Review | Maybelline Color Tattoo – Creamy Beige

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I love using cream eyeshadows as bases for my eye looks. My most used colours tend to be on the neutral side as they work with whatever look I want to create and the majority of the ones I own are from MAC. However, since I discovered the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Creamy Beige my MAC Paintpots have been resigned to the back of the drawer.

Even when I am using a cream shadow I still have to prime and set my eye first because they are that oily – which is very annoying – but the Maybelline Color Tattoos just seem to stick to my lids and they do not budge throughout the day. I do still use an eye primer first though, but this is more out of habit than anything else.

Creamy Beige is exactly as it is described, a creamy medium beige with a matte finish. It works well to prime the eye whilst covering up any discolouration on the lid. Perfect for those of you who have dark eyelids or veins that show through lighter coloured eyeshadows.

When I picked this up I thought it would be a great dupe for my MAC Paintpot in Painterly, however after swatching them next to each other I realised that Creamy Beige is darker and warmer than Painterly. So out came all of my other cream eyeshadows so I could see if it was a cheaper dupe for anything else in my collection.

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Top: MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile; Bottom: MAC Painterly, Maybelline Creamy Beige

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L-R: MAC Constructivist, Maybelline Creamy Beige, MAC Painterly, MAC Soft Ocre, MAC Nubile

As you can see from the swatches above it isn’t the same colour as any of my matte cream eyeshadows. This was quite disappointing for me as I find the Maybelline Color Tattoos work so much better than my more expensive MAC Paintpots. It does, though, do exactly the same job, so its not too disappointing that the colour is different. It helps sheerer eyeshadows pop, stay all day and not crease.

If I had to choose between Painterly and Creamy Beige I would pick the Creamy Beige every time for a skin toned cream eyeshadow. The one plus of the MAC Paintpots is that they come in a wide variety of shades. So it really depends what you are looking for.

I also recommend the Maybelline Color Tattoo in On and On Bronze, it is beautiful and great for a quick eye look.

Maybelline Color Tattoos retail for £4.99 and are available here.

Top 15 | MAC Neutral Eyeshadows

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MAC eyeshadows were the first product I started really collecting once I became interested in makeup – obsessed is more like it. I loved the idea that you could build your own palette with colours that you had chosen. Over the years I have built up quite a collection of them but there are some that I use over and over again so I decided I would write a post about them. Out of the ones pictured above there is only one limited edition shade, the rest are from MAC’s permanent collection.

I will start with the colours that are in the palette:

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R-L: Brule, Naked Lunch, All The Glitters, Patina, Woodwinked, Satin Taupe, Mulch, Swiss Chocolate, Show Stopper (LE), Star Violet, Antiqued, Sketch

Brule is a creamy beige shade with a satin finish that I use every day to set my eyelid primer and subtly highlight my brow bone. As you can see it pretty much blends into my skin tone.

Naked Lunch is a light pinky champagne with shimmer and a frost finish.

All That Glitters is a medium beige with gold pearl and a veluxe pearl finish.

Patina is a antiqued gold brown with golden pearl and a frost finish. As you can see I love this colour. It looks beautiful blended all over the lid for a simple eye look.

Woodwinked is a warm antiqued gold with a veluxe pearl finish. This shade looks gorgeous blended all over the lid and into the crease. It looks like you are wearing two different eyeshadows because of the way it blends out.

Satin Taupe is a taupe with silver shimmer and a frost finish.

Mulch is a warm brown with red undertones and bronze pearl with a velvet finish.

Swiss Chocolate is a warm red brown and a matte finish. I love paring this with Woodwinked, black liner and lashings of mascara for a really warm golden eye look.

Show Stopper is the only limited edition shade out of the bunch. It is a cool toned dark brown with a matte finish.

Star Violet is a plummy brown with a slight pink tone to it and a veluxe pearl finish. I know that it’s not strictly a neutral but I love using this with All That Glitters on the lid for a slight pop of colour.

Antiqued is a warm brown bronze with a veluxe pearl finish.

Sketch is another one that isn’t strictly neutral but I like using it in neutral looks for a pop of colour. It is a burgundy with red shimmer and a velvet finish.

Now onto the three colours that are separate from the palette:

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Carefree is a pale white gold with a frost finish. I like to use this to highlight my face, as an inner corner colour or as a regular eyeshadow.

Always Sunny is a pale yellow brown with a semi-matte finish.

Omega is a matte beige taupe. It is perfect for blondes to use as an eyebrow shade, great for contouring if you have fair skin, and is great as a crease colour. It is a real multi-tasker.

I find MAC eyeshadows generally to be great quality. I have found some duds but most of them are lovely and easy to blend. They have such a wide range of colours and finishes that it is easy to find some you like.

MAC Eyeshadow Pans retail for £10 and are available here.

MAC Eyeshadows retail for £13 and are available here.

MAC Pro Longwear Eyeshadows retail for £17 and are available here.

