While picking up my vitamin D prescription at CVS, I found an orphan limited edition display in the candy aisle from Revlon.
I forgot that I was dying to try one of the new Ultra HD lip gel sticks because I was entranced by the new Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. You know I’m a sucker for cream shadows. Obviously, they are meant to compete with Maybelline Color Tattoos and at a higher price point, MAC Paint Pots and other cream shadows in pots, e.g. NARS, Bobbi Brown etc. CVS had a “spend $15 and get $5 off” coupon as well as a “buy one, get one 50% off on Revlon”, so I couldn’t resist. At CVS, the new Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows are $8.49 each and with the promotion, it made the two of them about $6.25 each plus the $5 off my total purchase. (At Ulta Beauty, they’re $7.99, and they’re probably even less at Walmart.)
I should have taken a photo of the shadow display, but I forgot. From memory, there were mostly shimmer/satins like bronze, copper, rose pink, green gold, silver, and gold, I think. Also, I think there was a matte milk chocolate and a matte dark chocolate. You can see all the shades below the post, 11 in all. I picked the rose pink #745 and green gold #735. The shades were quite enticing in the pots, and I hoped they’d be highly pigmented.
The jars look similar to Maybelline Color Tattoos but a little thicker perhaps because they have a built-in mini brush that is stored in the cap of the jar. Very cool. The brush has bristles and if you’re stuck, it could be used in a pinch. Truth be told, I forgot to try the brush out on my maiden voyage.
I made swatches with my finger on my arm first without primer. They felt very smooth. But without primer, they hardly showed up at all on my arm. They look better in the photo than in my bathroom!
With these eyeshadows, I think primer is a must. With primer, they had decent but not exceptional pigmentation.
Although these would probably make great bases, I like cream shadows for everyday wear. And that’s what I did today. I applied them over Urban Decay Anti-aging Primer and wore them around the house. I tried applying with my finger at first, but I got more color with a brush. They blend easily. They seem less than opaque to me, but they show up fairly well. In fact, the shades look deeper in the photo than they do to me in real life.
Compared to Maybelline Color Tattoos, Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows feel lighter weight, more gel-like, less stiff, at least at the start of the pot. Compared to MAC Paint Pots, NARS and Bobbi Brown potted cream shadows that feel richer and look more opaque, Revlon ColorStay feels much much lighter and more translucent. Nevertheless, I got good wear from them over primer. After blending, they dried down, stayed put and didn’t fade over many hours. Because I haven’t owned them more than a couple of days, I have no idea if they’ll dry out in the pot like the Color Tattoos can.
So this is my initial impression. I wouldn’t run out to buy these, truth be told, but they’re fun to play with.
Have you tried the new Revlon ColorStay Cream Eye Shadows yet? If so, what did you think?
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