Brand new Excess Shimmer eye shadows from Max Factor* are gel based, super-blendable, shimmery potted eyeshadows that make doing your eye make-up a complete doddle.
I've been using these for about a month now and have found two ideal combinations- one for work and one for a night out.
First though let's have a look at all six of the available shades.
This was actually my least favourite. I found this didn't apply as smoothly as its siblings did, given that it seemed more grainy in texture. It also isn't a shade that I'm usually drawn to but that's a personal preference. You could also use this as a highlighter; in the corner of the eye or on the brow bone.
Pearl is a pistachio tone and in spite of the green hue, it actually does resemble the shine from a pearl. I think this one would look fantastic on darker skin tones or equally, used as a base for a smoky green eye.
This is a lavender shade, again I probably wouldn't use this on it's own but rather as a base for a purple eye.
I love this shade for either use on it's own, as a daytime look or layered underneath Bronze (below) for a night out.
Just look at that pigment. I still can't get over it. I literally only have to get a tiny hint of this on my finger to blend onto my eyelid and my whole eye is practically covered. It's seriously full on. Love it.
I use this fella for nights out only really. Generally, I'll blend this into either copper or bronze (sometimes I use all three, just to be a rebel, like) and again, I only need a hint of this for major pigment across the lid. Its powerful stuff but just look at the depth of colour in it- it's a stunner.
Here's my favourite combination:
That's Copper and Bronze together. If you wanted a more dramatic look, you could layer a wash of Onyx over the top, a flick of liquid liner and lots of mascara. I find wear time on these to be pretty good. They claim to last 12 hours and I'd agree with that- when I remove my eye make up at the end of a 13 hour shift there's still eyeshadow coming away on the cotton wool. I don't have a huge issue with oily lids so I don't use a primer. I would be interested to see how these hold up for those who normally need a lid primer though.
These fellas are €9.99 each, which seems like a lot for a single pot of eye shadow but they will last you a fair old whack of time and considering you need only two for a perfect eye look, that's really quite economical! Another thing I like is that they all come with a safety seal that you can re-seal after opening which definitely helps to keep the product fresh and last longer.
You can find these in Boots and selected pharmacies nationwide.
Have you tried Max Factor's new Excess Shimmers?
*Indicates these products were sent to me for review. As always, all opinions are my own. For further information, you can read my disclaimer located under "About".