By Sheila Arkee
When I heard through the blogosphere that Maybelline had released pigments in a variety of shades, I was equally parts surprised, slightly shocked, and extremely determined to get my hands on them. I mean, determined. There wasn’t a CVS or Walgreens I didn’t consistently visit in my attempt to see what was going on and satisfy my inner eyeshadow addict. On a side note, why oh why can’t drugstore cosmetics be released in an orderly, uniform fashion to prevent the mad dashing involved in my acquisition of these shadows. Why?
After I finally located a CVS with a full display of the 12 pigments in stock, I chose Wild Gold and Mystery Black as my introductory shades. Although I’m impressed with the fact this collection includes aqua, pink, purple and electric blue, I didn’t find any of the other 10 shades intriguing enough so gold and duochrome black it was.
With incredible pigmentation, it’s easy to fall in love with Maybelline’s pigments. Take, for instance, Mystery Black, which is fascinating shade of black with flashes of silver glitter, blue and green. The fallout factor from this shadow is almost as intense as the shadow itself, so that is something to be very aware of. In fact, it reminds me of Urban Decay’s Zodiac which is a whole other another fallout situation.
My Final Thoughts: What a treat to find pigments at the mass market level. Besides Mystery Black’s shedding, I can see very little wrong with True Gold and Black Market and definitely call them a purchase worth making. At $6.99 a pop, they’re definitely worth a try. You can find Maybelline at your local Ulta.
Rating: B+ (took off points for Mystery Black’s shedding!)