Jul 14, 2013

Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments

When I first heard of these, I immediately wanted to give them a try. Any extension of the Color Tattoo line is something that I'm definitely interested in! Pigments at the drugstore are hard to come by, and I do give Maybelline credit for releasing something different, but unfortunately these pigments didn't live up to all of my expectations. 

 I feel that Maybelline could have done better on the packaging. The labels are inconsistent, and the plastic jars feel really flimsy. The lids don't screw on tightly either.

I chose the six neutral shades out of the twelve available. 

Here are the dry swatches. From left to right: Barely Brazen, Breaking Bronze, Buff  and Tuff, Improper Copper, Downtown Brown, and Black Mystery. 

Here are the wet swatches. All I used for this was some of my Elf Mist and Set spray (I explain more in my video review). From left to right: Downtown Brown, Breaking Bronze,  Improper Copper, Barely Brazen, Buff and Tuff, and Black Mystery.

Claims: "Our no-mess sifter guarantees easy application. Stays put up to 24 hours. Dare to wear explosive color."
Pigmentation: The pigmentation on these is best when worn wet, but the color fades quickly. A base is definitely needed with these pigments. 
Finish/Texture: The finish of each shade that I bought is shimmery/glittery. They all have a powdery texture. 
Lasting Power: These need a base to have any kind of lasting power. Without one, the color barely lasted about two hours on my lids before fading badly.
Packaging: These are packaged in little plastic jars that have twist on lids. There is a sifter inside, which is nice. I feel that the lid could be tighter, so be careful with these! One thing that really bothered me, was that the stickers on the front of the packaging are all different. Some have numbers and different fonts, which really really irritates me.
Price/Availability: I paid $7 each at Walgreens.

  • Variety of shades available
  • I like the idea of a pigment that's available at the drugstore
  • Can be worn wet or dry
  • Beautiful colors
  • These must be used with a base for staying power
  • Only last about 1-2 hours on their own
  • Packaging is a bit cheap, inconsistent, and flimsy
  • Don't live up to the 24 hour claim
  • Glitter falls off easily/travels onto the rest of the face

I like the pretty colors that these have, but the formula needs some work. The idea of a drugstore pigment is cool, I really give Maybelline credit for making a product that not many other drugstore brands are doing right now. With that aside, I think that these are a bit of a flop. 

These just don't have enough lasting power. Some type of base is needed to make them last longer, and I honestly wouldn't reach for these as often as my other pigments that perform well on their own. The packaging is cheap and flimsy. The lids could be tighter, and I really hate the weird incosistencies with the labels. They certainly don't live up to their claims either.

I was expecting something brilliant, since these are a extension of the Color Tattoo line, which I love. If I had to describe these in one word it would be 'mediocre'. 

If you would like to see how these look on my eyes, please watch my video review! 

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  1. Thank you for the informative and honest review with swatches. These pigments really caught my eye, but I think I'll hold onto my money and continue to invest in MAC pigments.

    1. No problem! Thanks for reading my reviews, good decision :)

  2. I was so excited when I saw this but too bad it doesn't live up to your expectation. I agree that the packaging is a bit of a joke. The wet swatches look really nice though. Although, I doubt I will bother getting it because I can only imagine them being a messy nightmare for me.

    Kah-Feh Yen
    I'm currently running a MAC lipstick and other goodies giveaway.

    1. I was so excited when I first saw these too, but I'm soooo over them. They are just blah.

  3. Ekk, while I love Color Tattoos, these I'll skip, since I like pressed stuff, loose are too messy.

  4. They are really good.. but I suppose I have to wait another year to see them in Italy.

    1. They actually aren't all that great. You aren't missing much :)

  5. They look amazing applied wet! But I just want cream shadows now!

    1. Yeah they do, but they don't look the same about after an hour!

  6. I'm such a spaz that these would be a disaster if I got them. My carpets would never be the same.

    1. HAHAHAHA. I can't. These are terribly messy, even if you are careful :0

  7. They look perfect! I'd really like to try them out!

  8. I wasn't terribly impressed by these. I also wasn't overly impressed by the MakeupGeek pigments, although I liked them better than these. MAC pigments still take the cake. Something about them is effervescent; they glow and they sparkle, wet or dry. Pigments strike me as one of the things to buy high end... but it still won't stop me from trying to find a good drugstore dupe!

  9. Thank you for this great review! I thought I might try this but if it wears off then nope, not wasting any money on that :/
    x Stella x

  10. I have the barely brazen. I have oily lids. they lasted pretty well for me through out the day. your swatches are pretty helpful. I think i am going to check out the brown one later. what other pigments do you like better than these guys?

  11. Thanks for the review, going to USA for the first time and they don't have any of the different types of colour tattoos in my country so this really helped me decide what to go for...even 3 years after this post was made lol. I actually stumbled on your pictures while doing a Google search for swatches but they were on a completely different website that was selling them. I'm just linking it here in case they didn't get permission from you as I know some people really don't tolerate that: http://beauty89.happy.ph/shop/maybelline-color-tattoo-pure-pigments-eyeshadow


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