Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Brush Review

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadow Brush

Maybelline has launched a Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Brush ($2.99) with their new limited edition shades of their Fall 2012 Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Eyeshadows.

Since the brush is in an LE display I think it’s a safe assumption to say it might be limited edition as well. Although I do think they should reconsider and make it permanent.

I used it a few times and didn’t like it but its slowly grown on me. At this point, I ended up purchasing a back up since I liked the original so much and for three bucks it’s a deal and a half.

Take a look!

At a glance this looks like a brush you can write off. It’s tiny with a flat head and short bristles. Really, I wrote it off simply because it looked like a smallish concealer brush.

I did end up purchasing it because I wanted to review it and I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.

At first I felt like it was too small…but if you’re anything like me you might feel like the Color Tattoos tend to sheer out if you apply with fingers. You want to build up the color for the best intensity but when blending out with fingers it begins to sheer out and fade.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Brush

I started using a Tarte Cream Eyeshadow Brush I had to apply and this works great. However, I decided to test the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Brush in its place.

As I said, it felt a little too small to get the job down. At first I felt like it wasn’t doing a good job but after a while I noticed I started reaching for it every time I applied Color Tattoos.

The smaller bristles are actually a blessing in disguise as they fit snugly against the lid and allow you to easily build color up. I like to apply with the brush, blend a little bit with my fingers, and continue to build up with the brush. It produces vibrant, intense color pay off and actually makes the entire Color Tattoo Eyeshadow application a little more easier. The shadows seem to have a better finish and look when I use the brush.

Although I wasn’t impressed at first I must say this is a great little tool for use with these shadows. Do pick one or two up if you happen upon the display as I have a feeling they are LE.

Definitely worth owning!

A great aid for getting Color Tattoos to look their best.

Muse Approved.

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Disclosure:

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  • 9/19/12 10:42 S:

    Thanks for the review, Muse! Is this the same brush that comes w/the Maybelline Gel liner in the pot? I love that brush for tightlining with my Laura Mercier tightline cake liner.

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    • 9/19/12 10:45 the Muse:

      no I don’t think so S, that seems more smaller than this.

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      • 9/19/12 11:54 S:

        Thanks for letting me know they’re different!

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        • 9/19/12 13:36 the Muse:

          no prob! :)

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  • 9/19/12 10:52 Liza Chung:

    Synthetic bristles?

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    • 9/19/12 11:04 the Muse:

      unfortunately I’m unsure Liza. Feels like animal hair to me but it isn’t listed on the brush so I can’t really say.

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  • 9/19/12 10:53 Kim:

    I bought two as well. I found this is the best way to apply the Color Tattoos without contaminating the pot with fingers. It’s a great brush for the price.

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    • 9/19/12 11:04 the Muse:

      AGREED kim!

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  • 9/19/12 10:57 Cindy:

    I usually apply the color tattoo onto my eyelids with my finger. The problem I notice is that it’s hard for me to get it down near my lash line. I feel like this would solve that problem!

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    • 9/19/12 11:04 the Muse:

      i do too cindy but sometimes they sheer out a bit when I blend with my finger, this really helps to build it nicely!

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    • 9/19/12 14:14 isabella:

      yes it would

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  • 9/19/12 11:00 Alex Jhocson:

    Another item sold by the Muse. Haha will be going to the mall for this :))

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    • 9/19/12 11:03 the Muse:

      hehehe ;-D hope you find it alex!

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  • 9/19/12 11:06 OrangeLipstickBlog:

    I saw this in Walgreens yesterday and it was marked at $4.99! Where did you grab it? I’m going to check at CVS today.

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    • 9/19/12 11:07 the Muse:

      harmons was $2.99! gosh I’m unsure if it is worth $4.99 jeepers!

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      • 9/19/12 13:11 OrangeLipstickBlog:

        Yes, $3 is ok but not sure about $5! I’ll look at CVS and see if I can find it for $3. I wish we had Harmon’s down here!

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        • 9/19/12 13:35 the Muse:

          i noticed someone tweeted it was 4.99 at cvs and that’s crazy…! I wouldn’t indulge at $5, it’s too small a brush!

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          • 9/19/12 13:42 OrangeLipstickBlog:

            Yes, I thought the same thing. It just seemed too small for $5. I’ll pass!

          • 9/19/12 13:52 the Muse:

            mmm i would too! that’s a lot!

    • 9/19/12 11:12 Debster:

      I didn’t see it at one CVS I go to (phx, az) so I hope you find it at 3$!

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      • 9/19/12 11:14 the Muse:

        wishing you lucky deb!

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        • 9/19/12 11:22 Debster:

          Thanks, I’m going on the hunt for this. Using the skinny/tiny end of a sponge applicator is awful since it’s absorbing all the pot lol! I need the retail therapy like I need more glitter with my crafts!

