One of the latest releases from Max Factor, 'Excess Shimmer' eyeshadows aim for high impact, grown up shimmer - ideal for the party season ahead. Apparently metallic eyes were all over the catwalks this season, so here's one way to achieve a high fashion look at home without the need for a make-up artist or rafts of product.
[ 'Crystal' alone, over lilac eyeshadow, over black eyeshadow ]
The silicone gel formula gives these guys a bit of a strange, bouncy, creamy texture which makes them incredibly easy to blend. It also means, however, that they don't try down and therefore crease easily. Apparently they last up to 12 hours, to which I say 'rubbish' - even with a primer these WILL crease and wear away, it's simply the nature of their texture.
[ 'Bronze' on its own, over brown eyeshadow and over black eyeshadow ]
If creasing doesn't bother you, however, Max Factor's 'Excess Shimmer' eyeshadows are simply STUNNING. I couldn't capture quite how beautiful they are in the swatches unfortunately, however, I can tell you that they appear almost like concentrated fine glitter - metallic and radiant.
Layering these 'shadows over regular eyeshadows opens up even more opportunities for different styles and finishes - they look amazing over black (how gorgeous for a party look?!) I also think they'd work wonderfully as cheekbone highlights in Summer if you used a light, delicate application.
Overall, a beautiful product let down somewhat by longevity - then again, do gel/ cream eyeshadows which last actually exist?! I've yet to come across one...
Six shades available, priced at £7.99 each, available at Boots and Superdrug.