When I logged onto Makeupalley to write a review about this product I was absolutely amazed at the low rating! I think these shadows are not only fabulous but the idea behind them is incredibly innovative. Of course, this is just my opinion so in no way do I mean to disregard other review; different strokes for different folks I suppose :)
I purchased #280 Java (pearl) & #270 Chocolate (matte)
1)Uneven: I only have one real issue with this product for one shadow which is the way that "chocolate" applies. Even when swatched on my hand, the colour falls short of pigmentation even before the swatch is finished. The colour applies on the eye lid a little uneven, but that can easily be fixed with blending. I have a bit of an issue with blending as my eyes are more sensitive than most. So if you are like me, stay clear of the matte colours. Using them wet also didn't help as the colour was still patchy.
1) Price: I bought both of these shadows for only $3.49/each regular price at Rexall/Pharma Plus. If you live here in Canada you'll know that Rexall usually has about a 10-30% price increase from most stores, for example- L'Oreal True match is $22 at rexall while only $16 at Loblaws. So a shadow that is less than $5 from this store is more than reasonable and affordable for all. I suppose the US equivalent is like CVS vs Walmart (?)
2)Colours: Purples, Pinks, greens, etc. This line has a lot of desirable colours, those of which are usually only offered with a heavy price tag. Electric colours aside, Revlon has also done a great job of offering many different browns and neutrals. From what I can recall, there are about 3 or 4 browns and about 5 neutrals (of couse "neutral" depends on you skin tone, but I mean more champagne/cream)
Here's a more in-depth description of the two colours I have:
Java- a STUNNING brown with a rose-y undertone. Dont get me wrong, it's still brown but the undertone is more warm/pink vs neutral or cool. There's two components of thie shadow: 1) the undertone is a brown-pink (more brown than pink) with a pearl finish. Nothing harsh; it's almost bordering a fine-milled highlight. On top is a beautiful mixure of pink, silver and gold sparkles. Nothing disco-y or obnoxious, just a beautiful eye-catching mixture. (the gold is the finest sparkles..it's more of a pearl, the pink second, and the silver the largest) ***If you are anywhere close to a NW/NC 35 and up, this would make a great neutral colour for everyday.
2)Chocolate- more disappointing. Most definitely a cool-tone brown with grey undertones. I think they should have named this taupe-brown or something because that's how it comes off. On lighter skin this could look more brown..but too harsh. On olive skin like mine, it will come off more cool/taupe. And darker skin might find it's too ashy. If you're anywhere between a NW25-NW35/40 if feel like you'd like it. Could also be used as contour if you're the right skin tone.
**Forgot to add: what you see is what you get in the pan, but I would highly recommend that you look at these colours in natural light before purchasing as it is more true to colour.
3) Links- This is genius. The idea behind linking your custom shadows is great. I travel a lot and often don't want to carry bulky, $60 shadow palette in a suitcase that is being thrown around like a cirque du soleil performer. I only carry these two colours and a tiny rimmel palette when I travel, as this is all I need. The links also stay on tightly and don't break apart.
4) Application: The Java shadow went on like a dream. Honestly, when I first applied it I had to go outside to see if it was actually on my lid because I refused to believe that a shadow could apply so evenly, creamy, and effortlessly; I didn't even have to blend this out. The shadows stayed on all day even with my oily lids. They didn't look as great at the end of the day vs when I initially applied them, but that's understandable. I have really wrinkly eyelids/a lot of space for eyeshadow. I didn't find that the shadow emphasized my crevices or make my eye lids even more wrinkly. I will admit though, the fallout isn't the best so make sure to hold a tissue under your eyes when applying or apply before your foundation/concealer.
Overall: I love these.