So, Oriental Spice! I picked this up at Bed Bath & Beyond awhile back; it's part of the limited edition summer collection Maybelline has been rolling out. I hadn't tried Maybelline's eyeshadows in a really long time, after having been completely underwhelmed by them years ago. I remembered hearing that the formula had gotten better, and seeing as how I've been wanting an orange-coral eyeshadow, I figured this was a good chance to try them out again. Bed Bath & Beyond was selling this duo for $3.29, and I was able to use a $1 off tear-pad coupon that was on the display, so I got the duo for a grand total of $2.29.
I have to say, this eyeshadow formula was a lot better than I remembered it! This isn't a fantastic, stand-out formula, but for $3? I'm not complaining! It's medium-to-opaque, and you can build the opacity with multiple layers. The formula is smooth and soft, but a bit on the dry side (as opposed to being buttery). But honestly, this is one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadow formulas I've encountered lately; it's certainly better than the new Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow quads. I think this is a good value for the money, and the formula is certainly workable, if not A+.
Oriental Spice contains two pans. I hate when one pan is bigger than the other! I suspect I will use the brown more than the coral, even though the coral is more than twice the size of the brown. The coral is a kind of flamingo pink meets orange satin shade; not quite matte, but it doesn't have noticeable shimmer or frost on the skin, either. It's just a little glowy. The brown is a very warm brown with shimmer that is almost metallic; just gorgeous. Take a look! For reference, these swatches are a couple of swipes of product. I used my finger to deposit the product as opaquely as possible, and the swatches are over bare skin.
|Maybelline Oriental Spice|
Swatches in indoor light:
|Swatch of Oriental Spice|
Swatches in indirect natural light:
Take a look at the individual shades up close; you can get a better idea of the finishes and opacity if you enlarge these.
|Orange from Oriental Spice|
|Brown from Oriental Spice|
Summary: These are beautiful colors, and you can't beat the price! I think there are better eyeshadow formulas out there (Wet n Wild, Urban Decay, etc...) but these are definitely a step above mediocre, and they exceeded my expectations. I also really appreciate how unique these colors are.
What do you guys think? Have you tried Maybelline's eyeshadows recently? Is it worth dealing with an imperfect formula in a great color if you know there are others out there that perform better for you? I don't mind in-between formulas if I really like the color and if the price is right, but I believe that difficult formulas are a waste of money and time, no matter how inexpensive they are. I'm pretty happy with this little duo!