I've been curious about this product for a while, and finally picked it up to try at Walmart for under $4. I have to say that everything, both good and bad about this product has been mentioned in previous reviews. First of all, it really is not suitable for use by itself as a creme shadow alone. There is virtually no color payoff, and any attempt to build up the product leaves you with a cakey mess. IMHO, this is best used in a thin layer applied with your finger as a color base. As others have noted, you really can't use a brush with this and get an even application. When used as a color base in a thin layer, it's actually not bad, but it does leave a slightly greasy appearance, even when covered with a powder shadow. I am a regular user of MAC paint pot, which leaves a non-greasy finish. This really isn't a bad thing, depending on whether you like the "dewey" look or not. However, powder shadow is not as easy to blend over this product, and if you don't use a thin layer, it is very easy for the powder shadow to cake-up and look terrible. Overall, it isn't an absolutely horrible product, but for me, it's worth sticking to MAC Paint Pot, which I find is easier to work with, without a greasy appearance.
This will crease no matter how much urban decay primer potion or too faced shadow insurance you put on...It creases in like 2 hours. And it looks terrible when it creases. I should have never bought this! I used it as a base for the eyeshadow I put on top and it made the whole thing crease. I wasn't sure it was the revlon illuminance that was creasing or my actual eye shadow, so I used it alone- and it creased just as much. Then used eye shadow without it- I had no problem with any creasing the whole day.
I give Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow a really high score as a eye shadow primer!! I was surprised with the average reviews on this product, but maybe as a eyeshadow alone it is not enough, but as a primer is the really great to enhance the eye shadow that you put on top of it.
So I highly recommend anyone getting it. I'm on my 2nd set of "Seashells" which is all neutral beige/white/tan/peach colors. But I know people that buy the colored ones like purple or blue and then put lilac over it and it looks great too. Great product, variety of colors, drug store brand so not ridiculously expensive.
Beautiful colors. Crease like crazy on my normal lids.
While the colors are beautiful, these cream eyeshadows are not easy to apply. Blending them to provide a fadeout from one color to the next is difficult, at best. Nonetheless, the most challenging part of using this eyeshadow is that it creases way too much and in a very short period of time. Even when applying an eyeshadow primer, this shadow will creases.
I would not recommend purchasing this product if you would like your shadow to stay put without creasing of fading.
I only bought this in Precious Metals. I've seen how many of the quads look, and I have to say that the colors are GORGEOUS and the packaging is GORGEOUS. Unfortunately, the product is a pain in the butt to work with. It creases uncontrollably and the colors fade after a while. Maybe I just haven't applied it correctly, but I don't want to go through elaborate measures just to slap a simple eyeshadow on. Again, I think it's a shame, because I love all of the colors I've seen. If the product had worked well enough, I would have purchased at least 4 more quads (especially the ones in Wild Orchids and Twilight).
Great creamy color, but creases like crazy. Yeah, I have oily lids, but even with my UDPP, these crease. Unacceptable.
I bought this product because it was on sale and wish I hadn't bought it. I was hoping it wouldn't crease but of course it did. The colour is too light and you can't really see it.
So I'm giving this product 3 lippies simply because of the process it takes to apply them, but I really do like it, and would buy it again.
I bought this today in the Twilight quad for $7-something, I believe. The colors are pretty silvers, grays, and a matte nude. They are very, very creamy, and because of this I am giving it a 3, if I could a 3.5. They are just kind of a hassle to work with, but once you get through the process the end result is very pretty. So like I said before they are very creamy, and they stay creamy. I was expecting them to go to powder, or at least dry down, but they stay as creamy as when you dipped your finger into them (I apply with my finger). They crease badly, and I have oily lids so it is really bad creasing after 30 mins.
To keep them from creasing you need a base under them, and also a powder on top so that they don't slide. If you do this they will stay, since I have only worn for a day I will update after a week if anything changes.
As for the colors, they aren't very pigmented, but they are light reflecting shimmmery, not sparkly. I think they are very pretty, I wish you could use them on their own, but you can't because they will crease. I'm going to try tomorrow maybe wearing them with a base under and then putting my BE mineral veil over it and see how that holds up.
How I wore it today was with UDPP under, then the darkest shade in the palette--my favorite color, and then Almay pure blends in Stone on top. Like I said, I apply this with my ring finger and just pat it on. It is a little streaky in application at first, but after about two layers of it, I just spread it out until it is even, I don't know how these apply with a brush, but I think using fingers help to warm it up and smooth it until there are no streaks. It made the almay eyeshadow stand out, because the eyeshadow on it's own isn't pigmented too much either. And that is what I would use these cream shadows for, as a colored base, in a color close to the one I am using, to enhance the eyeshadow placed on top. These are especially great with other drugstore eye shadows that don't have a lot of pigmentation.
There is a light silver that I haven't used yet.
The nude, peach color is pretty much matte and I love it for my brow bone, it is the streakiest and heaviest out of all of them so you have to warm it up and work at smoothing it out. But this color made this palette stand out from all the rest because it is basically matte.
The light gray I haven't used yet.
And the dark gun metal gray is gorgeous, and the reason I love this palette.
The packaging is sleak and pretty, but it is a little difficult to open, and it always causes the thumb I am opening it with to slip and dip into one of the colors, so be careful!
I really want to try the other colors especially in some purples and browns, but I am going to wait until a BOGO.