Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in “Inspired”

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Inspired

Availability: Drugstores
Price: $7.99

Company’s Description

Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow features a patented technology that stops the shadow from flaking, fading and smudging for up to 12 hours. Compact includes 1 sponge shadow applicator. Fragrance free. Ophthalmologist tested. Suitable for contact lens wearers.

Revlon’s ColorStay line has just added a set of 14 eye shadow quads that the company claims will look fresh for “up to” 16 hours. The quad in “Inspired” is reviewed, below.

Packaging: 9/10

These quads come in plastic compacts with a clear face so that you can see the colors inside.

Quality: 7/10

The Inspired quad contains a cream color, a light turquoise-tinted blue, a pale lime green, and a medium purple. All 4 colors have slightly shimmery finishes.

The colors do not have the vibrancy or color pay-off that they should. The blue and green colors, in particular, are poor in color. The purple color has better pay-off, but goes on a little unevenly. The cream color is good: the color pay-off is decent and the finish is even.

There is absolutely no way these “look fresh” for 16 hours, though, of course, Revlon only claims a time of up to 16 hours. The colors don’t look fresh for that long, even with a primer. They have the wear of any other average eyeshadow.

Ease of Use: 8.25/10

You’ll have to layer the green and blue to build up the color. You’ll also need to smooth out the purple to even out the finish. If you want vibrant colors, you’ll need to use a base because a primer doesn’t do much to intensify the colors.

Price: 8.75/10

For $7.99, you get 4 colors for a total of 4.8 grams (0.16 ounces) of shadow. This is an average-to-slightly higher price-point for drugstore eyeshadow quads. Both L’Oreal and Rimmel’s quads are a little cheaper.

Final Grade


Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Inspired

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Inspired Swatches
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2 Responses to Review & Swatches: Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in “Inspired”

  1. sthobbie says:

    I have heard good things about these quads, but you just saved me some money =)

  2. Lisa B. says:

    I’ve never had much luck with Revlon quads, so I’m not too surprised. If they were a bit better the colors would be…okay. Not my favorite combination.

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