Hi everyone! I have a mass of swatches for you all tonight!
If you're like me, you've been burned by Maybelline's crappy shadows in the past and are very hesitant to try ANYTHING eye related that Maybelline produces. I'm very happy to report that Maybelline has reformulated their eyeshadows and really stepped up their game. I couldn't believe my eyes after swatching one quad, and that one led to me getting many others!
I have nothing but good things to say about these. They're all very pigmented, soft and blendable, and last all day with primer. The colors are gorgeous, too.
Let's start off with the 'Smokes' series. First I'll show you the quads themselves and then some swatches.
These are all swatched on bare skin, NO primer! I apologize for the state of my arm, my eczema has been freaking out lately. :(
Anyway, aren't they beautiful?? That purple in the Amethyst smokes quad is so lovely! And Natural Smokes is my favorite for making a neutral brown smoky eye. But I love them all, it's so hard to pick a favorite!
Next I have a group of three that aren't part of the 'Smokes' series and are just regular editions of the permanent line, as far as I can tell.
These are lovely as well. They're a little more subtle and not quite as 'in your face' as the Smokes quads, but I still like them. The only one I'm not too fond of is the Designer Chocolates palette. I think I actually picked that one up before Maybelline reformulated all their shadows though, so that might account for it's low pigmentation and odd texture. I think Chai Latte is my favorite of these three. That shimmery copper shade is just so pretty! It's so metallic and looks like you foiled it even when you didn't. And the matte browns in that quad are so smooth and velvety.
I have to admit, I've got a huge eyeshadow collection, and when faced with a billion choices, I just go blank. I have a hard time putting more than 3 colors together and usually they're various shades of the same color! So one of my favorite things about these quads is that they take the guesswork out of picking colors and where to put them. It's clearly labeled. I've applied ALL of these as directed and they make fabulous eye looks.
See? I'm wearing Chai Latte today. :)
So what do you think? Do you own any Maybelline quads? If not, have my swatches tempted you to pick up any? LOL!
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
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