Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Product Review -- Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons

I absolutely love the Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows.

In fact, I think they're probably my favorite cream shadow that I've tried.

That's because they work just as well on their own as they do beneath a powder eye shadow as a colored base -- and in my experience, it's tough finding a cream shadow that works well on its own because they're either too sheer or crease too easily or just disappear within a few hours.

So when I heard Maybelline was coming out with a crayon form of the Color Tattoos -- because while I love them to death, I'm not always in the mood to use my finger to apply my eye shadow or base (I'll use a brush with the Color Tattoos sometimes, but I find they apply better with fingers) -- I was super excited.

All the performance of the regular Color Tattoos in more convenient packaging -- what's not to love?

The Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons come in packaging that's similar to any shadow stick. However, these don't need to be sharpened because they twist up at the bottom.

From l. to r.: Barely Beige, Bronze Truffle, Creamy Chocolate, Pink Parfait, Lavish Lavender, Grey Crystal
They're available in 10 shades, and I picked up 6 of them (mainly because they were BOGO 1/2 off at Ulta when I picked them up and I couldn't decide between the shades): Barely Beige, a metallic beige; Pink Parfait, a metallic pale pink; Lavish Lavender, a grayish purple with silver sparkles; Bronze Truffle, a metallic bronze; Creamy Chocolate, a metallic dark golden brown; and Grey Crystal, a silver with silver sparkles.

The formula for the Concentrated Crayons is similar to the pot version -- they're nicely pigmented and blend easily, though they dry down pretty quickly so they stay in place.

Because they're in pencil-form, though, they're not as creamy as the potted Color Tattoos and don't feel as dense.

Keep in mind that because they have a thinner texture, they set more quickly than the potted version. That's not necessarily a bad thing -- if you're in a hurry and don't want to worry about your makeup smearing before you get out the door, it's probably a good thing -- but it means you have less time to work with the shadow once you get it on your lid.

From l. to r.: Barely Beige, Bronze Truffle, Creamy Chocolate, Pink Parfait, Lavish Lavender, Grey Crystal
They do last a long while on the lid, though I still use a shadow primer under them.

Personally, I think I still prefer the Color Tattoos in the pots, especially when I want to wear a cream shadow all by itself, but I do really like the Concentrated Crayons. They are more convenient and quicker to use, for sure, and if you want to use them as liners, it's much easier too.

In terms of color selection, all of the shades that I bought are lovely. Barely Beige seems like a good one for everyone to have because it works well as an inner corner or brow bone highlight, is pretty one the waterline, and makes a good overall base for any shade really. I also love Bronze Truffle and Lavish Lavender a ton too.

I do wish they had a taupe shade, but that's just me.

They retail for approximately $6.99 wherever you can buy Maybelline products.

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayons? Which shades are your favorites?

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