Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad - review and swatch

I'm really excited with the flurry of new drugstore makeup that has been cropping up. I've been impressed with most of the offerings, especially the L'Oreal Infallibles and the Revlon Lip Butters, and I am anxiously awaiting some newer products, such as the Revlon Photoready Mousse and the Maybelline Bouncy blush, to arrive on my local shelves.
One of the newer products you would have seen in Canadian pharmacies is the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad.
Revlon sez: "Silky smooth, blendable powder shadow that won’t crease fade or smudge.Wears up to 16 hours. Color coordinated quads provide expert mix and match ability for your most gorgeous eyes ever. Available in 16 beautiful quads. Ophthalmologist tested. Non-irritating."
Swatches of Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow in 505 Decadent palette:
Nunu sez:  I received the Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow quad in Decadent a few months back at the London Drugs Revlon Almay beauty event. Decadent consists of warm neutrals - a pink highlighter, a warm golden sand, a peachy pink and rusty maroon.
I held back on reviewing this palette because warm neutrals does not my deathly pallor suit. I had swatched the Inspired palette (blues and greens) back at the beauty event and was severely disappointed with its chalky texture and lack of pigmentation. 
Unfortunately the Decadent palette fell victim to the same problems as the Inspired palette. The swatches above might look acceptable but they are from multiples swipes as I tried desperately to build up the colour enough to be visible for a photo. 
Pigmentation is dismal and texture was chalky. The highlighter shade was ULTRA frosty with visible fallout.
I have no idea whether or not it would last 16 hours as advertised as I didn't even bother to go beyond swatching. 
Each palette goes for $8-13.
Do not recommend. Go directly to Jail, do not pass Go, do not collect $200.


  1. Thanks for the swatches, sorry to hear they were chalky and the pigmentation was lame. The swatches look pretty but I guess that's because you applied it multiple times. Thanks for the review and I'll be sure to avoid this quad.

  2. That's so disappointing to hear because the swatches look so nice! I feel like drugstore cosmetics are so hit-and-miss sometimes which is why I usually avoid unless there are some good reviews.

    xo, alison*elle

  3. solly it's a lame-o. but i def wouldn't even hv given it a look since the packaging is so bleh. i give this one judgy face!

  4. Sorry to hear that this was a fail!!

  5. Aww, BOO too this FAIL! I saw these palettes the other day too. Good thing I didn't pick any up. How misleading with their "16hr" claim. Maybe it lasts 16hrs since you have to use so many swipes to get the color to show! -_-

    LOL. Thanks for the monopoly advice~ guess we'll have to wait for our "chance card" next time around.

  6. Darn, I got all excited because those swatches looked so nice!

  7. Such a pretty quad! I love all the shades, especially the 2nd and last one!

  8. Awww I got excited when I saw your nice swatches, but turns that its disappointing :( I've never bought any revlon shadows before, but at this rate probably wont! T.T

  9. i saw the photoready mousse in LD about 9-10 days ago!, run don't walk :) i like the consistency, once you start to rub it in. light coverage, but the sparkles.....ooooh the sparkles..

  10. The colors do look nice! but if I had to pack it on, idk I'll prob have to agree with you!. Thanks for sharing!


  11. First of all, congratulations on your engagement!! :D Sorry, I am a bit behind. Have fun with the planning, sweets!

    As for this quad, this is why I haven't bought any drugstore e/s in a long time. :\ I'm sure good ones are out there but it's been disappointing for me so far.

    (Probably option C)

  12. haha, you are so passionate about not recommending this :p It makes a nice highlight though :p

  13. HAHAHAH i love the monopoly reference to emphasize your point on how much we SHOULD NOT buy this. Such a disappointment. I think that's a downfall with the Revlon eyeshadows palettes.. :( thanks for the non recommendation of this product! ^^ haha im still waiting for the L'Oreal infallibles & Revlon lip butters to be released here.... *patience* ><