Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow Trio For Hazels 023
One great thing about having a blog and having a few fans of the blog, is that people will write to me and tell me about their favorite taupe eye shadows. Since It's no secret that both Joeybunny and I have an insanely irrational addiction to taupe eye shadow, we have readers that are all to happy to feed our addiction with recommendations and suggestions. Now once in a while I have a reader that will suggest a taupe I haven't thought of using before....and 9 times out of 10 it will be a taupe from a Drugstore Brand. It's no secret that I am a high end make up snob. I prefer high end cosmetics over Maybelline, Revlon, and whatever else may be lurking in my Local CVS or (shudder to think, Rite Aid)
So I'm not a fan of drugstore makeup. So sue me. So what in the world possessed me to buy drugstore eyeshadow? Well a kind reader and fellow blogger recommended Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow Trio For Hazels. Having never used Almay eye color before I was curious to try it out. Plus it was taupe...and three shades of taupe so how could I say no?
Almay Intense i-Color Powder Shadow Trio For Hazels is supposedly geared towards hazel eyes to enhance the hazel color...but I believe anyone can wear such a lovely neutral shade and benefit from the pretty colors. The trip comes with a light silvery taupe highlight shade or base color. A dark steel grey shade to use as a liner or as a crease shade our in the outer V and finally a cool silvery grey taupe to use as an all over lid color or as a crease.
The shadows are all imprinted with the signature a for Almay. They are semi hard but not lacking in pigmentation. I have used this trio at least 4 times now and I have yet to see the "a" pattern disappear on any of the shadows. The shadows had minimal powder fall out however the deep grey one did have some fall out when I used it as a liner, but that could have been user error.
While the trio isn't lacking in pigmentation I do find that it lacks staying power. Even with an eye base the shadow faded and creased on me after 5 hours of wear. When compared to Bobbi Brown shadows, which last a good 12 to 14 hours (with a base) without fading and creasing, the Almay shadows fall terribly short. Why compare to Bobbi Brown? Well Bobbi Brown has a huge selection of neutrals and while I think Almay is the drugstore equivalent of Clinique, I think you all know how much I detest that brand and I didn't want that to taint the comparison, so I chose another neutral, high end brand. I could have gone with Laura Mercier or Trish McEvoy...but I have more experience with Bobbi Brown so that's what I chose.
Do you NEED this? Well I know the person who recommended it to me will disagree...and I'm sorry about that, but no. You don't need this. Even if it is less expensive than Bobbi Brown or any other high end brand, a shadow that doesn't last is a waste of money and lid space. It may have cost me only $7.99 for the trio but that's $7.99 down the toilet because after a few hours its all faded and muddy. What's worse, that $7.99 purchase is mocking me every time I open my makeup case because I know I won't wear it again, yet I can't bear to throw it away. Save your money for some Bobbi Brown shadows; trust me it will be worth the investment.
Ingredients: Talc, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Nylon-12, Zinc Stearate, Isopropyl Lanolate, Sorbic Acid, Octyldodecanol, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Chromium Oxide Green (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77189).