Ahhh here’s the Revlon Midnight Express Cream Eye Shadow Palette ($7.49 at Harmons) that I was discussing today with my earlier post on the Revlon the Shanghai Collection by Gucci Westman for Revlon Fall 2012.
This is a slim line compact that features six shades of cream eyeshadow in a variety of richer jewel hues for Fall. The palette’s focal point is a burgundy wine purple shade topped with a bronze-y copper for lids. I’d never thought combining these two shades would produce such wonderful results. But indeed, the shades work well together for the Fall.
Let’s take a look at this palette!
I should start out by saying I’ve never really liked the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quads that the brand has had around for a while. The Revlon Midnight Express Cream Eye Shadow Palette does have a very similiar formula to these so if you aren’t truly a fan you might want to skip.
I indulged because the Midnight Express Palette is one of those selections of color that just looks stunning together. It features beautiful shades of green, silver, black, copper, white, and burgundy. I can think of any number of looks I could create with these shades that range from a warm Fall look all the way up to a traditional smoky eye. It really is a pretty palette.
On that thought…
I don’t like the formula. It’s just too much of an issue getting it applied correctly and takes some real TLC to get it in place. That’s not to say you won’t love it. I think it’ll prove a toss up. Some people will rave and others will rant it, like me.
The shadows have a thicker face paint feel. They kinda remind me of those little Halloween kits you can get from Wet n Wild, that’s the sort of the consistency you have here. The texture isn’t terribly hydrating so they blend out a little rougher and tugging is involved to get them in place. As I blend I disliked the fact that they would leave behind such a sheer layer of color. They are pigmented but building takes tons of time because as you swipe them on and blend out they end up getting sheerer and sheerer, revealing patches of skin. I used a brush to layer it on for the best intensity and to lightly blend out to avoid the patchiness. I noticed they had a slower dry down time so layering wasn’t too messy or too much of a problem. I’d say you need about five layers of product to get medium coverage on lids and even than the color looks a little weak.
Even with proper prepping and priming they crease horribly within the first hour of wear. A little pat will get them back in order but color fades and doesn’t look nearly as vibrant as original application.
Overall, I really liked the idea of the Revlon Midnight Express Cream Eye Shadow Palette. It’s a rich, warm selection of beautiful Fall shades. It’s the formula and application that’s an issue. It’s really up to you whether or not purchasing it is worth the hassle of actually getting it on your eyes. No denying, I think it will create some fine Fall looks but sadly, the time you need to apply the look and the hassle of worrying about how long it’ll remain in place is a deal breaker.
This palette is available now for a limited time at drugstores.
I got mine at Harmons.
I would love to hear your thoughts!