April 23, 2014

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Yes, the new Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow is in fact Maybelline Seashore Frosts Color Tattoo Eyeshadow under a new name.

Maybelline launched two brand new Summer 2014 Color Tattoo Eyeshadows that are available for a limited time but what they failed to tell you is these shades are simply repromoted colors under a new name. Seashore Frosts was released for Summer 2013 and was also a limited edition shade! It gets brought back to us in the form of the newly named Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow that’s available with the Maybelline Bleached Neons Summer 2014 Collection.

I feel a little misled and slightly deceived they thought it was ok to repromote a shade under a new name. Why bother? It’s ok to bring back shades from collections past. It’s not ok to rename them though and confuse people that may already own the color under another name. Ugh!

Considering I had really crummy experiences with the Summer 2013 Color Tattoo Eyeshadows I’m actually delighted they brought back a shade that was good as I was impressed with Seashore Frosts last year. I dislike they renamed it of course! But I do like that those who didn’t get a chance to try the shade can do so now.

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Swatches

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Swatches

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow is an exact duplication of Seashore Frosts. There are no little differences or variations of the shade. The shade was simply renamed it.

Shimmering Sea does have a little bit of a slippery texture with less density than some of my other Color Tattoo Eyeshadows and does take extra time to set but it does blend easily and once set it wears a solid eight hours on my drier eyes without creasing or fading.

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Seashore Frosts

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow vs Maybelline Seashore Frosts Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

Maybelline Seashore Frosts Shimmering Sea

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Sea

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow and Maybelline Seashore Frosts Color Tattoo Eyeshadow Swatch ComparisonsΒ 

This a duochrome shade so it does have some very beautiful color shifting. It’s a stormy blue gray in the pot with a golden iridescence with a faint metallic finish that reflects blue, purple, and even gold on lids. I love gold and blue eyeshadow paired together and this color brings a golden blue to eyes with a pretty shifting effect.

I think the formula is a little bit of a pain to use as it seems to blend away during application but if you have the time and patience to deal with that I’d say that Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Color Tattoo Eyeshadow is a unique shade. You do not need it if you already own Seashore Frosts of course! Or maybe you want a backup….! Those who didn’t get a chance to try it last year I do urge you to give it a whirl now because it really is quite a unique color.

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo Eyeshadow fotd

Maybelline Shimmering Sea Color Tattoo fotd

Muse Approved.

Available at drugstores now.

Anyone own Seashore Frosts?

Do you like the shade and formula?

Did you purchase Shimmering Sea?

Do share!


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  • Melissa

    This is a gorgeous color and I was lucky enough to snatch it up last year. Thanks for letting us know the new shade is actually the same shade under a different name. πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure πŸ™‚ if you have last year’s you’re good to go, no reason to rebuy πŸ˜€

  • O

    I have seashore frosts. Passing on this. I wish Maybelline would bring out more matte colors for the permanent line (well, more colors period). Like black, a dark purple, navy, brown etc. And some warm, natural shades for the metal line. I can’t be stalking every drugstore, supermarket in my area multiple times, looking for the LE shades. Gas is expensive! Lol. Plus, I usually miss out on the LE stuff (the shades I want).

    • Isabella Muse

      that would be nice! the three they did wasn’t enough!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Veronica

    I remember turning this over in the store and thinking it was too similar to Seashore Frosts to justify buying – glad to see that I was right! o_0 That seems so underhanded to trick consumers like that, especially because so many countries outside the U.S. don’t allow cosmetic returns. Bad Maybelline, no biscuit!

    I have Seashore Frosts from the last collection, and it is one of my favorite duochrome shades. I love using a grey or taupe in the corner and crease when I wear it! The formula is a little thinner than the other ones I own from the brand, but nothing that really affects opacity. (Maybe it’ll take longer to dry out in the long run?)

    • Isabella Muse

      it’s so misleading! it kinda p*sses me off as it gets people excited for no reason about new shades and later realizing it’s just the same o’ same o’ color πŸ™ gosh good point! as my one from last year is still soft yet I have some original shades that are a bit dense now!

      • Veronica

        The only ones I’ve had serious problems with is Tough as Taupe, which is definitely getting to the point where it’s almost unusable. (I guess because it’s matte?) The others are more or less okay, but I’ve noticed some of the metallics are a tad thicker after serious use. I guess that’s the flip side to affordability – my higher end cream shadows have definitely weathered use longer!

  • Kate

    I missed them both last year, so I got them this year, but haven’t tried them other than on my hand yesterday. longlasting and loved the duochrome effect. Not sure how I will wear them though.
    just a sheer wash and liner?

    • Isabella Muse

      Glad you got them Kate! πŸ™‚ if you don’t want to wear them alone you can always use as a base for powder!

  • telle

    this is simply stunning! i wasn’t able to locate this last summer, so while it is really tacky that they repromoted the shade under a different name (who does that?! at least mac is always up front about it), i am glad too because maybe i will be successful and find one! πŸ˜€


    • Isabella Muse

      that’s the good part πŸ˜€ since you didn’t find it now you can this year! :-D!

  • Gillie

    I took note of how stunning the eyeshadow is with your eye color in your Lilac Color Elixer post, and then I found this post, so now I know the source! Yay!

    Of course, I don’t think I could pull this color off. My skin is a lot lighter than yours, and my eyes are a similar color blue to the shadow…it sure does make your eyes pop, though. You made me want to go out and buy it!

    • Isabella Muse

      πŸ˜€ thank YOU! very flattered πŸ˜€ go try it girl! ya never know it might like amazing with blue eyes πŸ˜€ you can always use it as a base as well πŸ˜€

  • Cindy Ramirez

    I missed Seashore frost the first time, I’ll be sure to do a better job hunting this one down. Lovely color!

  • Lisa Adams

    Can you describe the color and the undertones to the best of your ability? It looks like so much more than sky blue. . . . . . . IMHO it is a huge marketing faux pas to ever refer to eye shadow or hair highlights as “frost”! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    This shade looks periwinkle borderline lilac/ blue violet, and swatched its really disappointing color payoff wise. It looks gray, I would have fell for this color, if I would have seen it at the store, luckily I read you’re blog daily. I think I’ll pass on this. I have a Maybelline baby pink color tattoo and its very versatile, and the color is true unlike this shade.

  • Nancy

    I bought this as a backup to last years because I love the color! I agree they shouldn’t have changed the name,they should make them permanent if they do that,that way no need to hunt them down everywhere if you already own it. I found the last Shimmering Sea at my Walgreens,only to see it’s Seashore Frost exactly,and they other one is Cool Crush renamed. I do recommend them if you missed out,gorgeous with browns/taupes and dark blues or navy in the crease πŸ™‚

  • amy

    I found this colour at the dollar tree yesterday. So check out your dollar tree if anyone is looking for this. They had another one that looked similar, it must have been the one you’re talking about. They had a tinted the color tattoo pigments at the dollar tree but only the 2 shades in the cream shadow.