What it is: Maybelline Take It Off Plush Silk Eyeshadow came out as part of the Spring 2014 Dare To Go Nude Collection. It is a limited edition quad with deeper shades that can be used for a smokey purple 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 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 4 quads to choose from.
Colors/Finishes: The individual shades do not have names but I will describe them from left to right:
- Semi-opaque, satin, warm pale beige.
- Semi-opaque, satin, muted eggplant purple.
- Semi-opaque, satin, deep brown.
- Semi-opaque, satin, black.
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 discernable smell or fragrance.
Application: Being darker shades, these took longer to apply than the shades in Bare It Buff because I spent more time blending. The lightest shade applied evenly and smoothly on the eye and actually had really nice color payoff for a drugstore highlight shade. The second shade also had smooth even coverage and was easy to blend for being a darker color. The third shade from the left was less pigmented than the purple shade, didn’t apply as evenly, and didn’t blend as easily. The black shade had good color payoff but it looked patchy and wasn’t as easy to blend. The three darker shades are pretty similar once you get them on the eye and it’s hard to differentiate them, which makes this palette less versatile.
Texture: The shadows are very silky and buttery smooth to the touch, and plenty comes off on fingers with a single swipe over the powder. Using a brush did cause some eyeshadow to kick up the from than pan. Interestingly, though, they had almost no fallout when I was applying them as long as I tapped off any excess from the brush.
Pigmentation: The pigmentation isn’t incredible but it’s not bad. When I swatch these, the color payoff is really nice but when I apply them to the eye they don’t look as intense.
Longevity: Without a primer, these lasted 4 hours. With a primer, they started to show very minor creasing after 6 hours which gradually got worse over the next few hours.
- The eyeshadows are very silky and smooth.
- They have fairly good color payoff, even better over a creamy base.
- I got almost no fallout as long as I tapped off any excess from the brush.
- These quads are inexpensive.
- These had a very short wear time without a primer, only 4 hours.
- The eyeshadows didn’t look as intense on the eye as they did swatched.
- This isn’t a very versatile set of colors.
- The 4 shades aren’t consistent in quality.
- Limited edition drugstore products can sometimes be difficult to track down.
Worth Buying? This quad was just okay. Yes, the eyeshadows are soft and silky eyeshadows and you can get the color to look intense with the right base but the two shades on the right were just kind of finicky. If you are on a budget and are okay with “making it work”, then this might be worth checking out. If you have a hard time doing the smokey eye thing, you probably won’t like this as much.