Cream Shadow Inspired By Tattoos And Leather

And it's not even my birthday. Thanks, Maybelline.

I'm ride or die when it comes to the beauty products I love. I've used Maybelline's Color Tattoo eye shadows in previous articles, as have a handful of other xoVain writers (ahem, Rachel).

That said, not to BORE YOU or anything, but guess what? There's a new, spruced-up line of Color Tattoo shadows, this time inspired by one of my favorite fashion statements: leather, baby.

I’ll admit to being a bit snobbish about my eye shadow, because there is nothing worse than color that creeps into the crease of your eyelid. Most prestige brand shadows have mastered the art of crease-less coverage. The majority of drugstore brands have not, which is why I steer clear of them.

BUT... Maybelline’s Color Tattoo doo-dads are actually crease-less and they deliver on their 24-hour coverage promise. (I don't know why anyone would wear makeup for 24 straight hours, but to each their own.)

Maybelline sent me a handful of its new leather edition Color Tattoo shadows, much to my greedy delight. The texture is kind of like warmed-up butter at a fancy restaurant--I guess that's where the "it's like butter" leather angle comes in.

The opacity or denseness of pigment is semi-sheer, but buildable. Colors are pretty neutral (for fall, I presume); these three stood out to me the most.

I put the above swatches to the test, evaluating them on the Sable scale of smudgy-to-sharp. I created a soft look with the Vintage Plum, brushing it onto my top lids and a bit under my lower lashes as well.

I dabbed a bit of Lorac eye shadow in Serenity in the inner corners of my eyes for some shimmer. The cool thing is that I was able to blend it over the Maybelline stuff and the texture didn’t get all bent out of shape, which was a relief since sometimes eye makeup of different consistencies do not play nice together. But then again, it makes sense for an autumn release to be amenable to layering, no?

I have little use for creamy eye makeup that can't be used for graphic drawing. So I tested the Chocolate Suede with a half-smudged cat-eye. Using a smudging brush I created a fat line that faded toward the inner corners of my eyelids. Once I got the flick down, it was easy to brush outer-to-inner and blend.

The shadow isn't opaque on the first application. I had to add more color on the thickest parts of the line, but the end result was pretty seamless. I love bronze colors on my eyes, so this will make a great cream addition to my powder alternative.

And now, for the pièce de résistance, black, the most classic shade of leather, and possibly the star of this collection.

I wanted to create a really rock and roll smudgy-as-opposed-to-smoky eye. Smoky eyes are so practiced, and I prefer a less polished (but not totally disheveled) kind of messy.

The cool thing about these cream shadows is that they're best applied with your fingers. Press the pigment on and blend to your liking, as I did below.

Considering how I slathered it on (as is evidenced by my chimney sweep fingers), it stayed put like a champ. Look, ma, no creasies!

I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at Maybelline's leather Color Tattoo creative meetings. I have no idea how they came up with a cream eye shadow take on leather, but I'm glad they did. If it's anything like the way Hot Pockets supposedly came up with their jingle, I would like to hear about it.

Are you as sweet on Maybelline's Color Tattoo shadows as I am? Have you found any non-creeper drugstore eye shadows?