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If, like me, you have shimmery glittery eye shadows then this is the one for you! If is matt but does not like chalky. The colour goes on really well with either a foam applicator or a brush. I love this eye shadow as I really do not like shimmery shadows and it is hard to find matt shadows just now. The pigment is really good too so it will last for ages I reckon.
I have recently been on a mission to update my make up bag and simply get myself some nice quality make up instead of the tat that I have held on to for years but I didn't use!
I picked this up on Amazon a while ago and it cost me just £3.99 (including postage and packaging) and I bought it in the colour option Rich Sable which is a nice rich brown though I could have bought it in Aubergine, Luscious Lime, Peach Sorbet, Venetian Blue or Rivera Blue.
This comes in a black plastic compact with a see-through plastic window to the top of it and on the the lid of it we are clearly told what it is and who it is by and on the base of the colour is stated, we are told that it weighs 23g and contact details for the manufacturer are given and the lid is hinged and inside and under the pressed colour there is a black plastic one ended soft spongy applicator. It looks a nice compact and you get plenty of product for your money.
Well this colour is matt so that of course means that this has no sheen to it. My colour is rich and nicely pigmented, has no fragrance to it and clings onto the applicator really well that is provided though I tend to only use this to line my eyes with the colour and use one of my own make up brushes for applying it really, again the powder clings just as well to those too.
Its easy to apply, feels smooth and soft on and does give a very nice matt effect. It blends with other colours of other brands that I use and stays put all day long till I come to remove it with my usual make up removing routine which it does easy enough!
All in all I really like this, its easy to use and looks great quality, lasts ages on and in the case and if I liked any of the colours on sale I would buy more of these though I don't so I'll just be sticking with this one for now lol.
Available from all good chemists, Ebay and Amazon.
I bought this eyeshadow in the shade 003 Pink - a flattering pale pink colour, which I picked because it seems like a good everyday colour and consistency for natural but not naked eyelids. I was not disappointed!
The packaging is simple and certainly nothing to write home about, but opens easily and doesn't leak or break. It comes with a little sponge-tipped applicator - fairly standard stuff. The smell of the eyeshadow is quite strong and a bit soapy / powdery / makeup-y (no big surprises!). The eyeshadow is ridged, which allows you to pick up more with each sweep of the applicator - timesaving and good for coverage.
The consistency of the eyeshadow on the applicator (or finger, as I like to use) it quite powdery and when I apply it to my eyelids it doesn't go on amazingly evenly, but blends well and can be built up a bit. The shade is flattering, opening up the eye area and looking natural yet "made up". The powder is not as fine as some eyeshadows, which is a shame, but it is a nice colour and certainly as matte as it says on the tin.
With regard to lasting, I would say it lasts an average time - certainly not all day on me, but does not particularly crease so if you don't mind it disappearing a bit throughout the day / night it is OK. I would be interested to try a dark shade of this eyeshadow to see if that lasts any longer, but I certainly don't find that this pastel pink one does.
My biggest bugbear with this eyeshadow is that within literally weeks of buying it, it got al broken up in my bag. I now have the choice of a) throwing it away after a few weeks or b) keeping it and getting annoyed every time I open it and powder "explodes" all over me. This is a shame, and because of this I am not sure if I would buy it again. However, the choice of colours is good, and the formula and packaging acceptable, so I may try another if a colour appeals.
These little beauties are immense. (If you read many of my reviews, you will realise i use words like 'amazing' and 'immense ' quite a lot. This does not devalue my views, I just get verrrry excited about make up)
Basically, Matte make-up is IN. It's really easy to wear, and all complexions can get away with it, depending on which shades you choose. Revlon is the first (and to date, the only) High street brand using this innovation. They created a Matte range about a year ago, and it has proved very popular, especially with the fash pack...
These cuties come in a teeny compact, with a surprisingly large pan of shadow. You also get a fairly decent sponge applicator, and the packs are sealed for hygeine.
Depending on where you shop, you will be able to choose from up to 8 different shades, ranging from a gorgeous delicate pink, to the cyan blue shown in the picture.
But what does it all mean?! I hear you ask!
Well, Matte means versitility. Applied alone, this product gives you an amazing intense pop of matte colour. This is the desired effect for those wanting to follow fashion, but also for those who just want to look good. A matte finish means that your eye sockets will pop with your colour of choice, your eyes will look bigger and brighter, and any fine lines and wrinkles will be obscured.
You can of course mix the product, or use it with/over another eyeshadow to really mix up your look. Why not try it with a similar shimmer to create amazing effects?
The lack of shimmer particles also reduces it's tendency to crease or drop, leaving you looking perfect for longer.
