I have this in Charcoal and Natural smokes. Maybelline shadows used to suck so much in the past--they were hardly pigmented and chalky. The new formulas are so much better, but not great. I love the dark smokey eye look and these shadows are perfect for it. Make sure to blend well.
Yes by far maybellines best quad ever! I have to say i love every single shadow and use them all. This is def a must have in everyones collection.
The Maybelline Stylish Smoke Quad collection can be found widely as most drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid as well as mass stores like Kmart, Target & Walmart. The price is also great. These normally run around $4-6 depending on your location as well as sales/discounts/coupons. I always try to score a deal when i buy my makeup being as broke as i am.
The formula is soft hardly any fallout, applies with amazing pigmentation with all shades and blends easily. As the pictures show the pigmentation of every shadow is awesome. I does make smoky eyes easy. I will put mac dupes with description of shades, may not be exact but feel free to correct me.
BROW- matte off white great highlight no shimmer applies great (mac vanilla or brule)
LID- shimmery taupey brown gray my fav! Gorgeous shade its not to shimmery (mac satin taupe)
CREASE- a dark bronzy red/maroon semi frost almost a dark cranberry (mac tempting)
OUTER CORNER- a matte dark espresso brown almost black very pigmented blends well great for outer v definition (mac espresso, style warriors, or brun)
Im telling u this is the best quad ive ever tried for a great smoky eye or i use this quad alot with other shadows since each shadow is great. I love it, bought a backup. Use it alot. Its hard to find great e/s for a low price. I paid around $4, i had coupon but wait 4 sales too. This is def a rebuy when or if i get thru two, its so good. I have pale skin and it works well 4 me, not to harsh and will work on any skintone. I hope maybelline continues putting out e/s like these. I def will buy. Wish they had these shades individually, id def get them all. Im tellin u its def one of the best from the drugstore. Try it! Its so pretty! And u get 4 mac dupes for $1 a shade, wow!
The Maybelline Stylish Smokes Quads come in the standard drugstore hard plastic compact. The lid snaps open/shut easily. The lid is see thru plastic which is nice if you have more than a few of these quads so you can see which is which. The backing has a sticker w/ labeling info as well as a little picture tutorial on the back to show you where you can place these shadows which is nice if you arent exactly sure. I know they have recently changed the shadows sizes since before you got 4 square pans of shadow all the same size but now theyre all different sizes which id rather have it the old way. But they have also stamped which shadow is what & where to place it. Its nice for beginners or anyone since you can wear these however you want. The compact is slim & can be placed in your makeup bag on the go. I havent had any problems with this particular quad but some of my Maybelline quad lids have broke off which is a pain so i suggests not to beat these up. Its simple packaging, not the best but i dont mind- its whats on the inside that counts for me.
Overall, i def recommend to everyone. esp if you like daytime smoky eyes & want something you can wear daily but can also be smoked out for nite time looks. This quad has four beautiful shadows that i will def repurchase over & over!
This is a great eyeshadow quad for, what it says on the label, smoky eyes. I love how very blendable, buildable and down-right gorgeous the colors were. Its definitely my go-to quad when im in a rush and dont have time to think about what kind of look to go out in. Its simple and you'll always look quite put together.
I really expected to like this quad- the colors and finishes look great, but they just won't cooperate with my eyes. I've tried them over different bases- UDPP and Painterly paint pot- multiple times, but they will not work for me. They're hard to blend and go on my eye unevenly. Some shadow will settle into an area and won't move, and I've found that the colors look very muddled and unflattering. It looks like I'm wearing cheap eyeshadow- a problem I don't have with Wet n' Wild, Jane, or ELF, which perform much better for me.
I love everything about this palette except how it works as an eyeshadow. I will say that it didn't seem chalky, but that's about as much as I can say for it. I'm happy it works for so many people because it really does look beautiful, but it just won't perform for me. This is going back to the store.
I like its high light color(matte) and dark brown(matte).
I purchased this quad for work. I wanted something simple for every day. What could be simpler than this product that even tells you which shade goes where? I have some makeup skills so the result is partially how well the shades work together, the texture of the shadows and my ability. I couldn't believe the gorgeous smokey eye I achieved with this quad. My eyes never got so many compliments. The staying power is outstanding. No primer. Applied with the little spongies that came with it. Lasted all day and evening. When I went to remove it, 17 hours after I had applied it, with no touch-ups, it looked exactly the way it did this morning. Shocking. Will definitely repurchase because I foresee using this daily.
not very natural in my opinion. The colors are pretty dramatic and dark, so I would not recommend this to someone who thinks they're going to get a natural/naked eye.
Maybelline shadows are always very hard pressed so they make picking up shadow difficult; but they are easy to blend once you get enough on your lid.
I love the lid color and outer corner color! I reach for this almost everyday. I've almost hit pan and will be buying another. I've never had that happen. I usually never use an eyeshadow long enough to hit pan.
If you're like me, you've been burned by Maybelline's crappy shadows in the past and are very hesitant to try ANYTHING eye related that Maybelline produces. I'll tell you right now, try to put that disappointment out of your head, try to forget it completely, and go out and get one of the Maybelline Stylish Smokes quads. Any one. They are all SO FREAKING AWESOME. You will not regret your purchase and you might find yourself thinking 'Maybelline, why didn't you reformulate your shadows sooner?! Jeez!' If you're like me, that is. :-D
But this quad? Oh this lovely little quad. It's my favorite of the 4. It's perfect in every way. The shadows are soft, pigmented, and easy to work with. They last all day with primer. The top left shade is one of the most gorgeous taupes I've ever encountered. It's my favorite shade in the palette. The bottom right shade is this rich velvety dark chocolate brown that is SO SMOOTH. It's my second favorite. The other 2 are beautiful as well. All together they create a beautiful brown smokey eye that looks very sophisticated and polished.
LOVE IT, can't get enough. Maybelline, please make more shadows in this awesome new formula you've got going!
i love this quad! i've been looking for a good neutral crease color, and the crease color in this quad is really pretty. the shimmer might not work for some people, but i think it's perfect. i also love the color for the outer corner; it's completely matte and very, very pigmented, and it helps to tone down the shimmer in the crease color. the highlight color is alright but not my favorite since it's matte and i do prefer shimmer to brighten up my eyes. i'm surprised that the taupe all-over lid color is actually really popular considering the one in my quad isn't that pigmented at all!
overall, this quad is awesome. it's perfect for neutral day looks but you can also make it a lot more dramatic especially with the dark brown matte outer corner color. the four colors at perfectly matched, but you can also use them individually, as sometimes i just use the crease color to add some definition to my crease for a simple and easy daytime look.