Monday, September 24, 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige Review and Swatches

Part of Maybelline's LE Fashion Week collection were a few new shades of Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows, including a shimmery champagne. I don't find myself wearing the other Color Tattoo I have (Bad to the Bronze) all that often because it's a little dark and really only works if I wear it as a base to a smoky taupe eye, but I bought Barely Beige in the hopes that it could be a good eyeshadow base/quick and easy nude eye.
Maybelline Barely Beige Color Tattoo
The texture of Barely Beige seems a little different from Bad to the Bronze, creamier and also thinner, so it's really easy to pick up product and it spreads nicely. I use my finger to apply, and find a firm brush to give uneven, streaky results (perhaps due to the different formula). It can be worn as a sheer wash, which is what I usually do, or built up to a high-shine beige finish. Worn alone, it does crease on me after a few hours, but worn as a base it lasts all day without issue, intensifying the colors of my shadow and helping them last longer.
Swatched heavily (top) and sheered out (bottom); I chose the slightly blurry picture to show the shimmers better

I like it, and if you're looking for a nice neutral cream eyeshadow to be used as a base, it's a good option. Some people can get full day wear from the Color Tattoos without creasing, but I am not one of those, so I find its uses to be somewhat more constrained because of that, but I'm glad to have it in my collection nonetheless. If you happen to come across it in stores, I suggest picking it up right quick, as it is LE and will undoubtedly sell out quickly (and may already be gone in your area, I'm sorry!).

~$7 for 0.14 oz, available from drugstores

Quality: 8.5
Effectiveness: 2.5 (does not last all day on its own on me)
Ease of Use: 5
Senses: 5 (doesn't cause any irritation to my eyes)
Pigmentation: 5
Duration: 3.75 (5 when worn as a base)
Consistency: 5
Price: 3.75
Value: 4.5
Grade: B

Worn as a shadow base, it's an A- product, but that's not what it's advertised as. It is, however, what I purchased it for, so I'm pretty pleased!

Have you tried any of the Color Tattoos? Do you find they crease on you? Which colors are your favorite?
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