The shadows weren't pigmented enough, even for my ghostly light skin tone it looked really faded as if I wore them all day and kept rubbing my eyes. The only time I would ever even think about using it is when I want to look like I am not wearing makeup at all.
These shadows are terrible. I purchased Berries & Cream quad and the color doesn't show up on my East Asian skin. Very chalky and not at all smooth. I would not purchase these again until they get a new formulation.
These shadows come packaged in a fliptop plastic case with a see-through lid and a blue bottom. There are singe shadows, trios, and quads available. The shadows are shaped rectangularly, and there is a double ended sponge applicator (one end is pointed and the other is flat) that comes with the shadow. A single shadow (0.09 oz, package dimensions W: 2.52'' x H: 2.01'' x D: 0.48'') runs for about 3 USD, a trio set (0.17 oz of product, package dimensions W: 2.89'' x H: 2.35'' x D: 0.55'') runs about 5 USD, and a quad (0.19 oz of product, package dimensions W: 2.88'' x H: 2.35'' x D: 0.47'') runs about 5.00-5.50 USD. The shadows are hit or miss. They feel a little chalky, and most are not pigmented.
The price is fairly reasonable. Some shadows are fairly pigmented and are a good bargain (I believe Shimmering Onyx and Swiss Chocolate are two such examples), but others are simply chalky and pigmentless.
The lack of pigment in many of the shadows. If you are very fair, and don't need a lot of pigment for shadow to show up on your skin, I guess they would work for you. I have medium toned South Asian skin (somewhere around NC35 I think) and they just look pasty white on me. A lot of the trios also have shadows in them that look almost the exact same on my skin. So even if I pack it on, I still can't get any color gradation between the light and dark shades, and my eyelids have this chalky, uniform shade on them. I have tried Sea Glass and Golden Sunset (the middle shade is a knock off of MAC Amber Lights and is a somewhat chalky and sparklier version of Milani's Sun Goddess) trios among others. The staying power is not terrible but it's not great either. Without primer, it can last about 2-4 hours. As for the packaging, it is horribly cheap and will most likely break in your bag, causing the shadow to end up all over the place. The hinges that open the lid are cheap and break easily. The sponge tipped shadow applicators, as you might expect, are cheap, but will do in a makeup emergency.
I would be very careful when purchasing these. There are the few shadows that look nice and are pigmented, but on the whole, I would avoid them. They are chalky and of low quality. Other drugstore brands like NYX, Prestige, Jane, Milani and Wet 'n' Wild make much better eye shadows and sell them at comparable (or lower) prices.
LIST OF INGREDIENTS:
As you know, different shadows have different ingredients, but I have included the list off of the Golden Sunset trio, just to give you an idea.
Almost all CoverGirl eye shadows contain mica.
Talc , Mica , Mineral Oil Huile Minerale , Boron Nitride , Zinc Stearate , Dimethicone , Calcium Silicate , Methylparaben , Propylparaben , Sodium Dehydroacetate , Quaternium-15 , BHT , Calcium Sodium Borosilicate Sparkle Shades May Also Contain , Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate Sparkle Shades May Also Contain , Synthetic Fluorphlogopite Sparkle Shades May Also Contain , Titanium Dioxide May Contain , Iron Oxides May Contain , Bismuth Oxychloride May Contain , Manganese Violet May Contain , Ultramarines May Contain , Chromium Oxide Greens May Contain , Carmine May Contain , Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide May Contain , Chromium Hydroxide Green May Contain , Ferric Ferrocyanide May Contain continued >>
I bought this quad in Earth Signs and there is a shimmery god that is absolutely awesome. The brown/tan color is very nice as well. There is a glittery black which I haven't really used, but it may have possibilities. I adore the gold though and I felt it had really good staying power even without base. It was subtle but brightened my eyes (brown).
I purchased mint or creme de menthe,...it was alight green and it is chalky, crumbly and doesn't show up very well. Just looked like a light coloured something on my lips. Very bad quality. Purchase anything else....please.
I have it in Midnight Jazz. It a brown/grey/black color on me. Real smoky and dramatic. It looks shimmery in the container but I don't see any shimmer on my skin. It holds up really well, It lasts me all day.
I have this in Violet Frappe and Swiss Chocolate. While the packaging always breaks fast it is awfully cheap in price, so I can live with that. The Violet Frappe shade is the best purple shade for green eyes. I have tried other purples from Estee Lauder, Revlon and L'Oreal and this is still THE BEST. For a nice, neutral, but warm alternative the Swiss Chocolate shade is great for bringing out the green-blue shades in my eyes. I would recommend using a base to help decrease creasing thru out the day, but overall these are the best eye colors I have found.
The first eye shadow that stays on my lids flawlessly all day wothout loosing its luster and without starting to look dull. And I did not even wear a base! My Chanel and Dior shadows did NEVER manage this well( I sold them and now I wear Cover Girl shadows exclusively) Nor did Revlon wet/dry that everyone loved. But I have discovered that mostly those products that everybody seems to pretty much hate works so well for me. I am fair so I dont need that much color. There are some colors that are much worse and hopeless to work with but luckily I can read the product reviews here to avoid the bad apples. And these work so well when moistened. I can safely say its HG. And I have tried a lot!
Argh... the case CRACKED while in my purse, so then the cakes broke apart and got all over EVERYTHING! Bright side about its lack of staying power is that at least it came out of my carpet. One of the hinges on the lid is also broken. One of the sponges is coming off its tip, as well. So that's a 1 for packaging quality.
I bought (on sale) the Ice Princess quad, which has a frosty lilac, light blue, medium blue-violet, and a dark blue-violet. I like that they give you a range of shades, from light to dark. It's true that none of them show up very much; the 2 darkest shades, the ones I actually try to use, usually end up as sheer tints. I usually layer a lot to build up richer colour, but it's still fairly sheer. It can be a nice effect; I would buy a single pan of a really dark or bright shade to get the sheerness, if I didn't know that the case would break on me.
I would recommend using sponge applicators as opposed to brushes with these, just to get them to show up better. I used a gorgeous new brush, one I'd bought because I was so impressed with the way it picked up shadow, on the CG shadows and it barely did anything.
I am kind of obsessed with eye shadow, so I've bought a lot of them, but I always go back to Covergirl. So many colors! Great for matching outfits. The colors also stay on for a long time. I'm not a big fan of caking the color on. I just want a thin layer, so they're best for that. If you want heavy colors, you might want to look elsewhere.