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 cool neutral shades that can be used for “everyday” eyeshadow looks. 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-sheer, silvery white with more of a frosty finish.
- Sheer, satin, light beige with a beautiful satin-shimmer finish.
- Semi-sheer, satin, taupe.
- 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 discernible smell or fragrance.
Application: These were a breeze to apply, much like the shades in Bare It Buff were. They weren’t too sheer, applied evenly, and blended really easily. The small tip on the included applicator is actually really nice for applying the lighter shimmery colors precisely to the inner corner of the eye. I’d still use a brush to apply the darker colors and to blend, though.
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: These shadows are going to create an overall sheer effect if you apply them straight to the lid and will look slightly more intense over a basic primer. The taupe and black shades can be made to look like they do in the pan if applied over a creamy base such as a NYX Jumbo Pencil, Mac Paint Pot, or Maybelline Color Tattoo.
Longevity: Without a primer, these creased after 6.5 hours. Over a primer, they lasted 8 hours with no creasing.
- 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.
- They were easy to blend.
- These quads are inexpensive.
- To get full color payoff, you must use a creamy 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? After my disappointment with yesterday’s quad, Take It Off, this little quad was such a pleasant surprise. Granted, if you have a warmer skin tone or just prefer warmer colors in general, this may not be your cup of tea. I really liked it though, personally. It’s definitely a set of colors I’d reach for when doing my “everyday” makeup.