They are finally here! That’s right, I’m talking about the Maybelline Color Tattoos, yo. I don’t have to envy those on the Stateside anymore because we now have these bad boys (or girls) locally.
Maybelline Color Tattoos are touted to be intense, long-lasting 24 hour eyeshadows. I don’t usually wear makeup for such extended hours so my experiences are mostly based on 8 to 12 hours of wear time. These are cream-based shadows, something I like to wear on lazy days when I just want a wash of colour over my lids or to use as a base.
I went out and got Tough As Taupe #35, Bad to the Bronze #25 and Audacious Asphalt #15. I picked these shades because I thought they will look nice and perform well as base colours.
From left to right: Tough as Taupe, Bad to the Bronze and Audacious Asphalt
Out of three shades, only Tough As Taupe has a satiny-matte finish. It is a taupe with grey undertones and is the most pigmented of the lot. Bad to the Bronze is a shimmery tan bronze that appears more neutral than warm. It seems to be duo-chrome under different lighting. And finally Audacious Asphalt is a shimmery gunmetal dark grey. The shade doesn’t apply as evenly as the other two.
Application is generally smooth and the texture feels silky. They are blendable although they do set quite quickly. I normally use my ring finger to dab a bit of eyeshadow on my lids and then use the Real Techniques Domed Eye Brush to blend out the edges. I find this method to work quite well with the Color Tattoos.
I have worn this for more than 12 hours (without primer) and the colour pretty much stayed on the entire duration. It started to fade a little after the 6-hour mark but it didn’t get patchy. I don’t think these are completely crease-resistant because I did experience a bit of creasing. But it was rather slight and only noticeable up-close. With the insanely hot and humid weather we’ve been having recently, I honestly do not expect anything to last on my face. So the fact that the Color Tattoos actually adhered to my lids after so many hours is a testament to their longevity.
These can work well as a single wash of colour but I’d recommend layering on top of a primer if you have very oily lids and have a long day ahead. As mentioned, I prefer using the Color Tattoos as a base for my other powder eyeshadows. You can also use these as an eyeliner, so they are actually very versatile little pots.
I’d have to check back in another 8 months to see if the product dries out. The Benefit Creaseless Creams sort of shrivelled up after several months and didn’t apply as well because the consistency became rather hard. Many of the Color Tattoo display units were already dried out when I tested at the drugstore but they had been left in the open for a couple of weeks.
Overall, I do not have many complaints except I wish we will get more colours. There are eight different shades sold locally but Tenacious Teal (a vibrant blue) is not yet available at the time of writing. The Color Tattoo comes in a glass pot to help preserve the product longer and costs RM19.90 at local pharmacies selling Maybelline makeup. It is a very affordable option to most other cream eyeshadows available out there.
Have you been tattoo-ed by the Color Tattoo and which shades did you pick up? Do you like them? Do share your thoughts in the comments below.