Maybelline has just released 8 limited-edition Color Tattoo 24 Hr Eyeshadow shades for the Fall 2012 season. This review is for the shade Test My Teal–a shimmery turquoise-teal.
To see a review, photos, and swatches of the original 10 shades, see this post.
For right now, this shade is available at Target stores. I am guessing the brighter colors in the Fall 2012 collection will become available more widely at drugstore locations shortly.
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.
Test My Teal isn’t a true teal shade, but rather a turquoise-teal color with a silvery sheen. The color has great pigmentation, but isn’t actually opaque. You’ll have to apply multiple layers and/or dab in small sections to get a more opaque layer.
The formula has a smooth, cream consistency. The product sets to a dry finish soon after application. Note that the formula will become less creamy after a couple of months, even if you keep the lid tightly closed.
This shade holds up quite well through the day, though isn’t as long-wearing as most of the neutral shades. Without primer, I saw slight creasing after 4 hours of wear. With primer, there was only slight creasing after about 7 hours of wear. There is some fading of the teal color after about 4 hours of wear without primer and after about 5 hours of wear with primer.
This product is versatile because you can use it as a stand-alone eye shadow, underneath a powder shadow, or as a liner.
If you already have Tenacious Teal from the original Color Tattoos set, I don’t think it’s worth getting Test My Teal. Test My Teal is a little more green, while Tenacious Teal is a little more blue, but there isn’t that drastic of a difference.
Ease of Use: 8.5/10
Because the formula starts off creamy and smooth, the product glides easily over the skin. But you do need to work in smaller sections with this color, otherwise you don’t get the vibrancy of the color to show through. Test My Teal work alright in the crease, but has the same issue as most of the other shades, which is that it can look patchy after the blending process. You’ll need to work gradually and in layers to even out the finish in the crease.
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.