Monday, 16 March 2015

Max Factor Excess Shimmer | Review

I've always been a powder eyeshadow kind of gal.
Cream eyeshadow products have never been my scene if you will, but I've recently been venturing into the world of cream eye products and I think I'm hooked.

Everyone talks about the Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoo things... you know the ones. But I was intrigued when I found that the Max Factor Excess Shimmer cream shadows existed!

I picked up the shade Copper but I have to just put it out there early on that this is not a copper shade in any sense of the word. For me, that's not a problem and it IS still beautiful but I think it's maybe a bit misleading.

Nevertheless, the name really doesn't affect how much I adore this eyeshadow.

The swatch on the right is just a swipe of the product and on the right I've blended it and sheered it out just a little. 

As you can see, the shade isn't copper but more of a champagne gold tone. I do see where they may be some orange tones to it but it's more gold than copper and s the name would suggest, this is a 'shimmer' but it's definitely not glittery.
The formulation is definitely softer and more mousse like than the coveted Maybelline shadows which is great as it makes it easier to work with on the eyes. It's incredibly easy to blend not only with a brush but on those days when you just want to get out of the door as quickly as possible, it's just as easy to apply it with your fingers and blend given that it's so soft and workable. That being said, it isn't sticky which I was a little scared of when I felt how soft the product was. It dries to what feels like powder on the lids and is really comfortable to wear.
You also only need a tiny, tiny amount of product to achieve a really beautiful finish and it lasts all day, so I think this 7g pot will last me for a long time.

I've mentioned before that I work in a kitchen.
I've worn this almost every day to work since I bought it and it just doesn't crease, even in the heat of the kitchen.
No creases! At all! Hurrah!

The list of pros goes on!

I love a product which I can use in multiple ways and this definitely ticks that box.
It works great on it's own, sheered out across the lid to just add a bit of something without being too obvious; this is how I wear it most days.
You can also build the colour up and use it all over the lid and work some matte brown shades into the crease and outer corner for a shimmery, brown smokey eye. This has been my eye look of choice lately if I'm feeling a bit fancy.
Or, you can use it as a base for other shadows.
I've been loving using it as a base for my Smashbox Full Exposure palette.
It makes the colours really stand out and it's great to use under the shimmery shades to soften them a bit and help blend them with ease; something I find difficult sometimes.

These retail at £7.99 in Boots and Superdrug which I think is a really good price for the quality. I'd definitely pay more for it!
There are 6 colours in the range; I'm not too fussed about the lighter shades but there is a bronze shade and a black which I think I'm going to pick up!

Have you tried the Max Factor Excess Shimmer pots?
What's your favourite cream eyeshadow?

Thanks for reading,
Kirsten x

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