Review: Revlon Colourstay Eyeshadow Palettes

These palettes are fairly new – new enough that they still have the red sticker on them telling me that they’re new! – and I picked two of them up on the 3 for 2 deal in Boots with a L’Oreal gel eyeliner. The two I bought are called Brazen and Inspired; Brazen has a pale yellow, a peachy pink, a bronze-brown and a darker brown. Inspired has a white highlighting colour, a fairly bright green, a sky blue, and a dark purplish-navy liner colour. I’ll stick the photos in, but as I’m about to trash these, I won’t bother to swatch.

Brazen; image from thedailyswatch.blogspot.co.uk

Revlon Inspired

Sorry, I know those photos are uneven sizes, but you get the idea.

So anyway, I was super excited because they look so pretty in the pans! They are slightly shimmery but it’s quite subtle, so they looked to be exactly what I was after, in gorgeous springtime colours! However, as soon as I got them home to try out, I realised that they have absolutely no pigment to them whatsoever. Seriously, they hardly show up at all, even when I really layer on the shadow. I was SO disappointed, especially as I bought these during the freak flash of summertime that we experienced here in the UK and I was really enthusiastic about my spring colours!

I would seriously recommend giving these a miss. I’ve read mixed reviews, so much so that I actually suspect that some palettes are ok and some are duds quality-wise. It just doesn’t make sense that some people find the colours come up really well and others can’t see them at all!
However, pigmentation isn’t the only issue. From the texture I highly doubt that these last the advertised 16 hours, I think you’d probably be pretty lucky to get 8 hours out of them without a very good primer underneath. Also, I hear terrible things about glitter migrating all over the face.

I can’t give these any more than 1 star. (They haven’t fallen apart, spontaneously burst into flames, etc. but don’t actually do anything other than fill up my eyeshadow box.) Sadly, I’m  binning them.

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4 Comments to “Review: Revlon Colourstay Eyeshadow Palettes”

  1. hello! i agree about the pigmentation.. the colours don’t turn up anything like they look in the pan 😦

    • Hi! I know, they’re really rubbish! I’m actually keeping Inspired just because you never know, some day I might fancy a pale wash of blue or green, but Brazen is hitting the bin straight away. Fail.

  2. That’s such a shame – the colours in the green palette look gorgeous! I once bought a Revlon palette too and it did NOTHING for me – none of the colours showed up as anything other than a pale imitation with no pigmentation at all, wet or dry. The green, purple, cream, and brown all looked… like translucent powder. Very disappointing.

    • Really? That’s so annoying, I was hoping it’d just be these new ones that were like that! They were my first Revlon eyeshadows (somehow!) – I won’t be going back. Yeah, the peachy toned shadows all looked the same on me, just kind of shimmery see-through powder. How rubbish!

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