Review of Maybelline Expert Wear - Browntones by Christinaann5
I have to say this looks like a dull shadow duo but its actually an amazing and much needed set of shadows. I have reached for it so often. Its shadows like these that are often overlooked as important until I think about not having them. I have used this duo for awhile now so I can be thorough and honest in my review.
~~~~~~~ PRICE & AVAILABILITY ~~~~~~~
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadows are widely available in most drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid & Walgreens. They also can be found in mass discount stores like Walmart, Target & KMart. The price will vary slightly as with any drugstore product depending on your location, sales, discounts and/or coupons. Maybelline does put out coupons pretty regularly in the papers so look out for them. The shadow duos are typically priced around $3-4 which i think less than $2 a shadow is not bad. Even better if you find a good sale going on or a coupon. I purchased mine at Walmart for $2.97 w/ a $1 off coupon. These are not expensive & can be great for beginners to play around w/ or those on a budget like myself.
~~~~ SHADE & FORMULA & PERFORMANCE ~~~~
Maybelline ExpertWear eyeshadows are overall a really great line. Within the huge range there are some that aren't as pigmented but most are decently pigmented and wear great. As w/ affordable shadows, there will be some fallout (but this also happens w/ highend shadows as well) and some will need a little more work. Using an eyeshadow primer will also help w/ pigmentation as well as performance. I generally use my Elf Eyelid Primers, Elf Mineral eyeshadow primer, LA Colors Concealer (yes its a great eye primer for me) and these do help make shadows more vivid as well as provides a barrier for the oils that will break down & crease eyeshadows. Luckily for me I don't have oily lids nor do I have problems w/ creasing but those w/ oily eyelids will have different needs for shadows. Eye primer will help so find one that works best for you. The shadows are pressed well, little fall out in pan. Apply easily w/ brushes/applicator. Blend very easily. They are pigmented. These are smooth & pigmented. W/ primer, shadows will stay put for 7-8 hrs before fading occurs. Work great over a cream base as well. I don't see any caking or creasing. I really do find Maybelline has really great shadows.
Browntones may look blah or mediocre in the pans but believe me, this duo is a must have for blending. These two shadows make great transition or blending colors to add to any look. These are two skin tone biege/browns that can improve looks. Makes transitions look seamless. I was always looking for a good crease color that I can use on a daily basis, a matte skin tone that was a shade darker than mine something similar to Cork or Wedge from Mac that I always hear people rave about. I don't have money to invest in Mac & unfortunately, matte "best friend" crease/blending shadows are very hard to come by for me. I have extremely pale cool toned skin. Most if not all shadows show up pigmented on my lids & end up too warm or pull red in my crease. Browntones have two great shadows that anyone can use for many things. This duo also makes daytime smoky looks or natural defined eyes. Also can work great for doing brows. I insist to try this duo.
The lighter shade is a mid tone cool gray beige sandy color. Do see a shimmer in pan but does not translate or show up on lids. This has been the BEST transition crease color for my NW5-10 skin tone. Its cool, doesn't pull warm or red on me. I've used this on my brows as well if I lighten them & it works great for that too.
The darker of the shades is a mid tone cool gray brown with a satin finish. It shows up almost matte but w/ a sheen to it. This makes a great outer v or crease color to add natural definition. This is great as well for daytime smoky brown looks.
If you have cool skin tone, def give this duo a try. I love both colors. They are multipurpose must haves in my opinion. I will most definitely continue to use this up & have bought a back up bc I use it so often.
~~~~~ PACKAGING ~~~~~~~~
Maybelline ExpertWear Eyeshadow Duos come in the standard small rectangular hard plastic compact. The lid is see through w/ sticker with logo & product name as well as sticker at bottom with shade name. The back is black plastic w/ shade name, product name as well as more labeling info. They also show a picture of wear to place shadows for a mini tutorial which is nice. The lid snaps open/shut. I haven't had any issues w/ mine breaking or cracking thus far, even w/ traveling. Included is a doe foot applicator. Simple yet effective. Small & compact, these are great for traveling w/ since they take up little room. I have the older packaging w/ 2 equal square pans of shadows now they have since updated to 2 shadows one smaller or bigger than the other (i wish they'd left it w/ 2 equal sizes since i use both equally.) 0.08 oz or 2.4 grams of product which I use these almost daily & have barely made a dent in either pan.
Overall, Browntones is a great duo to have. Its great for those who are trying to perfect their makeup as well as professionals w/ clients. This duo has saved me money since I've wasted alot looking for colors like these. I love both shadows. Affordable & simple packaging. I will & have repurchased a back up which is rare for me. I really love "Browntones" & hope others will enjoy this or other drugstore makeup like I do. It's so refreshing to see others save money yet get quality makeup & look & feel amazing!