The Maybelline color tatoos

Hey guys! Okay so I literally realized (while pre-writing a different post) that I hadn’t reviewed these Maybelline color tattoos yet. Can you believe it?! I mean I’ve loved these for as long as I can remember and I haven’t even reviewed them yet! So I’m here to correct that blunder.

Okay no yapping on for today, I’m jumping straight in! Now I will say that I am reviewing them as a whole even though there three separate ‘collection’ of these color tattoos. And I have a mix of all of them. (this is going to be a long review, so grab a snack!)


Pigmentation?:All the shades are nicely pigmented. I have not come across a single shade so far that has crap pigmentation and is unusable. Some are better as a base though like barely branded or too cool.


Easy to blend?:I think so. I do use my finger. They don’t have a slippery or super hydrating feel to them but it’s still easy to apply on the lid. Though the longer you have them the formula does become a bit drier but they still go on relatively easy just not as easy as when first them. The regular collection is a bit more difficult to blend in comparison to the metal and leather collection.


Do they dry out?They definitely become drier over time as all cream shadows do but it isn’t to the point where you want to throw them out. I still find them useable. What I personally do is get a cue tip, scrape off the top of layer of flakiness and then tada! They are much better to work with.


Shade range:Kinda limited but with each line they release, I wish they had more shades. The regular collection has more shades, the metal collection only has 2 and the leather collection has 4 shades. I personally use the bolder shades along the lower lash line for a pop of color.


The regular collection: This is the standard collection that probably introduced you guy to the color tattoos. This is the collection that contains the infamous ‘bad to the bronze’. They’re pigmented, of a shimmery finish and sit quite nicely on the lids. I own the shades too cool, bad to the bronze, tough as taupe, tenacious teal and edgy emerald. I use to own bold gold but I didn’t like it so I emptied it out and use it to put some of my mac pro long wear concealer inside.


The metal collection: The shade range with this one is limited but the formula is on the more creamy side. They have of course a more metallic finish and also look lovely on the lids. Slightly less pigmented but they still show up a lot! I have both shades inked pink and barely branded.


The leather collection: This is a new color tattoo collection. The idea is that these shades are technically matte. Now cream eye shadows can’t be 110% matte because they’re a cream product. But these shades do not contain any shimmer, they are just pure cream. They are also very very creamy and easy to apply. I have the shades creamy beige, chocolate suede and vintage plum.


Finish:For the regular collection it’s more on the shimmery side though the shade tough as taupe is a pure matte, no shimmer. The metal collection has a more metallic finish and the leather collection has no shimmer at all, just pure cream for the leather collection.


Longevity?They all last nicely on the lids. I don’t have an issue with creasing on the lids but if you usually do you may want to have a primer underneath.


Do they crease?Like I mentioned above, I don’t usually have issues with creasing but if you do you may want to have a lid primer just in case.


Formula:The leather and metals collection are much creamier. The regular collection is slightly less creamier.


What shades do I own?:I listed above when I talk about each collection the shades I own.




Availability: Priceline (regular, metal, leather), target, Kmart, Big w, coles and woolworths.


Pros:Affordable, easy to use, great on their own or as a base, beautiful shades, a range of different finishes. The bolder shades I of course use on the lower lash line for a pop of color.


Cons:Over timer they become a bit dry so you will have to scrape of the top layer.




Overall thoughts:These are awesome! They really are great to work with and look very pretty once applied. The only fault I can say about them is that they do become a bit dry but that happens with all cream eye shadows – I don’t know how a brand could formulate cream eyeshadows not to become dry. They’re so affordable and gorgeous and you guys need to try them out!


Worth a repurchase?:The shades creamy beige, barely branded and bad to the bronze I would in fact repurchase.


And that wraps up the review. Have you guys tried these? What are thoughts and favourite shades? Drop a comment below and tell me. I hope you all have a wonderful day, I love you guys and I’ll see in the next post.

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  1. Sharmili Rakhit

    July 14, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I've got two of these, one being bad to the bronze (forever a classic), and totally agree with everything you said! They're so easy to use and work as a perfect base. I wish they came out with some matte shades. Then they would be a great alternative to MAC paint pots!

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

  2. Shireen L. Platt

    July 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I have not tried the leather collection but I have 5 of these and I seriously love all of them. I had mine for a couple of yeas now, yes they dry down but still useable with a synthetic brush.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  3. Natasha Kendall

    July 14, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    You have such a collection! I really like cream eyeshadows now, I've not yet tried the Maybelline tattoo ones yet! I really need to 🙂 Natasha Kendall x

  4. Zubaida Rasool

    July 14, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    This is amazing collection, cream shades are perfect for summers.

  5. The Nerdy Me

    July 14, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I love color tattoo! I want to get more shades as I think they look amazing and are simple to apply 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  6. Chloe Barnes

    July 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I love these so much!! I need more shades <3 I do find they dry out quickly though!
    Chloe xx

  7. Kate

    July 15, 2016 at 2:36 am

    These look super fun! Lots of pretty colors!
    -Kate //

  8. Stephanie Keung

    July 15, 2016 at 3:38 am

    I love these creme shadows – they have really cool colours and for such a great price!

