Friday, August 13, 2010

Review: CoverGirl Shadow Blast Cream Eyeshadows

Shades from top to bottom: Citrus Flair (my fave!!!), Bronze Fire, Silver Sky, Onyx Smoke, Tempest Blue, and Purple Plum.

A few weeks ago I received the full set of six CoverGirl Shadow Blasts to review. I know, late in coming, but better late than never, haha! Anyway, if you haven't seen them yet, these are cream eyeshadows. One end is a rounded stick meant for all over color, and the other end is a pointed stick meant for precision contouring but you can use them just about any way that you want. This really does make it easy to apply as all you need are your fingers to blend.

Here are the swatches:

Top to bottom: Citrus Flair, Purple Plum, Bronze Fire.

Top to bottom: Tempest Blue, Onyx Smoke, Silver Sky.

The actual product:

This is step one, the rounded side.

And this one's the pointed one. I suppose that sooner or late it will dull down and you'll either have another rounded one or you can sharpen it yourself to a point, but I suppose that would mean wasting product.

First off, I was very pleasantly surprised with the shade selection. CoverGirl really delivered there with a good selection of brights and wearable shades. My personal favorite shade is Citrus Flair, which is this gorgeous combo of lime green and this absolutely stunning burnt orange, which is all the rage this summer. I'm also really liking Bronze Fire for everyday. I smudge the darker side along the lash line and then highlight my inner corner with the lighter shade. I was really excited about Silver Sky, but it less wearable than I thought it would be. While the purple side is gorgeous, the lighter silver side doesn't apply that well as it is very sheer and glittery so it comes of looking a bit patchy. The purple shade makes up for the silver however, and looks really good as a liner. The one shade that I wouldn't recommend is Onyx Smoke. At first I thought that it could be a good smoky eye shade, but the black is on the sheer side so when you apply it is very difficult to get an even application and it looks messy, like you've had it on all night and didn't bother to wash your face in the morn. Plus, the white and the black seem very stark compared to the other shades.

As much as I really wanted to like these, they have a couple of major faults that make them unsuitable for every day easy use. First off, the cream sticks are a bit on the thin side and have a tendency to break off (sorta like a lipstick can) at the slightest pressure.

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

I'm not talking putting it up all the way and then using it. I used these very carefully, only putting them up slightly so that the plastic wouldn't hit my eye, and they just kept breaking. I'd say that after the first few tests nearly half of them had at least one side that had broken off. Now, I just shoved them back into the container, but sooner of later they will pop out again or will push to the side as you can see with the purple one above. CoverGirl can easily fix this by making the sticks thicker, but I suppose then they'd have to give you a lot more product as well.

The next greatest fault of these products is lasting power, or rather the lack of it. I was very disappointed with how quickly these smudged, smeared, and creased. Not cool. I would say that these start to crease after 15-30 minutes depending on your eye shape, skin type, and primer. If you have a monolid, very inset eyes, or oily skin beware!!! Now, there are ways to wear this to avoid creasing. The way I've been wearing Bronze Fire is by smudging the darker side along my lash lines and then placing the lighter shade just under my eyebrow and into the inner corner of my eye. This way, there isn't much product in the areas that typically crease, but anything you put on the lower lash line will smudge. I don't recommend these for everyday use. I've been using them when I'm in a hurry and will not be out long. They're perfect for quickly running errands when you'll only be out for a couple of yours and don't want to spend half an hour applying a full makeup.

All is not lost with these. If you're new to makeup and just want to experiment with shades these are great. I love layering eye shadows over the brighter shades or just mixing them on my lid. While I don't wear brighter shades out, I love to experiment and these shadows make it easy. My favorite combination is Citrus Flair and Tempest Blue. The lighter shade in tempest blue goes amazingly well with the lime shade in Citrus Flair, almost giving your eye this mermaid sea green effect, which is stunning!

Overall, I cannot recommend these shadows. While they're fun to experiment with, they are not practical for every day use, which is what they are marketed for. I really wish that a drugstore brand could come out with something like MAC's Paint Pots. A cream shadow that actually has some decent lasting power. Until then, I'd stay away from drugstore cream shadows as almost all of them (from all the many many brands I've tried) crease like crazy:(


Price: $8.49 (retail for one)

Ingredients: Isostearyl Neopentanoate, C12 15 Alkyl Lactate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Tribehenin, Silica, Ozokerite, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Carnauba), Nylon 12, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, May Contain (+/-): Alumina, Aluminum Calcium Sodium Silicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine (CI 75470), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 (CI 42090)

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