Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Limited Edition Matte Creme Eyeshadows Review and Giveaway!

Hello gentle readers.

This is a post that is long, long overdue. Last Autumn, Maybelline released a trio of limited edition matte Color Tattoo creme eyeshadows. Many makeup lovers had been clamoring for matte shades ever since the first Color Tattoo shades hit store shelves in 2011. It only took the company two years to listen. Sadly, the release of the much anticipated matte shadows was as brief as it was brilliant and as fast as the products were stocked they were snapped up by eager customers and soon, all too soon, they were gone, gone, gone.

One day, last October, when I was in my local CVS shopping around, I looked on the bottom shelf of the new makeup area and there was the display for these shadows. And it was fully stocked with all three shadows. Twice. I only bought three, for myself but as we were leaving, I got the sudden thought that I should have bought all of them, so that I could do a giveaway with the other set so I asked my oh-so- patient husband to turn the car around and go back. He obligingly did so and I ran back in to the store and to my delight, the shadows were still there, so I bought them, brought them home and stashed them away in a safe place and opened my own, took the necessary photographs in preparation for a review post and began using and enjoying them. I fully intended to write and post that review and hold that giveaway sometime in early November, as the sales craze for the shadows began to wane and they were getting a little harder to find. You see, I had a method to my madness.

Then I learned that my mother who was gravely ill at the time was, in fact, terminal and shortly after, I lost her. I stopped blogging for a while and... Yeah. So the review of these shadows never happened, nor did the giveaway. I am finally picking things back up, getting my stride back. I am a bit behind. I have a little catching up to do. Fair warning, gentle reader, this isn't the only "old" product you are going to see on my pages in days to come. If you only like the latest and greatest, that ain't happening, here. I don't have that kind of budget. I wish I did!

I debated doing this review and giveaway. I was worried about looking lame. Yes, even more lame than I usually do! The time for these shadows having long passed. But I have been assured that plenty of people are still interested in acquiring these shadows so I am moving forward.

The Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows are packaged in small, heavy bottom glass jars with plastic lids. Each shadow weighes in at .14 oz. or 4g. and retailed for about $8.00, depending on geographic area or the store from which it was purchased.


The Color Tattoo Matte Cream Eyeshadows came in three shades: Nude Pink, Matte Brown and Just Beige. I have heard these shadows compared to MAC Paint Pot creme eyeshadows. I am unable to say they are or not, as I don't own any MAC Paint Pots. If any of my gentle readers own both, I'd love to hear your thoughts, could you drop a line in a comment, let me know if they are comparable?


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in Just Beige, a yellow based, neutral matte beige. 


Swatch on skin. No primer. 


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadow in Matte Brown, a neutral, matte brown. 


Swatch on skin, no primer. 


Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in Nude Pink, a soft, matte, neutral pink. 


Swatch on skin, no primer. 



Of the three shades, I reach for the Nude Pink most often. But all three of these shadows get used, in their way. I like Matte Brown as a base for daytime smokey eyes and neutral brown looks and Just Beige is great to blank out my lids for a light, barely there, pale eye look or to act as regular primer. 

The Color Tattoo matte eyeshadows are wonderful on their own as an all over wash of colour on the lid, a shadow base or to use two or all three together as an eye look. They are smooth and creamy and light in texture, apply easily with fingers or a synthetic shadow brush and blend smoothly. They give you enough time to work them as you like then they set into place and are budge free and crease free for hours and hours. Maybelline claims twenty-four hours. I haven't tested that claim, nor do I plan to do so. However, I have worn these shadows for up to sixteen hours and they look just as fresh and pretty when I sit down at my dressing table to remove them as they did when I applied them, all those many hours earlier. That's good enough for me.

Did you find the Maybelline Matte Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows when they were available? What shades did you get? What do you think of them? Love? If you couldn't find them, have you been wishing that you could have?

Well, it may be your lucky day. Because in addition to this review, I am having a giveaway! That's right. I am giving away a set of three Limited Edition Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Matte Creme Eyeshadows! One in each colour: Just Beige, Matte Brown and Nude Pink. The Shadows I am giving away are brand new and sealed.

Okay, how many of you skipped the review? Admit it. I'll bet three quarters of you were like... "TL/DR, Scroll... Scroll... Scroll... Giveaway! Yes! Score!" It's fine. You don't lose any points, I promise. The shadows have been around a long time and and been reviewed a million times, you probably know all about them, anyway. I more wrote the review because I needed to do it than I thought anyone really needed to read it.

