Blues Cafe (around $3 at Drugstore.com or local drugstores) is one of NYC’s new line of HD eyeshadow trios. This formula promises to be highly pigmented and long-wearing. I’ve tested these claims several times with and without primer.
Wet N Wild should look out, but so should some of the high end brands. I was surprised how well this trio actually performed! I’ve found that even in high end shadows, blue pigments don’t tend to do as well as other colors (apparently something difficult about blue pigments in general). The deep sapphire blue color in this one does take a little bit of building, but so does Evidence by Urban Decay. So compared to other blue shadows I have, including much more expensive one, I was very pleased with this one. And this one is actually pigmented enough to use as a liner with not a lot of effort – that’s my gold standard for darker color shadows.
Without primer, these wear well, no creasing, but maybe a little fading by the end of the day. With primer, they last all day. I would say they’re slightly less terrific on the wear time than some of the best high end stuff I have, but hello, these are only $3. Compared to other shadows in this price range and even more expensive drugstore stuff, this is an awesome little palette.
Color 1 is a very light blue, almost white frosted finish that’s just right for the browbone IMHO. Color 2 is a medium-light bronze shimmer. Color 3 is a deep sapphire, almost navy, blue satin finish.
That’s worn with Urban Decay’s LSD for the liner – it adds some sparkle and is just a touch lighter than the navy shadow.