November 27, 2011

Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad in Chai Latte

Like many others, I became interested in the Maybelline Expertwear Eyeshadow Quad ($6.99, 4.8 g) in Chai Latte after watching Christine of xteeener's review on it. I wasn't able to find it at my local Target, but I finally stumbled upon Chai Latte at a Walgreens. Maybelline's Expertwear Eyeshadow Quads come in 14 color combinations and claim to be easy to use and crease-proof.

Maybelline's ease of use claim is supported by the words stamped on each of the four colors ("lid," "crease," "brow bone," and "outer corner") and the diagram on the back of the quad, which shows you where each color should be applied. These qualities make the Maybelline quads good for beginners and also convenient, as you can produce many looks using just one product.

All of the quads come with two sponge-tipped applicators, which I generally don't use but keep just in case. The packaging is good; the quad is a good size and shape and the clasp seems pretty secure so far. The quad I bought still used Maybelline's old layout of four equally-sized eyeshadows, which I think is better because I get 1.2 g of every color.
The lid color is a matte taupe. It is not extremely pigmented, but I find it quite good for contouring in the crease.
The crease color is a shimmery, metallic copper. This color was definitely the one I was most intrigued by. It is pretty pigmented and looks beautiful on the lid.
The brow bone color is a frosty champagne. It isn't that pigmented, but could be a good, subtle highlight on the inner corners. I, however, prefer a highlight that stands out a bit more.
The outer corner color is a matte, cool-toned dark brown. It is quite pigmented and is great for adding depth, lining the eye, or doing a smoky look.
    As drugstore palettes seem to contain predominantly frosty and shimmery colors, one of the selling points of Chai Latte is its inclusion of two mattes, which give the quad versatility. You could apply the taupe, champagne, and dark brown colors for the day and then amp it up at night by adding the copper color or applying more of the dark brown to smoke it out. The fact that the quad is composed of neutral colors also makes it suitable for many occasions, from the workplace to going out.

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