Thank you all for your entries! This giveaway has closed and the winner was drawn. I will be having more giveaways in the future, so please keep your eyes. peeled! 

100 comments

  1. These never came out in Australia - I'm most excited to try the beige one.

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  2. I'm most excited to try Just Beige. I love a great matte neutral to wear as an all over base and I've heard it's similar to MAC's Soft Ocher.

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  3. Why why why haven't they made these lovely colors part of the core line??? :-) I'm coveting Nude Pink most...

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  4. I'd be most excited to try Matte Brown :)

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  5. I have heard that, also. Good luck. :)

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  6. My question, exactly. These shadows are fantastic. Good luck! :)

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  7. Matte Brown is beautiful. Good luck. :)

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  8. Matte Brown is great. Good luck. :)

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  9. They all look great, but the Soft Beige would make a great base, I bet!

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  10. I have been searching everywhere, everywhere for these matte shades! My local CVSs (all 5 of them) did not get them. I am a cream shadow, matte only gal so these would be so great to own. I love all 3 shades. Great giveaway idea!

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  11. I have got to either win or find these puppies!!!

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  12. Great review! Thanks for the giveaway too! I'm most excited about the Matte Brown one :)

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  13. Very exciting giveaway! I wasn't able to pick these up but wanted Just Beige so badly!

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  14. I am curious to try them. I hear the formula for the latest ones is much creamier. they were scooped up fast in my CVS, I didn't get to pick them up. thanks for the giveaway

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  15. I looked for these when they came out, and couldn't find them - I'd love, love, love to win them, especially the nude pink! I'm so sorry about your mom. Best wishes.

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  16. It is crazy that some areas didn't get them and some did. Some products don't come my way and it makes me so sad. Good luck! :)

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  17. The formula is very nice, smooth and creamy. You're welcome. Good luck. :)

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  18. Aww, thank you. Good luck to you. :)

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  19. I would most love to try the pink, and that was the one I was dearly hoping to find in my shopping. Alas, I never saw any. Not even an empty display. Hopefully the quick sales of these will have shown Maybelline that maybe they should make more?

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  20. I love that Just Beige looks like it's just the wrong foundation color for my skin. I really like the Color Tattoos - good luck to all those entering the giveaway!!!!

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  21. I can't find these anywhere! I'm most interested in Nude Pink

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  22. Nude pink! I think it would go well with the Naked 3 palette. :D

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  23. I like the Nude Pink the most as I know I'd get tons of use out of it. The shade Barely Branded is one I wear nearly daily, these are fantastic products!

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  24. I really, really want to try Just Beige!

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  25. Never assume that everybody knows everything about all the latest releases, because some people are just now discovering your blog, and the world of beauty products. Thank you for this review, it was very informative! :)

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  26. I don't ever remember seeing these anywhere around here. :( I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to try the pink one but would be very happy to try all three. Mattes area always my fav and just look better on my fair skin. Thanks!

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  27. I totally missed out on these so thanks so much for the chance to win them! I looooove the color tattoos! I'm most excited about just beige :)

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  28. I'm super pale and can't wait to try the nude-pinkey one!

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  29. nude pink would be my color - a great base for any eye look.

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  30. I was so after these! I am seriously excited about your giveaway! And how was I not following you on Twitter?

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  31. I love them all ! But I wwould really like to try Just beige

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  32. I know it's very late but I'm very sorry for your loss. I am worried I might lose my own mother soon, she's not sick but she's getting pretty old. As for the matte tattoos, I wasn't ever able to find these. I would love Just Beige.

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  33. Thank you. :) Just cherish every minute you can, never miss an opportunity to say I love you and hug her every chance you get. <3 Good luck in the giveaway. :)

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  34. They are all great and wearable! Good luck. :)

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  35. I don't know. Hee! Hee! Good luck! :D

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  36. It's a good one. My fave. :D Good luck. :)

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  37. I'm definitely most excited to try Nude Pink! I totally missed all of these (if they even came to the UK)


    I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. My heart goes out to you and your family
    Kerry x
    dulltoglam.blogspot.co.uk

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  38. I'd be most excited about Nude Pink...

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  39. Someone is going to be a very happy winner!!!

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  40. Sorry for your loss. Hugs and kisses.

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  41. Please accept my condolences for your loss and my thanks for coming back to blogging and doing this giveaway. A big virtual hug for you!

    I love Nude Pink, it's the perfect every day color to even out my lids as well as a great base for softer colors.

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  42. These look so amazing. I am the most attracted to Just Beige!

