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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: Maybelline Color Tattoo By Eyestudio

I'm going to spare you the narrative and cut to the chase. Christmas got merrier when I found these at my local CVS. The Maybelline Color Tattoo line claims to be long-wearing (24hours, to be exact) and highly pigmented. They do not disappoint.

From the left: Too Cool, Bold Gold, Bad to the Bronze

 Too Cool is a frosty white with even pigmentation. Bold Gold is a frosted gold, heavy on the frost, but maintains solid pigmentation as a yellow leaning, true gold. Bad to the Bronze is a frosted bronze with great color payoff that is a more neutral bronze, good for both warm and cool undertones. Bold Gold is very similar to Indainwood by MAC and perhaps #11 by MUFE. Too Cool is a dupe for MUFE #4.

From the left: Painted Purple, Fierce & Tangy, and Edgy Emerald
Painted Purple had more of a sheen in contrast to the previous trio that were frosted. It is a blue-leaning purple that I found to have spotty coverage. It tends to pool around the edges of the blending area, leading to a streaky application. Of all of the colors I purchased, this was my least favorite as spotty coverage can't really be worn alone or under shadows. Fierce and Tangy is my favorite for the potential it has. As an exact dupe for MUFE #10, it is an opaque tangerine color with a gold shimmer that isn't overwhelming.Although I don't know that they are safe for lip wear, I couldn't definitely see this as both a lid and cheek color in the dead of summer.Finally, Edgy Emerald is a blue-leaning green with a sheen, but no shimmer.

Overall, the shadows take longer than the higher brand counterparts to dry down, but when they do, they are there to stay. I have the ghosts of swatches past on my arm to prove it. As I said before, the purple was disappointing in it's application, but aside from that, these are a must for anyone looking for a good eye base or dupes for high end cream shadows.

Of the colors I didn't try, Audacious Asphalt is a dupe for MUFE #1, Pomegranite Punk is a dupe for MUFE #17. There was one matte shade in the line called Tough as Taupe that is a lovely grey-brown and an asset to those who value matte shades.

Would love to know if anyone picked some up!

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