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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Maybelline 24-HOUR Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadow: Take TWO

Photo from (above)
Oh why, oh why, do I doubt myself? Because I truly thought I was the only person in the free world who didn't LOVE the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour cream shadow, in fact, I didn't even LIKE them. Not even a little bit. I originally purchased the Pomegranate shade and it creased all up on me before I could screw the top back on and put it away. Review here: Unnatural Beauty: A Humorous and Opinionated Beauty Blog: Review for Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Eyeshadow

But after watching video after video about how much this product is loved how its similar to or better than MAC Paint Pots (my apologies to MAC on behalf of these claims), I began to think..... maybe its just me? Maybe I did something wrong when I applied it (twice, with and without primer) the first time. Granted, both the primed and un-primed attempts resulted in the same disgusting mess of a result but I continued to second guess myself...... until I caved. This time purchasing the teal shade. I admit, these are beautiful pigmented colors that had me convinced of their potential staying power upon first swipe. But I'm here to finally report that my days with Maybelline Color Tattoo and doubting my own judgment are officially over. I received the SAME crease-tastic results after precisely 10 minutes (or sooner) of the cream shadow's presence on my lids. And this time I noticed my eyelids were itchy in the process. So I got to suffer physically as well. Nice.

Below is a picture of what happened the first time using the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Fizz, or is it Punch? Oh hell, Fizz, Punch, its all the same mess. I didn't take a picture of my experience with the teal shade. Look at the picture below of pomegrante, and imagine it's teal and you'll get the idea. It just occurred to me that I literally paid $16 to make two mistakes. If I had that money back, I would be a few dollars shy of buying a first class cream shadow like Bobbi Brown Waterproof cream shadow. Bobbi doesn't make ridiculous claims of 24 hour wear. Bobbi doesn't need to because for one, she's Bobbi Brown, and for two, her products don't suck.

Photo taken by me, approximately 5 minutes after applying Maybelline Color Tattoo cream shadow.


  1. Very good review.... i've never bought any drug store products other than Mascara simply because I rely on reviews so thanks so much for this.... send them back to the company and get your money back!

  2. Holy crap! That looks hideous! I gotta say though, that I actually have the taupe and pomegranate shades & neither crease on me. They do last all day, and they're definitely waterproof. They're not my favorite cream shadows, by any means, but I don't hate them. I'm not a huge fan of MAC paint pots either, though. I've only got Soft Ochre & Painterly & use them as bases under eyeshadow. Other than that, I can't stand the things.

    When it comes to Maybelline mascaras, those pathetic Bouncy Blushes, and the majority of their other crap products, I hate them all. Maybelline simply does not make high quality products. Wet n Wild & ELF are better than them. Although, yes, Bobbi Brown does rock.

    Some great cream eyeshadows I picked up this year have been from Essence - dirt cheap & absolutely spectacular. They're just very low on shade selection. But they remind me a lot of Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes cream shadows. Another one was from Smashbox, which until recently I had no love for as a company. Their products were rubbish before they reformulated them. But this cream eyeshadow is absolutely amazing. It's from their Limitless 15 Hour Wear line. I got the shade Neptune and love it. It doesn't crease, works great alone or as a base, can be used as a liner, and comes in a fairly large jar. 5 grams of product goes for around $22 or so, if I remember correctly. The Essence cream shadows - which are called Stay All Day Long Lasting Eye Shadow - are much more pigmented, however. They're also extremely cheap, and they really do last all day.

    Anyways, thanks for the review :-)

    1. I know, crazy right?! I gave these a second try in another post whhere I was equally mean but this time even more pissed at myself for spending the $ a second time. I know I am the only person these don't crease on! So weird! Paint pots are just OK- I don't use them anymore. Maybelline is my least fave drugstore brand, always has been. Their foundation breaks me out in cystic acne. I used their instant age rewind concealer everyone loves and got 2 large under the skin bumps on either side of my nose! Wow good ole' Essence again huh? I've only tried their lipstick! Will check out the cream shadows!! Great tip.

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