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  43. Nice giveaway, thank you. :) I'd love to try the nude pink :)
    I'm so sorry for your loss :(((

    abfashionlights.blogspot.com

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  44. Thank you so much for your sweet words. :)


    I love Nude Pink, too. It's my fave and I reach for it most often. It's great for an over all wash of colour or as a base and it's pretty with shadows from my Naked 3 palette. :) Good luck!

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  45. Matte brown is really pretty. :) Good luck!

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  46. Nude Pink is in my not so humble opinion, the best colour, it's the one I use the most often. :)

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  47. Just Beige looks perfect as a base for my yellow-toned skin!

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  48. Just Beige would look nice on my skin with yellow undertones.
    Thanks for the giveaway, and it's great you're back to blogging after what you've been through. I hope everything is well :)

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  49. I'm sorry for the loss of your Mother. Big Hug. I don't feel like you're late on this at all. I didn't even know about the matte shades. lol I usually use the Color Tattoo's as bases. They're great for that! Oh, I tried to add you on Google +. I copied & pasted the url & it came up as no matches.(??) Just FYI. Thanks for the giveaway & swatches.

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  50. Nude pink is my personal fav ! Thanks for the chance, hugs from Romania!

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  51. Good choice. It's my fave. Good luck.

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  52. Aw, thank you so much. <3 They are great bases. The mattes are terrific for that purpose. You're welcome. Good luck!

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  53. Good choice. Thank you for your kind words. :) Good luck to you. :)

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  54. Nude Pink is the shade which I'm most excited to try.

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  55. Neutral pink is perfect, thanks for the giveaway!

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  56. All of them look great, but I'm most interested in Just Beige!

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  57. I love Matte Brown! :) Thanks for giveaway! :)

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  58. I like Nude Pink most of all!
    Thanks)

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  59. Hi! Thanks for this giveaway! I 'd love to try Nude Pink... Also i'd love to play with those three colors..I'd combine them to get that well-groomed everyday nude make up :)

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  60. I am SO excited about this giveaway and yes, I did read the whole article!

    I heard about these on a YT video last night (like you, I was going through a rough patch at the time these were released/available, so I didn't know about them). I really wanted to try them as I've heard so much about the MAC painterly paint pot and heard the Just Beige was a close sub (but not a full dupe). I rushed out today and hit 3 drugstores, checked clearance and nothing. :( Came home, checked Pinterest (already a follower) saw your giveaway and SQUEEEEEEEEE! I think the Nude Pink will be a better match to my skin tone, but I would love to try all of them!!

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  61. Also - some of the entry boxes do not indicated what information you need for the entry. I assumed username, but perhaps you wanted profile url? Hopefully I did it correctly & perhaps the boxes can be altered to indicated what's needed?

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  62. Nude pink is probably my favorite but the beige is really beautiful too.

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  63. I am really excited to try out the Nude Pink! I finally managed to get my hands on the new Naked 3 palette and think this shade will be the perfect base for those pink-toned colours in the palette! All of the shades look incredible though :)

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  64. First of all, you have no idea how excited I was to find this giveaway... I stumbled upon it randomly whilst googling nail polish swatches. I was among those who searched store after store for these beauties, only to come up empty-handed again and again. I was crushed because I adore matte cream bases the best for my super-oily eyelids and these looked so perfect for my taste. I figured I'd use the lighter shades every day, Nude Pink in particular. Anyway, as I said I missed out and am still bummed to this day, hence my excitement in finding this post!
    Secondly I'd like to express my sympathies on losing your Mother; I just lost my maternal Grandmother to a declining illness and eventual brain tumor. She passed away just before Christmas but the better part of last year was spent with my family traveling between New Jersey and PA every week to be with her. It was such a stressful time and we're still recovering from it's effects. I only just resumed blogging again this past week; my last entry had been in early November, so you're not the only one playing catch-up with the blogging world. Anyway, I just wanted to give you encouragement and say that I admire you for getting back on the horse, and I was also impressed by your writing style and use of language and humor, you are obviously an excellent writer. Finally, thank you for doing this giveaway, I would be thrilled to try these products should I be the winner!

    Oh, one more thing: I actually read the entire review. ;)

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  65. Nude Pink! I always love soft shade =)

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  66. I am so excited to try nude pink! I stalked my entire metro area for this collection with no luck (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, AND Bed Bath & Beyond!) Thank you for another chance at snagging these :)

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  67. Nude pink and brown look like must haves!

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  68. I fancy nude pink- quite 'conservative' but girly on its own!
    thanks

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  69. I'm most excited about the Nude Pink shade!

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