I’ve been curious about the new Revlon re-done Coloystay eyeshadow quads, but I wasn’t sure what quality to expect. Revlon’s old Colorstay quads had been okay – decent pigmentation and all that, but the color combinations didn’t do much for me. The new ones certainly had some of the more dramatic color combinations I prefer, but how would they perform? Rite-Aid put them on sale for 40% off recently, and I decided they had to be worth that, so I bought two. Turns out they’re well worth full price. This one’s called Precocious (available at Drugstore.com).
You get four colors, with a larger amount of shadow in the lighter colors than the dark – which makes sense, given that most people use the dark colors more for accenting. Check out this very soft look I did recently, but be warned the photograph doesn’t really do it justice (I’m still working on my photography skills). Notice the shimmer on these, because it’s very soft and gorgeous – understated glamor:
The colors in the Precocious palette are all shimmer or satin finish. I found them quite long-wearing. The formula reminds me of Smashbox and most of Mac’s shadows: it’s solid in texture rather than creamy or soft, but just as pigmented as a softer shadow. The colors blend beautifully. I was really surprised by these colors. Once again, the drugstores are catching up with the department stores in terms of eyeshadow quality.
Color 1 is a shimmery silvery white. I used it on my brow bone in the above photo. It applies opaquely, but you can also sheer it out by blending a lot (which is what I did for my brow bone). Color 2 is a shimmery steel gray with a truly gray base – no hint of blue in it. Color 3 is a shimmery warm light pink that reminds me of Heaven by Kat Von D, but with a different finish. Color 4 is a shimmery plum purple that works great as a liner.
You can see the soft daytime look I did with this palette, but you can totally do a smokey eye with it, too, by using the gray as your lid color, the purple as your crease and the pink and white colors as highlights or bases.
As I said above, I was stunned by this palette. Based on previous experience with Revlon shadows, I was expecting some soft pretty colors that weren’t really pigmented enough for a dramatic look, and that’s why I decided to do a soft look. But I was so very wrong, because these applied very much like Smashbox or Mac colors. If all the new Colorstay palettes are this good, Revlon is yet another drugstore brand that’s offering serious competition to high end brands.