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After using them for a few months I am now a big fan of the Revlon 12 hour eye shadows and have several different quad sets. There is a good variety of colour options available with some neutral palettes such as the blushed wines collection which are perfect for day wear and give the barely there make up look. There are also darker options such as the sultry smoke quad set which is suitable for a good night out creating a good smoky dark eyes effect which my husband loves. I find them easy to apply and very smooth to blend on my skin. Unlike many eye shadows on the market they do not crease, smudge or wear off during the day. I have worn them during the working day, on a long haul flight and even whilst in hot climates. In all environments I have found them to be long lasting and smudge free, looking as if they have just been freshly applied. I also recently bought some of these sets for my stepdaughter and have converted her to being a fan of this product. My only slight criticism would be they are a little on the expensive side so watch out for them to be on offer.
I've fallen in love with Revlon thanks to their ColorStay Foundation, which is amazing, so I thought I'd give these a try. I have three of them now and although colour-wise they are not spectacular, I use them for when I don't want to worry about the lasting power of my shadows.
Packing doesn't stand out as something amazing, but you can clearly see your palettes through the transparent top when in a hurry, the applicators work ok and it closes good. One of the palletes is 2-3 years old and hinges are fine, closure is still fit.
Colour range is nothing adventurous, with a lot of pastels and classic shimmery and satiny finishes. I use the Revlon ColorStay 12hrs shadows mostly for daily, neutral or more toned down looks. Colour pay-off is good from my point of view, they apply nicely and blend easily.
Lasting power is high, I've wore it for 12hrs with no problems although I have oily skin. I did however use primer or foundation under it, which I always do, but still it seems not to work for a lot of eyeshadows.
As price goes, maybe they are not the best bargain, but get them at '3 for 2's and the likes and it will pay off.
I'm not brand-loyal and I'm always trying out different makeup brands and products, and when I saw this quad in Boots I couldn't resist giving it a go. Revlon is a brand which primarily consists of cosmetics, and you can find it in any local drugstore. Their products aren't too overpriced, most of the items are under £10 and so far I'm impressed with them! This is my first purchase from Revlon, this eyeshadow is from the 'Colorstay' range at Revlon and I purchased the shade 'Blushed Wines', which consists of 4 different shades that all have a pinkish undertone to them. You can also buy the quad in other colours, ranging from smokey to subtle colours. These neutral colour would look great with any eye colour, they really emphasize my blue eyes and make me appear radiant.
Packaging is very sleek, and professional looking. It is a smooth black case, with a clear removable cover ontop. The brand logo is distinctly placed on the cover along with the product information on the back. The package doesn't look cheap, however I imagine the cover could be easily broken if not handled with care. The case is lightweight and slips easily into any handbag or makeup purse. The product claims to last 12 hours and in my opinion it certainly does, even without the use of a primer. All of the colours are highly pigmented and long lasting, they also do not crease or cake. Inside the case are two foam applicatiors however I prefer to use a fluffy, eyeshadow brush instead as the foam applicators aren't ideal for blending.
I really love the shade I chosen, there are 4 shades in each case. In Blushed Wines, there are all neutral colours: first is a light, champagne colour that is perfect for highlighting your brow bone or as an all over lid colour or for your inner corners; the next is a light brown with a noticeable pink undertone, which can be used as a highlight also; there is a medium brown colour that is good for blending into your brow or to use at the outer corners of your eye and finally there's a dark brown colour that is great for the crease. The palette is very versatile and can be used to create subtle daytime looks or as a more dramatic evening look. All shades compliment eachother perfectly.
Luckily, all the shadows are fragrance free and free from harsh chemicals so they won't irritate your eyes or skin. The shadows are powder based rather than cream and do not smudge or need reapplying throughout the day. This product is easily comparable to my MAC and Clinique eyeshadows, this Revlon quad is maybe even better in my opinion as it always gives the desired look.
Overall, a superb quad. They are great for beginners too and very simple to use. This shade imparticular provides the four essential eyeshadow colours for any makeup kit: a highlight, a contour, and two smokey defining tones. These really eccentuate and enhance your eye's natural beauty. You can even wear just one of the colours by itself as a neutral look. Add some eyeliner and mascara too so your eyes really pop.
