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Maybelline Dream Mousse
I recently started using eye colours other than the powders which I had always bought, and having toyed with liquids, decided to give the mousse types a go.
Advertised as being air whipped, and combining the long lasting wear of powder eye shadows with the feel of cream, I decided that this would probably be easy to apply, and leave me with less blending to cover any creases around the eye area.
~~The eye colour~~
The eye colour comes in a small clear pot with the screw on/off lid being the colour of the eye colour, so at least if you have a few of the pots, you won't be scrabbling around looking at the bottom for the name of the colour.
Unscrew the top and there it is- untouched colour ready to be used. When I put in my finger to have a feel of the stuff, it does feel light and like a mousse. It does look quite shimmery even when in side the pot, so hopefully this will be transferred when applied.
I have tried using it with my finger which is quite tricky to blend, and with an eye shadow brush which is easier although quite a lot of the eye colour is left on the brush, so there is more wastage.
I notice that whatever way I use it, the eye colour is depleted from the centre, so I can see the bottom of the centre of the pot, whilst there is still plenty of the eye colour around the edges. This then is obviously easier to gather up using my finger.
The eye colour is such that it can be applied in one layer to give a subtle colour, or in several layers to build up a more dramatic and obvious colour.
~~Price and Availability~~
Widely available from supermarkets and chemists, this retails at £5.99 so not the cheapest eye colour I have ever bought.
This is available in 10 colours:
Ivory in the clouds
I don't know if all of the names give an indication of the colours but log on to the website, www.maybelline.co.uk for a look at the colours to go with the names
The eye colour is, at first, quite tricky to apply, but having tried several methods, I find the finger application method easiest. It does blend nicely into all the creases (I must have lots) once you get the hang of it. It is quite a strange feeling when first used- cold whipped mousse on your eyes but this feeling of strangeness soon wears off.
To build up colour, merely keep applying more of the same shade and the colour will get deeper. That's great but I find it difficult to add any highlighting colour because I always feel as though the base coat is coming off- it most probably is! Because I have the shade which is almost brown, I like it for day wear but am not sure how I would fare with, for example, the turquoise- I imagine I would end up with a dramatic all over turquoise with no shading going on at all.
The eye colour does stay put quite easily, but as with most eye colours, excessive rubbing will make it come off. One thing I like about it is that when it is being applied, there are no bits of colour dropping onto my cheeks as can happen with powder.
For anyone wanting an easy to apply eye colour I would recommend this but anyone handy with a brush and all that shading and highlighting stuff, there are probably better ones out there.