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Beauty Baller on a Budget: Revlon ColorStay Eye Quad for Spring 2013 – Free Spirit


A few weeks ago, I attempted to recreate a Revlon runway look from the Lisa Perry A/W 2013 show. Although, I have no regrets with the colors I used because it was my own interpretation, I think I would have been even more successful if I used this palette:

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ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Quad, Free Spirit

Revlon Spring 2013 is based around an island vibe accented with vivid color. Inspired by sculptural sea glass with a touch of Tahitian glamour. The collection is based around two eye quads, three new lip butter shades, a new cheek product – “Baby Stick for Lips & Cheeks” in three shades and four new ColorStay nail enamels. I only picked up this palette and I was lucky as the display was looking very sparse.

I really love the mix of cobalt, perwinkle blue, warm tan and black – all colors have a satin finish with a very light touch of shimmer. They are soft to the touch and easy to blend.

Here’s the obligatory swatch line up:

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You can really create a myriad of looks with this palette. The tan really melts into my skin which is a shade I would use from lash line to my brows. The cobalt blue takes on a gray tone on my skin while the light perwinkle blue becomes a silver blue frost. The black is your typical black but I wish it was more pigmented with just one swatch. That’s my only complaint about this quad – it took many swipes to build up this much color on my arm. It can be a combination of my dark skin and lack of pigment power in these colors. It takes work to build intensity but if you layer this on top of good eye primer, these shades do stay on your lids for a solid eight hours and I even tested their longevity during an intense boot camp class. Another plus – no creasing.

The “office-safe” look I created:

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I used three colors only: tan (lid to brow bone), cobalt blue (outer v) and black (lower lash line). It stayed this way till it was time to wash my face before bed. I was quite impressed. This look was great and it took me about five minutes to do.

Next up a more dramatic look:

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I used all four shades: cobalt (lid), tan (crease), black (outer-v/lower lash line) and perwinkle (inner corner). It took a lot of effort to get the cobalt blue to show on my lid and when I did pat it on my lid, it looked patchy. You will need to spend some time to blend and perhaps layer it on top of a blue cream shadow or even a smudged eye liner pencil. Also, don’t forget to apply your primer first.

I have been a huge fan of Revlon lip butters and glosses, so I was really curious to see how their shadows held up. It may seem like I’m not a huge fan but I’m really happy with my purchase because of the great budget price. I’m even interested in adding another Revlon palette to my collection.

Like I’ve said before, buying drugstore brands is the best way to try trends without dropping hundreds at the department store. Also, the drugstore brands are really stepping up their game by having top models, actresses and singers represent them in editorials and also it doesn’t hurt when you hire a top makeup artist as your creative director, like Gucci Westman for Revlon.

I will admit, Ms. Emma Stone did encourage me to give Revlon some prime real estate on my bathroom counter:

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I purchased my eye quad at Ulta. Revlon is available at all stores that offer the brand.

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Quad, $7.99/USD.

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