Shady Shores is one of eight new limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows that recently launched for Summer 2013. There are actually two displays in store at the moment that house six of these new eyeshadows and another display which contains two. So do, by all means, start stalking your local drugstores for the swag!
So far, it seems all the shades are a duochrome finish. Technically duochrome finishes can be fun and they have quite the cult following. I’m not a fan though…sorry, don’t kill me, throw tomatoes at me, etc…etc….basically duochrome finishes look one color in a certain light but reflect another or even a variety of others at a certain angle or different light.
Shady Shores is a perfect example of this effect and finish.
Take a look!
At a glance Shady Shores is a bright buttery yellow mmmm kinda does reminds you of a sandy beach perhaps? The color starts out buttery yellow but it actually applies as a sheer wash of yellow which has a pearl white and green refection. It’s really a natural color with VERY little color pay off. It relies on the duochrome finish to makes its statement as the color indoors has a gold yellow reflection but in sunlight it has a pearlish green look.
I was a little disappointed as I’d have been happy with a bright butter yellow but unfortunately it acts as more of a sheer almost glossy color wash. The formula is thinner compared to some other Color Tattoo Eyeshadows I own and I found it difficult to work with as it slips and slides around my drier eye in a rather dramatic, irritating way. I tried applying with fingers and a patting method and also with a brush but I got pretty much the same results all around.
I imagine it’ll make a great base for eyeshadow but worn along you might feel disappointed as the lack of color here and the rather difficult to apply formula which goes patchy and bares my lid as I try to blend it out. Grrrrr!
I hope this formula isn’t extended to the seven other shades released otherwise I’m in for a rather long and bumpy road.
I realize the temptation to haul this is great as hey, we ALL want new Color Tattoo shades but just keep in mind the formula is a bit temperamental.
I’d love to hear your thoughts and application techniques if you purchased it.
I located mine at Harmons.