There's something about cream and gel shadows which I just love. They can work as a fantastic base for an eye-catching look, making shadows look more intense and even prolonging their longevity, or they can be the perfect wash of colour providing a gorgeous shade that just works on it's own. Usually I turn to high-end brands like MAC, Illamasqua and Clarins, whose formulas and shade ranges I adore, but recently I've been more than a little bit smitten with a high-street offering, at a much more budget-friendly price.
A new release towards the end of 2014, the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow* range is home to 6 beautiful and unique shades, ranging from pale silvers and pinks to deep coppery browns and cool-toned blacks. With a creamy formula that promises up to 12 hours wear, highly pigmented and super easy to blend for your desired look, they're a bit of a beauty bargain at £7.99 compared to the high-end offerings out there.
10 Pearl is a shade that makes me think of beautiful pearls and shimmering waters. With a gorgeous iridescent finish, what looks in the pot like a cool mint is actually a beautiful pale green with stunning flashes of gold and silver. 20 Copper is a real stunner; a beautiful warm bronzed copper with a rich chocolate undertone, a favourite for a wash of colour over the lids - this shade is beautiful enough on it's own without the need for other shadows.
The creamy formula is best applied with fingers; I find brushes much harder to use for these little pots of colour, each with a shimmery finish that despite the name 'excess shimmer', isn't too dramatic and works quite well for a flattering, luxurious finish. Once applied and blended as you desire, they set pretty quickly. Predominately sheer they can easily be built up for more shade intensity and I find this much easier to do once the first application has set. The lasting power is quite good - I'm not so sure on the claim of 12 hours perfect wear, but eye looks are still intact by the time it comes to removing my makeup at night.
20 Copper is by far my favourite, and I'm hoping the shade range is expanded soon to include a wider variety of shades. I think the formula and finish would be perfect for the berry and warmer toned shades we usually opt for in winter months. I'll definitely be swatching up a storm of the other shades in the range when I'm next in Boots!
Have you tried the Excess Shimmer range? Are you a fan of the formula and finish? Let me know!
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