Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Product Review: Annabelle Smudge Paint

Reviewer: Cinnamon Kitten

Brand: Annabelle
Name: Smudge Paint
Size: 0.07 oz / 2 g
Price: approx. $10.95 CAD

Shade Tried: Plummed

What it says on the box:
- water resistant + long-lasting formula
- crease-resistant finish
- highly pigmented colour
- glides on smoothly

I love Annabelle eye products but wasn't sure about the Smudge Paints. They looked a little more complicated than my usual easy-breezy routine could handle, plus I'm no expert, so brushes and wet shadows aren't really my strong point.

I was excited to check out the Smudge Paint in Plummed, as the box and promos led me to believe that it was a deep, rich purple shade and I do love my purple eyeshadows!

The brush is built into the lid (as you can see from the photos - it's in 2 parts). You pull it out of the top, flip it upside down and snap it into place, giving you a longer brush to manage.

To Purr About:
- rich, dark pigments - a little goes a long way
- not greasy or too wet, the product glides on and then stays put
- dries almost instantly
- really great staying power
- lasts all day (and night)
- convenient little packaging

Claws Out:
- you really have to snap the brush together or it will fall apart
- purple is a little too dark (it's almost grey/black) for me
- opening is a little small

Final Comments:
At first, I was a little wary because the purple that I was expecting was more like a very dark charcoal purple (not the plum you would imagine when hearing the name), but after I snapped the brush together and started applying the product, I was hooked.

The brush is easily put together and isn't too bad (it's a little light, but you get used to it). I would have preferred the jar opening to be a little larger as you can't really swipe the brush across the product as much as you just dip it downwards into the shadow. It's definitely going to be difficult getting anything out of the nooks and crannies when this starts running low.

The shadow itself is amazing. It's very light and has a slightly greasy feel (reminds me of oil paints!) but once you brush it on (it literally glides on) it doesn't feel greasy at all. It dries within seconds and after it's completely dry - it doesn't move! It doesn't crease or fade or melt away. I put it on bare eyelid (one of the rare times I didn't use any primer) and it didn't budget at all during the day.

Because the brush is quite small and pointed, you can use Smudge Paints as liners or as shadows (I created a kick-ass smoky eye with this shade!)

At the price point, it's still fairly affordable and a little goes a long way so it's not too much of a bank-breaker. In fact, even though I already have Tar and Plummed, I'm tempted to go out and pick up Skyline as well - a dark smoky blue.

Rating (out of 5):

Disclosure: A free sample of this product was received by Cinnamon Kitten


Macbella2 said...

I am a fellow SmudgePaint lover :) Skyline is my favorite shade of the bunch! It's stunning (and coming from someone who has a mental block about blue eye shadow looks, this says a lot about how pretty this one is)! Plummed reminds me so much of MAC Macroviolet fluidline.

Unknown said...

hmmm you're right that does look a little dark! I have this product too just waiting for me to try out! Thanks for the great review!

~Cinnamon Kitten~ said...

Macbella2 - oooh - you've convinved me to go try out Skyline. I'm not a fan of blue shadows either, but it sounds like this one might be the one to get...!

Elaine - yes, definitely don't use it if you're hoping for a nice purple, but it's great for a smoky purple look. :)

Anonymous said...

That's a pretty neat product I haven't seen - thanks for the review. I think i'll have to run out & try it!

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