I like to dabble with eye makeup even if I'm far from being an expert at applying it. Truth be told, I ogle the huge multi-coloured eyeshadow palettes and covet them for their potential for limitless looks, but deep down I know I'd end up using the same five shades repeatedly and barely touch the others. It's this rationale that's kept me from splurging on more eye makeup. So when the folks at marketing company Matchstick contacted me and offered to send me a train case chock full of products from the Maybelline Eye Studio eye makeup line, my curiosity got the better of me and I said yes.
There was so much in the case that I chose one or two of everything to test. My impressions of the line are hit-and-miss:
- The Eye Studio Colour Plush quad palettes come in 12 different varieties. Each palette is colour-coordinated so that you can wear the shades alone or all together for the ultimate dramatic look. Although I liked the colours, I found the formula very difficult to work with. It was powdery and migrated to different areas of my face instead of staying put on my eye. The shadow is quite sheer, so you have to apply a lot to get the same vivid colour you see in the case. Stick with smaller eyeshadow brushes and definitely use a good primer.
- The Eye Studio Colour Pearls duo shadows were very bulky to store compared to the quad palettes and they didn't have as many colours in one case. Like the quad palettes, I found the formula too powdery, not pigmented enough, and very difficult to work with.
- Although the eyeshadows were disappointing, the XXL Pro 24Hr Bold mascara in Very Black was great. One end of the wand lengthened lashes while the other end boosted volume. The formula was pretty smudge-resistant even through a sweaty night of salsa dancing.
- Likewise, I really liked the Eye Studio Lasting Drama gel eyeliner in Blackest Black. It was my first foray into gel eyeliner and I was impressed with how bold and smudge-resistant the line was, and how easy it was to apply. The eyeliner came with its own brush, which was nice.
P.S. Stay tuned for my next post in which I show you some of the looks I put together with Maybelline Eye Studio!