Maybelline has just released 8 limited-edition Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow shades for the Fall 2012 season. This review is for the shade Barely Beige–a frosty, nude-cream color.
To see a review, photos, and swatches of the original 10 shades, see this post.
These shadows come in glass jars with plastic, twist-off lids. The lids twist off and close tightly to help keep the product from drying out.
Barely Beige is a cream color with a hint of very pale beige (it looks almost white on the skin) with a frosty finish. The color isn’t initially prominent on the lids, partly due to the pale shade and partly due to the non-opaque quality of the color. You can dab on additional layers to build up the opacity of the color and to intensify the appearance.
The formula has a smooth, cream consistency. I feel like this formula is slightly more gel-like and maybe a bit silkier than the formula for the original shades, but this impression could be from using some of the matte shades from the permanent line, which weren’t as creamy. The product sets to a dry finish soon after application. As a side-note, the formula will become less creamy after a couple of months. This will happen even if you keep the lid tightly closed.
This shade does a great job when it comes to being long-wearing. The color shows the first signs of fading/creasing after about 2 hours when used without a primer, but only in the inner corner of the crease. Even after 6 hours, there was no further creasing when applied over bare skin. With primer, I saw no creasing even after the 6.5 hour mark. Other than the portion of the product that fades from the inner corner of the crease when used without primer, I saw no loss of color vibrancy.
Ease of Use: 9.25/10
Because the formula starts off creamy and smooth, the product glides easily over the skin. The color dries quickly, so you need to blend right after application if you plan to use the color in the crease. Partly because of the lightness of the shade, it’s quite easy to get a smooth-looking finish of Barely Beige in the crease. For the lid, the best finish is achieved by dabbing the color on with your finger or a flat concealer brush.
For under $8.00, you get 4 grams of shadow. MAC Paint Pots contain 5 grams of shadow and cost $18.50, while MAC Metal-X Cream Shadows cost $20.00 and contain 2.4 grams. Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadows cost $19.00 and contain 4.5 grams.