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Monday, November 3, 2014

Review: Revlon Fall/Winter 2014 Limited Edition Luxe Crème Eyeshadow

Remember back at the end of August when I first posted pics of the Revlon Boho Chic Collection for Fall/Winter 2014? Well would you believe that I've been looking for the Luxe Crème Eyeshadow in that collection ever since? As you probably know, there are two versions of the Boho Chic display in stores. One version has only some of the items in the collection, while the other display--like this one--contains the entire collection.

For literally months now, I've been finding either the partial displays in my area, or full displays with...empty slots where this eyeshadow used to be (I'm guessing a lot of people were drawn to its beauty!). Last week I FINALLY found a display that had one Luxe Crème left, so I snapped it up immediately.

I know I usually test things for two weeks prior to reviewing but, to tell you the truth, I don't want to test this any longer. Keep reading to find out why...

Revlon Luxe Crème Eyeshadow in Street Style
(retail: $9.79, 0.17 oz)

NOTE: I know that many of you were finding the prices of the items in this collection to be quite high ($9.99 for the nail colors and $12.95 for the Luxe Crème Eyeshadow), but  the Luxe Crème shadow was actually $9.79 at my local CVS, so that's the price I used above.

Small safety seal

The pot is about the same size as a Color Tattoo, but you get more product in the Revlon eyeshadow (0.17 oz. versus 0.14 oz. in a Color Tattoo).

The texture of this shadow is like the Maybelline Bouncy Blushes--it's a gel-powder hybrid type of product that sort of feels like putty to the touch.

Photo taken in lower light to better show the glitter

As you can see, this shadow has a black base with lots of emerald green glitter. It's MUCH more glittery in person than my pics would lead you to believe, and there's a good amount of fallout during application (you can see the bits of glitter in my swatch pics). 

Without primer, this shadow is quite sheer. Over primer (I used Too Faced Shadow Insurance in these pics) the black base is still spotty in places. Look to the top of the "over primer" swatch below and you can see the spottiness:

Photo taken in bright light

The best way I can describe the formula of this eyeshadow is to say that it's like grease paint (like the kind you'd use for Halloween makeup). I let this shadow set over my primer for ten minutes and then lightly rubbed my finger over the swatch:

You can see that, much like grease paint, this shadow smudges right off the skin with the smallest amount of pressure.

I don't know if Revlon is planning to offer us an entire line of Luxe Crème shadows, or if this is just a one-off type of product specific to the Boho Chic collection. But what I DO know is that, if there's an entire collection on the way, I probably won't be purchasing any additional shades. This shadow was very hard to work with (both using my fingers, as suggested, and also using a brush) and I was less than impressed with the staying power. Even over primer, I saw creasing within an hour, and I just could not get this shadow to build to any type of opacity without things becoming a greasy, crumbly mess. I didn't try to use this shadow as eyeliner, since I couldn't get it to stop smearing/creasing as eyeshadow. And to add insult to injury, the abundant glitter in this shadow migrated all over my cheeks after a few hours of wear.

FINAL VERDICT: I just can't think of a situation where I would recommend this product to you. Perhaps if you're used to working with very greasy, very glittery shadows and you have a special technique for getting them to last, you might have better luck with this one than I did. But since I have oily skin to begin with, this was just a major fail for me all around (even over primer). This is truly a shame since I had such high hopes for this product, and the emerald green shade is so beautiful.

Do you own the Revlon Luxe Crème Eyeshadow from the Boho Chic collection? If so, I would absolutely love to hear from you. Did you get this one to work for you? If so, please do tell me how you did it!

The products featured in this post were purchased with personal funds. For more information, click here.


  1. Thanks so much for this post because I would have definitely picked this up if I hadn't seen your review, I'm so quick to fall for these holiday items!!! I'm upset the quality isn't up to par on these, hopefully if they plan on making it a permanent collection, they'll do some reformulating to get the product to be more like Maybelline Color Tattoos!

  2. I've been using this emerald colored luxe cream eyeshadow for weeks now and I love it! I use it to darken the outer corners of my eye with any eyeshadow look. This color seems to go well with many of my eyeshadow combinations since it just darkens the look. I use a small rounded elf eyeshadow brush to place the shadow in the area and use a smudge brush to lightly blend it out. When placed over powdered eyeshadow with primer underneath, it lasts for hours. This shadow reminds me of the elf eye shadow that has a putty texture. (The gold elf eyeshadow is a winner! ) I'm hoping Revlon will come out with more colors!

  3. I bought it because Tati recommended it, and I'm still going to tinker with it before I think about returning it... I'm not really that fond of emerald green to begin with (I already have enough) and I'm giving it to the end of the week to shape up because an average of 10 dollars I expect it to be great.

  4. I had the same experience. The only way it worked for me was to apply over black gel eyeliner when the liner was tacky so the Revlon could "dry" with it.

  5. I saw it a my local Walgreen last night. It didn't move me. I debated. Glad I did not pick it up. We'll see if other colors come out.

  6. that looks nice! i so want to get it!

  7. That's a beautiful color but the performance and price are going to make it a pass for me. $10 for a drugstore eyeshadow is too much.

  8. When this display first came out, I wanted this eyeshadow so bad but could not bring myself to pay the $12.95 they were asking (it is that price in every store I've been to in the area I live in). The funny thing is, I have seen this display in numerous stores since it first came out and this is the one product that is still sitting in every display. Looks like I'm not the only one refusing to pay that kind of money for a single eyeshadow at the drugstore. Kinda glad I didn't buy it now because it sounds horrible. However if I catch this on a real cheap clearance price, I might buy it just to use in the outer corners or as a liner like Hikai suggested. Thanks for the review. I have been wondering about this one...

  9. Thanks for the review. I'm so disappointed about this shadow. When I saw it I was hoping it would be like the Milani Constellation eyeshadow that I missed out on .I won't be buying this one for sure. Thanks for the warning!

    1. Trust me, In my opinion you didn't miss anything with the Milani Constellation except the overspray, once you get past that, it's just basic.

    2. This makes me feel a little better!

  10. It is too bad that the make up companies are having a hard time perfecting this type of product. I bet Physicians Formula would be able to make a good one!

  11. Awe that sucks!! I certainly had higher hopes!! Especially for the gorgeous pigment. Thanks for the review!!

  12. Is this shadow similar in feel to the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow? I like those. Usually I find Revlon eye products to be overpriced and poor performers. Love their lipsticks, though.

  13. This reminds me of a drugstore version of Urban Decay's zodiac eyeshadow but UD zodiac seems to be more green and more sparkly. I haven't had good luck with Revlon's cream eyeshadows because they feel greasy and they always crease even if I wear primer.

  14. Thank you for this review, G.! I've been eyeing this eyeshadow since it came out and now I know what it's like! I will not be buying it.


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