This is Maybelline's Expert Wear Eyeshadow Twilight Rays Palette. I picked up this palette last week because....the colors were pretty ^_^ I loved the midnight blue (2) and 6-8 especially and had high hopes for this since I am a devout user of Maybelline's Linen (my highlighting staple). This was $6.48 from Walmart.
The following swatches were with me swiping the color with my finger 3-4 times and they turned out alright; I dunno what it was but I just couldn't get this kind of color onto my eyelid.
On the plus side, the lighter colors are quite acceptable for everyday wear and oddly enough, less crumbly then their darker counterparts. But that's not saying much, even the lighter colors are hard to apply evenly. I think the biggest disappointment for me was the overall weak color payoff when you're putting it on your eye.
|Colors 3, 5, 8. #8 had NO color payoff. The dark purple at the ends is actually from another palette.|
The inner corner white highlight is also Urban Decay Yeyo.
In other words, the only "actual" color you're seeing from this palette is the white glittery part in the middle.
The chalkiness of the Maybelline palette affected the additional eye shadows I added to make it more pigmented. Hence the slightly blotchy application. In summation I'd say this palette was not worth the buy. It was a disappointment, the colors were too light, the texture chalky, and application difficult. I shall be returning this :(
- colors are pretty in the pan
- lighter colors are nice for delicate washes of color
- chalky texture
- low color payoff
- hard to apply darker colors evenly
P.S. I tried this without any kind of primer. Maybe that would make a difference but the truth is that I just recently started using eyelid primer and my other eye shadows weren't this crumbly even then.