Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows hit the Indian market last month and today I’m reviewing another shade from this range – Audacious Asphalt. Previously, I have reviewed the shade Bad to the Bronze.
Price : Rs 350 for 4 g
What Maybelline says about the Color Tattoo 24hr eye shadows :
Dare to wear our longest-lasting shadow.
Our ink technology creates super-saturated color.
Cream gel smoothes on for vibrant color that does not fade.
My take on the Product
The first thought that comes to mind when one looks at these eye shadows is that they are very similar to MAC Paint pots – same round pot packaging and same cream formula that dries down to a smudgeproof finish. The Maybelline ones come with a nice brush unlike MAC Paint pots. The brush is a flat applicator type brush and is perfect for applying cream eye shadows. But oddly, you don’t get 2 brushes when you buy 2 of these eye shadows, you get only 1.
The texture of the eye shadow is smooth, though not as smooth as the other shade which I’ve tried from this range (Bad to the Bronze). It glides without tugging on the eyes and doesn’t dry down too quickly, giving enough time for blending and working with it. The pigmentation is good, you don’t need to pack on the color to make it show. I found a little uneven-ness in the texture of Audacious Asphalt which was not there in Bad to the Bronze. It wasn’t difficult to work with but it didn’t feel as effortless as Bad to the Bronze.
The one drawback that almost all cream eye shadows that set have is the slightly dry look they give to the lids. When they dry down, they give a papery look to the skin which may not be noticeable on younger women but older women would not find it flattering – it enhances the wrinkles and folds of the lid. I have seen this effect more pronounced in case of MAC paint pots as they tend to dry faster as compared to the Maybelline Color Tattoo eye shadows.
Though the formula was easy to work with (though not completely hassle-free), it didn’t quite deliver the staying power I was hoping for. I have oily lids and it began creasing on my eyes after 4 hours of wear – not obvious creasing, but creasing nonetheless. After about 6 hours of wear, there was some noticeable fading and slight patchiness. I have known these eye shadow to last really long on other women so I was a little disappointed with this aspect.
Audacious Asphalt is a charcoal grey shade with slightly chunky silver shimmer. While Bad to the Bronze had smaller, better integrated shimmer, Audacious Asphalt felt slightly gritty though not painfully so. The shimmer reflects light especially under artificial lighting so this would make a nice party wear shade. The shade would be more flattering on cool/neutral toned women and would pair well with berry/fuchsia pink lip colors. Not my favorite shade from the range but if you like greys, you can try this out.
Swatch : Left : Sheer, Right : Intense
The Brush :
The GOOD about Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr eye shadow :
- Comes with a good quality brush
- Soft, smooth texture
- Gives enough time before drying for blending
- Sets into a smudgeproof, waterproof finish after application
- Good pigmentation
- Good quantity
- Great price
- Staying power does not live up to the claims
- May give a dry look to wrinkled/ageing eyes
- Texture was a little uneven/slightly gritty shimmer
Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr eye shadow in Audacious Asphalt is a charcoal grey shade with silver shimmer. The formula is similar to MAC paint pots – pigmented cream eye shadow that dries down to a smudgeproof, waterproof finish but not before giving some time to work with it. I found Audacious Asphalt less easy to work with than Bad to the Bronze, there was a slight unevenness and grittiness in the texture. The major drawback with these is that they crease within the 4-6 hour period on my oily lids.
Rating : 3.75/5
Check out other shades in this range HERE.
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