Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadows in Sage and Lavender

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow in Lavender

As promised yesterday, here are the other Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadows in my stash: Sage and Lavender.

Almay Pure Blends Eyeshadow in Sage

These eyeshadows are from the same line as the two eyeshadows I reviewed yesterday. Same cardboard and paper packaging with the plastic sheet in front. Same semi-powdery texture and poor pigmentation. Lavender is on the pink side that when on, it can be misconstrued for a light sateen pink highlighter. This is not entirely a bad thing. I've found that it works nicely on top of the Boots No. 7 Perfect Eye Mousse in Lilac to create a spring neutral. The cream Lilac helps to heighten the violet tones in the Lavender shadow and you get a pretty, eyebrightening shade. Sage is a grey-green with a touch of shimmer, but again, very light, so rather than color, you see more shimmer when you apply it.

245 Lavender

245 Lavender
240 Sage

240 Sage

I've complained about the packaging seeming inadequate to protect the pan and you can see that even with brand new product, the Sage pan seems to have a small print. These were not touched at all before the pictures were taken. It seems that something poked through the plastic sheet and left that mark.

With the pretty color on these, it seems such a shame that they barely show up. If I compare them to the quality of the Petal and Stone colors that I reviewed yesterday, I'd say the quality is about the same although Petal seems to have gotten the worst of the unflattering chalkiness. I swatched these without primer so you can see how lightly they apply. I layered it on rather heavily at this rate. Yesterday's swatches were done with primer and you can see the stark difference.

Swatches (without primer) from left: Sage, Lavender

If all you're looking for is the faintest hint of green and lavender, you might want to try these. I do suggest using a primer or a cream shadow base. It will help. They're such lovely spring colors that I am making every attempt to make them work. It's truly a shame that they apply so faintly. But if that's the way you like your shadows, these might be an instant hit with you.

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