“Maybelline Eye Studio Color Plush Eye Shadow Quad”, (try saying that 5 times fast), is the newest collection of eye shadows from this famous drugstore brand.
These retail for a lot higher than most drugstore brand shadow palettes and can be found anywhere from $7 to $10. Yes, 10 bucks for a drugstore brand shadow quad. For reference, I believe that other 4 shadow palettes are around 5 bucks.
The good thing about Maybelline products is that you can often find certain drugstores having boy one get one half off and sometimes even buy one get one free sales. I know my local CVS and Walgreens have sales like this at least once a month. You can often find coupons in the paper too, so that’s another hint for saving money on these.
Plus there are a ton of shades! Not only do you get 4 shades in each palette, but I believe that there are 12 different ones to choose from. Even if you only pick up 2 palettes, that means 8 shadows and a ton of different looks for around $20 or less.
Most of the palettes have bright colors though. If you are someone who likes more neutral tones that are softer with little shimmer, than this might be something to pass up.
I really think that these palettes are for more adventurous makeup wearers. I often see a lot of younger women and girls wearing these types of colors.
I find that the number 1 complaint about these shadows is that they are too soft. Isn’t that kind of odd? Most people want nice soft shadows, but in this case, the shadows are so soft that there is a lot of fall out and problems with shadows crumbling.
I recommend being very easy with these shadows until you figure out if they are softer than the other ones you are used to.
You also get an applicator with this set. Like most applicators that come with palettes, this one is okay but most people will probably end up using their own brushes anyways.
The packaging is pretty flimsy. It is pretty, but for the money you are paying it looks like it could be better. The lid is clear so you can see the colors, and since the pans are not traditional in shape, it is a nice look.
This palette’s lid might pop off though, so be careful with travel and opening.
The texture, like I mentioned earlier, is very soft and almost creamy in feel. This formulation is better than the original Maybelline shadows, which were often chalky.
This formulation supposedly has “silk” pigments infused to give it a more luxurious feel.
The colors are easily blendable, which is a good thing and a bad. You can often over blend and make the colors bleed together more than you might wish too, so be careful.
The colors are quite vibrant. They all seem to have a glitter to them which in some cases does show up after application. Some only show up as a shimmer, so this could be a hit or miss depending on the ones you pick out.
You also need to use a good eye shadow base because they tend to crease and fade rather quickly. I assume it is because the shadow is more creamy than powder in feel.
You do seem to get less product in this palette than you might normally would with other drugstore brands, and since the colors are so soft, you might “hit pan” earlier on. This is obviously dependant on the usage.
You are supposed to be able to remove this shadow with just simple soap and water. Of course I would recommend a gentle facial wash.
Overall, even though these are kind of pricey, it might be worth a try, especially if you cannot afford high end brands. There are a lot of bright colors so it might also be colors that you won’t normally see in other drugstore brands. I would suggest that if you are interested in buying these that you need to look into coupons and sales to get a great deal. Also, to get the most bang out of your buck, you might want to invest in a good primer or eye shadow base.