September 16, 2014

Review and Swatches: Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Chocolate Suede and Vintage Plum

Review Swatches Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Chocolate Suede Vintage Plum
Maybelline is a brand I just can't quit and a big reason is their Color Tattoo cream shadows. I already own a handful but I can never stop myself from buying more. They're just too god damn useful. They're a cream shadow, a base to amp up powdered eyeshadow, eyeliner, brow fillers and contour shades all in one. I scramble to pick up any new colors, lest they be discontinued, but you can push FOMO out of your mind with these. Their collection, the fall 2014 Dare To Go Nude, has already been made permanent. The word "Leather" is also included on the packaging and I don't have a clue as to what it means. At first I thought the formula on these shadows would be entirely different than what I'm used to but they seem pretty standard. Should my eyelids feel like leather after I apply these? Are the colors meant to inspire thoughts of leather? Will I need these leather cream shadows when I'm on my hog and need to go into a controlled slide?

Review Swatches Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Chocolate Suede Vintage Plum
Review Swatches Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Chocolate Suede Vintage Plum
Fortunately, the texture of these shadows is far from leathery. Both colors have a very creamy formula and will likely stay that way so long as you're careful about closing the lids very tightly. Unlike the majority of Color Tattoos, most of the shades in the collection are matte. So, of course, I honed in one the one shimmer, Chocolate Suede. I picked up Vintage Plum as well since purple is my go to eyeshadow on the days when I'm not wearing neutrals. Chocolate Suede is a warm brown color with iridescent golden and red particles. It kind of looks like it would be siblings, if not twins with NARS Mekong. Maybe an underachiever little sister. Vintage Plum is a very gray, antique looking dark lavender.

Review Swatches Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Chocolate Suede Vintage Plum
These shadows were a bit of a flop when I applied them to my actual eye. They swatched beautifully on my arm but smoked out on my lid. It gave them a much sheerer look and I had to work harder than I wanted to to build up the color. Still, the shades are unique and have the same creaseless and creamy formula of the other Maybelline Color Tattoos. I'm not suffering from buyers remorse.

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