Maybelline Color Tattoo: Swatches and some Looks

I’ve collected 6 of the Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr eyeshadows, and I’ve got pictures, swatches, and two sample looks photographed in my always classy bathroom. Cool!

Because of the hours I work – I work 4/10s, meaning I work my 40 hours by 10 hours / day, which means I put my makeup on at 6:15am and don’t leave work until 5:30pm – whatever I wear has to last at least 12 hours (sometimes more, if I’ve got things that need doing after work too). So I’m often intrigued by “long-lasting” or “long-wear” eyeshadows. Normally I use Urban Decay Potion Primer to keep everything on, but this is me — I’m always looking for the next cool thing.

The Color Tattoo line was on sale at Ulta, and I decided to pick some up to test them out. I got a grey/silver and a taupe because duh this is me queen of browns and greys, I got two wilder colors to see how they looked, and I rounded off the collection with some bronze and gold. You will be seeing a theme in my blog posts the next few weeks, and that theme is, spring is a great time to wear autumn colors; either that or, I have no taste in seasonal appropriateness. What Ever.

The swatches below show the 6 colors I have both in the pot and on my arm in different lights — flash, no flash, ambient ~classy~ bathroom light, etc. I like options. It’s probably overkill. But I wanted to make sure there was an idea of how they looked in various conditions. The six colors are:

  • 30 Pomegranate Punk (moderately shimmery dark maroon)
  • 10 Fierce & Tangy (bright matte orange)
  • 45 Bold Gold (highly shimmery gold)
  • 25 Bad to the Bronze (highly shimmery bronze)
  • 35 Tough as Taupe (dark matte brown-taupe)
  • 15 Audacious Asphalt (dark shimmery silver)

These are cream shadows, not powder; I find cream shadows are great for the “shit throw on a thing I am running late”, or for wearing under powder as a primer or extra setting tool, but not really so great for blending into complicated looks. However, because I am a trooper, I threw together two quick looks with these to see how they did.

On the left:
– Pomegranate Punk on the lid
– Bad to the Bronze in the crease
– Tough as Taupe along the lower lashes
On the right:
– Bold Gold on the inner 1/3 of the lid
– Audacious Asphalt on the outer 2/3 of the lid
– Fierce & Tangy in the crease and blended upwards

Blending the colors into each other isn’t the best, but it works. What’s interesting to me is that even though they look hella bold on my arm, they look reasonable on my eyes — even that neon orange kind of just looks like a wonky tan shade. I think I’m going to try to pull these off at work next week.

I’ll be better able to report on the wear of these once I work them into actual looks. Until then, enjoy the swatches — how have they worked out for other people? Are there any other shades that are fantastic that I should grab?


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Sev Dragomire is a professional chemical engineer, a legitimate nerd, and a certified terrible person. She has the paperwork to prove all three.
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