I am a fan of using colour to emphasise my eyes and I truly think it’s a shame that not everyone sees the fun in playing around with colours. Maybelline Expression Color Tattoo 24hr Eyeshadow has been around for a while, but in line with their new colourful range, they released a few new colours recently.
I picked up the shadow in ‘Tenacious Teal’ for €7.49 in Boots as the colour stood out to me among the others.
The colour is really vibrant and has a thick consistency which makes the sheen all the more prominent. I was testing out swatches to determine the heaviness of the colour and the smooth feel of it is genuinely quite impressive.
Truth be told; I am still figuring out the best way to use this product; it doesn’t blend well with other eye shadows. The first time I used it I attempted to tone down the vibrancy of the colour for day time with a grey shadow outline and black liner but it was a little sloppy to work with and ultimately it dulled the shimmer of the gel as you can see below.
I definitely recommend using minimal amount when applying if you want a more subtle, shimmering touch of colour rather than a full-on blast. While I’m still playing around this product, I’ve developed a sort of Love-hate relationship with it.
It’s certainly not one for quick applications, so if you’re not in the habit of taking your time with make up then it’s not really for one. Similarly you need a lot of patience to try out different looks that work for you. It’s not an “everyday” eye shadow but it can be toned down by using less or using a thin liner brush under your lower lash line. If you lash it on too think you will, without question, look like something from a sci-fi movie.
This product doesn’t get full marks largely due to how messy it can be and partly because it takes time and thought to find a way to make it work suitably. I’m also not in a huge rush to try out different colours in this range. It is, however, a fun eyeshadow to play around with and I will be using it again. The heavy blue-ish colour definely works well with an all black outfit as it really pops.
Fans of golds and browns might enjoy some of the other colours on offer as they come in four variations of Bronze and Gold also. Based on the consistency and effects of the Teal shadow I have a feeling that the gold would look phenomenal.