyeshadow: Feels silky and smooth to apply, blends really well and its creaseless (which is great for me as i hate eyeshadow that creases on my eyelid making me look years older) Shimmery pearly look without being over the top glittery and stays put for ages (i always use a eyeshadow base or foundation so that i get the best from eyeshadows), It can take a couple of make up removing wipes to get it off comepletely especially when using the darker shades. i would be lost without it as its handy for if im in a rush doesnt take no more than 5 minutes to create a look that doesnt look like ive slammed my face in the pallete and a liitle goes a long way so the pallete lasts quite long even with regular use. Good for both daytime use but can also be used to create a more dramatic night time look (and perfect size to fit in your handbag). In my opinion these are a must for everyones make up bag, Affordable and comes in shades to suit everyone and lots of looks can be created.
If you have read any of my other make up reviews you will know by now that I have way too much make up but I can't help it. It's a bit of an addiction! When I make myself up in the morning my eyes are my area that I focus on. I think they can be my best feature when I am properly done up so I am always on the look out for decent eye shadows. I was in Boots (Jeez the amount I spend in Boots you would think they would chuck me some freebies lol!) when I spotted a modern, trendy looking eye shadow quad set by Maybelline. I am a bit fan of Maybelline products so I picked up two of these to try. This review is for the Glamour browns set. The eye shadow is encased in a plastic rectangular case with a black bottom and a clear lid with Maybelline New York written on the top. On the black bottom of the set there is a diagram which shows you how and where to apply the four different eye shadows to your eye lid to achieve maximum natural impact with your eyes. The set consists of 4 "numbered" eye shadows. Number 1 and 3 are slightly larger than 2 and 4. Now of course when you start using the set the numbers come off as they are simply imprinting into the eye shadow but this is not a problem as they are in ascending order anyway so you know that the first one is number one and so on. Number one is the base shade and a yellowy, sandy brown. I find this applies well and serves well as a base for the other shades. Number two is a light sandy brown which seems to have a shimmer to it. This is for applying to your eye lid. I tend to not use this on it's own as it is just not stand out enough for me to last the full day. I find applied with number three it looks much better. Number three is a darker almost chocolatey brown. This is meant to be applied to the crease of your eye lid but I tend to just blend it along with the lighter shade two for a good neutral effect. Number four is a very dark brown and is meant to be the liner colour. I don't really use this other than to put a small dot in the corner of my eyes sometimes as I use an actual liner. The applicator brush does come with a thick end and a thinner pointed end for the application of the liner if you choose to do this. Now I have to be honest, I tried to follow the instructions on the back of the box to the letter initially and then found I just found it easier blending in the way I normally do and this is fine. Being that the colours are meant to be for shady smoky eyes they are obviously able to compliment each other and they do this very well. These are great for creating a neutral look but still look great. They last really well once on your eye lids and at £6.99 for a set of four eye shadows it is a decent enough buy. I would recommend trying these if you are looking for colours which will mix well and compliment each other.
On my last trip to Boots, I was struggling to find an eyeshadow that suits me. In the past, the only colours that have suited me have been in the Rimmel range but I didn't like their eyeshadows much and was casting around for an alternative. Walking past the Maybelline section, I spotted this particular palette and snapped it up. ***What it looks like*** As you've probably guessed from the 'quad' part of the name, there are four eyeshadows in each rectangular palette. My particular palette has a shimmery white shade, a shimmery green-blue shade, a shimmery mid-blue shade and a slightly less shimmery dark blue shade. Each of the four shades is clearly numbered 1-4, with 1 being the lightest shade and 4 being the darkest. Flipping over to the bottom of the palette, I notice that this is because technically you are supposed to use the lightest shade as a highlighter above the eyelid, sweep (2) across your eyelid, apply (3) to the crease of the eyelid, and use (4) as an eyeliner. To be honest, I doubt that I will actually use it in this fashion as I'm not specifically going for a smoky look and just liked the look of the shades! ***Using it*** Opening the palette, I was pleased to see that it contains an applicator brush as most of the Maybelline eyeshadows that I've bought in the past haven't had one and I've had to use my own. The applicator actually has two ends - one for regular eyeshadow application, and the other to get the liner effect with the darker shade. I've never used an eyeshadow applicator like this before so I was glad that this was the case - I'm sure that I'd get in a right mess trying to get a liner effect with just the 'regular' end of the applicator! The applicator gives a nice 'sweeping' motion and does the job quickly and easily, although you will probably need to spend some extra time ironing out any creases if you're applying more than one application. On average though, I've found that I can easily apply two applications of one of the eyelid shades in a couple of minutes so it's great even if you've not got time to spare. I don't know if it was just my particular palette, but I find it quite difficult to open it. In theory, you're supposed to be able to press up the lid to get inside it, but after some trial and error I've worked out that it's best to get my fingernail underneath the flip-up bit and lever it up like that as it definitely does open that way. ***What the shades look like*** Obviously I can only comment on the particular palette that I've got, but here's how my shades shaped up: (1) Highlighter base shade - This is quite a subtle highlighter shade and is more white than shimmery. Given that the other shades are quite shimmery in the palette, I expected this one to have much shimmer to it but it was more like a pale white eyeshadow. Despite this, it does catch the light so it is a highlighter in that respect. (2) Eyeshadow base shade - When I was applying this shade, it looked less strong than in the palette and I was surprised to see that the overall effect was actually quite bright and sparkly in the end. After one application, the overall look was more sparkly but a second application built up the colour to more of a block colour with some subtle shimmer when the light hit it so I guess it depends on whether you're going for a day or night look as to how much you choose to apply. (3) Eyelid crease shade - As a crease shade I don't think that this worked as the eyelid shade was a sparkly blue-green and this was a much stronger and darker blue. Instead, I chose to use it as a shade on its own as its shade gave a quite dramatic sparkly blue shade that would be great for evenings out. (4) Liner shade - Against the blue-green shade, it was far too dark and as good as cancelled it out but it was better against the darker blue shade. My one grip is that the liner end of the applicator is a bit too thick for drawing a thin line, and this tends to mean that the line drawn with the liner shade is very thick and takes up a good chunk of the eyelid crease shade - especially if you've only applied that one on half of the eyelid as recommended. As it happens, I didn't and chose to apply the crease shade across the whole eyelid but even then I found that the dominant colour was the liner shade and I might as well not have bothered applying the crease shade previously. After some experimentation, I've found that using the very end of the liner end of the applicator enables you to draw a fairly thin line that doesn't completely overpower the other shades, but you do need to be quite careful and this can be quite time-consuming so it's not the best method if you're pushed for time! ***How much it costs*** I paid £6.84 for the quad eyeshadow, which I thought was pretty good value considering that I've bought the mono eyeshadows (just one colour) in the past for just less than £4 and those weren't that much bigger than one of the shades here (if it was packaged alone). ***Overall Verdict*** Being predominantly shimmery, they don't last for too long so subsequent applications are necessary to retain the just-applied look. As I've already mentioned, it doesn't take too long to apply even if you're going through two or three of the recommended steps so you could do this quite easily on a quick trip to the loo and the palette is small enough to pop in the average handbag (even clutch bag, depending on the size). In terms of removing it, the lighter shades come off fairly easy with make-up remover wipes. The darker shades take a bit more work and I had to use two facial wipes to thoroughly remove it all. The crease shade (the mid-blue) in particular took a lot of removing. Having tried with eye make-up remover, it's a bit easier on the darker shades but still takes a good few wiping motions to get the bulk of it off so these aren't the easiest to remove.