Oooohwhee! They've finally landed. Six months ago they dropped in the States and they've been taunting us ever since. The reviews were too good to be true - most of us have been patiently waiting to try them out in order to see what all the fuss was about. Since January, I've been combing the interwebs with the hope I'd stumble across a reliable source who may've hinted about when Australia could expect to see them. July was mentioned in one forum; with that, I set my mental calendar to remind me to stalk my local Priceline in late June. And it paid off!
The Priceline near Bourke Street Mall is already sold out of Too Cool, a frosty white shade, but I didn't mind. Tough as Taupe was ruled out as a contender, because it looks like putty; who wants to paint that sort of colour on their eyes? In the end, I decided to walk away with Painted Purple, Bad to the Bronze, Edgy Emerald and Bold Gold. Each jar retails for $11.95 AUS, approximately $5.00 more expensive than what they retail for in the U.S. Priceline typically sells new releases on promotion, but I think these babies are a tad too popular to warrant a sale right now.
As soon as I finish writing I am going to paint my eyes with all four shades. From swatching alone, here are a few observations I made:
- Painted Purple applied patchy and required several applications in order to build the sort of vibrant colour held in its little glass jar.
- Edgy Emerald, Bad to the Bronze and Bold Gold required a small amount of product; less waste and a better bang for your buck.
- All four are buttery soft and have a creamy texture.
- Maybelline's Color Tattoos are the same size as Chanel's Illusion d'Ombre and they sell for a lot less. $12 AUS vs. $48 AUS.
In order to really test their longevity, I'm going use primer on my right eye and skip the primer on my left eye. I'll be sure to report back on how well they performed, address my final thoughts and provide photos of the overall look.