Saturday, January 3, 2015

CoverGirl Eyeshadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes

Who doesn't love a good ol' neutral palette? The last CoverGirl nude eyeshadow palette that I tried was a total dud (CoverGirl Eye Enhancers Quad in Sheerly Nudes) and I had lost all hope in CoverGirl pressed eyeshadows. Newly launched at the drugstore is the CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quad in 700 Notice Me Nudes (~$7.99). These reformulated eyeshadows bear striking resemblance to the Maybelline Eye Studio Palettes and boast smooth, even application with rich, buildable color pigments. My only hope in testing out this palette was that CoverGirl could redeem itself in the eyeshadow department. 

The new CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads are available in hues of gold, purple, silver, pink and blue - 705 Go for the Golds, 710 Va-Va Violets, 715 Stunning Smokeys, 720 Blooming Blushes, 725 Breathtaking Blues. 

... And I was thoroughly impressed. Smooth, blendable shadows with rich pigmentation. Notice Me Nudes is 1,000-fold better than Sheerly Nudes. While this isn't a particularly groundbreaking drugstore eyeshadow quad, it's quite good. There's a little fallout but shades pair well together, there's a nice range of finishes, and the shadows are easy to work with. 

There's no sort of names or instructions for each of the shades in the palette. From the left, 'd describe the first shade as a pearly champagne, the second as a rich shimmering cocoa, the third as a matte neutral brown and the last as a matte deep brown with gold shimmer.  

A quick glance at the CoverGirl website explains what the whole "1, 2, 3, 4" on the packaging means in the "how to apply" section. The numbers are 4 steps to create an eyeshadow look using the quad. 
  1. Illuminate. Cover the base of your eye from lash line to brow bone
  2. Enrich. Sweep your eyelid gently with a pop of rich color
  3. Frame. Blend each shade into the crease along the outer half of the eyelid. 
  4. Intensify. Contour by Apply Shadow along your eye line emphasizing the outer corner. 
These steps are a no-brainer for me, quite representative of how I normally apply neutral eyeshadows. Following the "how-to" yields the above look. 

Overall, CoverGirl has put out a very viable option for an everyday neutral palette. 110%, go for the new Eye Shadow Quads instead of the Eye Enhancers ones and you won't be disappointed. 

Have you tried the new CoverGirl Eye Shadow Quads? 

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