What is it? According to their website, Revlon's ColorStay 12 Hour Eye Shadow Quad "delivers rich, beautiful color that looks freshly applied for up to 12 hours. The long-wearing, velvety formula is easy to apply and blend, and the exclusive ColorStay formula means it won’t crease, fade or smudge. And ColorStay® 12-Hour Eye Shadow now features SoftFlex, for comfortable silky smooth color that blends effortlessly." Available at drugstores for about $7.00.
What did you think? I love high-end makeup, but I also love a good deal. With my pocketbook in mind, I decided to give this product a try for two reasons: 1) Revlon is one of the few drugstore cosmetic brands that does not test on animals, so I like to support them because of that. 2) The colors in the quad I used (the coffee bean quad) looked amazing, especially for the price. (Cheaper eyeshadows tend to be less richly pigmented than their higher-end cousins.)
I decided to lay off my expensive Too Faced and Lorac palettes for a week, and instead opted for the Revlon ColorStay Quad. I was expecting Revlon's eyeshadow to be dry and crumbly, and for the color to be either dull or ultra shiny. As soon as I applied the lightest color for my base, I knew my preconceptions were wrong. The Revlon eyeshadow went on like a breeze and didn't leave me with a trail of cakey eyeshadow flakes on my cheek. The colors were pretty close to perfect--neither too bright nor too dull--and they blended together nicely on my lids.
I've had more than my share of long days this week (with work and social functions), so I really put this shadow to the longevity test. Happily, Revlon ColorStay passed with flying colors. Even after 12+ hours of wear, my color didn't crease or fade. Though I may not have felt fresh and ready to go at the end of my long day, my eyeshadow kept up appearances. Needless to say, I was impressed by its staying power.
The final verdict? This is a keeper. Sure it's not as exciting as the more expensive brands, but it is a great product for everyday wear. The price is right, as are the colors and the extended wear time of this product. It went from day to night better than I did! If you feel that splurging for great makeup is a necessity, this product will prove you wrong. Save some money and try out Revlon's ColorStay eyeshadow quad--they have 10 color combos, so you should be able to find one that's right for you!