Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows Review: As Eyeshadow Base, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner! (PLUS Plenty Of Eye Makeup Tips!)



Why it took me ages to finally try to the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows is beyond me. How could they be so awesome, yet stayed in my Doll To Doll Cosmetics inventory without me feeling the exploding urge to try them out despite ALL THE RAVING on the internet about them?

Seriously, when these babies came into the market, everyone from beauty professionals to girls with the slightest interest in makeup were talking about how these cream eyeshadows work like magic. Like they stayed on for hours, were creamy, blended gorgeously, extremely pigmented…….

Let me tell you. ALL THOSE ARE TRUE.

Staying true to my nature of being attracted to bright colors, I chose 4 of the brightest out of the 10 shades avaible – Tenacious Teal, Pomegranate Punk, Fierce & Tangy, and Edgy Emerald. And I love them all.

It’s like I have 4 kids and my love isn’t divided into quarters, rather, my ability to love is multipled four folds. HAHAHA! This analogy is weird. But you get what I mean, yea? 😀

Plenty Of Product In A Hard Glass Container

I love that you can quickly see the shade without having to open each of the pots, much like how my Z Palettes allow me to see at one glance all the eyeshadows I’ve depotted into them. On the cap though, it’s quite a challenge to find among all the white words against the black background the shade name (see first picture).

There is so much product in each pot I could use it for three lifetimes. 4g of product is too much, in my opinion.

My Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner contains 3g, Inglot Eyeliner Gel 5.5g, Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner 3g, Kate Gel Eyeliner 2.5g, and I have never hit near bottom for any of these.

The glass container (acrylic, maybe?) makes the whole thing heavy and I probably wouldn’t bring it for travel, and also because I can’t depot it without worrying that it might dry out faster than if it were left in its original glass environment.


Creamy, Blendable, Pigmented

What they say is true. It’s hard not to fall in love with these Maybelline Color Tattoos for their texture and pigmentation. Getting to the level of intensity you desire is a piece of cake too. Sometimes I’ll go with just one layer for a simple touch of color, sometimes I’ll build up to four, five layers to get a really concentrated coat.

Here are pictures, swatches and descriptions:



Fierce & Tangy – Burnt tangerine orange with golden shimmer


Pomegranate Punk – Cranberry shade with a shimmery finish


Tenacious Teal – Aqua blue with silver shimmer


Edgy Emerald – Greenish-blue

Edgy Emerald is my super favorite color of the lot! So versatile and packs on really well on the lid. I’ve grown to LOVE green a lot in the past year – green eyeshadow, green clothes, green shoes, green bags… anything green seemingly pops out to me!

I reckon it was the Loreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Emerald Lame that kick started this whole green frenzy.



Makeup Tip from Bun Bun: With cream eyeshadows, use a synthetic brush to achieve faster and better results. Natural bristles aren’t out of the question, but if you do own an eyeshadow brush with synthetic bristles, you get the job done more quickly and better distribution. When I used my MAC 239, it didn’t pick up as much product as a random synthetic brush. Alternatively, use your fingers.


Use As Eyeshadow Primer, Eyeshadow, Eyeliner

Many people have compared these to MAC Paintpots but I don’t own any of them to make a comparison. I think the Paint Pots are over-priced and many have said the Maybelline Color Tattoos perform better. So YAY for me for never having bought Paintpots! =D (MAC Paint Pots contain 5g of product and cost three times more, FYI.)

These Maybelline Color Tattoos, due to their cream-gel-based nature, double up as colored eye primers. While nude-colored or transparent eyeshadow primers help eye makeup stay on longer and enhance the vibrancy of eyeshadows, colored eye primers function to further intensify or alter subsequent colors applied.

So if you use Edgy Emerald as a base, and then layer on with a green eyeshadow like Sugarpill Midori, you get a very intense green that will last until you remove it. You get different eventual shades with different eyeshadows applied.

At first I didn’t know what brush to use to apply them with as an eyeliner. I experimented with the Makeup Geek Chisel Shader but it wasn’t as easy to maneuver with on the lower lash line.

Then I tried with the Sigma E30 and it was DA-BOMB! (And then I kicked myself for not having tried it from the start.)

Because the Sigma E30 Pencil Brush has a pointed tip, it makes for precise and quick application of a cream product to the lower lash line. Super love!!! I’ll let you know where to get it at the bottom of this post! 😀


Does Not Transfer!

What sets these Maybelline Color Tattoos apart from the rest is that they don’t transfer to the upper fold. If you have oily lids and no crease, you’ll understand how disastrous it is when your eye makeup transfers to the the space above the fold and leaves a mark. Read this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Once you get them on, and let them stay on for a few seconds, they won’t budge. Ever. So you’ve got the ‘long-wearing’ part ticked on your list.


Fierce & Tangy as base 2/3 into lids, the red and green are other eyeshadows.


Pomegrante Punk all over lid. The dark color at outer corner was Mac Satin Taupe, I think.

