Sorry about the lack of posts lately, guys! I’ve gotten caught up in a lot of other things and the blog has been in the back of my mind.
Maybelline and I have a rocky relationship. However, I had a $1 off coupon, and I was in the mood for some new makeup, and I dug the colors in the Irresistibly Ivy palette. (I also love the fact that it and I share a name. Heh!)
A lot of products in Maybelline’s line are complete crap, but the Eye Studio collection puts out some pretty decent items. The Color Tattoo eyeshadows are really quite good, and the gel liner isn’t bad either. I wasn’t expecting this palette to be any better than average, considering their track record with pressed powder, but it pleasantly surprised me.
The Irresistibly Ivy palette ($9.99 for 0.09 oz) can be found in most stores that stock Maybelline. The shadows come in a small, rectangular plastic case with a small compartment for a sponge applicator. The plastic feels light and somewhat cheap. The pans are small; unless you prefer a smaller eyeshadow brush, you might have difficulty coating the head with product. The sponge applicator isn’t terrible quality, but obviously it pales in comparison to a real brush.
Each palette contains four colors, one in a larger quantity in three in roughly equal smaller quantities. I don’t really like this approach — I prefer having equal amounts of each color in a palette — but in this case I don’t mind so much since the largest shade in Irresistibly Ivy is a good staple highlighter.
The formula is shockingly good. The eyeshadows are soft and have decent to great pigmentation. They apply well, even with the included applicator. The green — the shade I expected to have the most trouble with — is pigmented and easy to blend. I’ve used this palette several times since I purchased it and I’ve always been pleased with the results.
- Shade 1 – Sheer shimmery light cream-beige with light white sparkle. I use this shade regularly as a shimmery browbone highlighter,
- Shade 2 – Metallic gold with coppery-orange undertones. The smoothest and most pigmented of the shades.
- Shade 3 – Bright, teal-toned green with gold and silver sparkle.
- Shade 4 – Warm metallic brown with red sparkle.
While I do think this is a good product boasting unique colors and good pigmentation, I’m not sure if the full retail price of $9-10 is worth paying. The only reason I say this is because you get absolutely teensy pans for three out of the four shades. Try buying it at a store like Walmart or Target, with a coupon if possible (Maybelline’s seasonal collections usually have a tear-pad), to get the best bang for your buck.
- The formula is soft, smooth, and pigmented. Easy to blend.
- The colors are unique for drugstore makeup — you don’t often see bright, bold greens like the one in this quad.
- MSRP is kind of high, in my opinion.
- Flimsy packaging.
- Small pans.
Would I buy again? Yes
Where can I get it? Anywhere Maybelline is sold.