Friday, October 8, 2010
Maybelline Expertwear: Chai Latte
I'm going to kick off my series on Maybelline shadows with one of their most famous quads, Chai Latte. Many bloggers and youtubers have raved about this palette, including Youtube sensation Xteeener. This was actually one of the more recent quads from Maybelline that I acquired with $4 in coupons. This retails for $6 at Rite Aid and the price varies by a few cents to a dollar more or less depending on where you buy them. So I paid $2, or 50cents per shadow and it was so worth it :)
I've been wanting to pick this up simply to see what all the hype was about. Afterall, the four shades look extrememely dupe-able and not very special at all. But that's where the appeal comes from. There are two matte colors and two shimmery colors which are all smooth and finely milled. The matte colors are quite pigmented and blend amazingly well. The bronze shade is BEAUTIFUL. It is a very high quality shadow and adds a bit of drama when paired with the other shades in this quad. The light shade is an off white beige with pretty shimmers. Although its not extremely buttery or pigmented, it's still great for an inner corner highlight!
Like all Maybelline Expertwear quads, there are labels that tell you where to put the colors and although many people find this helpful, I think it can inhibit many people from trying new combinations with their makeup. Personally I do not put matte colors on my lid so I usually put the browbone shade (shimmery beige) on the inner half of my lid followed by the bronze color on the rest of the lid. I use the lighter matte shade to blend in the crease and the darker matte to define my outer corner.
I would recommend this quad to beginners and more advanced makeup fans :) These shadows are a good value and have four basic shades essential to anyone's collection. This is a great palette to take with you on vacation or for everyday makeup. Also, don't forget to pair these with other shadows! The only thing I don't like about palettes is that I tend to forget to mix and match colors from other palettes or singles :(