I’m all about ‘no frills’ makeup. I mean, what’s not to like? An extra 20 minutes in bed in the morning, less brushes get dirty and I guarantee that my skin will be thanking me later on for not caking it in product.
So, in light of that whole ‘no frills’ speech, today’s post comes in just perfectly.
I’m going to be reviewing the Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows from Max Factor which featured in my recent beauty haul! They’re very much no nonsense – creamy eyeshadows that you swirl your finger in and swipe over the lids, et voila.
Today’s post will be jam-packed with swatches, first impressions and thoughts on my day test with the eyeshadows. I’ve got lots to talk about, so let’s get going!
As always, I’ll kick things off with the packaging, which is great. I say great and not AMAZING because it’s really not anything ground-breaking, but I do like the minimal path that Max Factor have taken. A little glass tub and a black lid. They don’t exactly look Chanel, but hey, never judge a book by its cover, right? Plus, I love how weighty they are! It just adds to that expensive feel!
Despite not being bowled over by the packaging I do like that you can see the colour without even opening the pot, and they’re pretty small so perfect to throw into your handbag.
As for the price… They retail for £7.99 each, which doesn’t really shock me as Max Factor is higher-end of the drugstore! It’s still expensive for what it is, but you only need the tiniest amount so this little tub’ll last you forever!
Okee-dokee, let’s have a chat about the formula for a bit. At first I wasn’t so sure about them – they have a very mouse-y consistency. I’m used to the gel-cream textures of the MAC Paintpots and the Colour Tattoos, so let’s just say that I took a while to adjust!
Unusual texture aside though I think the formula is actually more pigmented than the MAC and Maybelline that I mentioned before! You literally need the tiniest amount – and, as I mentioned in a recent EOTD, I learned that the heard way by looking like I had two black eyes! I used way too much.
I have the shades 20 Copper and 25 Bronze. Here’s swatches of both, with Copper on the left and Bronze on the right:
As you can see, that’s some good pigment right there! They almost have a metallic sheen to them which I find beautiful.
As for the longevity of these creamy eyeshadows… I think that’s where the product lets itself down. These are fans of creasing. And not just slight creasing – BIG TIME creasing. I have very dry skin, and even I’ve found that by the end of the day the colour has settled into the creases in my lids. It’s not too bad if you’re wearing one of the paler shades, but if, like me, you like the look of that Bronze one the creasing is pretty obvious!
I also gave these a go on my friend and she didn’t like them either! She has oiler skin than me and they went really patchy on her lids.
I suppose this is why I haven’t really layered eyeshadows on top of them because I’m worried they’ll break down and crease!
Here are the shadows on my lids!
I don’t know if you can see on the Bronze picture, but the creasing is kind of obvious and I only took that snap around lunchtime!
Packaging: 5/5 (plain, easy to travel with and you can see the colour before you open it)
Finish: Metallic shimmer – boo-ti-ful!
Colour choice: 3/5 (there’s some pretty bright shades. Copper and Bronze are probably the only ones I’d wear)
Longevity: 2/5 (OBVIOUS creasing. Eye primer is needed 100%)
Overall quality: 4/5
Recommended: Apart from the slightly bad lasting power the finish is so pretty on the lids. Pop a bit of concealer onto the lids with powder on top (or, even better, a dab of primer) and I’m sure the lasting power would improver greatly! I just wanted to give these a completely realistic review and day test for you guys.
So those are my thoughts, some swatches and the verdict on the Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows from Max Factor.
Do you use cream eyeshadows? Which one is your favourite?
PS The bank holiday weekend’s nearly here! Woop woop!