Monday, August 27, 2012

The rest of my Maybelline Color Tattoos - Swatches, Comparisons, and Review

After I posted the four limited edition bold Maybelline Color Tattoos I found at Target a little while back, I got lots of requests to swatch the rest of my collection. I wanted to wait until I got the four limited edition neutral Color Tattoos to do that, and I finally found the last one yesterday. YAY! So this is really mostly a post about the four new neutral colors, but I added in the other few I have from the permanent line even though they don't fully "make sense" in this context just to finish swatching my collection for you. Enjoy!

Swatches first! I didn't label them in the pictures because it would have been way too complicated to try to squeeze in brand and shade names, so I'll add the labels underneath each picture.

Natural light outside:


L-R: Shiseido Hydropowder in H12 Lemon Sugar (discontinued), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige (new and LE), MAC Paint in Chiaroscuro (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Birthday Suit (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Gold Shimmer (new and LE), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold (permanent), MAC Fluidline in Uppity (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Fahrenheit Fab (permanent)


L-R: Shiseido Hydropowder in H12 Lemon Sugar (discontinued), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige (new and LE), MAC Paint in Chiaroscuro (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Birthday Suit (permanent)


L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Gold Shimmer (new and LE), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold (permanent), MAC Fluidline in Uppity (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Fahrenheit Fab (permanent)

Indoors under my Ottlite:


L-R: Shiseido Hydropowder in H12 Lemon Sugar (discontinued), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Beige (new and LE), MAC Paint in Chiaroscuro (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Birthday Suit (permanent)


L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Gold Shimmer (new and LE), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold (permanent), MAC Fluidline in Uppity (discontinued), Benefit Creaseless Cream in Fahrenheit Fab (permanent)

And now for the next set! Natural light outside:


L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe (permanent), Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Rich Mahogany (new and LE), MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground (permanent), MAC Fluidline in Sweet Sage (discontinued), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Mossy Green (new and LE), MAC Fluidline in New Weed (discontinued)

Indoors under my Ottlite:


L-R: Maybelline Color Tattoo in Fierce and Tangy (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe (permanent), Stila Smudge Pot in Bronze (permanent), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Rich Mahogany (new and LE), MAC Fluidline in Rich Ground (permanent)


L-R: MAC Fluidline in Sweet Sage (discontinued), Maybelline Color Tattoo in Mossy Green (new and LE), MAC Fluidline in New Weed (discontinued)

Now for the reviews. Honestly, when I swatched Barely Beige I was disappointed at first; it looked sheer and boring. But THEN, I swiped some on my eyes with a finger and quickly blended it as a wash from lashline to brow and it was MAGICAL. I AM IN LOVE. I intend to swap/sell my Shiseido Lemon Sugar and my MAC Chiaroscuro now and try to get my hands on a backup of Barely Beige. Yes, it's subtle, but it's such a simple way to create a lovely, polished, professional look in about 3 seconds. This is LOVE! I promise an FOTD with it soon.

Bad to the Bronze is a beautiful shimmery taupe, and quite pigmented. Whenever I wear it to work, someone who works in the cosmetic department there asks me as I'm passing through what eyeshadow I have on. Definite winner there too.

Gold Shimmer I haven't tried on my eyes yet, but the pigmentation seems excellent and the color is lovely and unique to my collection, so I'm going to proclaim it a keeper for now.

Bold Gold is just what it sounds like - a shimmery bold gold color that really pops with my blue eyes. Love this one too. (The base color is similar to MAC Uppity, but Bold Gold is more textured and wears better alone; MAC Uppity is smoother and works better as a base for other shadows.)


Fierce and Tangy is... fierce. I love using it as a base for orangey or pinky eyeshadow looks, it creates a beautiful coral-y tone when layered with pink and really makes oranges or orange-based bronzes pop. Orange can be a scary color to wear for a beginner, but when you think about how it's on the opposite end of the color wheel from blue, it makes sense that blue eyes really look amazing with orangey tones.

Tough as Taupe is smooth and very pigmented. I find the color boring and not super flattering worn alone, but it makes a great base for other shadows, particularly colors I find a bit too warm on me as it tends to "cool off" whatever you layer it under.

Rich Mahogany, I have mixed feelings about. When I tried to put it on my eye with my fingers, it was an unpigmented, sheer brown mess. When I put it on with a flat synthetic Ecotools eyeshadow brush, it applied MUCH better - pigmented, smooth, and beautiful. But then when I tried to blend out the edges, it either wouldn't blend at all or completely vanished from the area I'd just tried to blend. As such, I'm undecided about whether I want to keep this or not. I think I would only use it under other shadows, but it's close enough to Stila Bronze (which also makes a great base for other colors) that I don't think I need both. I may experiment with it this week and see if I change my mind.

Mossy Green I also have mixed feelings about. It applied and performed exactly the same way Rich Mahogany did (awful with fingers, great with brush but impossible to blend). I think if I didn't have MAC Sweet Sage and/or New Weed, I'd be keeping Mossy Green to use as a base for other colors. It IS really pretty, and possible to make it work on the eyes. However, MAC Fluidlines make an excellent base for other shadows in my experience and Mossy Green is basically halfway between Sweet Sage and New Weed in color (and those, I CAN blend and wear by themselves too, both as eyeshadow and as eyeliner), so I see no reason to keep Mossy Green in my collection. With that said, if you've been craving the long-discontinued Sweet Sage or New Weed, Mossy Green might be a nice alternative that's currently available as long as you intend to only use it as shadow. I don't think it's pigmented enough to be used as a liner unless you prefer soft, smudgy liner to a smooth, clean line. The product itself sets wonderfully and doesn't smudge at all, it's just that this color is not pigmented enough to be used as eyeliner unless you want a smudged-out looking line.

The wear of all of these is excellent. I actually just wore Barely Beige to the gym this evening for a super-intense workout where I was pouring sweat the entire time, and it lasted beautifully. Once I stopped looking like a tomato (my skin gets really red during and after workouts) my eyes went back to looking freshly done. Amazing.

As my sister recently said in an email - 20 points to Gryffindor if you read all that! :)

What are your favorites here? Any new lemmings or previously-existing/now-dead lemmings? Are you madly hunting the four neutral LE colors at your local drugstores like the rest of the internet makeup-loving community? I found mine at Rite Aid, by the way!

Disclaimer: I purchased the product(s) featured in this post myself.

6 comments:

  1. That orange color is amazing... I never wear orange but I'm tempted by it. Thanks for your very thorough review and comparisons to other products :) Awesome job as always!

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    1. Thanks! I know, it's so VIVID, it makes it kind of irresistible!

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  2. great swatches! I found all four le shades at Rite Aid, too. Now I'm thinking I need a back up of Barely Beige :)

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    1. Great! I'm hitting up a drugstore in hope of finding a backup myself, soon :D

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  3. I really want fierce and tangy because it's the only permanent one I don't own. I sort of have an addiction to the Maybelline Color Tattoos! I just got the 4 neutral shades and I really want the new colorful ones too. Must use self control in the Makeup aisle!!:)

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    1. Well, self-control OR strategically shop when and where there are sales on the things you want!

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