Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad In Wild Orchids: Pretty, But A Total Waste Of Money


Drugstores in Singapore never carry the full range of Revlon cosmetics, not even the Revlon counters found in Metro or Robinsons. Hear my rant on the inadequacy of cosmetics range in Singapore here.

Imagine my ecstasy when I saw the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad in Wild Orchids in a Watsons store at Ximending during my trip to Taiwan! I’d long heard of these cream eyeshadows but they never appeared on our shelves. It felt surreal to actually hold in my hand the chic black palette with small clear plastic circles that pop out.

There was no tester but I didn’t care and immediately grabbed it! I think we are more susceptible to impulse shopping when on holidays. These thoughts might sound familiar:

“I can’t find this back home!”

“It must be cheaper here”

“What’s one more item in the basket?”

 “I’ve already got the currency exchanged, might as well use it all”

Well, these thoughts certainly ran wild in my mind when I was considering whether to buy the Revlon crème eyeshadow quad.

It didn’t help that it was the last one on the left too! So I had another thought to add:

“It’s the last one! It must be very popular, that’s why!”

This is definitely a good example of why most things bought on impulse turn out to be completely useless. Bah.

I think I also bought it because I felt patriotic upon seeing the ‘Orchids’ in the name. LOL. The national flower of Singapore is Vanda Miss Joaquim, a hybrid orchid cultivar.

Pretty Colors

Aptly named, the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad in Wild Orchids is a lavender-based quad consisting of 4 gorgeous colors of that look like they would make a lovely smokey purple/plum eye makeup look.

Left to right:

Plummy brown brick color with golden shimmer

Light pink lavender with golden shimmer

Periwinkle blue with silver shimmer

Pale pink with silver shimmer

Poor Pigmentation and Blendability

For the swatches, I ran my ring finger many times on the cream eyeshadow and swiped each on my hand once.

As you can see from the picture, it is harder to achieve opacity with the plummy brown and light pink lavender. These have chunkier gold shimmer bits. As you will read in the next section, they don’t last at all and all that’s left of these would be chunky glitter. Not sexy.

It will not be so much of an issue if the colors were more pigmented, but due to that, blending is not easy. More like totally unnecessary because you can’t really see the difference between one color and the next, except for the dark plummy color.

Overall, pigmentation of the Revlon Creme Shadow Quad in Wild Orchids is very poor. The colors just don’t show up regardless of what you use – fingers or a brush.

Poor Lasting Power

I really bought this eyeshadow quad because of how gorgeous the colors look sitting on the shelf. But this could be the worst cream eyeshadow I’ve ever used.

I always make sure to apply eyeshadow primer before any eye makeup to make it last for many hours. Urban Decay Primer Potion is one of the best eye primers you can find in the market and neither Nude nor Eden could make the Wild Orchids stay put. Very Wild indeed!

The colors smudged, creased, and faded after 2 seconds of application. Okie, maybe like 2 hours. But eyeshadows shouldn’t just last for 2 hours!

Then I tried using them as eyeshadow bases and paired them with pressed eyeshadows. OMG. My eye makeup turned into a shimmery hot creased mess by mid-day. They made my MAC and Urban Decay eyeshadows that normally don’t crease, CREASE!

My eyelid creases were so pronounced and void of color from the oily creams that I had to wipe off my eye makeup and reapply powder eyeshadow. Thank goodness I have a good stash of makeup with me at my work place.

I gave it a couple of chances more and it is now resting for eternity in my makeup drawer.

What Bun Bun thinks of the Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow Quad In Wild Orchids:

What is the worst cream eyeshadow, or any eyeshadow, you have ever tried?

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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.

  • a!kO

    I have seen this in some hauls on YouTube and they didn’t like it either. Sometimes I am glad they don’t sell it in local drugstore but sometimes I wish they had a wide range of Revlon and Maybelline stuff here too. The colors here are pretty but too bad it didn’t translate. Oooo..I want to go to Taiwan but can’t speak any chinese, major fail for me 😛


    • Bun Bun

      Oh! Don’t worry! When I was there I saw many Caucasians, Indians and people from many other countries too. (I went to a lot of touristy places haha) The Taiwanese are not exactly fluent at speaking English, but basic conversations are not hard to manage. =)

      • a!k0

        It’s one of those places that it would be nice to have someone who have been there before or speak some Chinese so it wouldn’t be so awkward 😀 one of the places I’d like to visit. I heard the shopping isn’t that bad too right? 😀 did you get anything else while there? I would love to go to those touristy places 😀

        • Bun Bun

          I bought lotsa clothes!!! ^_^ The weather was really good and the food was yummy yum yum! True, true, it’s good to have someone who can speak the native language but it’s okie if you can’t too! =)

          • a!k0

            OMG clothes! ^^, I think I would go crazy shopping XD hehe you make me wanna go to Taiwan. I’m gonna put that on my places to visit 😀 yeah it wouldn’t matter. I think having more ppl on a trip would make it so much fun at least that’s what I think :) I have never gone on a trip with friends before, so I need to plan! Hope the Mr would want to go soon 😛 who did you go with?

          • Bun Bun

            My mum! =D

  • samuraistripper

    I absolutely agree! I brought this because it looks so pretty and the color looks great, so figure, hey why not, it’s going to make my eyes looks badass, but it definitely sucked. I wore it and it just wipes away or looks really oily on my eyes. Bleugh.

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it. It’s great. 😀

    • Bun Bun

      Hey samuraistripper!

      It makes us look like we know how to properly makeup, with the oily eyelids and crease marks, yea? One of the worst products I’ve used! X(

      Thanks for stumbling upon my blog! Did you really stumble upon as in casual browsing, or did you find my blog via the discovery engine Stumble Upon?

      Have a great day! =)

      • samuraistripper

        I was just Googling for Shu Uemura eyelash curler reviews, because I also have short stumpy Asian lashes, and hearing your reviews on it, I’m highly interested in getting them. And your blog is so fun and also helpful. 😀

        • Bun Bun

          Thank you samuraistripper for your encouraging words!

          Yes, the Shu Uemura eyelash curler is really good. I’ve recommended it to many of my girlfriends and they all LOVE it. I think it’s the curve of the curler that makes the difference, fits the curve of the eye perfectly!

          • kai

            im her short lashes girlfriend and i love it! 😀