For a penny less than $10 (and sometimes less than that on sale), these Maybelline Eye Studio Plush Silk palettes are some of the best drugstore palettes around.
I’d been so really impressed by the couple I picked up earlier this year in Sapphire Sire and Give Me Gold (both permanent, so you should still be able to find them in stores) that I recently went back for more.
They’re packed with pigment and therefore easy to build up in layers (read: I don’t have to spend hella time buildnig up the colors), and it only takes a few swipes from my brush to blend the colors together, which makes them great for gradients and looks involving multiple shadows.
Plus, I can totally swoosh these on my lids in the morning, do my cat’s bidding all day long, and know that my eyeshadow will look just as fresh at gravy time 8-10 hours later.
Until today, though, it never occurred to me just how similar these are to YSL’s (much more expensive) eyeshadows. In the case of Desert Fantasy, the tabby tum-like texture, seamless blending and creative combination of colors remind me of something you might find basking on a Yves Saint Laurent counter.
If you’ve got YSL dreams on a Pop Tart budget, it’s dream time, babe! Catwalk down to your favorite drugstore, and check out these palettes.
There are a number of potentially winning palettes in the permanent line, but don’t miss the four limited edition “Fall 2013 On the Runway” palettes ($9.99 each).
Ohmigosh! — they’re seriously beautiful.
They feature brown, gold, black and khaki neutrals; and dreamy jewel-toned teal, blue and purple. When I bumped into them the other day at Rite Aid (I wanted a Vitamin Water), I was like, “Oooh, this one needs a nice lady to adopt her… And this one. AND MAYBE THAT ONE TOO!”
Even at $10 each, despite being on the higher end of the drugstore palette spectrum, these still cost a lot less than a $55 YSL palette.
Granted, I wouldn’t call them YSL dupes. I mean, with YSL, I think you do get slightly richer pigments and brighter shine, but the Eye Studios are enticing $10 alternatives. I also detect a smidgen of fallout from them, too, but seriously, for $10?? Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing.
If you’re interested, might I suggest starting with Desert Fantasy?
Inside you’ll find…
- A sheer matte black, which may not be bold enough for hard-core MAC Carbon girls, but beginners, and anyone else who sometimes struggles with smokey eye looks, might appreciate the added control the sheerness provides.
- A shimmery khaki, which buffs down to a gorgeous gold
- A bright, high-shine yellow gold
- An absolutely epic peachy gold — like a pressed version of MAC Melon pigment
The palette might be named after the desert, but Desert Fantasy’s colors remind me of autumn leaves.
Regarding availability, well, do you live near a Rite Aid or a CVS? If so, good, because Desert Fantasy doesn’t appear to be as readily available online as the palettes in Maybelline’s permanent collection.
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now online and at Rite Aid, CVS and other drugstores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Cat lady says what!?