I’m not ashamed to admit that this is one of those blogger/YouTube induced purchases. Having loved the original Maybelline Color Tattoos (so much so that I haven’t been able to finish them since I purchased so many backups), I wanted to get a piece of the action with the new Maybelline Color Tattoos Leather collection. It had been a while since I picked up one of these, and Shoppers Drug Mart sent me a coupon so I could BOGO on these (making them only $5.54 each!), I couldn’t resist.
Narrowing down the shades I wanted was challenging, but in the end, I settled on something that I would use all-year round, and as boring as they are, I feel like they’ll get far more use than the more “unique” or special occasion colours.
The packaging and presentation of these cream bases are identical to the original – encased in a glass pot with a plastic lid that you have to close tightly otherwise it will dry out. I picked up only two shades out of the five they had in the collection. I’ve not tried these eyeshadows for 24+ hours, but I’ve worn it, along with several other shades before, all day without creasing
Vintage Plum is a deep, warm purple with a tinge of taupe. It reminds me a lot of how the clouds look on a rainy evening. It looks slightly dry/chalky when swatched, but it applies more evenly on the lids. It makes for a great base for a smokey eye look.
Creamy Beige is a medium tan brown – I had hoped it was going to be lighter than this (like MAC’s Painterly Paint Pot), but I suppose if you sheer this out enough, it will come off much lighter than how it looks in the pan. This shade reminds me a lot of the original Bad to the Bronze without the shimmers.
Both shades are very creamy, easy to apply and blend. Once they’re on, they stay put. I like to use these cream eyeshadows as bases (on top of primers) to add a little somethin’ somethin’ to my eyeshadow colours. I did find that the colour selection falls in the same spectrum of “smokey” shades – predictable colours for those looking for colours to enhance their smokey makeup. I wished that Maybelline could come out with more everyday shades (which I believe they did in a limited edition collection before).
These didn’t apply well as eyeliners as you have to go over and layer several times to get the opacity of an eyeliner, so I wouldn’t really recommend it for that use.