Maybelline’s Audacious Asphalt Color Tattoo cream shadow review

Posted on Saturday, at bought • 862 views

  • Manufacturer: Maybelline (owned by L'Oréal)
  • Availability: available beginning winter 2012 at drugstores, all-in-one stores (Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Target, et cetera), etailers
  • Description: black sparkle
  • Cost/Amount: USD$10.95 for .14 ounces / 4 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
  • Similar shades: MAC's For Effect
Maybelline’s Audacious Asphalt Color Tattoo cream shadow

I'd say that this color is what MAC's For Effect wanted to be, but I think it's more accurate to say that this color is what I wanted MAC's For Effect to be. It's an opaque dark charcoal grey with silver sparkles. It's definitely opaque enough to be an eyeliner. (Try that with For Effect - it applies so sheerly, you barely get any definition.) This is a sparkle / frost finish, and when applied too sparingly or too thick, the application can be a bit patchy. One literally has to find that exact middle ground where you'll get good opacity and even application. The MAC paint pots share this similarity - the frost finishes are the most error-prone, in terms of patchy application. I don't know why that is - maybe it's got something to do with whatever ingredient adds the “frost” finish - but that seems to be the case with the Color Tattoos that I own, as well.

Photos that show how the product actually performs...! See how I create my swatches

A montage of three images: top left, close-up of the eyeliner tube or pencil barrel; top right, the eyeliner applied over bare skin, to better show the shade and properties; and below, the eyeliner applied on the eyelid at the lash line.

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