Posted by Ankita Srivastava | Posted in Colorbar, Eyes, Product Reviews | Posted on 17-03-2012
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Colorbar is fast becoming one my favorite budget brands and my recent tryst with the single eye shadow and has only reinforced this fact! Today I’m reviewing a very versatile shade from the Colorbar single eye shadow range – Spicy Brown. If you thought browns/neutrals are boring, you’ll change your mind after trying out this eye shadow!
Price : Rs 250 for 3 g
What Colorbar says about the product :
The Eye Shadow is a pigmented powder that gives the eyes a shine and pearl-like effect. Ultra fine in texture, it is easy to blend while its moisturising agent keeps your eyelids soft and smooth. This product is long lasting and fade resistant. The Eye Shadow is available in 8 colours including Gorgeous Gold, Copper Crush, Spicy Brown, Really Rose, Expensive Pink, Green Stroke, Aqua Marine and Black Tie.
Its high time Colorbar updated their website with the new shades that are now available at Colorbar stores!
My take on the product
Colorbar single eye shadows come in a matte silver colored plastic packaging with a transparent lid. The see through cover allows one to locate shades easily if you own more than one and the bottom compartment contains a tiny mirror and a dual sided sponge applicator. The applicator isn’t of much use but it might come in handy in case of a touch-up emergency, not that this eye shadow would need touch ups!
The texture of this eye shadow is smooth and soft though not as fine-milled as the more expensive eye shadows I’ve used but its still pretty good. The pigmentation is excellent and you would not require a primer underneath this. It blends quite easily and I did not face any issues of the shadow getting patchy/uneven during blending. What impressed me most about this eye shadow is not the texture,pigmentation or blendability, but its STAYING POWER! Most budget brand eye shadows crease in 2-4 hours on my oily lids (without primer) but this one stayed crease-free for about 7-8 hours without primer which is pretty amazing! The formula is simply superb and I would highly recommend this to everyone!
The shade Spicy Brown -
Spicy Brown is a reddish coppery brown with a fine pearl finish. The pearl finish which gives it a bit of dimension without looking overly shimmery. I’ve seen this eye shadow on others and I feel it appears cooler on my skin (with a hint of plum) as do most products. If you’re warmer in tone, the shade will have more of a reddish hint than plum to it. Nevertheless, whether you are cool or warm toned, this eye shadow would look lovely!
The shade is excellent for a soft smokey eye and can also be used as all over the lid wash. Its a fairly neutral shade and would go with all lip colors as well. For Indian skin tones, this is a very wearable and easy shade, I would definitely recommend it to everyone. The simplest way to wear it is all over the lid with kohl and liner and just a touch of it on the lower lash line – the way I’ve worn it for my EOTD. It can also be paired with numerous other shades like pinks, golds, bronze, light brown etc.
I would say its a MUST-HAVE shade from the Colorbar eye shadow range! Highly recommended!
EOTD : Colorbar Spicy Brown on lid and on lower lash line, MAC Smolder on waterline, Bobbi Brown gel liner Caviar Ink on upper lash line and MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash mascara.
Artificial lighting -
The GOOD about Colorbar eye shadow Spicy Brown :
- Transparent lid, comes with mirror+ applicator
- Soft, smooth texture
- Great pigmentation
- Blends easily
- Barely any fallout
- Amazing staying power
- Primer not required underneath
- Versatile, easy to carry shade
- Very reasonably priced!
The NOT-SO-GOOD about Colorbar eye shadow Spicy Brown :
- Availability! Colorbar counters are perenially low on stock but this problem is now solved with online shopping
- Applicator is too small and poorly designed to be really useful
- Packaging is tacky
Colorbar eye shadow Spicy Brown is gorgeous dark brown with a pearl finish and may appear leaning towards plum or red depending on whether you are cool or warm toned. Either way, its gorgeous and very versatile to use. The formula is superb- soft texture, good pigmentation, blends well and delivers amazing staying power even on oily lids without a primer. This one is clear winner from the many budget brand eye shadows I’ve tried and I’d recommend it to everyone!
Rating : 4.5/5
I had spotted many new shades at the Colorbar outlet at Infinity 2, Malad and I would definitely be picking up a few more shades! Do check their manufacturing date though as they tend to have some old stock there!