February 9, 2016

5 Eyeshadows and Eyeshadow Palettes You Can Skip

eyeshadow skips

I’ve been kinda having a bad run with eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes lately. Spring 2016 brought us a ton of different options from both drugstores and higher end brands but many have been complete misses with very few hits.

One hit you can bet on are the new Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow and Kohl Liner! I stupidly only purchased one now I’m trying to hunt down more shades. If you see them, pick one or two up as the formula is pretty darn great.

But this isn’t a post about eyeshadow hits, this is all about the misses so here are 5 Eyeshadow and Eyeshadow Palettes you can skip that just recently launched!

Lorac Nude Necessities

Lorac Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette
Honestly, it’s rare that Lorac creates an eyeshadow that I didn’t like! But the Nude Necessities Eyeshadow Palette that launched with the Lorac Spring 2016 is a big miss for me. The shades in this palette are gorgeous but they sadly all look the same and offer no real definition making for some muddy looks during the blending process. I expected a lot from this palette but what I did get was disappointment.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon

Maybelline Color Tattoo Concentrated Crayon
Maybelline’s new Spring 2016 cream eyesahdow crayons are a retake on the cult favorite and very popular Color Tattoo pot eyeshadows. These seemed like a great idea as who doesn’t love a quick to apply cream pencil that promises great color pay off. Sadly, these blend out very, very sheer so lots of building is required to get the best color pay off! Sadly, the application was just too much of a hassle.

Maybelline The Rock Nudes

Maybelline The Rock Nudes Palette
Speaking of Maybelline, their latest 12 shade pan palette takes on smokier shades to create a sultry eye look for Spring. Sadly, this one was dry, dense, and difficult to blend. Truly a major skip!

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow

Clinique Lid Pop Eyeshadow
Clinique’s Lid Pop formula was an exciting release considering how great the Clinique Cheek Pop Blushes were. Sadly, the eyeshadow formula does not quite live up to that of the blush!

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
I think to myself maybe the newest Revlon Eyeshadow Palettes don’t belong on this list. They aren’t a mere skip, they are however, an “AVOID AT ALL COSTS!” They are Dante’s Inferno, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here!!!!!!!!!!!” These have a dry, difficult to blend, and horribly pigmented formula. Just don’t do it.

What are some of your eyeshadow and eyeshadow palette skips from this season?

Do share ’em!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Jackie

    I’m with you on the Lorac, I looked at it & thought they all sort of run together to me, plus I have numerous es’s in shades just like all of them, in palettes or singles, so I was like *yawn*
    Then that Maybelline rocks palette, something about it makes me sick looking at it, just the icky colors & group of them together is not good.
    In Revlon, I hate everything except the Colorstay quads, which discontinued one that I really liked a lot, but the rest of them, except any with turquoise, are super great nude/natural shadows that go on just wonderfully, at least for me!

    • Carol G

      Yes, I will second that! Those shadow links are horrible and I’ve seen them a few places on clearance already. They need to 86 all of them as the texture is so bad – dense and chalky. The worst.

  • Elle

    The Clinique shadows actually look amazing wet! But it is annoying that they don’t look as nice when dry :/

  • BabyBeans

    Luckily due to reviews like yours I have avoided a lot of bad eyeshadows. But I do remember disliking some of the LA Colors eyeshadows (with a few exceptions, like the 16 pan palatte). As far as more expensive make up, I had some disappointment in a Tarte holiday set this past Christmas. A few shades were so bad (the rest were good, luckily), so I should’ve looked it up first.
    A lot of eyeshadows from my teen years were terrible but I can’t remember what cheap-o products I bought back then.

    • Agona

      I love tarte shadows but stay away from their holiday sets as the quality doesn’t seem to be the same as their regular line. I was watching YouTube the other day, and that person mentioned that their holiday sets are produced in China and their regular line is produced in the US. Maybe try one of their US-made ones instead?

  • Joan

    I have four of the Clinique Eye Pop eyeshadows and I like them. I have the brown and grape shades and two of the light neutral shades. I wear all of them dry and don’t have an issue with them. I have never used an eyeshadow wet.

  • Rachel R.

    The e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palettes are terribly dry and dusty. Other than that, I haven’t gotten anything awful.

  • Yen

    Thank god for your reviews! Otherwise I would’ve fallen victim to revlon and maybelline’s palettes. I don’t understand how wet n wild can make some good color icon palettes, yet revlon makes such bad shadows for $10+?!

    • Isabella Muse

      πŸ™‚ thanks Yen! I’m glad my reviews help that always makes me feel so good. Agreed haha…!

  • genevieve

    No more do I buy drug store eye shadow palettes or quad – they are just too bad. All of them.
    The only exception would be the Milani singles and the Wet n’Wild Comfort palette – these are great.
    I only buy palettes and quads that have been recommended by either you Isabella, Phyrra or Christine from Temptalia. Your reviews have saved us all from spending money on worthless products and this includes some high end ones as well.