A little while back Max Factor launched a range of cream eyeshadow formulas that they called the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow. I’ll be honest and say that ‘excess shimmer’ got my glitter alarm bells ringing. I like a bit of a shimmer but like to keep it more on the subtle side rather than excess. But having had a play with these I have learnt that the excess really varies from shade to shade. With six shades in the range – varying from the safe neutrals of taupe and bronze to the more interesting of a lime tinged white and shimmering lilac.
Six shades going from left to right: (top row) Pink Opal, Crystal, Pearl (bottom row) Onyx, Bronze & Copper. I have swatches of each in the same order below…
So as you can probably see, yes – they are shimmery. But no, they’re not all a glitter fest. Generally, the top row of paler shades are the more ‘excess’ in shimmer, with the bottom row being a little more shimmer/sheen than actual detectable bits of sparkle. I would say Crystal is the most shimmer heavy of the bunch. The rest definitely happily within the shimmer family.
The best thing about these shadows is the ease to apply. As a cream/liquid formula they’re very light – almost mousse like rather than more solid cream shadows you may be used to. Which means a light dab of the brush/finger (I recommend finger for these – clean, of course) gives you just enough product. Then you can easily swipe over eyes, quickly blend and you’re good to go. Very easy – which is always ideal for this time of year when you maybe just want quick and easy make-up so you can get out and enjoy the (hopefully) nice weather… ignoring the downpour we experienced in London yesterday!
Shade wise, there are only these six so not really any dramatic colours but for me – that suits me just fine. Copper and Bronze are (predictably) my favourites. Although I do think Onyx would make a great slept-in smokey eye look. Not sure I can pull that look off really…but I’d give it a whirl.
The other good thing I find with cream shadows and shimmer is it seems to ‘set’ and not allow the shimmer to fall out as much as a powder would. Although creasing can be an issue if you tend to have oily eyelids like I do. But a good base can help this and maybe a dab of translucent powder over top to just set lightly.
Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow * available from Boots (£7.99 – currently on 3for2)
*PR sample or gift