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Change from a quid
This is yet another one of the products I bought recently from a website that sells cut price cosmetics. I paid 99p for this, and you will find it online at a range of prices, but I very much doubt you'll find it anywhere on the high street! It comes in a range of shades, from purple and blue to brown and grey, and the one I have is in the shade "Casual Brown".
According to the packaging, this is "high intensity colour that glides on smoothly". The unique design of the applicator give a mess free subtle wash of colour that is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
A little odd looking ...
So my first impressions of this product were that this is very odd packaging! The powder comes in a small bottle with a very long black lid - the sponge applicator is at the end of the lid.
Before use you have to shake the bottle to get the powder onto the applicator, and it makes a rattling sound like some bottles of nail varnish tend to. You then unscrew the lid to reveal the sponge applicator tip which is quite short and rounded.
The shadow I purchased is a beautiful pale gold shade with a touch of shimmer to it. It is very neutral and despite the shimmer it is subtle enough for daytime wear and you could ramp it up for the evenings by adding darker shadows to the lashlines and corners of the eyes. I have also applied this shadow without a primer (which is unheard of for me) and it stayed on without creasing or fading for hours.
So the shadow itself is really lovely quality and a very pretty shade. But the sponge applicator is just plain strange! Although it is quite simple to use this to "draw" on the eyelid, it is a little uneven and I have to run my fingertip over my lids to smooth this out. It just all feels a little unnecessary and I really fail to see the benefits of this style of applicator. The bottle is also a really odd shape and this makes it quite awkward to store - is it bigger than an eyeshadow needs to be and I just don't really like the look of it.
In summary ...
I really like the colour of this eyeshadow - it's pretty and has good staying power. But the applicator is just plain odd and sort of pointless - it has no benefits over the normal type of eyeshadow and although it is easy enough to use I don't really get it. I will keep using this as I love the eyeshadow itself, and I am happy that I picked it up for a quid, but I would really prefer it if it just came in a normal little pot like other eyeshadows!
Product Information: Maybellines Shadow Stylist eye color comes in a variety of shades: Sultry Black, Sleek Brown, Urban Grey, Contemporary White, Elegant Pearl, Vintage Champagne, Opulent Green, Casual Brown, Romantic Pink, Rich Violet, Sophisticated Wine and Trendy Blue. The two colors I have are Casual Brown and Romantic Pink, thats what Im judging from. Maybelline says their product gives pure, high-intensity color and precise, mess-free color. This is mostly due to the unique sponge-tip wand. Its dermatologist tested, safe for sensitive eyes, and fragrance free.
Packaging: The eye shadow comes in a small, cone-shaped bottle with a black cap and a base that shows what the color inside looks like. When opened up, one will find a sponge used to apply the color.
Application: Its true, this color is intense! If you want vibrant color, I suggest using the sponge to apply all over the eyelid, but for those of you more modest in your shadow, apply in the crease and blend outward. This technique gives subtle color without being too intense.
Personal Opinion: To tell the truth, this is not the best eye shadow out there. It works well (after you get the hang of it), but the sponge tip doesnt seem to work better than any other applicator Ive used. I really like the wide variety of colors, but I would stick to more natural colors because their so vibrant on their own. These would probably be good for a night look, but their so bright that they may look odd during the day.
Gives pure, high-intensity color /