Monday, October 24, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner



The ProductRevlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner

The Review: First off, sorry I've been kind of MIA lately. I got some new responsibilities at work on the IT side of things last week, and I needed some time to adjust to my new duties. I am now in charge of a new program that lets me check whether or not my company can connect to TCF's computers. If the program shows that we can't connect, I call and harass banks to turn on their PCs. I has the stalking power!! Behold, the mighty Level 1 Help Desk Tech/Receptionist!

Yeah. Ok. So, it's not that exciting. That's why we have makeup! And oh, how I love makeup. Especially eye makeup, because I like to play up my slightly slanty half-native eyeballs. Dramatic eyes help balance out my big, almost-Angelina-Jolie-sized lips. Speaking of big lips, have you ever seen a big-lipped person try to do the duck face in pictures? I did it in the mirror once, just for funsies. Oh my god. I just about peed myself laughing. But I digress. Back to makeup...
The "Smoky Sexy" colors
I went to Target a couple days ago and got Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner in "Smoky Sexy," because it was on clearance for $5. The colors in this line are so effing pretty, and I've had my eye on them for a while now. Naturally, I was super happy to get them on sale. And I'm so glad I didn't pay any more than $5. In theory, this eyeshadow palette is a great concept. Liner, brow highlighter and lid shades all in one? Oh, the convenience! Sadly, the idea and visual presentation is the only thing this eye shadow has going for it.

In the compact, the eyeshadows have the rich, vibrant color you see in the high priced brands. It's what drew me to them in the first place. Sadly, when you put them on, they have maybe half of the color you were expecting. They are sheer, sheer, sheer. You have to layer the hell out of them to get even close to the original color, and even then, it's disappointing. And trust me, you don't want to layer. These shadows are so powdery, any attempt to apply them will leave you with eyeshadow all over your lashes and cheeks. It doesn't matter how you try to apply it: brush, foam applicator, fingertip... I tried them all, and each tactic left me with blue on my cheeks, a look that is only appealing to a smurf. Or Avatar larper.

Long story short, if powdery, poorly pigmented eyeshadow works for you, you'll probably like this product. But if you're like me and want your drugstore eyeshadow to live up to your high-end makeup standards, go for Revlon's ColorStay 12 Hour Eyeshadow Quad instead. It's so much better and there is a great variety of colors to choose from. I have both the "Neutral Khakis" and "Nude Elements" quad, and I quite like them.

Rated Beauty Grade: D

Price: $8.99

Where to Buy: Most drugstores

And, just for funsies, here is the Avatar LARP vid if you had no idea what I was referencing earlier:


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