Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Review: Maybelline Eyestudio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow in Coral Oasis and Gutsy Green

If you describe something using the word "plush", I'm generally going to assume that you are talking about a stuffed bunny rabbit. In the case of the Maybelline Eyestudio Color Plush Silk Eyeshadows, though, they're just lovely, fine-milled colors. No fuzzy creatures involved.


The packaging on these shadows is a little unfortunate, in my opinion. The lids feel very fragile and cheap, and the accompanying sponge-y applicators are narrow and unpleasant-- even for generally sponge-y applicators, which seem to be awful as a rule.

With the eyeshadow pan shape, I think they were trying to be snazzy, but they just remind me of the flashing arrow board signs that tell you that you have to merge when there is road construction. Luckily for them, what's in the pans is much more appealing.

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I have two of these palettes: Coral Oasis and Gutsy Green.

Coral Oasis is a warm palette that's neutral, but not boring. Even if you already have eight thousand brown palettes, the colors are quirky enough that they probably aren't repeats in your collection. It's definitely not the palette that I would imagine if you just told me it was called "Coral Oasis", but that can be easily forgiven.


There are four unnamed shades in each of these palettes. The highlight shade is the largest. I personally like it when companies do this because I use highlight shades a looooot.

This palette contains four shimmery shades:

1. A 'manila folder' peach-y cream.
2. A color that I would either describe as a golden chartreuse or a green-tinged gold, depending on the day.
3. A bronze-y coral.
4. A rich, coffee bean brown.

Two swipes, no primer.
As you can see, the colors are really saturated and beautiful. I was really blown away when I first swatched these because they are so smooth, so buttery, and so pigmented that they don't feel like they came from the drugstore.

Plus, they look awesome on my face:

Maybelline Coral Oasis on Human Face

My second palette is called Gutsy Green. This is another rather weirdly named palette, since none of the colors are an archetypal green. Again, though, I like the colors, so I couldn't care less what the shadows are called.


Gutsy Green contains four shimmery shades:

1. A yellow-y lime green with a little silver sheen.
2. A wintermint.
3. A kickass please-send-me-to-Hawaii teal.
4. A dusty forest green.


These also have a superb texture. They apply and blend like a dream.

Maybelline Gutsy Green on Human Face
I have heard that these little palettes are a bit hit-or-miss, but both of these are definitely hits.

Still, nothing in life is without its downside. For these, the downside is price. I mentioned earlier that these shadows don't feel like a drugstore product. Unfortunately, they're not priced like a drugstore product, either.

The Maybelline Color Plush Silk Eyeshadows retail for $9.99 for 0.09 oz. That's a full $111 per ounce. You can buy a Stila Palette for $79.79 per ounce. Urban Decay's Naked palettes come in at $86.67 per ounce. Kat Von D's palettes are usually $90 per ounce. Although Maybelline's $9.99 overall pricetag isn't too scary, the price per ounce is very firmly in the terrain of mid-range brands. I would argue that the quality is also there-- I wouldn't be poo-pooing these shadows if they can from Stila, either-- but it's important to recognize that these are not bargains. Plus, you get tacky packaging.

Drugstore makeup does go on sale much more frequently than mid-range makeup, so it might be worth it to milk their drugstore status via coupons. Still, even at "Buy one, get one half off", you're spending $14.99 on 0.18 oz, or $83.28 per ounce. That's still much more expensive than a typical drugstore shadow.

33 comments:

  1. I might have to pick me up one or two of those! Loving the green palette!

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    1. That one's definitely a lot of fun!

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  2. I usually don't look at Maybelline stuff, but the copper and yellow in the first palette has changed my mind.

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    1. Maybelline is actually pretty decent in terms of drugstore makeup, in my opinion! I have a few things from them that I really like.

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  3. I genuinely love reading every one of your posts. Such goodness.

    Dejhana || Waite a Little

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  4. I have one of these in a different color combo (can't remember the name) and it's kind of so-so. Gutsy Green looks rather nice though. Drugstore.com has a 20% off beauty sale going right now, and that would knock a couple bucks off the price... just throwing that out there for any internet shoppers who might want to pick this up.

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    1. Yeah, I read a few reviews before writing mine and it seems like they are a real mixed bag. These two are both good, though.

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  5. that green shadow look is amazing! both these palettes look great. it is true that the cost per oz might be high, but i don't usually finish eyeshadows so I don't mind having a $10 product with a lot less product. I have a purple one of these I was hoping to swap, but I may have to test it out now...

