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I first tried this eyeshadow when I bought it as part of a make up palette that included lipsticks as well. I was looking for a certain colour combination to do make up for a special occasion and so came across this eyeshadow and lipstick and thought it was perfect. The eye palette is called Crimson Crush and came with two super lustrous lipstick colours and two Illuminance Creme shadows.
Revlon say their illuminance creme shadow combines soft creamy textures with a luminous sheen and velvety finish. The colours of this eyeshadow that I got in the palette were silver and pink purple. I wanted the silver in particular and this really is quite a shimmery silver colour, quite a dark grey with a bit of sparkle to it. The pink purple is more of a lightish colour and again has some shimmer and depth in it. You can see when you look at them that that are both quite creamy and thick.
When I used these it was the first time I had used a creme eye shadow and I didn't really like it then unfortunately and I don't really like it now I have to say. I have tried to wear it several times but never really get on with it as well as I get on with a powder eyeshadow. As the creme is quite thick you only need a little bit of it to give your eye some shade but I find that no matter how much I put on my eye looks like a bit of an oil slick and like I have just swept some colour across my eye and not applied it properly. Also after wearing it for some time I definitely get that tell tale crease on my eyelid where the eye folds. I seem to get a build up of creme liquid and it is not a nice look, believe me.
I have found its best to apply this shadow with your finger as if you do it with a brush its then hard to get the brush clean again as all the creme just clumps to it and does not dust off like a powder shadow would. With a finger you can get a bit more definition but not much I have to say. I am not doubting the quality of this eyeshadow as I definitely think its good quality, you can see that in the colour and the consistency of the creme shadow but for me it just does not work unfortunately.
Browsing through my rather large makeup collection recently, I was pleased to find a boxed set of four eye shadows from the Revlon Illuminance Shadow range. Perfect I thought for creating a colourful and slightly dramatic look. Although I bought this product a couple of years ago, it is still available online and I am therefore keen to review it.
The Revlon Illuminance eyeshadow set is a mixture of four shimmery eyeshades which can be used individually or together for good looking results. Each colour option comes packaged in a small rectangular black case with the Revlon logo printed in shiny text on the top, and in my version this case also has a built in mirror underneath the lid. The lid has four transparent circular sections built in to allow the user to select the shades of eyeshadow that they feel will best compliment their eye colour.
There are a variety of colour options available within this range and an example of some of the colours that you can buy are as follows:-
- Blacks and Pinks:- 'Black Magic'
- Blues and Greens:- 'Electric Pop'
- Mauve and Purple:- 'Wild Orchids'
- Dusky Pinks:- 'Not Just Nudes'
- Blues and Purples:- 'Precious Metals'
Being someone who has green eyes I have always felt that purples exaggerate the colour of them and therefore opted for the Wild Orchids option, which as chance would have it is also the colour shown in the Dooyoo illustration.
This colour choice has four different purple shades. The lightest of the four is a very light pinky purple which is good as a basecoat for the eye or can be used as a good highlighter on its own. The second shade is a very blue purple and looks almost metallic in colour. The third eyeshadow is a very distinct mauve which sparkles in the light whilst the darkest of the shades is a deep aubergine purple, a colour which works when used liberally but I would probably not use it on its own as it would create a very heavy look.
Upon clicking open the lid it is possible to sample out the eyeshadow within. Unlike many other products this compact does not feature a sponge applicator and you will therefore need either a brush or sponge tipped applicator to apply the product, although I tend to use my fingers for good coverage.
The eyeshadow is a cream based product and therefore as expected feels very light and creamy in consistency. It is also completely odourless. The shimmer is very visible from the lightest to the darker shades and is what creates the illuminating effect.
Revlon claim that this eyeshadow will 'glide on effortlessly to give a silky smooth finish'. They also state that the eye shadows are fragrance free, irritant free and suitable for contact lens wearers.
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I bought my eyeshadow from Boots a while ago now and believe that I paid around £7.99 for my boxed set. However these eye shadows can currently be bought online from many cosmetics and pharmacies and are stocked on Amazon for just £3.99. In my opinion this makes them a bargain due to the variety of looks they can create.
As with all makeup products there are no hard set rules that apply to this product however I have found a number of ways to use this eyeshadow set. In my opinion it is good to use your fingers to apply this eyeshadow as the warmth of the fingers means that the product will spread better over the skin and will not tend to go slightly clumpy.
I tend to apply the four colours in four easy steps which are as follows:-
1. I like to start by applying the lightest of the eye shadows, namely the very light pinky-purple in my case, and spread it liberally over the eye socket. I start in the corner of my eye and go right up to the arch of my eyebrow to get complete coverage.
2. The second lightest shade is next, and this I tend to use in the corner of my eye, closet to the bridge of my nose.
3. With the third mauve tone, I tend to concentrate the colour in the centre of my eyelid and create a small band of colour which ends at the crease of my eyelid.