Where as the rest of the world has been happily lapping up all the glitter, shimmer and sparkle they can handle for the last ten years, I have been patiently waiting for something a little more sophisticated, old-fashioned and grown up. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of matte make up available if you know where to look and have the disposable income to fund a MAC obsession or a rich partner to buy you all the Bobby Brown in the world. But since both my girlfriend and I are students, and I can't convince her make up is an "essential", I am somewhat limited in my choice of make up brands.
When Revlon released their matte range in the US in 2008, I found myself disproportionately over excited, because
a) it had all the signs of being compatible with my new "pin-up girl image" and
b) it would eventually come to the UK (I hate the the states get all the good stuff first...)
I almost had some sent to me from the US, but lack of money combined with the inevitable customs tax brought on some much needed patience. Roll on 2009...
There are 9 eye shadow colours in this range:
VINTAGE LACE - a creamy ivory
PEACH SORBET - a warm and inviting peach shade
PINK INNOCENCE - a powdery slightly cool baby pink
LUSCIOUS LIME - a vivid yellow green
VENETIAN BLUE - true to its name this is the distinctive shade Venetian blue, a bright true blue, neither green nor purple toned
TEMPTING TEAL - a dark forest green
RICH SABLE - a warm, rich, milk-chocolate brown
RIVIERA BLUE - a rich navy (The one in the image)
AUBERGINE - a muted, dark, warm purple
There are nudes, neutrals and brights, and they are all very complementary when used in combination. it's a small range but they are key shades and highly versatile.
The shadows come individually in small, square, matte black cases with a clear window to see the eye shadow which is pressed in a geometric, zig-zag wave. You should be able to see this well enough from the picture but the first time I saw them I was convinced it was two shades in vertical lines; you know, the kind you're supposed to blend together. I've always found that to be a bizarre feature... It's a very pleasing presentation when you first buy the eye shadow but it soon wears down through use. I can't help but wonder if it is as much to reduce the amount of product as it is to enhance the visuals, but it certainly emphasises the matte-ness of the shadow, and I also find that it helps you see the actual colour since you're seeing it both highlighted and in shade at the same time.
The cases have a hinge at the top and open at the bottom. They are secure when closed but "click" open easily enough, though you might find it easiest if you have longish nails. Inside, the eye shadow is about the size of the window on the case and there is also included a small sponge applicator. Normally I throw away applicators that come with eye shadows, because in all honesty they are almost always crap and I prefer to use brushes, but the quality of these is actually so good that I use only them. It also helps because then there is one applicator per colour and I don't have to wash my brushes as often, just use them for blending when I use this range.
*USE AND RESULTS*
The eye shadows have a silky-soft, velvet texture to them. The powder is very fine, but well pressed to minimise fallout and waste. Matte eye shadow is notoriously difficult to use and blend, but the fineness of these makes them very versatile and easy to apply. Blending isn't a chore, whether it's blending up to the brow or into another colour.
I don't use a primer, though I do apply foundation to my eyelids, and I find these don't crease within a couple of hours of applying, even the darker shades which is almost unheard of. They don't go on "patchy", where most of the colour clings to any damp or oily spots either.
Some of the shades are quite bright, but because they are matte they look sophisticated and classy and even the Venetian blue and luscious lime can be used every day without looking overdone. The lack of shimmer/glitter/sparkly makes them slightly understated.
The lighter shades (Vintage Lace, Peach Sorbet and Pink Innocence) make excellent highlighting shades, though I primarily use them on their own, lining my upper lashes with liquid liner and my water line with Kohl to create an innocent, classy pin-up look, teamed with a bold red lipstick (especially the Revlon Matte ones).
The darker shades (Tempting Teal, Rich Sable, Riviera Blue and Aubergine) are fantastic if you want to do a smoky eyed look with a colour that isn't black or grey, and they all look fantastic.
*AVAILABILITY AND PRICE*
It's been around a year since these became available and I am sad to say that some of the shades are hard to find at the moment, in particular Peach Sorbet and Luscious Lime, but the other shades are freely available wherever Revlon is stocked. I wonder is Revlon are discontinuing them or if they just sold out faster than anticipated...if anyone known leave a comment!
The eye shadows come individually a for £4.99 in most places. Very good value in my opinion because like most good eye shadow they last for a long time if kept dry and safe. They don't need too much babying though-they're frequently getting lost in the bottom of my handbag and I've never had one break on me.
I'd really recommend these to anyone who likes matte or classic make up, especially anyone who has always found mattes hard to work with, to try these, they'll surprise you. In a good way.
© L Wade 2009