Sunday, February 28, 2010

"Tempted by the fruit of another..."

Let's talk eyeshadow, shall we?

I've mentioned before that, for the most part, my heart belongs to high end eyeshadows. They're usually more pigmented, easier to blend, long-lasting, and just higher quality in general. That being said, I'm definitely not a makeup snob. I love my drugstore mascaras more than anything, and I often venture into the beauty aisles, tempted by the shiny displays and allure of low prices, ready and willing to give new products a try.

The other day I was perusing the various sparkly displays Walgreens was trying to entice me with and I came across a new range of eyeshadow quads by Maybelline.

These are the Eye Studio Quads and there's quite a selection of colors. Almost all of these are quite shimmery and let's face it, anything that shimmers is something I NEED to have in my life.

Unfortunately, the price point is a little higher than your typical drugstore eyeshadows - I believe I paid around $10 for this quad - so I fought my initial instinct and only grabbed one palette, the Taupe Temptress.

The verdict? Surprisingly wearable, despite the immense amount of shimmer. It really borders on glitter, actually, especially the white highlight shade, but not too intense. The colors are all really pretty and the staying power was quite good (at least when used on top of Urban Decay Priming Potion - not sure how it is without it). The combination of the four colors gives you a great range of options and I was impressed with how easily they all blended - I've had problems before with other Maybelline eye shadows that wouldn't blend worth a damn.

The texture is super soft so be careful when using a brush to apply as it can get very powdery, but it's really smooth and any stray flakes come off easily. Also, don't be dismayed by the high shimmer effect. The effect is pretty subtle unless you load on layer after layer.

Yay Maybelline for coming out with a great eyeshadow!

Has anyone else tried these? What do you think? What about the other products in the Eye Studio line, like the eye shadow duos or gel liners?

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SB on February 28, 2010 at 8:09 PM said...

oh wow. How I love love eyeshadow. Can I link back to your site on my post tomorrow???

not too serious i hope

leelee on February 28, 2010 at 10:20 PM said...

Of course, anytime!

I adore eyeshadow! I seriously have drawers filled with it. :)

Kim on March 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM said...

I've been wanting to purchase these for a while, but the Maybelline Eyestudio products sell out soooo quickly in my area. It was hard for me to find the gel liners. I want these too though.

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leelee on March 3, 2010 at 6:05 PM said...

Hey Kim, I'll definitely check out the giveaway and enter!

As for the Eyestudio stuff selling out I've actually noticed that a lot of the colors are gone now, I must have gotten there right after a shipment because everything was in stock.

I grabbed one of the gel liners (the plum colored one), too, but I'm not as thrilled with it as I am the eyeshadow. I plan to do a review on it pretty soon so check back for more details :)