    Stephanie |

  9. The Elle Next Door

    July 15, 2016 at 6:39 am

    These really are incredible aren't they, On and on bronze (that's bad to the bronze in the uk) has been a go to of mine for years. Fab review hun!


  10. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 6:46 am

    I know right, they definitely have something magical going on here they should take advantage of it and come out with more shades.

  11. Jasmine Huston

    July 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

    I love these! Hate how dry they get but might try your tip next time xx

    Jasmine /

  12. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Yeah I wish they didn't get dry but that's the struggle with cream eyeshadows. They are coming out with a wand packaging of these – I am so excited.

  13. Charlotte

    July 15, 2016 at 10:26 am

    You've got such a wide array of colours. I really want to expand my collection!
    Charlotte //

  14. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Yes I like that they are still useable even when they become dry-ish

  15. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Cream eyeshadow make the best base. x

  16. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I love that they come out with new shades. x

  17. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:52 am

    Yeah they do dry out but they are still useable

  18. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:53 am

    They are definitely a bargain. x

  19. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 11:54 am

    They are so so amazing! Thank you. x

  20. Aimee Sue

    July 15, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    This is such a good and detailed review, thank you for being so helpful!!x


  21. Tania Jayne

    July 15, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    I love the Maybelline Colour Tattoos. I think we have fewer shades in the UK though. I find most things crease on my eyes, but not these. I love them as a base or on their own plus, for £4.99 what could be better!?! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

  22. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 15, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Each collection does only have a few shades unfortunately I wish they came out with many shades.

  23. Serene Kurd

    July 15, 2016 at 11:28 pm

    these colour tattoo's are amazing! I love how they dont crease like most creamy eyeshadows! <3

    Serene | I Am Serene L

  24. Leigh Brady

    July 16, 2016 at 10:39 am

    They look so good I've always wanted to try them! Great review so detailed! x


  25. Sarah Laird

    July 16, 2016 at 11:35 am

    I've only just started playing around with eyeshadow properly in the last few months so I'm yet to try much in the way of creams but the pigmentation and application of these does sound fantastic! x

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  26. Lydia May

    July 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    I've heard so much about these and they sound so good, love your review!

  27. Jasmine Stewart

    July 16, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    I honestly find On & On Bronze to be the most amazing, long-lasting eyeshadow ever! I managed to get a few of the Nude ones shipped from the US when they were out but I wish they had more options in the permanent range!

    Jasmine xx

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  28. Angela Angeline

    July 17, 2016 at 2:13 am

    I have only a single shade left (as I gave the others away) and always use it as an eyeshadow base. Works wonders!

  29. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 17, 2016 at 11:16 am

    You should try them, they're ahmazing!

  30. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Eye shadow is definitely a learning curve, when I first began with makeup I didn't touch eyeshadow at all, now I am obsessed.

  31. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 17, 2016 at 11:17 am

    You definitely should look into them. Thank you lovely!

  32. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 17, 2016 at 11:18 am

    I know! All they need is a lot of shades, they're perfect otherwise.

  33. Velvet Blush

    July 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    I was looking at creamy beige the other day but I put it back down! Would you say it's a neutral base or would it be good for discolouration? xx

    Velvet Blush

  34. Dora Toubanaki

    July 17, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I heard so many great reviews I am convinced!

  35. Emily Thorpe

    July 17, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I'm gutted because I actually think you have more colours where you are then we do here in the UK! I adore these and am always reaching for them because of the longevity and stunning colours.

    Musings & More

  36. Elena from Loovelle

    July 17, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    i haven't used maybelline colour tattoos for ages and completely forgot how good they are. perfect as a base and on their own.

  37. Beauty Drive

    July 18, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Have been hearing so much of these. High time I get these. Thanks for sharing hun. Lovely post :)'

  38. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 18, 2016 at 10:26 am

    It's both. It's neutral (very natural) on the natural side ish but it's also really good for blanking out the lids.

  39. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 18, 2016 at 10:28 am

    It's only recently that another color tattoo collection got released in Australia. They need to come out with 100 shades.

  40. Kayleigh Stockton

    July 18, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    The Creme De Nude and Creme De Rose are some really good alternatives to MAC paintpots. Do you find that the gold shade seems to be less quality than the other shades? I can't decide if I just have bought a bad one.
    Have a pretty day,

  41. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 18, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    I just wasn't a super fan of the gold shade, didn't reach for it much and I needed a container to store my mac pro long wear concealer. So that's why I got rid of it.

  42. Sarah Inks

    July 21, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    I really used to like the maybelline colour tattoo collections, and remember using one of the colours from the leather collection all the time. But, since my immune system started to play up, I developed an allergy to one of the ingredients; a swelled eyelid is not a good look, haha!

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  43. The Makeup Aficionado

    July 21, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    That's unfortunate. What can you do, when you're allegoric to something you're allergic. I know that garnier skincare does not agree with my skin at all.

  44. Abby Evans

    July 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Bad to the Bronze is definitely my favorite. I use it all the time!

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