Naturally, this also extended to my makeup. I originally saw the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts advertized on America's Next Top Model and thought, "WELL THAT'S JUST BRILLIANT. I BETTER BUY ONE OF EVERY COLOR." (I did a half-assed job, though, and missed one.) I have gotten over my enamoration with duplicates, but I haven't thrown these in the trash yet. (Well... hadn't.)
The concept of the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts is that they are an easy way to create a smoky eye. These stick, cream shadows are double ended, with a rounded, lighter-in-color end, for your lid, and a pointier, darker color for all the smokiness you'll supposedly be doodling on. According to the Covergirl website, "The two different, specially contoured ends of our SmokyShadowBlast stick make it easy to create a bold, colorful, smoky eye."
Sadly, these shadow sticks fail on just about every count.
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts|
The colors look alright when swatched. Citrus Flair has a yellow-y lime green paired with a very orange-y copper. Purple Plum has a pink-based lilac paired with a cool, medium brown. Bronze Fire has a nude paired with a warm, medium brown. Tempest Blue has a frosty baby blue paired with an ocean color. Finally, Onxy Smoke is a black and white duo. All of the colors have quite a bit of shimmer and shine.
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast Swatches|
Another frustrating aspect was the cheap packaging. I would that it was common for the shadows to pop out of the tube. Once they are out, they won't go back in, and your product is officially broken.
If you are being held at gunpoint and are forced to purchase one of the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts, I would recommend choosing Citrus Flair. The lime green was relatively easy to build up in pigmentation, and the coordinating bronze definitely stood out beside it.
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Citrus Flash on Human Face|
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Purple Plum on Human Face|
Bronze Fire suffered from similar, albeit less dramatic, problems.
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Bronze Fire on Human Face|
Although the pigmentation on the Tempest Blue lid shade was sufficient, the crease shade didn't show up on top.
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Tempest Blue on Human Face|
|Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast in Onyx Smoke on Human Face|
The Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts retail for $7.89 for 0.162oz, or $48.70 per ounce. For comparison, the Maybelline Color Tattoos retail for $6.99 for 0.14oz, or $49.93 per ounce.