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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow- Barely Branded


I told myself I didn't need it. I said "Self, you've got a bunch of neutral toned cream shadows, why do you need this one too?" Self didn't answer. Self just kept muttering "Want, want, want. Wait..." She paused. "Need, need, need..." Repeatedly. Self can be a bit of a bitch sometimes.

I let Self win this one. Barely Branded now has a home with the other Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metal Eyeshadows I review last week (Gold Rush and Electric Blue here.) You know what, though? I'm totally glad that I caved into Self. She was right, I did need this!




Barely Branded is a warm metallic beige. You could almost call it a pale gold, but it is more beige toned than gold. This is the type of shade everyone should have, as it's so totally versitile: use a wash of it when you're pressed for time and want a brightened, put together look. Use it as a base, or use it as a highlight. The shade is universally flattering and so gorgeous! 

 Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow- R.S.V.P, Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow- Barely Branded, Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow- Quartz

 Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow- R.S.V.P, Maybelline Colour Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow- Barely Branded, Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow- Quartz

Part of the reason I tried to tell myself I didn't need this was I had just assumed I already had a cream eyeshadow similar to this. Wrong. So wrong. As you can see above, when I swatched Barely Branded with my most used neutrals (other than MAC Painterly, as it isn't a shimmer) you can see that it is in fact quite different. Both Benefit R.S.V.P and Smashbox Quartz are pink toned. R.S.V.P being a pinky champagne and Quartz being a soft rose gold. Yes, swatched here they look quite similar, but when worn, Quartz looks much more sparkly/shimmery and more pink toned than R.S.V.P which reads more neutral.

Overall, I'm happy to have this shade in my collection. The Colour Tattoo formula is pretty fantastic and at an incredibly low price point compared to it's contemporaries. Have you tried this shade?