I have no idea why it has taken me so long to write about the Maybelline Color Tattoo line of cream eyeshadows. As you may know, I’m a big fan of cream shadows. I know that not everyone is. I’ve got dry eyelids, so I have no problem with cream shadows sliding around on my eyelids. Instead, I find them hydrating.
I’ve got about 10 of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows and here’s a few of them (you can see I’ve got a neutral trend going):
a mix of metallics, shimmers, mattes, and two of the new matte shades for Fall that I have heard are going to be part of permanent collection. I picked up two of the new ones…
on the Maybelline display that also holds The Nudes powder shadow palette. I stood there in the aisle debating whether to go for The Nudes or pass. I passed because I already own the Naked Basic palette that I still haven’t reviewed, and I just received Viseart’s neutral matte palette that I picked up on Alcone’s 4th of July sale. If you like nudes, the Maybelline palette looks quite nice, is perfect for travel and costs about $10. It has the traditional nude shades, a beautiful gold, and some dark shades for the crease or a smoky eye.
From the four new Color Tattoo shades, I bought Vintage Plum which is just that and Deep Forest, a brown shade with a tinge of dark green. The other two shades were out of stock, and I haven’t been able to find them online to even report the shades!
They are matte, and both of the shades I bought are just creamy enough. I have found that the creaminess varies widely from shade to shade, or at least among the colors I’ve tried, i.e. some can be nice and creamy, while others are on the dry side. Frankly, I wish they were all a little creamier so they would go on a bit more smoothly and build up more evenly. The shades go on light with only one swipe, but they are buildable. I pat them on with my finger, and then blend with a blending brush at the end. I was surprised that this time, the shade kind of blended together which was not the look I was going for. I’ve never had that happen before!
My go-to Color Tattoo for everyday is Nude Pink that I sometimes use as a base, and it looks great in the corner with Vintage Plum in the middle and Deep Forest at the outer lid and/or in the crease. I photographed the look I put together, and I realized that it was too subtle to show up well in the photo (first photo). I tried again and put on a little more color so you can see the shades better in the pix (second photo). As I mentioned earlier, you can build these up for deeper color pay-off that packs more of a punch, but I don’t think I can wear it like that. Instead, I used them to create the more restrained look that I tend to go for for my well-over 40 eyes.
Here are the swatches without eye primer.
And here they are over primer.
Big difference. Typically, I use primer on my eyes just to make sure the color pops a little more, stays true longer and doesn’t crease.
Maybelline Color Tattoos are widely available. I see them at CVS, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, Bed Bath and Beyond etc. The new display with the new shades is a bit more difficult to find. I looked for it at Bed Bath & Beyond, and it wasn’t there. It wasn’t in any of the CVS stores I tried either, but I finally found it in a CVS that’s off the beaten path. Go figure.
At CVS, Maybelline Color Tattoos are priced at $7.49 which I think is a little pricey. I’ve definitely seen the regular collection for less elsewhere. I noticed online, that they’re priced at $5.99 at Walmart. Fortunately, at CVS they had a $2 off on $10 spent on Maybelline plus $3 back in Extrabucks, and I had $2 in Extrabucks. So I ended up spending $5.49 each plus I got the $3 credit to use at CVS next time. Not too bad.
I still like the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow line, in spite of the inconsistencies in the creaminess and texture of the formula. I’ve gotta play around with these two some more, especially to try to prevent the blending thing.
Have you tried Maybelline Color Tattoos? What do you think about them?