Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancer in Prom Queen ($4.99, Drugstore.com) is part of a new lineup for summer 2012. Like another one from this line which I reviewed earlier, Major Distraction, Prom Queen is overall a little frustrating to work with (on the other hand, the Prima Donna quad is surprisingly good). That said, this palette contains an astonishingly pretty and unusual green shade.
These shadows take some coaxing. You have to get quite a bit on your brush or apply in layers to get serious color. While I was able to get some swatches that look good, these colors don’t all translate onto the lid very well. The pigmentation just isn’t quite there. They are easy to blend, and I didn’t experience any fallout, so you can get good results – you just have to work for them, and it might not be worth it to you.
Color 1 is a satin finish light mauve, which I found really interesting. It’s one of the more pigmented shades in this group – I still had to load a pretty good amount on my brush to get the color on the pan to show on my skin, but it does work. Color 2 is a light desaturated green with golden and silver flecks, but on the lids it becomes this strangely ethereal, multi-dimentional color I’d expect to pay a lot more than $5 for. Unfortunately, it takes a lot of shadow to build it up. So the pigmentation is terrible, but the color itself is magical – very frustrating combination. Color 3 is a very light gray with mauve undertones, satin finish. This one is similarly hard to work with. Color 4 is a virtually matte plum with more blue than red undertones, and its pigmentation is actually pretty good for a matte.
This is overall a pretty lackluster palette. As much as I loved the seafoam sparkly metallic green that’s hard to describe, I haven’t found myself drawn to this palette because of the work involved in getting it to look pretty. That said, you can get it to look quite pretty, so if the colors or price sound great to you and you don’t mind some effort, it could be a good choice!