Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments Eyeshadows in Buff & Tuff and Breaking Bronze

This gal likes herself some neutrals and bronzes. So I picked up these two shades.

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They come in screw top plastic jars. Small and light enough to fit in your purse.

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When I tested these out, they swatched/applied pretty well on my skin. The pigmentation was very good. I recommend applying these over  a primer. They don’t really need a mixing medium, but one couldn’t hurt, I suppose.

In natural light:

Top to bottom: Breaking Bronze and Buff & Tuff

Top to bottom: Breaking Bronze and Buff & Tuff

Out of natural light (away from the window):

Top to bottom: Breaking Bronze and Buff & Tuff

Top to bottom: Breaking Bronze and Buff & Tuff

Breaking Bronze is a coppery orange bronze. It’s less brown than MAC Bronze, and less coppery than MAC Copper Sparkle pigment.

Buff & Tuff is your average sparkly neutral beige. The shimmer keeps it from being too blah. It’s a little pale for my tanned skin, but I make it work by lightly dusting it all over my lid. Another option would be to mix it with a soft brown shade.

Overall, I like these two eyeshadows, but the problems I had were sparkle overload on Breaking Bronze (once I applied it, the sparkles migrated to the rest of my eyelid and my face) and limited staying power. These lasted maybe 6 hours on me- with a primer. The packaging claims 24 hour wear. I saw fading within 4 hours.

Pros: Beautiful, wearable shades, smooth application, affordable price, easy to handle packaging.
Cons: Does not deliver on claim of long lasting wear, sparkles migrate too easily.

Grade: B+


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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