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          • 9/19/12 14:05 the Muse:

            LOL debs ;-D

  • 9/19/12 11:34 Ruth:

    I may have to snag a few, i adore tiny eyeshadow brushes and they’re so hard to find! my total fav is the little one that comes in the eco-tools eye kit and it’ not sold by itself. I’m hoping that this will be the same-ish. the little ones, i think, offer more control over the shadows and they don’t end up everywhere. and since i’m so stinkin’ near-sighted, i can get really close to the mirror to see what i’m doing =)

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    • 9/19/12 14:04 the Muse:

      ruth check out the cvs essence collection, they have smaller brushes that might do the trick for you!

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      • 9/19/12 15:10 Ruth:

        muse, thanks for the recommend, you are the best! {hugs!}

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        • 9/19/12 15:17 the Muse:

          Aw <3 you’re the best! xoxoxo!

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  • 9/19/12 12:06 Sunny:

    Ahh I wish we got this here, but I don’t even think the new LE shades will make it to Belgium! I actually have been toying with the idea of finding a brush that will work well with cream shadows. For the moment I use my pinky, but my lid space is really very limited so I’d appreciate a bit more precision!

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    • 9/19/12 14:04 the Muse:

      wow sunny I didn’t know you were in Belgium! Elf makes some nice cheaper brushes, I think they ship worldwide as well!? Someone also mentioned all the LE shades are on ebay for fairly reasonable prices ;-D so if you don’t get them locally perhaps evil bay is the way to go!

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  • 9/19/12 12:24 levmealona:

    I got mine at riteaid for $4.69, and mine was cut pointy and scratchy. I guess quality control issue. Totally not worth the $.

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    • 9/19/12 13:35 the Muse:

      so sorry to hear it lev, I didn’t experience that at all…mine was quite nice!

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  • 9/19/12 14:08 Kate:

    I didn’t see a brush when I purchased these Fall color Tattoos. Bummer. I would have bought one out of curiosity, too.

    But you have given me me an idea: I am thinking of two brushes I own from BE that might work. The first is for use with the Buxom pups. The second is for use with the Buxom big fat crayon thingies (I can’t think of the exact product name right.)

    Maybe I will even try my UD brush that is specifically for blending out the 24/7 eye pencils.

    Why didn’t I think of this before? I am daft sometimes! I really dislike fingers in the product. :P

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    • 9/19/12 14:33 the Muse:

      kate, it might have been gone by the time you got there, there was only two per display! ugh! oh yes, that’ll work….I’m not sure on the crayon brush but the one with the pups, yup, good brush! also someone said the physicians formula brush from the liner sets on twitter ;-D or the old loreal hip brushes ;-D I do too, but fingers seemed a necessary evil!

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  • 9/19/12 14:09 Kiss & Make-up:

    Smart that they have a specific Color Tattoo brush. Well played, Maybelline, well played! But to be honest, I own way too many brushes already. I’m sure at least one of them will work with the color tattoos :-)

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  • 9/19/12 14:13 isabella:

    Muse nice to you do a post on this brush, I think it’s great (for the price would pay more)
    picks up the cream shadow well. I like it because you can get into the corner of your eye much better than with your finger.
    Tried this with the L’oreal shadow and it doesn’t work as well, I think because they are “more powdery”

    definitely synthetic Taklon?

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    • 9/19/12 14:25 the Muse:

      do you think? it felt a little too soft for synthetic isabella….! naaa def doesn’t work with powder, best for cream chica!

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  • 9/19/12 16:08 isabella:

    Muse: bristles dont look like real hair to me or feel as flexible.

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  • 9/19/12 18:26 Amy:

    I bought the brush, and I think I would have hated both the dark green and the dark brown if I hadn’t gotten this brush to use with them! This helps me use those darker shades more like think eyeliner, which is exactly what I bought them for :)

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  • 9/19/12 19:01 wifebot:

    Dang, $2.99 is a great deal! I bought mine for $5.99.

    /slinks away in shame

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    • 9/20/12 13:11 the Muse:

      that’s harsh…I thought six was too much :(

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  • 9/20/12 2:56 Melissa:

    ive been using my buxum pupps brush and my elf concealer brush for the tattoo shadows with great results.

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  • 9/20/12 14:03 Nancy:

    I bought mine when I got the Fall color tattoos,and it was $4.94 at Rite-Aid for the brush but I used my $1 off Maybelline coupon that they had on the summer makeup display and coupon is good until October!

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    • 9/20/12 14:04 the Muse:

      nice nancy ;-D glad you got it at a good price…! the near six dollars seemed awful high tbh!

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  • 10/19/12 22:20 Mimosette:

    I , too, use the ELF brushes for my color tattoos. Does anyone else HATE the chore of washing the brush each time you use a color tattoo shadow, though ? It negates the whole simplicity and quickness of using the shadow for me. (I cannot let the brush go unwashed, it gets stiff and nasty and…..germy.

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  • 10/22/12 11:17 isabella:

    if you have face cleaning wipes or cottonelle wipes, just tear off a piece and use that to clean brushes between uses.

    Sort of OT here I have just tried using a Tarte cream eyeshadow brush for lipstick which worked well because it can draw a very precise line with your lipstick. Maybe we need just to try all those brushes sitting around to see what works best with what we have?

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