Maybelline Color Tattoo - Tough as Taupe


273 reviews

74% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 4.1

Price: $$


Ingredients.Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ceresin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Caprylyl Glycol, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Paraffin. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77289 / Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.. ...

on 4/6/2012 6:35:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

I absolutely LOVE this! I was pretty skeptical at first but it has become HG in my book. If I am in a rush, this is my go-to product for my eyes. I am incredibly pale with yellow undertones and it compliments my complexion very well. It is buildable but looks great even with a small amount.

I also, weirdly enough, use it for a TINY bit of contouring on my cheeks and it looks amazing. Not only does it look natural, but it doesn't break me out (I haven't found a bronzer yet that doesn't cause the little white pimples on my skin.)I use my e.l.f. angled contour brush for both my eyes and contouring and have no complaints! The staying power is also phenomenal; I have no idea what it is about my dry skin but NOTHING ever says on, and this does. Will always repurchase.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Sensitive, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I don't like this color nor do I believe that this goes along with it's name this is a cool toned grey not taupe.On my pale skin this looks horrible so it can't be worn on it's own it has to be a base.This is certainly the driest of the 4 that I have making it harder to apply and to get an even color.

They do not crease except when you wear 2 of these products together .Every time I put one on the lid another in the crease the look ends up with major creases so don't do that.

on 4/1/2012 12:54:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

As far as texture, this matte shade is much stiffer and harder to blend evenly versus its metallic siblings (I have Bad to the Bronze and Pomegranate Punk).

However, this makes a fantastic eyebrow filler. I have black hair, and normally use a black pencil, which has a tendency to wear off before the end of the day. Using a short angle brush, this gives a softer look and has great longevity.

on 3/30/2012 7:52:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This is the other color I purchased in addition to Bad to the Bronze. Tough as Taupe gives me a subtle smoky eye, which I love. Noticeable but not overboard, I can even wear this to work. I LOVE these cream shadows.

on 3/29/2012 8:37:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Grey

This is my second favorite out of this collection. It's a lovely matte grey-ish-purply-brown color that just looks amazing... At least on me. I have blue eyes and I find that this color really makes them pop. Out of the ones I've tried, this is the driest of them so the only downside of this one is that you have to work it FAST. Once it dries, unless you're using makeup remover, it's not going anywhere. I don't mind this because you can actually use this product alone and it looks beautiful. So no need to blend!!

