Maybelline’s Test My Teal Color Tattoo cream shadow review

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  • Manufacturer: Maybelline (owned by L'Oréal)
  • Availability: available beginning summer 2012 at drugstores, all-in-one stores (Fred Meyer, Kohl's, Target, et cetera), etailers
  • Color Range: semi-opaque teal blue creme
  • Cost/Amount: USD$8.99 for .14 ounces / 4 grams
  • Would you purchase again: yes
Maybelline’s Test My Teal Color Tattoo cream shadow

Part of the Summer 2012 limited edition release. These were available first in Canada and the UK, and then in the US.

This color is a beautiful-looking blue, just a bit deeper than Tenacious Teal. It would make a great liner if you wanted something bolder than navy, but perhaps not quite as vivid as Tenacious Teal. Unfortunately, this shade doesn't have the greatest color payoff. It's very difficult to build, too, so you can't really get the color depth that you see in the pot, on either your lid or your lashline. I was able to get slightly better results when I used a more rigid brush with a smaller head, and dotted the color tattoo on instead of sweeping - but not much better. I got more color payoff, but it looked clumpy.

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.

I can get results if I use this as a semisheer tinted base to anchor and cool an otherwise too-warm neutral. The color blending is an exact science, since I'm trying to get cream and powder to play together nicely; and how much or little the color cools down doesn't always seem to come out quite the way I'd pictured it.

I can also use this as a tinted base, to hold down blue colors that are themselves just a little bit softer or paler than I'd like. This isn't necessarily an effect that I love or loathe, but more my finding a way to use as much of the products that I've bought, as I can.

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