Have you spotted the new Revlon CustomEyes eyeshadow palettes in the pharmacies yet? I picked up Smoky Sexy (blue). I’ve never really been one for Revlon eyeshadows but these made me take a second look because they did swatch a little better than the previous palettes and the colours are much more wearable too! (The previous coral Summer Suedes palette just didn’t do it)
The lovely knit imprint on the surface also drew me in somewhat. I’m a bit of a sucker for what looks like country knits 😛 Previously, when I showed you these eyeshadow palettes, I mentioned that they were better than past Revlon palettes and that Smoky Sexy was worth looking out for.
Unfortunately however, I’m going to revise my review a wee little bit and say that it is very nice… if you use your fingers or a sponge applicator or a dense eyeshadow brush.
You see, for some reason, these Revlon palettes swatch and apply very nicely with fingers or perhaps a sponge tip applicator or a very dense eyeshadow brush. If your eyeshadow brush is too soft, it just looks muddy.
Revlon CustomEyes Smoky Sexy eyeshadow palette – Black (matte), Steel Blue-grey (shimmer), White (shimmer), Blue (matte), Silver-blue (shimmer)
These are swatched with my fingers just once. So as you can see, its pigmented stuff! There are 5 colours in the palette – 3 shimmer 2 matte. The 3 shimmer colours swatch a lot more pigmented than the matte colours, and actually also apply better and smoother. I actually dislike that black shade so I don’t use it at all. Its not pigmented and applies a strange dark grey.
For some reason, that blue, despite looking so bright on my hand does not transfer to my lid. It also looks a bit muddy when blended with the black so what I like to do is to NOT use more than 2 or 3 colours. I use the Steel Blue-Grey, a touch of blue and either White or Silver-Blue to highlight. Never more than that or it turns muddy.
In the alternative, use the Blue all over the lid, White or Silver Blue in the inner corners and black to line or just skip the black as I do, and tightline.
If I use a brush like the Sigma E70 Medium Angled Shading, it does not pick up colour very well. However, the E55 Eye Shading or MAC #239 works very well with these shadows hence my recommendation to use fingers, sponge applicator or a dense brush.
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The good thing about this Smoky Sexy palette is that if you have been deathly afraid of wearing blue shadow before this, here’s a good palette to start you off. The blues are tempered by the greys in this palette (and I love grey eyeshadow) so you don’t end up with eye makeup that’s too bright or too blue.
Pros: Affordable, Shimmer colours are pigmented and not too shimmery, Colours apply well with fingers or a dense brush
Cons: Colours can be muddy if mixed, Matte Black is not pigmented and is a miss for texture
Another palette I’ll tell you about is the Naturally Glamorous palette (brown/neutrals). I did not think I’d like it. But its turned out to be surprisingly wearable. Will have some pictures and a review of that up soon.
I’m glad Revlon has picked up their pace in the eyeshadow category. I’ve always gone to Revlon for drugstore foundation and lipstick and gloss. They do very well in those sectors. Eyeshadows have always been a miss and their matte formula still is. But these palettes do fare a little better than I expected so I think they are worth taking a look at especially if they are on promotional prices or go on sale. At RM49 for 5 colours, I think its a decent deal.
Have you seen these? Have any thoughts on them? 🙂
Revlon CustomEyes eyeshadow palettes come in 4 shades and retail at RM49 each at most leading pharmacies