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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Review: Maybelline Eye Studio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow in Sinful Sinnamon

One of my dear, dear girlfriends recently sent me a care-package full of goodies and in it was one of the new Maybelline Eye Studio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadows (does she know me or what?). The color is Sinful Sinnamon and it's the exact shade that I would have purchased had I bought one of these myself. Rusts and bronzey-reds can really make hazel and green eyes pop, so I was super excited to try this one.

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Pearls Marbleized Eyeshadow in
Sinful Sinnamon (retail: around $7.99)

with flash

without flash

One half of this duo is a deep, rich fiery bronzey-rust with pink shimmer, while the other half is a marbleized cream with similar bronzey-rust and pink veins running through it. I literally had no idea what to expect when I tried these on my lids, and I was very happy with one side, while surprised by the other.

Let's take a look at some swatches!

In these first two pics, I applied the shadows dry on the back of my hand:

with flash

without flash

Immediately I noticed that the rust shade was VERY pigmented and applied smoothly and easily. The marbleized shade surprisingly had a lot of loose silver micro-glitter in it, and it kind of went all over the place (it reminded me of those new HiP Studio Secrets duos that I reviewed a while back). Also, when all was said and done, the marbleized shade actually turns out to be a light pink, which is a nice companion to the rust color, which itself has a pink shimmer to it (it's actually more than a shimmer--I'd say the pink within the rust shade borders on a duo-chrome).

So I know what your next question is: did you try these shades wet? Why yes, I sure did! Here are some pics with the colors foiled (my mixing medium was just good ol' water):

with flash

without flash

Now I've mentioned before that my camera is horrible at picking up shimmers, so you're going to have to trust me when I tell you that both shades are *gorgeous* when foiled. The rust shade is even deeper and has a satin quality to it, while the marbleized shade sparkles like crazy and is incredibly more pigmented than when applied dry.

I decided to do an eye look using both colors (applied dry) and then I used the rust shade (wet) to line my eyes, using my trusty e.l.f. smudge brush (have you picked up this brush yet? I swear to you, it's the BEST liner brush I've ever used for powders, gels, cremes, you name it).

I love love love love Sinful Sinnamon! If you have even the slightest amount of green in your eyes, I highly recommend this duo for bringing that green out and making your eye color pop! In real life, my hazel eyes look completely green today! I love when you can dramatically change the color of your eyes just by wearing the right shadow.

Much like SO many other things in my life, I totally underestimated these little babies when I first saw them. If you saw my original Drugstore Sightings post, I think I even mentioned that I was unimpressed by these and just really wanted to try one of the quads. Well, if you saw my review of the quads (click here) then you know that I like them, but I don't LOVE them. Now these? I love. The blendability and staying power are great and the colors are just gorgeous. Thanks to my dear sweet girlfriend for sending me this shadow--you totally nailed it and I think you know me better than I know myself!

Do you own any of these new Eye Studio shadows? I'd love to hear your thoughts!



  1. I think that's a lovely color on you!

  2. the color reminds me of MAC's Mineralized eyeshadows! very lovely..

  3. Wow!!!! That duo looks DROP DEAD GORGEOUS on you. I'm kinda *meh* too about the quads, but I'm gonna pick up one of these beauties to try for sure now. Ooooh, you're such an enabler *squee*

  4. Oooh, pretty! I'll have to keep an eye out for this one.

  5. Phyrra: Coming from you, that's an incredible compliment! Thank you! :)

    Khymm: Thanks for the insight! I am awful about spotting dupes for high end products sometimes, so it's great to know these might be similar to MAC MSF! :)

    dicey: Awww, thank you so much, sweetie!! And yeah, I don't *try* to enable happens. LOL! xo

    Hana: Thanks!! Would love to know what you think if you get one! :)

  6. awesome! looks like they are very pigmented. those are surely your colors, but i want to try them just because you said they work so well with hazel eyes. i passed on all the latest mineral and baked shadows because i have enough already but you are making me think twice! these look great on you. you totally remind me of the pink sith and her fotds!..well without the taupe that is LOL!

  7. My Walgreens in Mira Mesa, CA had 5 or 6 of these on an end cap clearance section stickered for $4 each. I thought, "Hmm..aren't these new? They must be terrible, that's why they're clearanced." Sigh. I'll have to go back tomorrow and snatch them up! Thanks for the info! ~Liz~

  8. yummy411: OMG, this duo would look freaking AMAZING on your eyes. Seriously, you owe it to yourself to get it. And I NEED to see pics if you get it! xo

    Liz: Whaaaaaa? OK, I'm going to Walgreens TODAY to see if they have this deal at my location! Thanks SO much for the heads-up, honey! :)

  9. I just had to say that I recently bought this (in Bronze Blowout) and was SO excited because the color and shimmer was great.
    Unfortunately, while opening it, I remembered why I hate buying baked shadows in the cute little convex shape. I dropped it less than a foot on my counter and the stupid thing shattered EVERYWHERE. *sigh*
    Great color though. (I salvaged what I could in little plastic art pots) Just be aware, these shadows might break easily... :-(


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