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    1. Yeah, that's how I feel. The only way I'm ever gonna see pan in any of my eyeshadows is if I drop it and it breaks, so I'm willing to pay a premium from a cost per oz standpoint if it brings the overall price down.

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    2. That definitely makes a big difference! Different people wear makeup differently, so it might be worth buying it differently, too.

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  6. The portability makes up for the tacky packaging for me. I like to be able to travel with a some makeup and not having huge palettes makes my life a whole lot easier. The green looks fantastic on you and is seriously motivating me to get that pallet.

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    1. That's totally fair! Personally, I try not to travel with drugstore makeup because I'm always worried about the packaging breaking.

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  7. DEFINITELY picking one or two of these up if they go on sale... thanks for the heads-up :^)

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  8. Before I got into makeup, I had one eyeshadow palette for the longest time and it was this brand in mad for mauve. I loved it and now I kinda want to go pick one up and see if it was actually decent.

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    1. You'll have to let me know. The colors are sure pretty!

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  9. The green looks amazing. They look like creamy eyeshadows, rather than powder - is that right?

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    1. They are powder shadows, they just have a creamy texture.

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  10. They're powder. But really really good powder. I have both of these and I agree--the green, especially, is excellent. I have a couple other ones from that line and they're also great. Forget the names. One is all purples, though. In general, drugstore eyeshadow is sooo much better than when I was young. *creak* Back in the 80s, I played a Tranysylvanian and did makeup in our local Rocky Horror show, and OMG the crap that passed for drugstore eyeshadow back then was absolutely awful, so frustrating to use. If only we'd had stuff like this...sigh.

    FYI, I recently picked up two uber-cheap palettes at CVS, well, because they were uber-cheap and SO colorful and pretty. I also actually just really liked the colors they chose for both. I thought, "how bad can these be for that price??" They are LA Colors 30-pan palettes; one is called In The Moment and the other Back To Basics. I am stunned at how nice they are. Most all the shadows are creamy, VERY well pigmented, and soft without tons of fall-out. With primer they stay bright all day, too. I've never heard particularly good things about LA Colors either...so, who knew!

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    1. Interesting! The colors on that palette are definitely pretty!

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  11. That teal in the second palette is glorious, as is the look you did with it!

    I have a couple of Maybelline palettes myself, and although there are a couple of colours that are a little fallouty (to be fair, they are very glittery), generally the quality is much higher than I anticipate from, as you say, 'drugstore' eyeshadow.

    The pricing is amusing, but since I have yet to finish an eyeshadow (or even hit pan on one), I find it hard to get too worked up. So long as I feel I got a good product for the absolute amount I paid for the object in the store, I'm happy.

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    1. I don't usually finish eyeshadow, but whenever I hit pan, I think "AH I CAN NEVER USE THIS EYESHADOW AGAIN BECAUSE WHAT IF I URGENTLY NEED THIS COLOR AT A LATER DATE."

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  12. I have one of these palettes though I cannot recall the name. It has a white, teal, sapphire, and black. Forgive me that I don't remember the exact formulations now and I am much too lazy to pick it up and look. But I digress. It's quite lovely and much like the two you reviewed; buttery, pigmented.

    While they are pricey ounce for ounce, the $10 up front price tag is much easier to swallow than $40-50+ for a prestige brand. For someone who is in need of a good palette and strapped for cash, this line would be a great addition.

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    1. That is very true! It's also good for anyone who maybe won't wear that color combo all the time. :)

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  13. Can you please review the Paula's Choice matte eyeshadow palette? Or maybe the bronzer from same brand?

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    1. I have never used either, sorry.

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  14. Both looks are amazing. I'm going to have to check out that coral palette. Would you please consider a post on what your makeup removal routine is? I'd love to know if there is a quicker way than the three steps it takes me now. Thanks.

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    1. I use Pond's Cold Cream to get makeup off!

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  15. Before I was really into makeup, I still absolutely loved these colour-ways. I have most of the colours from collecting them while in college, and they always hold a special spot in my heart. It's surprising hearing how expensive they are per ounce, though! I always saw them typically around 7.99-ish, rather than almost 10! In any case, this post makes me want to pull them back out and play with them again!

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  16. I absolutely love all your posts! I had been eyeing those palettes and wondering if they were worth the price. Thanks!

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  17. Just FYI, Ulta has these on sale for $6 a pop right now.

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  18. Very interesting blog, looking forward to more wonderful! Wholesale Cosmetics

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