Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo

Mar 6, 2012 12 comments
There was a huge hype over these cream "eye shadows" when they released, so naturally I had to try them. I picked two of the bright shades because A) I love bright Colors and B) Orange and Blue are opposites so I knew they would look sexy together ;D

"Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting color saturation  
Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant
Ophthalmologist-tested.  Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers
With fingertips, sweep all over eye from inner corner and work outwards.  For added drama, darken as desired." -
Price: $6.99
   Available: Most drug stores i.e. Wal-Mart, Target, CVS, Walgreen's
Tenacious Teal
Fierce & Tangy
L-R: Tenacious Teal, Fierce & Tangy

What people need to know about this product is that it is not an eye shadow. It is meant to be used as a cream colored base, much like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, to be used underneath eye shadows. Many people have compared these to MAC Paint Pot's, but I haven't personally tried those, so I can't compare. Now, that being said, these are pretty friggin amazing. They cost a little more than a NYX Jumbo Pencil, but not by much. They work pretty much the same, but these last a lot longer!

I don't know that this will last 24 hours or what Ink Technology is, but whatever it is, it works! I am just going to let these swatches prove it to you. These are bad ass.
On the left I have the Turquoise from the Wet n Wild  Blue Had Me At Hello Palette
Next to that I have NYX eye shadow in Yellow Marigold, both swatched without a base.
Next to those two, I have the same eye shadows applied over the Color Tattoos.
And this is after about 3 hours on my arm. The shadows with no base are practicably gone, while the shadows on top of the Color Tattoos haven't faded a bit! Its friggin magical!

And here are a few basic looks using the Color Tattoos.
Tenacious Teal as a base. The shadows are from the same Wet n Wild Blue Had Me At Hello Palette. Pictures taken after initial application
Fierce & Tangy as a Base. NYX's Yellow Marigold and some shadows from the Coastal Scents 88 Metal Mania Palette. Pictures taken 8 hours after initial application.

Pretty amazing how bright these look after a whole day huh?!

If you still aren't convinced these are awesome, here are some other reviews:

I have heard a lot of negative comments about the PURPLE shade, so I didn't buy that shade, and you probably shouldn't either. But that is the only shade people have had problems with. Here is Sonja's experiences with the purple and other shades of the color tattoos for reference :)

Overall this product has 5 stars in my book and I will defiantly buy another shade soon. Probably Tough and Taupe ;D That shade is VERY popular, almost always sold out.


  • Mandy said...

    I love that you chose bright colors. I love how the orange one intensifies the orange shadows and how they look against your eye color.

  • The Peach said...

    Love the looks you did with these! Especially the orange one! The only one I have is Tough as Taupe and I haven't been real impressed with it. It definitely doesn't last well on its own. And I've expereinced quite a bit of creasing :(

  • Kassie K said...

    Are you using the Color Tattoo all on its own? It is meant to be used as a base under eye shadows. If you are still struggling with creases, are you using a primer underneath? You shouldn't need one but it should help :)

  • Jennifer Innes said...

    I have used this and the orange on their own and they did not crease at all, I applied a little tough as taupe on my lid and some eyeliner and it's a super fast simple look. I didn't need a primer either, although I have heard some say they creased but those individuals I think had oiler skin, mine is super dry. You might try setting with a translucent powder also.

  • AlexisColon said...

    You are so talented! I absolutely love this look.  I fee like I can never make blue wearable.

  • Eyegraffiti said...

    wow, this seems like a product for me since i get creasing even if wearing primer. my best so far is the eye shadow helper from lime crime (which i got after you've shown it!) so maybe this could work out for me!
    i haven't looked so much for maybelline and stuff since i found out about so much more fun brands so now i have too haha!!
    super thanks for a great review and those swatches! a pictures says more than 1000 words right!;)/Azure

  • Victoria Jurisic said...

    ,,Blue Had Me At Hello"I would buy this palette for the dark blue and this amazing name:D reminds me of aa day to remember:D

  • Anonymous said...

    This is NOT meant to be used as a base. It is a cream gel shadow. However you decide to use it is up to you--but it isn't MEANT to be used as a base, and CAN be used alone.

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