Price: $10.79 @ CVS (Will be cheaper at other places)
Overall Grade: C
I decided to give Maybelline's Eye Studio Color Push Eyeshadow Quads another go and picked up Legendary Lilac over the weekend. I had high hopes -I expected to be even more impressed with Maybelline's Eye Studio line but it didn't turn out quite the way I would've liked..
The Packaging: The eyeshadows come in a plastic, black palette with a clear lid. I do like its compact size but with most cheap, plastic palettes, they tend to break easily which means I have to be extra careful (inconvenient!) The quad also comes with a double sided sponge applicator which is nice if there's some sort of emergency (i.e. my little brother steals my makeup brushes thinking they're for real paints, someone steals my makeup bag (how horrible would that be?!), my clumsy self leaves them on the train on a trip to the city.)
IngredientsThe Product: So last time, I wrote that the eyeshadows applied pretty smoothly, blended easily, and were nicely pigmented. Well this time, the color payoff wasn't so good -I'd say it was very, very average. Although the eyeshadows come in absolutely gorgeous colors, I would need better color payoff to accurately display those lovely shades. As always, a primer does help but I do feel that this definitely needs an upgrade -it's not working for me. As for lasting ability (with a primer), I'd say 5-6 hours but the eyeshadows are very light and faded by the end of the day.
I noted before that I felt that these were around the same quality as Revlon's Luxurious Color eyeshadows. I have to take that back -at least when it comes to this specific quad. This is not as good as Revlon (in terms of color payoff) but the texture (to me) is better than Wet 'n' Wild (and way, way better than NYC.) Wet 'n' Wild, However, has better color payoff.
The Color: (from left to right as displayed above)
1. Pale white with a touch of lilac shimmer and iridescence
2. Pale lilac with golden shimmer
3. Pale violet (blue undertones) with violet and golden shimmer
4. Deep eggplant with violet shimmer
Above (no flash) from left: Maybelline Eye Studio Quad in Legendary Lilac - 1, 2, 3, 4
Overall: I already said it but I'll say it again -the colors are beautiful but the pigmentation isn't there. In my opinion, save your money and buy the Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Lust Palette (darker and more dramatic than this) or Revlon Luxurious Color eyeshadows if you're yearning for some purples in your life. I'm not saying that this palette is horrible, it's really a pretty little palette, but I'm very picky when it comes to color payoff so for me, it's a skip.
Where To Buy: CVS, Rite Aid, Target