Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Maybelline Stylish Smokes Eyeshadow Quads

Yep, I'm just procrastinating with a posting binge.

Here we have the not-really-new-anymore Maybelline Stylish Smokes eyeshadow quad collection. Oddly enough, this may actually have some new information and sights for your pretty eyes, since Maybelline recently added two more Smokes quads (Plum and Sapphire) to the collection. The original release of four debuted a few months ago. (That's also why the swatch pictures for Plum and Sapphire are unlike the first four - they were taken at a totally different time and place.)

Overall I think these are quite nice, but the quality can be inconsistent. Some of the shades are chalky with poor pigmentation, others are chunky with poor pigmentation, and others still are just peachy-perfect. Annoyingly, every quad has 1-2 shades I absolutely LOVE and the rest I feel like I could do without, so I could never quite decide what to do with mine. I eventually decided against keeping them in the interest of keeping my stash minimized, but not before seriously considering depotting them all so I could keep 1/3 of the shades from all the quads...

Also, just for your information, the purple shade in the Charcoal quad is almost identical to MAC Mothbrown (LE from the Barbie collection), and the deep green in the Emerald quad is similar to MAC Humid.

These retail for $6-7 each and are available in most drugstores.

Stylish Smokes Eyeshadow Quad: Natural Smokes, Charcoal Smokes, Emerald Smokes, Amethyst Smokes, Plum Smokes, Sapphire Smokes

12 comments:

  1. I really like the last 4 swatches and that last color in Sapphire looks like the MAC e/s I want so badly.

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  2. Which one, Rayqueenbee? Deep Truth? ... the texture and pigmentation of Deep Truth is much better, if so, FYI. Sorry =/

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  3. Vau, they all look great. I can't decide which one to buy :)

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  4. If you want to see these colors on eyes, I have used them at my site: savvythinker.com

    Unfortunately I can't copy and paste the exact urls here, so do a search at archives on the word Maybelline and they will pop up.

    I like them a lot!

    I love your swatches. You are one of the places I link to on my front page.

    Karin

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  5. Hi Karin,

    Thanks for the compliments and info! I just tried to search Maybelline on your site, but didn't find the entry you're referring to. Can you email it to me somehow, or email the pictures?

    Thanks!
    Kristina

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  6. I've seen a few reviews on these and I'm definitely picking up the Emerald Smokes quad sometime.... But I just ordered the UD Shadow Book and Too Faced palettes and I really shouldn't be spending more on shadow :( Your swatches make me wanna grab the Emerald and Sapphire :D Waiting for a BOGO....

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  7. Bought the first 4 quads when they came out. I really wish I had "Plum Smokes" instead of "Natural Smokes." Plum Smokes look like there's more color to it while Natural Smokes didn't show up on me unless I packed it on. Debating on whether to buy since I rarely use the 4 I already own.. hmm

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  8. OMG this is such a nice swatch!!!!

    I have 1 question: does these eyeshadow long-lasting? I have oily eyelids

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  9. SuPeachChaya, what you need is a good eye primer - that will help these and almost all other eyeshadows last on your oily eyelids. I'd recommend Urban Decay Primer Potion. :)

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  10. can you do comparison swatches between the shadow in plum smokes and moth brown please? thanks

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  11. aksaiyo, I actually already have done a comparison between Mothbrown and the crease shade in the Charcoal Smokes quad (which is much closer to Mothbrown). You should be able to view the images using the following links (on my MUA pics account):

    http://img.makeupalley.com/6/3/0/2/1334028.JPG
    http://img.makeupalley.com/6/3/0/2/1334029.JPG

    Kristina

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