Let's have a little chat about eyeshadow.
After many years of wearing it, I've found that the right shades and finishes can be really flattering and pretty, but the wrong shades can make you look like you have the flu.
Browns, creams, and nothing with red/orange/pink undertones works on me. As "cool" as I can get it, the better. (that phrase could also be my life goal)
I love Mac shadows. They apply beautifully, do NOT budge, and don't spill all over your face as you are applying. All of those things are a win as far as I'm concerned.
Except for the price. They are $15.00 a pop, and that can add up quickly.
However, I do understand why they are priced like that--they are great quality and really pigmented. So you really get what you pay for.
Some would argue, though, that a great eye shadow primer can make nearly any eye shadow as high of quality as the pricey ones. And I've found that to be true sometimes.
In the case of Revlon's 16 Hour Eye Shadow, I think that theory holds true. Plus, the colors are almost identical to Mac colors.
The Revlon palette that contains 4 colors costs about $5-7.99 depending on where you buy/promotions.
The total cost for 4 Mac eye shadows is $60.00. Scary.
(also, I definitely used a calculator for that math. that is also scary.)
Here is a look at how the colors match up:
Phloof is a little bit warmer than the white in the Revlon palette, but the other colors match up almost exactly.
The color that is not labeled is from the Revlon palette.
Pretty darn close, right?
The first noticeable difference between the Mac shadows versus the Revlon shadows is the way they apply. I found that the Revlon shadows were much messier and were prone to crumbling onto my cheeks as I was applying. I guess that isn't a big deal if you do your eyes first, but still--I'm not interested in "cleaning up" while I apply makeup. I'm sure with practice, and the right brush, I could do a better job. I've never had that issue with Mac shadows, so I appreciate how easy they are.
Secondly, it seems like the Revlon colors have a bit more shimmer? I use that word lightly because they aren't extremely shimmery, just more than Mac's colors.
Lastly, they apply slightly lighter than the Mac shadows. This could be due to a pigment difference, or just the quality of the shadows. But if you start with a great eyeshadow primer, you may just need to layer it slightly more to look closer to Mac's shadows.
*some of my favorite eye shadow primers are this one, and this one.
So what about you? Are you a name brand eye shadow purchaser? Or do you save a little and just invest in a good primer?
*this is not a sponsored post, but simply my opinion on these products.