Review: Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Shadows

31 Mar 2012

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow

These cream eye shadows have been out for a while (about six months, I believe). There already are tons of reviews posted online, but here are my two cents about the product anyway! One review more or less doesn’t matter, right? 😀

I bought these 4 colors right before my trip to Asia. I threw them in my makeup travel bag when I left and I have them with me during this recent trip as well. That says a lot! If I didn’t like them, I definitely would pack them again. It’s not like I don’t have alternatives, my makeup collection is almost embarrassing…

Maybelline put out 10 colors in total, these are the 4 I have:

From left to right, top to bottom

15 Audacious Asphalt & 25 Bad to the Bronze
30 Pomegranate Punk & 20 Painted Purple

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow

This is what Maybelline claims about their cream gel eye shadows:

Ink technology creates 24HR wear shadow for our most intense, long-lasting color saturation. Cream formula glides on without creasing and keeps color vibrant.”

This is what I think:
These shadows are definitely long-lasting! I do apply a primer first, because if I don’t, they crease a little bit on me (I blame my extremely oily eyelids!). They’re long-lasting and very pigmented. My eye makeup looks good all day!

The colors can be sheer, I just apply a thin layer, OR very vibrant when I apply two or more layers. I do have to be careful not to apply too much, because then it starts looking like old lady skin…
I also have to work fast: if I wait too long between layers, the cream dries up which makes it impossible to continue blending (but that’s how it ends up being long-lasting!).

Overall, I love these! They are available at drugstores, making them very affordable, and there are currently 10 very nice colors available. You can see all 10 colors here on Maybelline’s website.

Swatches below (in different lighting, one ‘sweep’, no primer).

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 hr Eyeshadow

15 Audacious Asphalt, 30 Pomegranate Punk, 25 Bad to the Bronze and 20 Painted Purple

Big thanks to one of my readers, DalaLuz, for requesting this review! 🙂


Kizzy, blogger behind Kizzy Online, originally created this blog to use as her personal life journal. When she moved from the Netherlands to the United States in 2010, she started focusing more on beauty, fashion and lifestyle. She also writes about her life as a wife and a mom of 2 in San Diego, California.


  1. Bad to the Bronze is so pretty! <3

  2. It is! But my favorite is Pomegranate Punk. That one looks very pretty paired with brown eyes. 🙂

  3. I am very tempted, the Pomegranate Punk looks great! I have to travel lightly so perhaps I will just Need To Go shopping in the US…
    But now you’ve made me afraid for old lady eyes, yikes! LOL I do tend to get the wrinkly’s if I am not careful with primer already. Although perhaps it is good that I can just blame the product, not my age 😉 “I’m really 21, honestly, its just the Tattoo….!” Or maybe I should become a little more careful in applying instead of just slapping it on like a boot worker.
    Do they work on you as a primer as well, similar to the MAC paint pots? Or do you think that is just a bit too much credit for the Tattoo?
    And trip to Asia, please share! 😀

  4. Actually, they’re great to use as a base/primer too! I’ve used them a few times that way. However, since I’d like to keep my makeup routine as short as possible, I usually apply them on their own. Quick and easy. 🙂

    About the ‘old lady eyes’: I’ve found that if I use a brush (I use my Sigma P82, the Precision Round one), I applies a lot better than my fingers!

    I think they should be available in Holland soon. Don’t you think?


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