Tuesday, March 23, 2010

CoverGirl Smokey Shadow Blast Review

Last week I was caught with an urge to do a sudden Drugstore splurge. Probably this was a result from watching America's Next Top Model and reading Glamour. The target of my splurge: CoverGirl's Smokey Shadow Blast Eye Shadow.

For those of you not familiar with the product, CoverGirl's describes the product on their website:

"The two different, specially contoured ends of our ShadowBlast stick make it easy to create a bold, colorful, smoky eye. A duo of expertly paired shades provide the bold, spotlight-ready looks loved by today's hottest makeup artists."

So does it do what it was designed for? Let's find out.

Shades

I chose Smokey Shadow Blast in Silver Sky - a purple/silver smokey eye. I thought the rounded end (as you can see from the picture above) was actually going to be a redder shadow than what it turned out to be. The shade is really more of a true purple rather than being a maroon, so from that aspect the color of the shadow on vs. off was a miss match. But the two shades together did blend very well, and were obviously well-matched. I do wish, however, that the darker shade had been a matte shade, or not so shiny.

Texture

If you're like me, you would be expecting Mac Shadesticks, right? Well, at first this Smokey Shadow Blast was similar. I had to rub hard with the silver shade to get it to deposit on my poor abused lids. But after a few swipes it the stick seemed to glide on smoother. I would recommend swiping these on your hand first before attacking the eye just to save your lids some trauma.

Application

The rounded end vs the pointy end made it really easy to identify which shadow was meant for which purpose. I tried to use the pointy end the way I usually use my Mac 242 brush (or similar flat brush) where I cover at least one side (sometimes two) and just swish back and forth across my crease. I found it a little difficult to work with Smokey Shadow Blast this way, but in the end I did get my color. I also tried to use the pointed end along the lash line (as directed on the box). The color deposit was easier this way (using the pointed end very directly) but the shade blended way more easily with the silver shade than I wanted. I like to do a little bit of work, I guess.

The Pros
  • No agonizing over color choices
  • No brushes involved
  • Intuitive design for shadow application
The Cons
  • Some difficulty to work with texture-wise
  • Can not customize the color options
  • My eyes honestly started to burn as the day went on and the color wore into my eyes.
  • Formula creases easily (I suspect using a base might help - I did not here)
Bottom Line

Probably great for people starting out or who don't have a lot of time. But beware the creasing and sting in the eyes.

See how it looked with my eyes open: Not really all that smokey... Plus I look tired. Ugh.

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