4. Finally the darkest of the shades. This I dot quite sparingly onto my outer eyelid, and if I'm after a more dramatic look I also sweep it around my entire eyelash line as an eyeliner. Finally the entire look is finished off with liberal coatings of mascara.
It is worth noting that should you apply with your fingers as I do, it is well worth washing them afterwards or you may find little dots of colour around the house- particularly on cream walls!
Although this is quite a long winded process I find that it looks great on nights out or on special occasions, taking care not to apply the darker colours to liberally when I know that I will be out in daylight or I may look like I have overdone it. However, the great thing about the four colours is that should you not want to use all four in one go you can pick and mix depending on your mood. In my case, the lightest of the four shades has now nearly run out whilst the darker shade is only half empty.
All the colours are incredibly shimmery and this assists in reducing the look of tired and red eyes and is therefore a great pick me up to instantly refresh the eye area.
I generally get very good results using the above method which not only look quite professional in finish but also serve to exaggerate the size of my eyes. This eyeshadow is very effective as a way to dress up on a night out however the eyeshadow does tend to wear off if applying to wear over the course of a whole day. The creamy finish of the eyeshadow means that it does sink into those little creases above the eyes plus the colour is likely to smudge should you touch your eye area without thought.
As for the 'glide on effortlessly' claim; well it does go on well with fingers but glide on I think is a bit of an exaggeration.
Overall I feel that this is a good product which although not top quality is good for the regular makeup junkie. The four colour options give flexibility and the price means that you can afford to buy more than one boxed set. The price is reflected in the quality of the product which isn't the best durability ever but is by no means the worst. I would therefore recommend this product as a great little colour palette for any makeup bag to pick up tired looking eyes.
I have rated this product four stars out of five as a reflection of my review above.
Thanks for reading!!!
I have never been a great believer in creme eye shadows as I am always a bit unsure about the way it lies on the eyes having used products similar in the past. However, I do remember when buying a Revlon product, I had come across a buy one get one free deal and these looked alright which is actually why I decided to buy them. There are a few different colours you can get on these but I went for the 'Wild Orchids' which are the pinks and purples as these are colours I didn't already have.
These eye shadows come in a black strip case with four circles which are the eye shadows. It has a clear plastic lid on it which opens and closes very easily and it has the Revlon logo printed on the case as well as instructions underneath and ingredients included. It is a very light weight design and you don't get an awful lot of eye shadow in each circle but it does last a while still.
These have been ophthalmologist tested and are also suitable for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes. These eye shadows are meant to be easy to apply and give instant luminous colour. It is meant to be a long lasting formula lasting a whole day and also be versatile for day and night wear. Now, having got the pink and purple shades I was happier wearing these in the night rather than in the day time as the shades might be too much for day wear.
Now, to apply these I just use my fingers as being creme shadows they clump up brushes and don't go on smooth unless maybe you use a sponge applicator. Now, I usually used the lightest pink shade first and then mix in the lilac and the darker lilac but the burgundy is quite extreme to wear on the eyes and seems more ideal for lips so sometimes I'd put a little on my lips for colour, I suppose everyone's different.
When applying these, I think they do glide on the eye lids really easy but the colour is so faint you really have to use quite a lot. Also the colours can look a bit silly at times being all pink and purple and I don't feel they do enough on their own you need additional eye shadows to make them work. Once the colour is on, they do catch the light really well for a highlight but I do think these crease a bit on the eyes and after an hour the colour starts to fade so I don't agree with them saying it is long lasting.
The eye shadows are probably better base colours for eye make up or also highlighting the brow area but for full eye colour, these just are not strong enough. Atleast with a powder eye shadow you know that it will last the whole time you wear it but with these you don't want the colour slipping off after dancing for a good hour or any time you are out so I'm afraid I wasn't impressed with these.
Boots and Superdrug stock the Revlon range and this product. You can get these at Boots for £6.99 but it is 3 for 2 on Revlon getting the cheapest free at the moment. You can also get these cheap on eBay some sellers are selling them for £3.99 with free delivery so take a look.
The Revlon website http://www.revlon.co.uk has more information.
Revlon - Illuminance Cream Shadow. Producer says: Crease resistant, colour glides on smoothly and stays all day, fragrance free, irritant-free. Suitable for contact lens wearers.
Classy, black plastic package with see-through windows, four colours 3.4g each. Package can be recycled.
My colour 715 Precious Metals 05 and 720 Moonlit Jewels 06.
Eye shadows are solid in package but when applied turn to cream. I always use finger to apply it, as warmth of the skin helps me to blend it better. You can achieve different intensively of pigmentation by applying less - great day look and office make up, when applied more is good for evening, stronger look.
I have dry skin on my eyelids - so I really like this product as in not drying out and giving moisture sheen to my eyelids, quick to apply with finger and ready to go. Colours are bendable, be careful to not put too much at it will crease.
I am not sure I if this product will work for people with oily skin, as it can simply slide off or accumulate in the crease.
