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When will I learn...?
Written: May 6, 2005
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:glad I had a coupon, price is affordable
Cons:No staying power, colors change on eyelid, nail breaking container.
The Bottom Line: The bottom line just threw this one in the garbage.
The other day I found a few coupons for Revlon products in a magazine. When Walmart also put these items on sale, I knew I'd have to have something. So I purchased a lipstick and these eye shadows. Actually, I think, they are called eye colors, but more about that later.
There are several shade combinations to pick from, I chose the "Moonlit Jewels" which is a combination of indigo blue, sage green, a soft brown and a golden color.
These eye colors come only in quad packaging (4 colors to one box). They are arranged side by side, sort of like the water color boxes I used to have for school.
The lid is clear, so all colors are visible right away. My top pet peeve is if a beauty product is packaged in a way that I have to break a few nails before I can get at it. At first I thought that this was not the case with these, since the lid offers a little lip that needs to be pushed up, but then I realized that Revlon, in it's infinite wisdom, had put a tiny sticker over the lid, that had to be scraped off. There went the manicure. Why do they do that?
These eye colors are cream colors. They are a bit shiny, but not overly so. The back of the package tells me "Layer and blend translucent shadows for amazing multi-color luminosity."
Why didn't Revlon put the word "translucent" in big fat letters on there? At nine o'clock at night, after a long day, words like that don't really register in my brain. If they would have, I would have left the stuff on the shelf.
How can you layer something that's translucent anyway?
I bought it, so I used it. I decided to go with the indigo blue, because I have blue eyes and that morning I needed a bit of color in my face. So I smoothed it on with my fingertips, as advised on the back of the box.
I have a real issue with using fingertips to apply make-up. It's okay to do at home, but what at work or while on the road. Do I really want to put my fingers into these eye colors and put them on that way?
I subsequently tried a sponge applicator and it works just as well.
The blue did not go on as a blue, but more like a gray. That much for pepping up my eyes. I had to put on three coats of that stuff, because after a few minutes, the layer that I had put on just disappeared. Despit the three layers, by the time I got to work about a half hour later, everything was just gone. I've never had a problem with creasing, and these did not collect in the crease either, but they were just gone. So I gunked on another layer.
By now my eyes felt like I had a pound of color on them. The added weight on my eyelids did not give me that sultry look however, but more along the lines "I need a nap, mind if I close my eyes?"
The next day I started over again. Maybe I should put a light coat of powder shadow under these. That did not work either - the powder stayed on, these guys didn't. They did make my eyelids look more shiny though.
It is really weird that on all the days I've used this, the color disappeared from my eyes, but when I used my eye make up remover pads it appeared again on the pad. I swear these things are haunted.
I used the eye colors for four days (one color each day). I used them with and without a powder base coat and each and every time I barely made it to work and the color was gone. All that was left was shine and shimmer.
I did have to discontinue using these, because my eyes started tearing and watering badly after a few days of use. I am sensitive to certain ingredients, and I assume some of the stuff I'm sensitive to is in there.
There was no list of ingredients on the container. I think that's a big oversight by Revlon. What if someone is allergic to any of the ingredients?
These are billed as "eye colors" not eye shadows, yet Revlon mentions the word shadow on the back of the container. They are neither a shadow nor a color, there's just nothing there.
Because of my coupons I only paid about half of the $4.72 purchase price, but even that was too much. After the disaster with the Revlon lipstick, I will not purchase another Revlon product for quite some time. I think I have found my best make-up products with Clinique and a few others and I will stick to these.
Overall rating (one to five stars):
Packaging: 2 stars - like the clear top, don't like the nailbreaking sticker that holds it shut, also really don't like the fact that there is no applicator.
Color combinations: 5 stars - lots of good colors, to bad they won't stay on the eye.
Staying power: 1 star - it's simply not there, no matter how many layers of this I put on.
Price: 4 stars -at under $5.00 retail, I think these are reasonably priced. Of course it would be better if they would be affordable and work they way they're supposed to.
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