What it is: Maybelline Plum Passion Plush Silk Eyeshadow came out as part of the Spring 2014 Deep Velvets Collection. It is a limited edition quad with lilac/orchid shades that can be used for a bright yet soft spring eyeshadow look. The formula is supposed to be silky smooth and offer rich color payoff.
Price/Quantity: About $10.00 for 2.5g
Availability: I found mine at Ulta. Sometimes limited edition stuff can be hard to track down but typically they can be found at drugstores like Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS, and other stores like Fred Meyer, and Bed Bath and Beyond stores that have a Harmon’s inside. I haven’t always found these limited edition quads at Ulta, but this time they happened to be there.
Selection: There are 3 quads to choose from in the Deep Velvets collection.
Colors/Finishes: The individual shades do not have names but I will describe them from left to right:
- Semi-sheer, iridescent lilac.
- Semi-sheer violet with fine golden shimmer.
- Semi-sheer bright orchid with fine golden glitter.
- Semi-sheer dark grey with fine multi-colored glitter. I know this looks blue in the packaging but it’s much more grey/glittery on the lid.
Packaging: Plastic, snap-shut compact. It opens and closes easily and stays closed securely. Inside, there is a double sided sponge-tip applicator. New at the store, the quads are sealed with a small perforated label that breaks when you open the lid.
Smell/Fragrance: No discernible smell or fragrance.
Application: I was able to get more even application if I applied these over a primer, though the color payoff was about the same. The glitter/shimmer stands out more as well when I apply them over a primer. There was a substantial amount of fallout from the darkest shade so I would recommend applying your foundation and concealer after your eyeshadow if you plan to use this shade. The glitter adheres to the lid fairly well.
Texture: The two lightest shades are silky soft and blend incredibly easily. The brightest (3rd shade from left) shade is soft but not as silky and is slightly powdery. It needs to be layered a bit to make it look true to pan but is easy enough to work with. It takes a tiny bit more effort to blend. The darkest shade is the most powdery and has the most fallout of all the shades but the glitter in it adheres surprisingly well to the lid. This one is best applied over a black cream base to get it to look true to pan.
Pigmentation: All of the shades are semi-sheer but easy to build up and apply evenly. The last shade is the only one that requires a cream base to look on the lid the way it looks in the pan.
Longevity: When worn over bare lids, these started showing minor creasing after 3 hours and got worse over the next few hours. I wore these over a primer for 10 hours and saw no creasing. There was, however, some fading after about 9 hours.
- The eyeshadows are soft and not packed too tightly in the pan.
- They are sheer but have good, even color payoff.
- This quad offers on-trend colors for this season.
- These quads are inexpensive.
- The darkest shade isn’t true to pan unless you apply it over a black cream base.
- If you have oilier lids, you’re going to need a primer for these to last all day.
- Limited edition drugstore products can sometimes be difficult to track down.
Worth Buying? If you like purple eyeshadows, yes. These quads don’t offer the most exceptional quality but they are easy enough to make work. The only one that requires some extra finesse is the darkest shade but I feel that the effect it gives makes it worth the effort.