Autumn Lip Pencils | MAC Absolutely It Pro Longer Lip Pencil and MAC Vino Lip Pencil

This autumn I am really enjoying bold plum and berry toned lips, however when I looked in my collection for a lip liner to go with these colours I realised I did not have any, so I started browsing the internet for lip pencils that I thought could be used with a variety of lipsticks. I finally settled on MAC Vino Lip Pencil and MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil.

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MAC Vino Lip Pencil is described as an “intense violet-purple”. It is a cool toned burgundy purple and can be a little dry on the lips. However when it is worn under a lipstick it is not noticeable. It is quite a hard pencil which makes it easy to line the lips and to get a nice shape around the cupids bow. I have worn this lip liner with MAC Plumful and it was perfect.

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MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is lighter in colour than Vino and is described as a “soft burgundy”. It is a light burgundy rose and you will notice in the swatch below that it has a slight golden sheen to it, which looks lovely when it is blended all over the lips. The Pro Longer Lip Pencils feel less drying ,in my opinion, and because of this I have found myself wearing this on its own a few times.

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I am really pleased with my new autumnal lip pencils especially Absolutely It as I feel this is the most versatile of the two. I am on the look out for more purse friendly options at the moment and I have my eye on some Jordana ones from Amazon.co.uk.

MAC Vino Lip Pencil retails for £12.50 and MAC Absolutely It Pro Longwear Lip Pencil retails for £15 and are available from maccosmetics.co.uk.

Review and swatches | Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten Palette

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Whilst browsing through the Boots Christmas gift guide I stumbled across a new eyeshadow palette from Soap & Glory called The Perfect Ten. I already enjoy using the What’s Nude palette so decided to pick this up. It was included in the 3 for 2 on gifts and went towards earning me extra Boots points from their £12 worth of points on a £50 spend promotion.

The eyeshadows come packaged in a cardboard palette which includes a small double ended brush and a pretty decent mirror. The brush is ok, it is nothing special and it would be difficult to use to create an elaborate look, however it may come in handy if you were going away for the night and wanted to pack light.

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As the name suggests there are ten eyeshadows in the palette, 3 matte and 7 shimmery/satin, that range from a light cream to a shimmery black and include cool and warm toned colours. I was disappointed that there isn’t a light brown matte colour but after using the palette I don’t mind this so much, read on to find out why.

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Vanilla is a matte cream with great pigmentation and it is perfect for the brow bone and inner corner for a more subtle highlight. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Minky is a rose gold shimmery shade with silver glitters that has a little bit of fall out when applied due to the chunkier glitter. This shade is available in the Off the Wall Flowers palette.

Pink T is a muted pinky tan matte that is perfect for the crease. I think this works just as well as the light brown shade I was looking for in the palette. It is smooth and blends out shadows beautifully. This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Aubersheen is a medium purply taupe satin shade with small purple sparkles that looks lovely all over the lid and blended out or in the outer corner to add some depth. I’ve called them sparkles because you can see the individual pieces of glitter but it is not chunky at all and does not cause any fall out.This shade is available in the What’s Nude palette.

Gold Coast is a pigmented yellow gold satin shade that reminds me of Urban Decays Half Baked.

Taupe Cat is a medium brown taupe satin shade with small gold sparkles that like Aubersheen looks lovely blended all over the lid.

Sunset is a coppery satin shade with gold glitters. This shade really makes blue eyes pop and is perfect for an autumn inspired eyeshadow look.

Brownie is a medium brown satin with small gold sparkles which makes it look almost bronze when swatched.

Black Gold is a matte charcoal grey which despite its name has no gold or warmth in it at all. This is great for deepening up a look or using as a subtle liner. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey palette.

Smokin’ is a black shimmery shade with silver glitters. The glitters in this are not as chunky as those in Minky but they are definitely more visible than the sparkles in the other shades. This shade is available in the Smokey Dokey Palette.

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With natural light – a truer representation of the colours

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With ring light

I think this palette is great for those people who do not have many neutral shadows – or for those who cannot help themselves and have to try every neutral palette going. It has a good range of colours from light to dark and cool to warm and I like that they have included three matte colours. I was disappointed that I already had three of the colours in my What’s Nude palette, but even now I know this I would definitely still have purchased it as it is a great palette at a great price.

Here is a look I created using the palette.

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Close up eye look

I used Pink T in the crease as my transition colour, Minky on the inner half and Taupe Cat on the outer half of my lid, Black Gold in the outer corner and Gold Coast and Brownie on the lower lash line. I lined my upper lash line using Urban Decay Demolition Liquid Liner and added two coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara. On my lips I am wearing a combination of MAC Draw Me Close lip pencil, MAC Hue lipstick and Laura Mercier Baby Doll gloss.

Soap & Glory The Perfect Ten palette is priced at £16 and is available from Boots.com. It is limited edition so grab it while you can and it is still in the Boots 3 for 2 promotion.