Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #01 Opulent Nudes and #02 Lavish Onyx review & swatches

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #01 Opulent Nudes

Max Factor have recently come out with their new eyeshadow quads. Smokey Eye Drama mini palettes come in about 6 varieries, ranging from neutrals to purples and blues, offering a variety of different finishes. The dark matte browns on the right are also recommended as brow powders, though I haven't worn them as such as they're obviously too dark for me.

I succumbed to the temptation and got one, taking advantage of a 50% off offer, and returned for more as soon as possible, though the first quad cannot be beaten. Before I go on to discuss each shade, let me briefly review these two in terms of pros and cons. 

Great, wearable shades
Great pigmentation
Great blendability
Long Lasting
Soft and buttery
Comparable to higher-shelf products

Packaging quality: cheap plastic, breakable
Packging design: unimaginative and impractical, the horizontal strips too narrow to fit in any brush
Price is way too high for a drugstore product. Max Factor is supposed to be the same brand as Covergirl in America, but Covergirl seems much more affordable. 

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #01 Opulent Nudes
#01 Opulent Nudesis a surprising product in the drugstore world as it is a selection of neutrals that contains mostly matte or almost matte products. 
The ivory shade on the right looks matte, but upon a closer inspection in direct sunlight you can notice some microshimmer in it that adds dimension and glow, but no shine.
The horizontal stripe on top is a lovely shimmery proper taupe which leans neither cool nor warm.
The shade below it is a slightly darker matte taupe that makes an outstanding crease colour. 
And finally there's a matte dark brown shade which tends to overblend a bit, but nothing major, this happens a lot when layering mattes over mattes.

All in all this is a beautifully curated palette which contains neutral to cool shades that suit my complexion perfectly.   

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #01 Opulent Nudes

#02 Lavish Onyx seems pretty similar to Opulent Nudes but the major difference are the finishes of the eyeshadows. 

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #02 Lavish Onyx

The shade on the left is a very shimmery off-white shade which has a sort of pressed microglitter texture to it. Although it's buttery and smooth and adheres to my skin very well, the pigment particles are more loosely packed than in the other two shimmery eyeshadows.
The horizontal stripe on top is very similar to the one in the previous palette, but it seems to me a tiny bit warmer.
The one below it is a gorgeous shimmery charcoal with slight blue undertone to it.  
and on the right end of the palette we find a matte dark brown which is looks exactly like the one in the Opulent Nudes palette to me. 

I suppose having these two palettes doesn't make much sense as they're so repetitive, but I fell in love with the charcoal shade and I just couldn't resist. If I were to choose between the two, my choice would obviously be Opulent Nudes Nonetheless, I'm going to grab more of these when they go on offer. 

Max Factor Smokey Eye Drama Kit in #02 Lavish Onyx

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