I’ve been a fan of the Maybelline Color Tattoos ever since they came out. Known as thé drugstore dupe of MAC’s Paint Pots, they come in a good selection of colours, can be used as a base or as an eyeshadow, blend really well and simply look fab. And now the wait is finally over. After (over?) two years, Maybelline awards us with another load of their famous Color Tattoos. I’ll have to admit, I was a bit disappointed those gorgeous limited edition nudes from the ‘Dare to go Nude’ Spring 2014 collection didn’t make their way to this side of the pond, but still this is better than nothing at all. I hope the message is clear Maybelline, please bring us more Color Tattoos!
This collection released back in November comes in 4 different colours and is a little different than the originals. They’re marketed as ‘Leather Effect‘ color tattoos, which basically means they’re more on the matte side with a very soft sheen, like you would see on real leather. I picked up the 2 most neutral/nude shades that are perfect for everyday wear, 96 Chocolate Suede and 98 Creamy Beige.
98 Creamy Beige is a warm caramel shade that’s a little too dark to be beige imo. It has a few shimmers in there but overall gives off a matte impression.
96 Chocolate Suede is a dark chocolate brown that resembles the original color tattoos because of it’s rather metallic finish.
Once applied on the lid, I find there’s little difference between the two finishes (see photos below). There’s a little bit of sparkle to be seen in some lights, but overall the look comes off as pretty matte to me. I used Creamy Beige all over the lid and then added some Chocolate Suede to the outer corners of the eye and some in the outer part of my crease for a soft smokey eye effect. The colours are a bit boring on their own, so I either combine them or use other shadows/eyeliner on top. The formula is quite dry, which causes you to act fast and blend it out before it sets. Without a primer, the shadows last for about 6 hours on me before some creasing occurs. Considering I have oily lids that make shadows crease easily, this is pretty good!
The color pay-off was good, but unlike the original Color Tattoos, I found these were a little more difficult to blend and a little blotchy, especially when done with my fingers (which I’d usually do with the Color Tattoos). For the look in the photos, I used a synthetic brush and this worked out way better for me. It’s a lot less messy and more even. I sometimes do blend the outer edges with my fingers.
Overall, the Leather Effect Color Tattoos are a nice addition to the range because of the semi-matte formula and I’d love to see more colours like this. A pale ivory beige for example would be great as a base for a light eye look. However, I prefer the formula of the Color Tattoos just a little bit more to make these my next favourite.
The Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Effect cream eyeshadows retail
for € 10 / £ 5 / $ 7 at the drugstore.
*In Belgium you can find them at Di Beauty&Care.