Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo "Immortal Charcoal"

This is the second of the UK release Maybelline Color Tattoos that I own. I recently aquired 5 of the US releases which I'll also review once I've managed to test them out.


Maybelline Color Tattoos are a cream shadow, sold in a glass jar. They're £4.99 each and there are 7 shades available. There are more available in the US, but I'm not sure how the colours match up as the shades we have here are sold under different names.

The jars are a little deceiving. There isn't a weight listed that I can find but the product only accounts for half the depth of the glass jar. The lid has a sticker that matches the colour of the product and the base is clear. As far as I can tell, the US editions have a black sticker on the top. That's going to make it nice and easy to find the colour you're looking for.


Immortal Charcoal is a surprisingly complex shade. Superfically, it reminds me of Benefit's Skinny Jeans but after use, the Maybelline is much greyer. It has a shimmering grey base with warm undertones and some golden shimmer that becomes more evident as you sheer out the shadow. This feels a little drier than the other Color Tattoo I've reviewed, On And On Bronze, but this is not as metallic.


The left swatch is a heavier application and the right swatch is a blended out application. This is really nicely pigmented which was a surprise. I wasn't expecting much when I first bought these as I've never had much luck with drugstore level cream shadows but these are pretty amazing to be honest! This didn't crease on me at all throughout a full 12 hour wear. They claim to last 24 hours on the packaging but I've never needed to wear these for 24 hours! Even with my slightly oilier lids these don't crease, even without a primer. I do need to apply a thin layer and blend out though. If I pile it on then I will get creasing and it won't even set! They do set quite quickly as long as you've applied a thin layer.

I love these and I'm planning on buying pretty much all of them!

10 comments:

  1. I soooo want these!! Your first review of the bronzy one made me take a wee look at them in Boots, and ALL of them are on my wish list!

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  2. I plan on getting them all too. I have two so far and love them so much! x

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    1. They are just awesome!! I've got another 5 to review :)

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  3. This is now on my wishlist, I've been lusting over some of these for ages! I don't understand the differences between the UK/US colours though- it's so confusing!x

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    1. I think mostly it's just different names and there are a few shades not sold in the UK.

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  4. When I first swatched this, I wasn't a fan, but it looks much nicer here in your photo than it did on my hand!! xx

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    1. It's not my favourite of the range, but it's much nicer when it's on my lids :)

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  5. I think this is the equivalent of Audacious Asphalt. (I think. It will be interesting to see if the names all have exact equivalencies, or if there are some UK-released shades that the US stores didn't get.) Or maybe this is a little darker than Audacious Asphalt...

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    1. I might buy one or two UK equvilents of the ones you sent to see if they are the same. Or buy Asphalt when I'm in the US next, just for a comparison.

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