Today I have two of the Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadow by EyeStudio to show you. The duos were released for Spring 2015 and they are readily available in stores and online. The Color Molten shadows are designed to be cream to powder shadows with a gel-like formula. The product description goes a little something like this : “EyeStudio Color Molten eyeshadow from Maybelline New York is a lustrous, dimensional cream shadow that melts to a new molten luster.” Sounds great, doesn’t it? Let’s take a closer look.
The Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadows make a lot of claims about their unique formula. Maybelline claims that their “micro-gel pigment formula melts with a liquid touch. Dimensional color gleams with a new molten sheen.” The shadows feel similar to the Maybelline Bouncy Blushes in that they have some give and are a little bit squishy, but do not have a completely creamy or mousse-like texture like a regular cream shadow. The micro-gel formula is extremely lightweight, and feels like air on the skin. I had high hopes for the Color Molten Eyeshadows, but they ultimately were a disappointment.
There are eight duos in the Color Molten Eyeshadow line. I chose to try Rose Haze and Teal Twist. I tried a couple of different methods when applying these shadows. I used my fingers and several different types of synthetic brushes. No matter what method I used, I found the Color Molten Eyeshadows really hard to use. The formula is extremely difficult to blend out, so I could get a nice application on my eyelid, but trying to blend into the crease was a pain. They apply patchy, with lackluster pigment. I got the best color pay-off when using my fingers, but of course, that gave me the least amount of control for a multiple shade look. I was able to blend the shadows out in the crease with a brush, but that sacrifices a lot of the pigmentation, and I ended up with more of a sheer wash of color. The promised cream to powder formula never quite delivers, and I don’t think the Color Molten Eyeshadows ever dry down all the way. Consequently, even on dry eyelids, the shadows crease up and fade. This formula is simply a mess.
The Color Molten Eyeshadows swatch decently. This is two layers of product. Rose haze consists of an icy pink and a brown toned plum shade. The plum has the best pigmentation of the bunch. Teal Twist has a shimmery beige with micro glitter as its light shade. This is paired with an extremely disappointing blue toned metallic teal. Rose Haze applies with more pigmentation on the eye than Teal Twist does, however, I must admit that the teal shade does look beautiful on the eye when sheered out.
All in all, I thought that the Maybelline Color Molten Eyeshadows were a huge let down. Though I was able to accomplish decent looks with the products, they were difficult shadows to work with. A beginner, especially one with inadequate tools, may not be able to get them to work at all. Bottom line, they are way more trouble than they are worth with poor pigmentation and a horrible formula. I would recommend passing them by completely, even if they are on sale. They just aren’t worth the hassle.