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Beauty Review: Revlon CustomEyes Shadow and Liner Palettes

Revlon was kind enough to send us some of their new product, CustomEyes Shadow & Liner, for review recently; our resident beauty maven (aka my sister Chantal) puts them to the test. —BB

by Chantal B.
Six different sets of colors offer a lot of different options, and there is definitely a palette to suit everyone's taste. Cute, compact and easy to use with a helpful numbered picture on the back, Revlon's new CustomEyes kits are a great way to learn how to apply different shadow colors to different parts of the eye area to create fun, flirty or dramatic looks. The color mixing in each palette is really spot on - you can tell they took the time to pick colors that will look really fantastic together (and makes my life easy so I don't have to worry about mixing two colors that will look freaky).

But not all the palettes seem to be created equal. There are some that are fantastic, some that I will accept for the price and one that just disappoints.
While all the colors are great at first glance, certain sets rise above the rest for pigment quality - what do I mean by that? That you can actually see the color when you swipe it on! This is really important with eyeshadow. You should be able to swipe your finger across the surface once and get enough pigment to color your lid. Caking on poorly pigmented eyeshadow creates creasing; powder falls on your face and it just basically sucks. I want my lid to look like the color in the palette, not a sad washed-out version of its better self.

Three palettes have pigmented colors that work really well, namely Rich Temptations, Naturally Glamorous, and Smoky Sexy. I was happy with the quality and thought that the pigments were strong enough to create a good looking blend of colors, and of the three Naturally Glamorous is my favorite with a nice dark liner and some beautiful bronze shadows.

Two palettes were hit or miss for me, Sweet Innocence and Metallic Chic, with certain colors having enough pigment to do the job (for example, the bronze in Metallic chic is fantastic), and other colors that made me feel like I'm not even putting a color on (the silver doesn't even show up, booo). These two palettes are beautiful, I just wish the color was stronger throughout.

And then there is one palette that I'm sad to say really had poor pigment quality throughout, Party Pop, which sucks because it's the palette I was initially most attracted to for the unique and fun colors perfect for spring and summer. I really wish the beautiful orange and lovely purples actually showed up, but they don't, and it's sad. That being said, one out of six being not-so-great isn't bad at all.

These palettes are a great price, are fun to throw in your bag, and are a great way to learn about eyeshadow color application and layering. Stick to the palettes with better quality pigments - avoid the others - and you won't be disappointed!

Have you tried Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner? What did you think? Which colors were your favorite?

WHERE TO FIND THEM: Revlon CustomEyes Shadow & Liner are available at, drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. I saw them at for $7.49 each.

Disclosure: Product samples were provided by Revlon. Opinions are entirely our own.

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That's such a great tip! It's always so disappointing to buy a color you're excited about and then have it be such a weak pigment. Those rich browns and blacks look great for smokey eyes. Thanks for the review!
#1 loftyappetite (Homepage) on 2011-03-16 16:27 (Reply)
What a great review! I've seen several bloggers review these eyeshadow kits before, but this has been the most descriptive, and therefore, the most helpful, by far. Keep it up, Chantal!
#2 Jo from Canada (Homepage) on 2011-03-16 16:28 (Reply)
I love the hand pictures. Please keep providing these sorts of things :-)
#3 Sandra on 2011-03-30 02:58 (Reply)
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