Max Factor 'Excess Shimmer' Eyeshadow


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.

What do you think to cream/ gel eyeshadows? Do these catch your eye?

Products received for review purposes. All opinions 100% my own and 100% honest - as always!
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  1. Ya I don't think I could handle the creasing, but they do look beautiful! Just only stay at the party until your shadow starts to crease. It could kind of be like your Cinderella got to go card. Instead of Crap my carriage is going to turn into a pumpkin, crap my eyeshadow is going to crease lol. Thanks for the review :)

  2. I love cream eyeshadows, especially the Maybelline ones :) These look great though, Bronze looks perfect for festive make-up... Too bad we probably won't get them here, maybe I can grab a few abroad :)

    Ana Ina | Lovely Little Luxuries Blog

  3. Disappointed to hear that yet another cream pot creases. I have problems with Color Tattoo and seems almost pointless to prime your eyes twice on a daily basis. However I'm a sucker for cute little pots. I do recommend Becca Eye tints and Essence Effect eyeshadows for longevity - can't believe there's a huge price difference yet they both last on my oily eyelids :)
    Passing Fancy​


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