What it is: These six shades are limited edition and were released as part of Maybelline’s Spring 2014 Dare to Go Nude Collection. The formula is supposed to offer up to 24 hours of wear and resist creasing and fading.
Price/Quantity: About $7 for 4 g / 0.14 oz
Availability: I found mine at Rite Aid. 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.
Selection: There are six shades.
- Pure Nude – Sheer, pale, champagne shimmer. No glitter.
- Beige-ing Beauty – Sheer, pale golden shimmer with gold glitter.
- Nude Compliment – Semi opaque taupe shimmer. No glitter.
- Sleek & Spice – Semi opaque bronze shimmer. No glitter.
- Caramel Cool – Semi opaque copper shimmer. No glitter.
- Stroke of Midnight – Semi opaque black with silver glitter.
Packaging: These are contained in the same type of glass pots that the permanent Color Tattoo Eyeshadows are. The plastic black lids have labels with the name of the product and color on them. You can see through the bottom of the packaging what the color inside looks like. The lids are not rounded so you can stack them but you might want to keep them in a small container so they don’t slide around. New at the store, these had plastic seals covering the entire packaging to prevent people from opening them before purchase.
Smell/Fragrance: These are not fragranced. Five of them had no smell at all. Nude Compliment had a very faint metallic smell.
Application: I usually apply Color Tattoos with my fingers because they blend much more easily that way, but you can use a brush to get better color payoff. I use synthetic brushes with these because they seem to clean up more easily. The four shades that have no glitter are easy to work with – they blend out and layer well. The glitter in Beige-ing Beauty and Stroke of Midnight didn’t move or come off throughout the day. Stroke of Midnight was the only real dud in the group. It looked very patchy if I applied it sheerly or attempted to blend it out. When I tried building up the color to look more opaque, it dried down too quickly and ended up flaking off as I was applying the second layer.
Texture: They are all creamy but not emollient at all. The creamiest and most blendable one was Sleek & Spice. Nude Compliment and Stroke of Midnight were the driest. The more metallic shades can have a tendency to make my lids look more dry/crepey, especially if I apply them heavily.
Pigmentation: Nude Compliment, Sleek & Spice, and Caramel Cool have about the same pigmentation and could be applied more sheerly with fingers or more opaquely with a brush. Beig-ing Beauty is the sheerest but does have a nice golden sparkle to it. Pure Nude can be built up to look semi-sheer but if I built this one up too much it looked cakey. Stroke of Midnight is patchy and only looks good if it is made to look opaque but this must be done very quickly before the shadow dries down.
Longevity: These averaged about 11.5 hours on me before they creasesed. The lighter shades creased first at about 10.5 hours.
If you like the colors and you know you like this formula, then I’d say all but Stroke of Midnight are worth picking up. Sleek & Spice is very similar to Bad to the Bronze and Pure Nude is very similar to the LE shade Barely Beige which I believe came out Fall/Winter 2012.