Maybelline New York Luminous Lights Expertwear Eyeshadow Palette-Lavender Lights

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3 reviews

33% would repurchase

Package Quality: 2.0

Price: $$

Package Quality: 2.0

Price: $$


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

This review is actually for "Opal lights". I almost picked up the Lavender lights but those shades look very much like maybellines "Crown jewels" eyeshadow trio just lighter and more shimmery. Opal lights has a pale pink (base), pale yellowish shade (lid), a pale white touched with silver (crease) and a pale coppery (liner) shade. I love these eyeshadows. They are not heavily pigmented but just give a sheer wash of subltle shimmery color. I do red lips so want a more subtle eye and these are perfect. They brighten my eye area up. If you are looking for pigmented, full coverage shadows you will be disapointed with these although every shade could be used as a highlight on eyes as well as cheeks.

on 9/15/2012 3:37:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I really thought I'd like this based on the ad and reviews. I got this in Gold Lights and haven't experienced worse pigmentation in eye shadow, ever. I thought with my tan the colors would show up well, but I was wrong. This product is just way too wishy washy for me. I did like one color in the pan, the coppery color supposedly used for "liner", but I instead pack it on my lid. The "crease" color is a complete joke, IMO. It's a cheap gold-brown which does nothing in terms of defining as it barely shows up! I'm a bit surprised I hated this so much since I've really liked Maybelline's EyeStudio quads as well as their 24 hr tattoo cream shadows. I would say my main gripe is these don't even leave a pretty sparkle at all, at least on me. I assumed it would give some color with a "luminosity" but I get nothing. Very poor, IMO. I gave it to a friend who doesn't like color intense eye makeup and prefers simple washes of color. This is exactly what this is....washes of color with no buildability.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This is for the Opal Lights palette: all the shades are pale & shimmery with just a hint of color. (If you are looking for pigment or color payoff, this is not the palette for you).
Each shade wears more like a highlight than an actual shadow. The base color is pale pink, lid is pale yellow (reminds me of corrective shades like Benefit's Lemon Aid, or TFSI Lemon Drop), the crease is opal (looks gray in the pan, and has the least payoff when applied), and the liner shade is a light copper.

Because the pigment is so minimal, it is very easy to play around with these colors, layer & blend. Any shade could be used as your lid color, for example.
The liner color works much better as a crease color, especially if you need something subtle for hooded or deep-set eyes.

Since most pigmented shadows make my eyes look smaller or make them disappear altogether, this highlighting palette could be HG status for me.

Edit: Definitely not HG status.Wishful thinking- the color payoff is so poor it doesn't even succeed as a highlight. The copper shade may be the only wearable color. Also creates lots of shimmer fall out onto rest of face. Will not repurchase.

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