Review – Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eyestudio 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Pomegranate Punk

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I’m pretty sure you’ve heard buzz about this new product. All you have to do is Google it, and bam. There you go. Reviews. Raves. Ads. I’ve seen it everywhere lately- beauty bloggers, commercials on TV, advertising in drugstores and beauty stores alike. I had no idea what this was, admittedly, because I received it as a gift for our Secret Santa Christmas Swap from my fellow Makeup Hero Heather from Eyeconic Makeup. There were other things tucked in there which I admittedly adore- but this post is strictly for Color Tattoo. Pomegranate Punk in particular.

It’s no secret I love red. All shades- from light pinks, to magentas, to true red, to berry, to blackened maroon. I can’t get enough of it- for my eyes or for my lips. Now I had been browsing through my neighborhood Ulta before I returned North to my parents to dig into my present box (because it arrived while I was down South), and I had seen and noticed the Color Tattoo stand by itself at the end of one of the aisles. I was intrigued. I picked a few up and did a quick inspection, but based on the price- I put them back down. (being unemployed sucks) There were only three in the display, and that right there should have tipped me off this was a hot item. Imagine my surprise when I returned to my North home to find one tucked inside my present box! I finally decided to test out the color earlier this week, and here’s what you get to see.

Gorgeous color, no? I just about died when I opened the jar up and was able to actually gaze upon the creme shadow. I was determined to test out this 24 hour wear, so I swiped it on my eyes, and off I went. Well, not literally. I just bummed around the house with nowhere to be for a couple of days… So it wasn’t a big deal that I applied the color differently on both my eyes. My left eye I used it heavy handed, and my right eye I went light and sheer. I wanted to see just how well the two applications of the shadow would hold up- and since I had nowhere to be, it didn’t matter that I looked funny with two mis-matched eyes. I didn’t put on eyeliner or mascara- this was strictly shadow without primer. As is. Applied it to my lids with my ring finger, and that was that. So how did it hold up? Let’s take a look…

All in all, I think it’s safe to say I understand why there’s so much buzz about these shadows.

Simply said: They Last. And last, and last. Sure- they might require a slight touch up, but the majority of us wear makeup for 8-14 hours a day. We’re not supposed to sleep in makeup (but we all do it from time to time!), but in the case of it accidentally happening- you can be certain if these shadows are on your eyes, the probability of your makeup still looking gorgeous is very high. Eyeliner? I can’t say. Mascara? Same. Color Tattoo? It’ll be there.

I’m most curious to see how well this stays put with primer underneath it… But for just a bare skin test- this definitely passed with flying high colors. I also intend to use it as a base for some of my loose mineral shadows, because I think the interference it can create with some of my duochromes will be fan-freaking-tastic.

Pros:

Pricing: Will vary depending on location. Affordable- under $10 USD a pop.

Packaging: Sturdy glass jar, plastic heat sealed wrapper.

Product: Long wearing, highly pigmented, easy to apply, creamy weightless formula. There’s only .14 oz of product, but a little goes a long way. You don’t need much of this shadow to get the coverage you want- less is more… Unless you want more of course! Opaque coverage is easy to achieve by building up layers, which is easy if you give it 15-20 seconds to dry between applications. Sheer coverage is also easy to achieve, blending with fingers is the best way to apply the color. To clean up edges, I find the easiest way to do this is to use a Q-Tip with a touch of Olive Oil (or any cleansing oil) on one end- less is more because you really don’t need much, and use the dry end to define edges, clean up, and remove excess oil.

Cons:

Packaging: For as cute as the glass jar is, I’m rather disappointed that only .14 oz of shadow is in there. The bottom portion of the glass is thoroughly unnecessary. It looks pretty- I’ll give credit to whomever in the marketing department decided to pick out that jar to sell the shadow in, and it feels substantial in your hands… But honestly, I’d pay more to have more product in there, especially if it can be admired for how it looks when there’s a “fuller” looking jar. It was a little disappointing to open the jar and realize the product filled up the little cup from the bottom of the threads to just about mid-thread. There is no ingredients list anywhere on the jar- I like to see what’s going on my lids- be it indie makeup or big brand.

Product: The sheer application of color seemed to crease worse than the heavier applied shadow. It was a surprise, considering it’s usually the other way around! Also, it’s a bit difficult to wash off. Facial cleanser didn’t work to take it off of me. Neither did Dawn dish soap. Neither did my makeup wipes- it only clumped it up a bit and smeared it around. I was able to remove it no problem with Olive Oil, so I’m assuming any sort of oil-based makeup remover (or oil itself) can work.

Bottom line? I love this shadow. Love. Are these two cons enough to sway me from getting others? No way. I must have the others. All of them.

So what I want to know- have you tried any of the Color Tattoo Eyeshadows?
If so- what’s your opinion on them? Love? Like? Hate?

x0x0x0 ~*Snarky P

**I received this product as a gift. It has been tested and reviewed in the same manner I would a product I would purchase myself. All opinions are 100% honest and my own. I am not affiliated with any companies mentioned, and I am not being compensated in any way, shape, or form for providing this review.**

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  • The Peach

    That is a great color! I did ponder picking it up… but I got Tough as Taupe instead. And I haven’t been that impressed. Maybe I need to try a heavier application! Thanks for the review and putting it to the test for us!

    • http://snarky-princess.com Snarky Princess

      Thanks Peach :)
      It’s definitely a unique pomegranate color! I’m most likely going to pick up TaT and that pretty Turquoise color they have :D So pretty!
      I was totally surprised that the lighter application ended up creasing worse than the heavier one- you’d think it would be the opposite!

  • http://ryou-0013.deviantart.com/ Ryou

    As someone who’s cursed with very oily lids, I’ve been drooling over this product. If there’s a gripe about the packaging (aside from the weight vs quantity you mentioned), it’s that the shade name is located on the lid. I’d SO mix them up if I ever have more than one shade open at the time. =’D

    • http://snarky-princess.com Snarky Princess

      I totally missed that fact… You make a great point!
      Lucky for me, when I have shadows open, I line them up with their caps above them LOL I’m sort of anal when I have stuff open and I’m using it… All lined up in a row, in the order I use it…

  • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

    The rational side of my brain is like ‘you don’t need this because you’ll probs only use it as a base and you already have NYX Jumbo Pencil in Rust’, and then the makeup loving side of my brain is like ‘WTF GET IT AS SOON AS YOU’RE OFF YOUR NO-BUY’ XD

    • http://snarky-princess.com Snarky Princess

      Um… Yes… It’s certainly the latter… Because I *do* plan on getting ALLLLLLL of them! They’re SO much better than NYX JEP’s!

      So my vote is that YES GET THEM ALL! :D