Thursday, November 18, 2010

Maybelline Expertwear: Charcoal Smokes


Continuing with my Maybelline Expertwear series, I present to you...Charcoal Smokes! Once again this should retail for $6-7 at your local drugstore and I believe I got this for 40% off many many months ago. This was one of the first Maybelline shadows I picked up and I was highly impressed. I haven't gotten much use out of it since I think it's best suited for the fall and winter. The shades are on the cool side so this would suit cool skinned people better.


The first shade is a gorgeous gray taupe with hints of purple. The crease color is an amazing gray with a strong purple undertone. The browbone shade is a metallic silver... I would not use this for my brown bone but rather as an inner corner highlight or inner half lid color. The outer corner color is a black with silver sparkle. The last color is not very pigmented but gets the job done. I like to use this best under a shimmery purple base and I usually skip the silver shade altogether. I tend to use the crease shade generously along my upper lashline and define the outer third of my lid and a little bit of the crease with the black to better suit my asian eyes.

Overall, I really like this palette but wish the browbone color was a more usable matte color like in the Natural Smokes quad which I reviewed HERE. The lid and crease shades in this palettes are phenomenal and make the palette a great bargain! Phew, I'm almost out of Maybelline Expertwear shadows to swatch and review for you :( It's ok, I have more series planned and before I know it my makeup buying ban will be over and I will have more Maybelline Experwear shadows to review :D

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