Review & Swatches: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in “Mossy Green”

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green

Availability: ULTA, Walgreens, Drugstores
Price: $8.00 (Approx.)

Maybelline has just released 8 limited-edition Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow shades for the Fall 2012 season. This review is for the shade Mossy Green–a medium moss green with light moss shimmer.

To see a review, photos, and swatches of the original 10 shades, see this post.


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Packaging: 9.5/10

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.

Quality: 8.5/10

Mossy Green is a richly-pigmented color with a strong showing of shimmer.

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.

I found that this color was noticeably more difficult to blend into the crease and achieve an even finish. But, more importantly, I actually found that the color was slightly clumpy when applied to the lid also (without trying to do any blending).

The color does last for a long time. Without primer, Mossy Green didn’t start to crease until about 4 hours of wear, though the color did start to fade after about 3 hours of wear. Over primer, I saw slight creasing after about 5.5 hours of wear. The patchiness of the color does increase a little over the hours of wear.

This product has versatility. You can use this color as a stand-alone eye shadow, underneath a powder shadow, or as a liner.

Ease of Use: 8.25/10

Because the formula starts off creamy and smooth, the product glides easily over the skin. But for some reason, this color is more clumpy, and therefore uneven, on application. The color dries quickly, so you need to blend right after application if you plan to use the color in the crease. I had noticeable difficulty with getting a smooth, even finish when using this color in the crease.

Price: 9.5/10

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.

Final Grade

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in Mossy Green Swatch

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One Response to Review & Swatches: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eye Shadow in “Mossy Green”

  1. Absolutely gorgeous color. I’m in love with the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows and this one is gorgeous.

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