Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bad to the Bronze

Like a celebrity sighting at an airport terminal, the Maybelline 24hr Color Tattoo eyeshadows' arrival has been the subject of much discussion. There has been no end to the hype and fangirling. The lower-than-expected price point, $11.75, is a pleasant surprise: these are much more affordable than anticipated. And boy do they live up to expectations.

I was tossing up between getting an Australis powder eyeshadow quint in Snap Attack, or a Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze. I really like a couple of the shades in the Australis palette, but would I get more wear out of the cream eyeshadow since I really like the color and it's easier to use?

Out of the colour range available, only Bad to the Bronze really called out to me- the colours vary widely, from  electric blue to pretty burgundy to austere grey, all with badass names to boot. 
I wanted to swatch Bad to the Bronze, but there wasn't a tester for it, so I swatched Tough as Taupe (which is pretty, but I won't wear it), and for the next 3 hours I had a grey-taupe stripe across my forearm that would not budge.

I love Bad to the Bronze - it's a lovely medium brown-bronze that doesn't have yellow or orange undertones like some bronzes do, and doesn't look strange on me like I find some shadows do (oranges and coppers in particular, and one shade of pink from my Mirenesse trio). The shimmer can be a bit much, and can overpower the brown pigment, but not to the point where it's a deterrent. That flaw is easily overlooked by the pretty colour, easy application and staying power. I doubt it would stay on for 24 hours, but it would stay on for as long as you'd need it to. 
I like the packaging too- the glass pot feels really ritzy, and the design of the pot is really thoughtful- you're meant to store it lid side down, so that the shadow sits upside down and doesn't dry out. Clever. They really had the consumer's ease of use in mind.

I own one of the Essence Stay All Day long lasting eyeshadow in Glammy Goes To... and while it's nice and cheap, the texture and application just aren't the same as the Maybelline Color Tattoos. It's a reminder that Bad to the Bronze was worth it, and I don't regret my purchase. I do, however, have to add Glammy Goes To... to the long list of "products I regret purchasing", consisting mostly of cheap, redundant items (e.g BYS eyeshadows, Nivea Young Tinted Moisturiser, Essence pencil liners) that have been outshone by more expensive counterparts.

As for Bad to the Bronze, I love it. On days I can be bothered, my standard eye makeup for class and work henceforth is going to be a slick of BTTB, a swipe of eyeliner and some mascara. Thank you, Maybelline!

Take care, and God bless! xx


  1. I love the Maybelline Color Tattoo shadows. I have Pomegranate punk and a bright green shade I can't remember the name of. :) I almost got this bronze color, but I already have the Mac Paint Pot in Constructivist, and the colors are almost identical. I use Constructivist in much the same way you use Bad to the Bronze -- as a quick swipe of color with eyeliner and mascara for days when I don't feel like doing much but still want to look polished.

    I'm glad you're a fan of these like I am, you can save a lot of money getting these drugstore cream shadows instead of spending extra on the high end versions!

    1. I wanted Pomegranate Punk but there weren't any left! It's such a pretty colour. I'm so happy Maybelline came out with these- MAC is just so expensive in Australia; I haven't even considered buying a Paintpot. I've heard of Constructivist, but I didn't know it was similar to Bad to the Bronze! Yay dupes. :) xx

  2. How come Glammy Goes To... made the regretful purchases list? :O I was contemplating buying one! I hope Maybelline releases more shades in the future... Neutral ones to be precise. I already own too many bronze shadows to justify another! xx

    1. It was the first cream shadow I'd ever tried, and I didn't realise that that isn't the normal texture of cream shadows- it's not like Pas De Copper (I wish I'd bought that while I could!). Instead of it being moussey and easy to blend, it clumps in areas when you blend it out, and can get very glitter-bomb-y. The texture of the Color Tattoos is so much nicer. Save your money. :) xx

    2. Funny you should say that, because I bought Glammy Goes To after seeing you blog about it, and I kind of have to echo you thoughts about it. Glad I'm not the only one! I found it quite glittery but lacking pigmentation, and patchy when applied. But I have to say, colour-wise when I swatched it, it was such a close approximation to L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Sahara Treasure...

    3. Glad I didn't buy Sahara Treasure then! I'm going to stick with Color Tattoos and other shadows that get more blogger limelight- they're popular for a reason. :)