I picked up "Tough as Taupe" from my local CVS. At the time I went, this was the only "neutral" shade they had. I'm not too much into the brighter colors like the orange, green, teal, and purple just because I feel like I won't use them as much. I got it with a deal (one of the many known to CVS. It's definitely my go-to drugstore). Retails for around $7.50.
They claim to have 24hrs of wear, but who really wears make-up for 24hrs. These are very similar to the MAC paint pots. I own "rubenesque" thanks to my friend and Secret Santa this past year (Hi Beastie!) and though they are similar, I feel like the Maybelline ones are a bit thicker and dryer. Because of this, they set quicker so be aware that once you have it ready to be applied, work it in quick!
Left: Swatched heavily and unblended; Right: Blended out.
The color is more on the matte side, but it's great for the crease when blended upwards.
I guess you can say it's a bit more on the brown side, but when applied with shimmery neutral shadows, the taupe really toughs it out and comes through in the end.
(No full FOTD due to my laziness of applying face make-up. lol. Skin hasn't been too good either.)
Applied "Tough as Taupe" using my clean ring finger and then used my UD NAKED palette: Sin, Half-Baked, and Creep
Tried to get it on camera the best I could. But as you can see, the taupe naturally brings out a bit of smokey-ness.
So how did these live up to its 24hr claim? Well, it's been about 12 hours and for review purposes, these really do last long on the lids! I didn't even use a primer underneath. Super impressive! The shimmer of the shades stayed in tact and my liner did not smudge at all. And when swatching, I rubbed pretty hard with soap to get it off and yet I still can see the color on my hand. For less than half of what a MAC paint pot would cost...these are a great alternative.
Super long lasting.
Multifunctional which can act as a primer, base, or even just for an all over type of look.
Color selection due to many brights (good for those who like to wear colors).
Harder to blend.
Will I purchase this again?: Heck yeah! I already have two more that I want to get! If you like cream shadows that are nicely pigmented and long lasting, I definitely recommend for you to try these out.
Get these while you can! Drugstores seem to always be swamping out older collections for new ones by the week/month so..make sure to check your local stores. :]
What are your thoughts on these? Have you guys tried some for yourself?
Hope you're all having a fantastic week!! ♡