Scarlett and Crimson Creme Eye Shadows

I was recently sent a few bits to try from the Scarlett and Crimson brand. This isn’t a brand that I have ever really paid attention to and I’ve rarely even spotted it in stores (it’s stocked in Superdrug). I did however spot it the other day, on the bottom shelf in the back corner near nail products – away from the main make-up section – hardly the most attention grabbing place for  a make up range?

Anyway, poor store placement aside the first of the bits I have had a play with are the two creme eye shadow towers. Each containing three colours in a twist out package where each pan of colour ‘spirals’ out. I like the packaging – it’s simple but effective.

Onto the colours – I have a mixed opinion of these. There are a couple I really liked the look of, including neutral eyes, thunder road and silver spoon especially. But when I had a play with them the stand out for me was cha cha charcoal. A deep inky black that would be just perfect for a properly smudgy rock-chick eye. No precision necessary, just a messy swipe of this across the lid and heaps of attitude – and your good to go. Have I tried this look out myself? No! I’m lacking the rock chick attitude – but I like the idea of it, especially with my new haircut.

Back to the colours – Silver Spoon and Thunder Road are both nice colours but all six shades felt very greasy and I struggle to see them lasting on the lid (even with primer). Especially if they are targeted at teens who are likely to have hormonally-oily skin?

I did try out neutral eyes on my lids to see how it lasted – it wasn’t great to be honest although I didn’t use a primer. It had pretty much vanished into my lid-creast before lunchtime. Although a little sweep acorss the lid and the colour would re-distribute again. But staying power (without primer) isn’t great. I haven’t tried it again with primer but will do so and add an update to this post. Or please comment below if you have tried this and have a view?

The colour that stood out for all the wrong reasons was All The Sage – I just think this is a really unpleasant looking shade. Slightly olive, slightly poo coloured. No doubt there are other skin tones out there that will suit this – but on me, it looks a tad like a cross between jaundice and a fading bruise.

Another colour that didn’t totally make sense was hot pink – I think this would work amazingly as a lip shade (especially in combination of the dark rock-chick lids, perhaps highlighted with the silver??) but as an eye colour? Not sold – sorry. Maybe it’s just that I’m too old and don’t understand the ‘yoof’ of today’s make-up trends…

Anyway, first impressions are that I like the idea but maybe the shades just aren’t for me. The price is very good value though – £3.95 for a stack – perfect for those buying with pocket money. Having just had a look at the press release there is one other stack that does grab my attention – with a mixture of browns and purples, I think it’s the ‘Mauve’ trio. I could be tempted to see what this looks like in person. But this will all depend on how the shadows I have fare when I try them with primer.


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PR samples for review.

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3 Comments

  1. lexigirl
    August 12, 2010 / 12:02 pm

    Ah yes, I tried these when they first came out because they were on offer! I found the colour combos were a bit weird too, none of the colours really complimented each other! Eye primer helps a bit but I still found the staying power a bit…eh. Sorry they didn’t work out for you either!

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  2. liloo
    August 22, 2010 / 4:42 pm

    so happy to read a review about these. i saw these at superdrug, and call me thick or what but i failed actually understanding how to open them. now i know, you slide them across, right? umm, not sure i am going to bother. plus never been a fan of cream shadow. shame as the ‘difficult to open’ packaging looks nice and price cant be faulted x

    liloo/@tsunimee

  3. liloo
    August 22, 2010 / 4:43 pm

    so happy to read a review about these. i saw these at superdrug, and call me thick or what but i failed actually understanding how to open them. now i know, you slide them across, right? umm, not sure i am going to bother. plus never been a fan of cream shadow. shame as the ‘difficult to open’ packaging looks nice and price cant be faulted x

    liloo/@tsunimee

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