I highly recommend this palette to all makeup junkies, like myself, you can pick it up for £7 at Boots or Superdrug so it's not too expensive bearing in mind you get four colours and two applicators. A must have for any makeup bag!
I am a bit of an eyeshadow-holic so when I saw these come in, I couldn't resist trying them out, I bought the shade "sultry smoke" which is the blue/grey version in the range. The colours themselves are very nice and perfect for the winter, the packaging is possibly a little unimaginative but that's just me being picky (I've always been like that with Revlon products, aside from some of their nail varnishes, I've always thought they could do more to make their products stand out), but at least you can see the colours clearly through the panel on the top which makes it easier to find, the applicator also isn't the best but then I always use my own brushes anyway, so that's not a problem for me either.
The eyeshadow goes on quite nicely and smooth, I also find the colour builds easier than I thought it would, I had thought I would need a few applications to build up a dark colouration but a little seems to go along way, with this colour anyway (I haven't tried any others just yet). I generally use the three grey shades more than the blue as I find they compliment eachother quite well, howver the blue shade does make it look darker for a real smoky look. As someone who has used a lot of different eyeshadows to achieve a smoky eye, I would say that this is quite a good and easy to use eyeshadow quad set, and it does indeed stay on for a whole day without much smudging or loss of colour.
I give this product a thumbs up, I have been using it regularly now since I purchased it a couple of weeks ago and I think I would definitely try different colours in the range too, nice product Revlon. :)
I'm not "brand loyal" but if I had to pick a favourite "drug-store make-up brand" it would be Revlon. The products generally do what they say on the tin, the packaging is attractive, convenient and sturdy, and they make a foundation shade pale enough for my skin. I bought a couple of the ColorStay eye-shadow quads a while back because I was trying to branch out from my typical "pale matte eye-shadow with lots of liner, an over-load of mascara and killer red lips" look.
My first choice was Wildflower, a quad with a mint green, muted peachy orange, lilac and a taupe. My second was Coffee Bean, with a flesh tone, a pale taupe, a warm, earthy brown and a red-wine-brown. The shadows are slightly shimmery but not glittery, and when I tested them on my hand they went on smooth and even.
You can see the packaging quite well in the picture above so I won't linger too long on that. What you can't see is the flip up lid has a window to see the shades (like most eye-shadows) and has Revlon printed on it on the lid over the applicators. It's easy to open but won't magically open in your bag and spill everywhere.
Unlike most quads, this one comes not with a double applicator, but with two single ones: one wide and one narrow. I thought this was a particularly nice touch, and Revlon is probably the only eye-shadow brand which comes with applicators that are actually usable and not destined for the bin. The problem with these quads is not even the high quality sponge applicators can save the eye-shadow...
I've tried everything (sponge applicators, brushes, fingers, foundation sponges) wet and dry, over primer and bare skin and foundation and there is simply nothing I can do to make these work well. There are flaws that simply can't be overcome.
1) I've had less fallout with Barry M dazzle dust...
When I swatched the eyeshadows on my hand in Boots they went on smooth and even. When applying to the eye lids the first major problem is fallout. It's as though the powder is repelled from the applicator. Straight from the applicator to my cheeks. I can only conclude that it was a fluke testing in boots, and because my hand was horizontal the fallout went where it was supposed to go.
2) Then there's this odd flaking...
The fallout isn't even powdery, it's flaky. Even on the lids the shadow flakes and clumps. I've never encountered this before, not even with the cheapest of the cheap. They can't be smoothed over and it's not eye-lid oils because it happens before application. It seems to be an inherent characteristic of all 8 colours over the 2 quads.
3) It doesn't like to stay in one place...
Even if you manage to dislodge all of the flakes and apply to the skin, it doesn't stay in one place. There is this odd movement around the skin with the slightest touch and even without. It creases and becomes patchy very quickly.
4) The pigmentation is beautiful in the quad...
