Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancer in Major Distraction ($4.99, Drugstore.com) is one of their new eyeshadow palette offerings for summer 2012. It’s an interesting combo of pink, brown and teal, with a mix of finishes.
The pigmentation on this palette is pretty mediocre. You need to apply a lot of shadow to get anything like the color in the pan. Not all Cover Girl palettes are created equally, and this is definitely one of the more frustrating ones to work with. That said, if you’re willing to work with it, you can build up the color until it more or less matches what’s in the pan, and it applies evenly.
Color 1 is a light pink with a satin-matte finish – it’s close enough to matte for those who only like to wear matte. It’s the weakest color in the trio – I had to put on quite a lot to use it as a lid color, so in the end I chose to just use it as a highlight color (inner corner and under the brow (see pic below).
Color 2 is a matte neutral brown that’s very chocolatey and pretty. This is the strongest color in the bunch – it applies pretty easily, becoming opaque with the same amount of work as most high end shadows do for me. I even managed to line my eyes with this one, and it looked good. This is actually a good matte brown, but I wouldn’t recommend buying the palette just for it – for $5, you can choose from several better matte browns by NYX.
Color 3 is a metallic teal. This color is very pretty, but as with the pink, you have to build it up to get any color payoff on the lid.
That’s the teal on the lid, the pink in the inner corner and under the brow, and the brown as liner top and bottom, and smoked out on the outer corner.
As you can see from the above picture, I did manage to get a pretty, soft look from this palette. It’s not bad… it’s just not great, either. With some patience, you can get good results. All in all, there are a lot of better palettes out there, including many from Cover Girl. But if you really love or want to experiment with this color combo, I’m not sure you can get it more cheaply than this – it reminds me of Sugar Sand, Mermaid and Toasted Coconut from Too Faced’s Summer Eye Collection. That collection is $36, so if you’re wanting to play with colors similar to it for a lot less money, just to see if they’re even something you would ever feel comfortable wearing, then this palette could be a smart buy. But if you’re not in love with the color combo, I’d look to other drugstore palettes.