Thursday, November 27, 2014

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Gel Eyeshadows - photos, swatches, review!

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Gel Eyeshadows - you have the weirdest, longest name ever of a product, but I won't hold it against you because you're gorgeous.  Newly launched, I'm here to give you the heads up on these little pots because they're something you definitely need to check out.

There are six shades in the collection and hopefully Max Factor will bring out more in the future.  Yes, they're shimmery, but not over the top, so I don't know where they're going with their "excess shimmer", but they leave a lovely soft metallic finish on the lids that makes the neutral shades work friendly.  There are some dud shades in the collection so I'll get them over with first shall I?

Crystal is a pale green shade that never should have been invented.  It's obviously channelling the 80s, possibly The Golden Girls, but if you like shimmery green shades then knock yourself out with this.

Pearl is nice as an all over wash of colour on the lids but would definitely look better used in conjunction with the black shade at the bottom.  But for the purpose of swatches, this is what it looks like on it's own and would make a nice inner corner highlight.  Any snow queens out there will like this one.

Pink Opal is a pale pinky lilacy shade that didn't float my boat at all at all.

Now we're on to the good 'uns.  Copper isn't copper at all.  It's more of a taupey shade and reminds me of MAC's Patina.  I've worn this so many times to work as a wash of colour on the lids and it makes for the perfect neutral eye.  This is the must have for me followed closely by the next shade...

Bronze should have been called Copper but I'll let it away with it.  The deep reddy brown undertones add warmth to the eyes and if you have green eyes like moi, then this will be a must have for you.  I like to pack it on to the lid and blend into the crease for an easy neutral eye with a bit more oomph.

Finally for the rock chicks out there or those of us who like dark eye makeup, then Onxy and it's pewtery goodness is worth a look.  It's packed full of shimmer but leaves the eye with a relatively natural metallic sheen which you can build upon with either more of this or eyeshadow.

As someone with oily eyelids, I have to use a primer every day.  When I don't, eyeshadows crease on me and these do crease, but with a primer, they set and don't budge.  I'm talking application at 6am and coming home at 4.30pm and they're still in place.  You can't get much better than that eh?

These guys are all €9.99 and the darker three are definitely the ones that will sell out and once you swatch them yourself, you'll see why.  They're on counters now so go forth and get 'em on your eyelids!


  1. When I was doing the post on these I actually called Copper Bronze and vice versa. Those two are my favourite shades too!

  2. Ooh that bronze is right up my street! Thanks for the post, will definitely be trying these for the partaay season!

  3. These look absolutely beautiful!

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  4. I have Bronze and Copper - they really are fab and I loooove the colour of Bronze especially! xx

    Jasmine // Magpie Jasmine

  5. Oynx looks lovely, similar to what the black sparkley colour chameleon from Charlotte Tilbury looked like it should be (expect that one was the dud of the bunch). The bronze one looks lovely on you. I like those ones on other people but with my sludgey blue/green eyes they do nothing for me.


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