Hop on a unicycle, hitch a ride with a team of sled dogs, or lace up those rollerblades — use any means necessary to get thee to a drugstore to see these new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Eyeshadows ($7 each) up close.
The potent pigments span an eclectic range of 10 colors from neutrals to brights, and either worn by themselves or as bases for powder shadows, these budget beauties can swagger all night long.
Maybe not the 24 hours advertised, but 10-12, nevertheless.
Of course, there is a catch (isn’t there always?)…
To coax out that kind of wear time, I have to wear them with something else — something like a primer applied beneath them or a powder shadow on top — and really pack them on my lids with a finger or a firm synthetic brush (like the MAC 249).
Even when I don’t, though, these shadows still hang tough for 5-6 hours before succumbing to creases and fading.
Not bad for seven bucks.
Their fluffy, smooth texture reminds me of the pricier Make Up For Ever Aqua Creams, but I think the Aqua Creams do have them beat in terms of drying time, which could be good or bad, depending on your point of view (or in my case, how far I’m running behind, haha), and longevity. MUFE’s versions last me 14-16 hours, versus 10-12 for these.
If you prefer brights, check out Tenacious Teal and Edgy Emerald. Both should look great by themselves or as bases for teal/green eye looks.
Wearing Bad to the Bronze
Top row: Fierce & Tangy, Pomegranate Punk and Painted Purple; Bottom row: Tenacious Teal and Edgy Emerald
Top row: Bold Gold, Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze; Bottom row: Too Cool and Audacious Asphalt
Swatches from the left: Fierce & Tangy, Pomegranate Punk, Painted Purple, Tenacious Teal and Edgy Emerald
Swatches from the left: Bold Gold, Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze, Too Cool and Audacious Asphalt
Oh, and do you remember the MAC Fafi Collection from way back in the spring of 2008? It featured some of my favorite limited edition Paint Pots of all time (hello, Perky!), and I see a few similarly fun, punchy colors here. Pomegranate Punk reminds me of a slightly redder version of Nice Vice; Edgy Emerald, like a greener version of Rollickin’; and Bold Gold turns up the warmth on Cash Flow.
I wish these lasted longer without primer, but for $7, I think they’re still a steal.
PRICE: $7 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at drugstores everywhere
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,