...but lacking on the skin. There's a lot of shimmer but no discernible colour in most lights. I imagine there might be more colour definition on darker skin tones but that's only if you get past the fallout, clumping, flaking, creasing...
I got a SLIGHTLY better finish with finger tips than brushes and sponges but nothing to write home about.
In any batch of a product there is the chance for a bad apple, but two bad apples from two separate lots, and I just happened to get them both? I doubt it. I can't bring myself to try another quad, I am certain I'd have the same issues.
All of these problems make for an uncontrolled mess on the face. They remind me of cheap, bright things you might buy a 6 year old playing dress up without the extreme pigmentation. But hidden behind a respectable brand name. And at £7.99 per quad (4.8g) a very expensive dress up indeed.
==Revlon 12 Hour colour Stay Eye Shadow==
The Revlon 12 Hour Colour Stay eye-shadow comes in a single shade or indeed a multi case of shades. I picked up the single shade for the mere price of £1 in Poundland not too recently and I have to say that it is probably one of the best eye shadows that I have ever used.
The normal price for this 2.4 gram case of eye-shadow is around the £3 region which is not too bad a price but getting mine for £1 was a true bargain if ever I saw one.
The colour of shade that I picked up was 04 Champagne and this of course was the main reason for me being drawn to this ever exciting shade of, more or less beige which is my usual shade of choice. One shade of, lets call it beige, is a little darker than I would usually opt for but by far the best shade of beige I own.
The box it comes in is a square one with a little clear plastic window in the black case where you can see the coloured eye shadow inside. The box opens and closes well and doesn't open unless you need it to. The little sponge applicator that is supplied is just a standard one but I never use these anyway as I tend to use my fingers for application.
The shade has a slight glitter to it but nothing that screams out teenager or even close but a far more subtle light reflective glitter that makes the shade appear light and summery. The eye shadow is easy to apply and a little bit goes a lot further than many of my other eye shadows. Once the product has been applied I find that indeed it does last for at least the 12 hours it states if I make sure not to touch my eyes but of course those eye rubs are hard not to do sometimes!
There is not a crease or line in the finished look of the eye shadow and it looks rich and of a really good quality and the colour is spot on for my own skin tones while still looking natural.
The eye shadow does look far more expensive than the £1 I paid for it and I also feel that because I am a contact lens wearer and this product is designed to be safe for people who wear lenses it is a much better option than many other brands.
I feel that this eye shadow is a really good one and I would probably be prepared to pay the full retail price for it if indeed I can't find it in Poundland again. I will award it a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and an exceptionally high recommendation.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
This range has got to be my utimate eye palette. I turn back to it time and time again. Sometimes I will have a brief flirtation with some hot new eye colour, but I always go back. They are especially useful in those horrible mornings when you really don't want to get out of bed, much less think about what eyeshadow to use.
This palette is available in plenty of different colour ways, each pack containing four toning shades and a handy foam applicator. The most popular shade is probably 'blushed wines' as it contains some great neutral shades, perfect for any complexion or eyecolour, and any occaision.
The four shades look great blended together, or even separately if that daunts you. My favourite way to wear them is to pick two shades, and shade the whole lid with the lighter, and fill in the inner corner with the darker. It takes about 5 minutes, and gives a great effect, with so little effort. Finish it off with a slick of mascara, and you look like you have spent a whole lot longer...
I have this quad in Sultry Smoke. I swapped it with a lady on Make Up Alley. I was quite excited about receiving it because I do love a smokey eye (as most people do!)
The quad is tiny. I thought it would be quite large and was quite disappointed at the size of it. I use it a lot anyway, regardless of the size.
Sultry Smoke is all the colours you'd need to create a dramatic smokey eye. There's a black, a dark grey, a dark blue and a very light purple. The formula is very good. There isn't any fall out when applying it which is really good for a black eyeshadow.
The pigmentation is the surprising part. I thought for a low end brand, that this Revlon eye shadow quad, would be basic pigmentation, as most others I've tried have been. I was pleasantly surprised. Pigmentation on these quads is amazing. Not a lot is needed especially with the black shades.
