I somehow managed to avoid the Maybelline Color Tattoo obsession, but when I saw a brand new and fully stocked Rebel Blooms Collection display for Spring 2015 at my local Meijer, I had to stop and check out the Limited Edition shades. One of them, #130 Black Orchid, piqued my interest, because I’ve been on the hunt for a grayish purple shimmer, and this looked exactly like the color I had in mind.
By now, most of you are probably familiar with Maybelline Color Tattoos. If not, here’s the official description:
Ink intensity. Tattoo tenacity. Dare to wear the longest lasting shadow. Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo’s ink technology creates the most saturated shadow. Cream gel smooths on for vibrant, crease-proof color that never fades. Dare to get inked.
When swatched on my arm, Black Orchid looks more like a bronzey taupe, but on the lids it shows up as a slightly greyish taupe with dark violet shimmer. It’s the perfect color to make your brown eyes pop!
The formula is also pretty fantastic: whether you smooth it on the lids, or pat it on, there is plenty of time to smudge and blend it in any way you want before it sets. Once it dries, it won’t budge – the color stayed on my lids throughout the day, without losing its vibrancy, creasing, or melting off.
Ingredients – CosDNA: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ceresin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Candelilla Wax, Caprylyl Glycol, C30 45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Paraffin, May Contain (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Bronze Powder (CI 77400), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Chromium Hydroxide Green (CI 77289), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Copper Powder (CI 77400), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)
Sometimes companies go a little overboard when trying to create long-lasting products, which are hard to take off at the end of the day. That was not the case with Black Orchid Color Tattoo. Even though it’s waterproof, I was able to easily remove it with a bi-phase makeup remover, without having to rub my eyes too much.
Swatch reference: My skin tone is between MAC NC15 and NW15 with neutral undertones. Sometimes I can wear NW20 in the Summer. I thought this would be useful to know, since all screens show colors differently, and I also don’t have a studio setup with consistent lighting. Hope that helps!
Do you need this? Heck, yeah, you do! If you are looking for MAC Paint pot alternatives on a budget, Maybelline Color Tattoos are as good as it gets. Black Orchid might still be available at your local drugstores, but since it was a Limited Edition shade, eBay is a good place to look for it, too.
Do you like Maybelline Color Tattoos? Which color is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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