I posted this picture on my Instagram (@bunbunmakeuptips). Favorite mascara of the moment – Lioele Volume & Curling Mascara! I’ll put the link below! ^_^*

I’ll leave you with another…

6_With Wand_120 Makeup Tip from Bun Bun: Don’t swipe your eyeshadow brush left to right like a windscreen wiper. Pat on your eyeshadow, like this => *pat pat pat*





It was a reeeeeeaaaaally windy day! This was one of the few shots where I didn’t have hair plastered across my face looking like a guitar-banging rockstar. RAWKERRRRRR!!! Lol.

Products Mentioned:

Maybelline Color Tattoo ( (

Sigma E30 (

Z Palette (

Lioele Volume & Curling Mascara (

Urban Decay Primer Potion ( (

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (

Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Liner (

MAC 239 (

MAC Paint Pot (

Sugarpill Midori (

MAC Satin Taupe (


Bun Bun rates Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows:

This is LOVE!

Have you tried the Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows? What are your favorite cream eyeshadows? =D


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • SabrinaAB

    Holy smokes! Can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome your hair looks??

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      Vixendeity Hahaha! Thanks babe! I really like purple hair! (it’s funny that I just got new turquoise/lilac highlights while replying your message) lol

  • natasha hennaphile

    I LOVE these!  And I’m also fond of Edgy Emerald.  I also have Barely Branded which I use as a primer and Bold GOld which is just an awesome color!  They’re so versatile — and they stay put!  What’s not to love?!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      natasha hennaphile Bold Gold!!! I wanna try that too!! It’s like a Cleopatra kind of gold, isn’t it? So elegant, so classy.

  • BAMBIx

    Nice reviews! Maybelline color tattoo has just been launched in Thailand just these 2-3 months ago (if I remember it correctly) I’m interested to try it but I’m so busy moving my location out of Bangkok that I don’t consider anything to buy much (I’m broke HAHA).
    I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews about it too, but I decide that I’m going to buy it when I see you say all the rave reviews are true HAHA. Would love to try it as soon as possible (as soon as my financial status come back to normal LOL)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      BAMBIx Why and where to are you moving, my dear? Hey it’s Songkran this weekend right? Many of my friends are flying over to Thailand for the weekend just to have fun. So envious! I shall plan for it next year! =D

  • BAMBIx

    Nice reviews! Maybelline color tattoo has just been launched in Thailand just these 2-3 months ago (if I remember it correctly) I’m interested to try it but I’m so busy moving my location out of Bangkok that I don’t consider anything to buy much (I’m broke HAHA).
    I’ve seen a lot of rave reviews about it too, but I decide that I’m going to buy it when I see you say all the rave reviews are true HAHA. Would love to try it as soon as possible (as soon as my financial status come back to normal LOL)

  • therapeutic glamour

    Lovely shades. I love the tenacious tiel shade. It’s perfect for my skintone. These are really lovely products from Maybelline. Thanks Maybelline.

  • prerna26

    Hi, can u show how to use these as an eyeshadow? Mine (Bold Gold) becomes very patchy when i try to apply it as a shadow :(

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      prerna26 I’ve heard that some shades are patchier and drier than others. Bold Gold and Painted Purple are the ones with the most ‘complaints’.

  • Tania Tj

    hi! I also have the fierce and tangy eyeshadow, and did a tutorial on it! Please check it out and let me know what you think!
    ps. how amazing are they?

    Tania Tj

  • 7hillsofbeauty

    the pomegranate colour looks amazing, too bad I have never seen it in any of the drugstores (and I check those in Turkey, where I am living at the moment and those in Poland, where I come from…) – I have some other shades though and I love them! I am just a bit afraid of the brighter colours, blue and orange? wow, I wish I knew how to use them 😀
    greetings from Istanbul!

  • VirginiaCaviola

    (I’m totally late on this..I know) But I have Bold Gold and I LOVE IT! Its great as a base for other shadows, and (since I have hooded lids..) as a lid color, and blended out a bit at the crease.  I’ve always found it to be smooth and creamy.  The purple one was a bit patchy, but Bold Gold is a definite repurchase for me!

    • BunBunMakeupTips

      VirginiaCaviola Haha never too late to say hi! =D I’m glad Bold Gold works for you! prerna26 found it patchy. Different batch, maybe? =|

  • Xo_Alisha_Xo

    Sexy hair!!! Loving it!!

  • LeaR

    I’ve heard so many good things about this product. I reeaaalllyyy wish they would come out with a warm or reddish brown shade :’c 
    the pomegranate punk shade looks very pretty, though

  • lovemakeup

    I love these, I have all the colours, I use these on my clients and they love them. Great for photography make-up. Lasts for ever and even better that surprised me for a creamy based eye shadow that it did not clump at the crease line. We all know how annoying it is to have to keep up with smoothing out cream based eye shadows. Thank you maybelline for finaly bringing something amazing to the make up world keep it up and bring out a bigger colour range 😉