Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Summer 2013 Limited Edition Review and Swatches!

Well if this picture proves one thing it is that I have a SERIOUS problem with the Maybelline Color Tattoos. I have raved about them forever and use them most everyday! They are one of the best eyeshadow bases I have ever found and have come to replace most of my other products like my NYX Jumbo Pencils. Click here to read one of my first blog posts ever that just happened to be on the Maybelline Color Tattoos. Since I have made it my mission to own every shade of these (OCD/Obsession/both?) I got very excited when I heard there were new shades for Summer 2013! Now I have only been able to find 6 of the 8 shades so far but I will find the other 2 and when I do I will do a separate review on those as well. After going to about 8 different stores I finally found the display at Riteaid.
The display looks like the one above except full ha! It has six shades and they are all limited edition. They were $7.49 a piece at the Riteaid I went to but Maybelline products were on sale for buy one get one fifty percent off so they were a little cheaper. I was able to purchase all six shades which I was super happy about.

Left hand column from top to bottom: Waves of White, Icy Mint, and Shady Shores. The right hand column from top to bottom is:Cool Crush, Seaside Frosts, and Lavish Lavender. Most of the shades fall into your typical summer colors. Gold, Blue, White. One thing that is very different about this collection is that it contains a lot of duo chromes. Most of the shades are a duo chrome type finish. My camera did not pick up well on the middle left hand color but it is a mint green shade.

Swatches from left to right: Cool Crush, Seaside Frosts, Lavish Lavender, Waves of White, Icy Mint, and Shady Shores.These are swatches of all 6 shades without a primer. Cool Crush is a silver/lavender color that is beautiful. Seaside Frosts is a greyed purple with a green and gold duo chrome. Lavish Lavender is a darker purple that also has a silver undertone. Waves Of White is a icy white with a blue/pink duo chrome. Icy Mint is a sheer mint color. Shady Shores is a golden color. Both Icy Mint and Shady Shores are VERY sheer colors. It took at least 3 swatches of color to get them to show up in the picture above and even then they were much more sheer than the other shades. The other shades have good pigmentation and were very build able.

I like that most of the shades in this collection are unique and unlike any other shades previously released. The only one that I thought might be similar to any other Color Tattoos I owned was Waves Of White which I thought would be a lot like Too Cool which is in the permanent collection but upon closer inspection the two are actually pretty different. 

In both pictures Too Cool is on the left and Waves Of White is on the right. As you can see Too Cool is more of a true white whereas WOW (ha) is much more pink in tone and on the skin has a heavy duo chrome.

The texture of these shades is just as good as all of the other ones I own. They are very smooth and creamy and easy to apply. They do not tug on the skin and most of them apply very evenly. These do dry out a bit overtime and the texture thickens a bit but they are still manageable and still apply well.

Overall I think this collection is beautiful. I do not think I would have bought Shady Shores or Icy Mint had I had known they were going to be so sheer. They are buildable but I usually don't wear these as stand alone shades so for me I wouldn't want to have to apply four layers. These colors do last for a long time. I let them sit on the skin for about a minute and rubbed them and they stayed put.

Have any of you tried these? Thoughts?


  1. LOL Your collection looks like mine! I'm not even THAT into eyeshadow and I have ~20 color tattoos. They are just so fun to collect and easy to apply. My all-time favorites are Barely Branded, Bad to the Bronze and Rich Mahogany. I just picked up a few of the new colors today. I'm looking forward to playing with Precious Pearl and Lavish Lavender.

  2. I just took photos/swatches of Icy Mint and Googled it to see how any one else managed! So sheer! And so pretty in the container. What a disappointment.

  3. Yes Para i agree. They are a breeze to use. A lot of them you can wear alone and lord knows I love one step products. I love those colors along with Inked In Pink and Bold Gold. Top 5 for me.

    Zoe:i was so sad when it had almost no color pay off. I love a good mint/turquoise eyeshadow so I was pumped. It barely shows up on my lids. Same with the yellow shade.

  4. I simply took images/swatches of Icy Mint and Googled it to observe any any else was able! So sheer! So gorgeous within the container. Exactly what a disappointment.

    1. I agree. I love mint colors so when I saw it in the container I got all excited. Oh well. I can still use it under other mint shadows but it is def not a stand alone color.