Sunday, June 10, 2012

Review: Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in "Serene"

The good folk at Revlon were kind enough to send me a couple of their new REVLON Colorstay 16 Hour Eye Shadow Quad, Katy will let you know what she thought of hers in due course but I played around with this lovely combo of blues called "Serene".

There's a light yellow, and three grey/blue colours of various shades. I think this quad is well named because combined the colours do seem to give a rather calming effect, the colours blend together harmoniously and the resulting look is one of subtlety.
The back of the palette has an instructional diagram that tells you where to put each colour - a bit unusual in their placement as they suggest putting the lightest yellow colour on the outer corner of the eye, the light blue   under the brow and the darkest colour just in the crease.. I tried it and quite liked the combination, but normally I'd have put the lightest colour under my brow.
With a primer and a lot of blending and building-up I was able to get a reasonable colour payoff out of these, they are the sorts of pigments that go on gently though, you get a gentle wash of colour and need to work if you want more. These sorts of shadows are very forgiving, they're good for people who don't want dramatic colour payoff or strong pigments, and prefer something a bit more gentle. 

I found a "behind the scenes" film which seemed to me a lot more interesting than the actual ad for the products... It's a nice reminder that even gorgeous movie stars need a lot of work to look the way they do in commercials - at least half of this video is scenes of Olivia getting retouched and worked on throughout the filming.. and the incredible lights they are using on her really enhance everything. 

Imagine how you'd look if you had an army of stylists following your every move and a crew to shine flattering lights on your face? Be nice, wouldn't it.. :)

I found that with a primer in place these did seem quite long lasting.. they are not the type of shadows that go on strong and stay that way, they go on with subtlety and stay that way.

If you're looking for something highly forgiving, not challenging, that's very suitable for daywear, then these may be for you.

The products in this post were kindly provided for consideration. Our opinons, as always, remain our own. 

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