Why are so many beautiful brown shadows named after something delicious, like Espresso and Chocolate? I call foul. It’s unfair.
For the O.M.R. (Official Makeup Record), you can’t eat this Espresso or this Chocolate, two beautiful matte browns in the Revlon ColorStay Crème Eye Shadow line, but since they’re on sale at Target right now for $5.99 each (regularly $7.99), you can use the extra change in your pocket to get an actual espresso or something chocolate.
GIRL YOU KNOW IT’S TRUE. I go buck wild for brown eyeshadows (probably more than the average bear, but what are you gonna do?). These two creams are on the cool-toned side, and they’re shades that you could totally use, like, everyday if you’re into natural-looking or no-makeup makeup, which I am.
Chocolate is a medium taupe-ish brown, and Espresso is a grayish chocolate brown. Both look equally delicious.
I reviewed some of the shimmer cream shadows from this line last spring, and I love them because they’re like sheer versions of the MAC Paint Pots. They’re long lasting, easy to blend, and they don’t look dry or heavy on my finely lined lids.
The matte versions are similar, I’m happy to report.
I love cool browns like these because I kind of have a hooded lid situation. My crease isn’t very deep, but using these is basically like painting shadows on lids. They make eyes look deeper than they really are.
But even if you aren’t looking to create illusions on your lids, I still think these are great for everyday looks, because they’re sheer. (But wait! Let me explain.)
Many makeup lovers equate sheer with sub-par quality, and it’s true. Sometimes sheer is a code word for cheap, but that’s not always the case. Some sheer shadows are really good, and sheer cream shadows are less work to use, because you don’t have to fuss while blending and blowing out those edges. You can seriously do your eye makeup — brows, lids, lashes, and maybe even liner if you’re super quick — in three minutes using one or two of these shadows.
Busy ladies (and gents), these are for you.
I wore both Espresso AND Chocolate yesterday for 10 hours without primer and saw very little fading. That’s good.
I have dry lids, by the way, so if yours are super oily, you may want to prep with primer first.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,