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

these color tattoos have only just been released in the UK, but with different names. in the UK this is called 'Permanent Taupe' (silly?). anyway, this particular colour stood out to me because i can find no other dupes for this, in MAC or in any brand. gold, bronze and colourful cream shadow bases are easy to find - but matte taupe is not!
personally, i find that this applies more of a grey than a true taupe. i like to wear it as a base with gold eyeshadow on the days where i want more of a rusty gold (looks nice with MAC's Woodwinked), and i like to turn this into a matte plum base or a matte brown base, by adding MAC's Haux or Texture to it while it's still a tiny bit sticky on the lids. any medium matte brown or plum will do for this.
now to the all important staying power, this creases on me a TINY bit (probably the same as my TFSI primer), whereas other higher end cream shadows and bases don't at all. but that doesn't bother me.
if this was not a matte colour, i wouldn't have bought it. but there is SO much you can do with a matte taupey grey base! very rare find for me personally.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Maybelline Color Tattoo are a much talked about product among bloggers and makeup fans. These cream shadows debuted in drugstores sometime in early winter, I purchased mine in January, so I'm kinda behind on the review bandwagon. Maybelline says that the Color Tattoo shadows are their longest lasting shadows. Maybelline employed "ink technology to create super saturated color" and "cream gel" formula that "glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant". Color Tattoo shadows are available in 10 shades, 1 matte and 9 shimmery, 4 neutral and 6 bright, a good variety. I have #35, Tough As Taupe, the lone matte shade. Color Tattoos are ophthalmologist tested and found to be safe for contact wearers and those with sensitive eyes. Unfortunately, Maybelline tests on animals, so please keep that in mind when purchasing their products. I got Tough As Taupe at Ulta for free (Maybelline was bogo 50% and I had a coupon). The average retail price is $6.99 or so. Lets see if these hold up to all the claims.
I'm really liking the packaging of Maybelline's Color Tattoo. It's a clear, glass jar with a black plastic cap. The jar features a "Color Tattoo" Sticker, and the cap features a sticker with more info on the product including the name of the product. Color Tattoo have great packaging compared to other drugstore products. The glass jar has a good weight to it in the hand, so it's likely that it's sturdy. Sturdy as it may be, keep in mind it is glass, so don't go tossing it about.
The texture of Color Tattoos is supposed to be a cream-gel hybrid with a smooth consistency, meant to glide onto the eyelid. "Cream-gel" is a weird way to describe something that feels an awful lot like modeling clay. Tough as Taupe has a thick, dense consistency that'll likely feel familiar if you liked playing with clay as a child (or as an adult, don't judge me).
Because of the thick, dense, relatively dry feel of Tough as Taupe, application is a pain. Instead of "smoothing across your eyelids", it drags, and applies in a patchy, uneven manner. It looks awful. Maybelline says that Color Tattoos are buildable, and I agree, but no matter how much you apply, it'll still look patchy and uneven, and the more you apply, the more likely you are to have creasing. I can't imaging the disaster that would result from trying to blend Tough as Taupe with another shadow.
I'm not going to go too far into detail about the color of Tough as Taupe, because there really isn't much to discribe. It's a matte, grey based, neutral taupe with only the slightest hint of brown. The color of modeling I sensing a pattern here? Tough as Taupe isn't a pretty color, but it's a useful one. A good, solid neutral shade to keep on hand.
So lets examine the 24 hour wear claim. Do you get 24 hour, crease-proof wear? No. Close? Not really. I've worn this cream shadow with and without primer and it doesn't affect wear or application at all, so let's disregard that. When worn to work, in the greasy, hot kitchen, Tough as Taupe isn't so tough, it can't even hold up for six hours. Under regular circumstances, Tough as Taupe makes it for about 8 hours without creasing, but there is some fading. Not that bad, but it's not 24 hours.
Though on it's own, as a cream shadow, Tough as Taupe doesn't make it anywhere near to it's 24 hour claim, as an eyeshadow base it's excellent. With a powder shadow layered over it, Tough as Taupe probably really could wear for 24 hours, it's indestructible. Even after a 9 hour shift, it stays perfect, not the slightest hint of fading or creasing. That's kinda cheating though, Tough as Taupe is supposed to be super long lasting on it's own, not with help from a powder shadow.
With all fairness though, Color Tattoos do last much better than any other cream shadow I have ever tried. Those all crease on me instantly. I can give these kudos for not being an insta-fail, being a good base, and a useful color, but that's not enough to make up for poor texture, application, and solo wear. I'm really curious if this is somehow molding clay in a jar, and Maybelline some how fooled me into believing it's a cream eyeshadow.
I definitely think Maybelline Color Tattoos are overhyped. Perhaps its the novelty of a drugstore cream shadow that doesn't suck, and has a fun, trendy color selection. To be fair, it seems like Tough as Taupe has a lot of texture based complaints. Being the only matte shadow in the bunch, it's probably a formula issue specific to this one shade. I'd have to try a different shade to prove that theory, I'll consider it. Despite having it's issues, Tough as Taupe is good for a drugstore cream shadow. It's a really good eyeshadow base. Packaging is good. It's sold at the perfect price point, you get a really good amount for it. It's a value score!

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

on 3/23/2012 3:21:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

Finally found Tough as Taupe. Goes on medium-deep grey matte. Plays well with Bad to the Bronze. Stays on well. Great for runway looks. Glad I got these.

on 3/20/2012 9:08:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

This really is a good product for the price. The taupe color is very cool-toned and pigmented and gives a natural looking shadow to the lids. It goes on creamy and dries to a powder. It does have good staying power, though without primer, this creases (on me at least) after several hours. I've tried both brush and finger application and personally fingers are easier with this; afterwards I blend out the edges with a brush.
I hope Maybelline will come out with other colors of this product, as the current range seems to have a lot of brights, and I'd love to see more "everyday" neutral or muted shades too.

In short:
Good value for its price
Easy to apply
Good for doing a quick eye when you don't have much time
Good staying power with primer

"sets" rather quickly after you put it on, so not much blending time
Not creaseproof without primer
If you're using this with powder shadow, this is hard to blend over the powder shadow - a stiffer brush is needed

on 3/20/2012 8:56:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wanted to find a foolproof way to speed up my makeup routine. Just a gettitonandgo kind of application. Definitely found it in this eyeshadow. The color is what I've been looking for for years, and I LOVE that it's a cream base. It really does stay put for hours (I haven't tested if for 24 hours...those days have passed me by!) I apply it to my lid, highlight the inner corner, a bit of eyeliner and mascara and voila! Done. Fantastic formulation, better, I think than Mac paint pots, because there is no shimmer, yet there is life to the color. . Finding great matte eyeshadows is an expensive, time-consuming chore. This one is great. And it cost me about $6.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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