As for staying 12 hours, as other reviews have mentioned, there's no way you're going to be able to wear them for that long. You will definitely need an eye shadow base to ensure they last for the time you need them to. I use them with Urban Decay Primer Potion and they last for a really long time. All the colours compliment eachother.
Overall i'm really impressed with them. When I purchase eye shadows, I don't buy them for the staying power, as I do use a seperate base. I buy them for the pigmentation, and the Revlon Colorstay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quads really do not disappoint. I'm currently saving to get the rest of the quads especially the brown and neutral ones.
I'd recommend them to anyone and everyone.
As someone who loves cosmetics and good brands at great prices when I came across this Revlon Colourstay 12 hour eyeshadow in 'sultry smoke' for £2.00 in T.J Hughes I was simply unable to resist! I love dark, sexy colours on my eyes (which these are) and Revlon I consider to be a decent brand.
Black, plastic, recyclable. lift front cover up, oblong case with a see through plastic front and on the front tells me in white writing it's by Revlon. I can see my 4 colours through the 'window'. On the back tells me what it is and who it's by and promises ' Looks freshly applied for up to 12 hours', then lists the ingredients, tells me the weight (0.16oz) and contact details for Revlon. With my eye-shadows when opened I have 2 small sponge applicators, one larger than the other in black. Overall the compact is quite classy looking and I'm impressed of the mix of colours in all the different compacts, not just the one I purchased. I'm also impressed with the amount of eyeshadow in each colour. They are not tester size and there's loads!
Well I was going on a date with a hotty so I really wanted to look hot myself so out they came. I applied them over my foundation and pressed powder as I always do.
Now I prefer conventional eye-shadow, as in powder kind for ease of use and that's the main reason I purchased these, that and the colours. However, I found them quite difficult to apply. I found them stodgy and they embedded into my eye-shadow brush I prefer to use and as I applied they sort of clumped on rather than spread it was like they were damp but my skin was dry and I was applying the way I normally do with eye-shadows so I'm pretty sure it wasn't me, and I've been doing this for years! lol So I did find I had to use alot for an even coverage but even then I felt that it wasn't that even really and I had to use alot of product which means a) it isn't that economical and b) eyes felt heavier than usual.
However it didn't look bad or anything after quite a bit of work and I found that the make up didn't smudge as I kept having to apply more. I had no flakes dropping everywhere and overall I wasn't in any mess with these which is great when your using very dark colours (these ones are dark blue and greys).
Also while I was out I had no smudges and eyes didn't feel grubby, dirty or in any way agitated.
Now my eye make up did stay put about 5 hours. When I looked in a mirror I noticed my darker colour on the two shades I had used had faded a little bit and gone a bit patchy and also I had a couple of little creases. It was only visible on inspection. The problem with this is that I don't think even if I had the compact with me that I could of smoothed these problems out by reapplying. I think it would of given me a bigger problem and made a mess. What did stay on my eyes ( the majority) was still very vibrant and vivid. Removal of this product is as easy as removing any other decent eye-shadow with a decent remover.
For the money I paid I'm quite happy to wear this on times when I know I only need it for around the four hour mark. Any longer or it hot nightclubs etc I wouldn't advise this, particularly with so many options of better make up around. It's nice enough but there's nothing special about it and I did start to worry that my problems were going to get worse had I stayed out longer, yeah I'm vain I know lol I think this product would serve better in lighter shades and for me I'm not sure when I would wear these colours in the day lol
Lets hope Mr Hotty stays put longer than this make up!
I've seen these compacts in Boot's and in Superdrug for about £6.99 but do look in T.J Hughes!
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I love this eye shadow. No, it doesn't last for 12 hours, but even if it did, I'd have to refresh it just because I'd have to refresh the rest of my makeup before 12 hours. But it does look fresh through my 8-5 workday, which is more than I can say for most of the eye shadows I've used and spent a lot more money on.
Silky smooth, blendable powder shadow with SoftFlex wonãt crease or smudge, staying flawless and beautiful for up to 12 hours / Color coordinated quads provide expert mix and match ability for your most gorgeous eyes ever / Available in 14 shades /