I'm rather happy with this product! A friend reccomended this product to me and I decided to buy it for £6 at superdrug- quite pricey for 4 eyeshadows but it's wonderful! This product really illuminates your eyes and makes them stand out. I bought number 1 Wild Orchids and I was not disappointed! It contains four beautiful shades of purple. The impressive thing about this product is that you can always create a new look! You can mix and match the colours and be as creative as you like! The creme texture enables the colours to mix and blend perfectly.
The reason I had bought this product was because I was looking for a perfect eyeshadow to compliment my deep purple graduation dress and the lilac colours along with the deep purple colours on the crease matched my dress beautifully. In fact this eyeshadow palette even contains a bluey purple colour which also looks great with blue clothing.
I love the container! These eyeshadows come in a small cute black container with transparent circles which show the eyeshadow colours. The palette is small enough to fit in any purse or bag and doesn't take much space.
The only down side is that you can't wear it whilst doing some hardcore shopping as the colour eventually wears off and gives you a tired, washed out look. So I'll reccomend it to wear for a few hours. Overall, I was quite pleased with this product even if it's not long lasting.
I'm one of those people who seems to collect eyeshadows... I use them a few times and then they get discarded and this product is no exception...
The reason I bought it was because it had a gorgeous deep but bright blue colour. This was alongside a green, brown and a bronze colour...
The eyeshadows come in a row with a see through plastic lid so you can see the colours you are buying. The lid should clip off but I must admit that I always have trouble opening it and I end up sending the whole thing flying... having said that, with it being creme eyeshadow it doesn't go everywhere like powder does..
As for application, it does state to use fingertips but I use a brush and it goes on just as easy... I tend to wear eyeshadow on my lid and also all round my eye including the bottom of my eye aswell to give a bold look... I don't tend to wear it up to my brow..
I found that this stayed on quite well... it does feel quite greasy but it didn't crease that much as other reviewers have stated but that may be because of the fact I don't wear too much of it over the crease of my eye and upwards... it definitely stayed on all night without any touch up..
However, I'll admit that I do prefer a powder eyeshadow as the creme does feel heavy on your lids and you are aware that you are wearing eye makeup which you don't tend to get with powder..
Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow which I bough in silvery shades
I bought this product in a outlet store before I went on holiday since I really like wearing blended silver eyeshadow but the ones I have at home are in a large box so needed a compact one to fit in my make-up bag for holiday. To be honest I really liked the shades that I didn't even bother to see that the eyeshadow was a cream, which I have never used before so was a little intrigued.
The cream is really easy to apply as you can use your fingertips very effectively and gave a nice colour. However, I think as its a cream it can appear on your eye lids looking quite creasy and wrinkly. It also doesn't last long on your lids so I would not recommend this product as an eyeshadow. The colours might be tempting but the quality is not worth it.
I buy far too much makeup, but that doesn't stop me from continuing to add to my extensive selection. When I saw this eyeshadow quad from Revlon I was intrigued as I do not have any cream-based eyeshadows and the colours in this looked simply divine. I bought the 'wild orchids' colour set as I thought it would compliment my green eyes. I bought this in a Revlon outlet store for under £5, you can buy it at Boots for a little over £6. And be rest assured that Revlon does not test on animals.
The 4 different shades of eyeshadows come in a plastic container with a black base and clear fliptop lid. The lid is secure and won't open in your handbag. Alas, there is no mirror. Each eyeshadow is in its own little circle, so you don't have to worry about them blending together.
The colours: These are so gorgeous and remind me of a watercolour palette. The wild orchids set has a light pink, a very pretty light lilac, a light purple/lavender (this is my favourite colour), and a gorgeous dark plum.
As they are a cream I decided to forgo an applicator for the most part and just applied with fingers. They went on extremely easy and the colour was quite true to what was in the container, but less concentrated of course.
I put the first, lightest colour on my browbone, the second colour on my lid, the third on my crease and the last, darkest colour I used as a liner (for the liner I used a liner brush, not my fingers). They were very easily blended. However, I found it wasn't possible to build up the colour very much because the upper layer tended to just slide off what was already there.
The finish was pearly and very shimmery. The colours were not too bold, complemented each other nicely, and really made my green eyes 'pop'. So far so good right? Unfortunately, this is where it loses all its stars... The staying power is terrible. I found that by lunchtime only about half of the shadow was still in place, and the rest was concentrated in my eyelid creases. This did not make for a good look. By the end of the day, all I could detect was a slight pearly shimmer to my eyes, a whole lot of colour in my creases, and certainly not 4 different colours. I tried another day to set it with powder but this did not help.
Such gorgeous colours but shame about the staying power! I wanted so much to like it but there is no way I will buy this again, and it will make its way to the bottom of my very extensive makeup bag. If you have an occasion where you need to look great for about half and hour or so and then disappear from view, or if you want to reapply many times throughout the day, then I thoroughly recommend this product. If you require greater staying power, then this is not for you.
Highly blendable allows you to create artistic eyes /