Eyeshadows are beautiful and we can use them for all kinds of makeup and to create beautiful looks. And we do like our eyeshadows to be beautiful and high quality so this time we will be looking at a four piece set from Manhattan.
This really takes me back to my middle school days. I think my very first “Eyeshadow Palette” was an Eyemaying Eye Effect in a grey/silver edition and I loved it so much. I even repurchased it because it worked for my… let us call it disaster of a makeup I did back then.
So I was really delighted when I saw that they were still selling that collection and I got my hands on another one after such a long time. Whoop!
Do you have an eyeshadow you used ages ago and then rediscovered it? If so, what is it and what is the story behind it?
Manhattan Eyemazing Effect Eyeshadow – The Dark Side
The design of the palette is really simple and looks rather sophisticated with a really nicely thought out placement of the logo and product name. Sadly the cover gets dirty really easily – as you can see in my pictures. I am really sorry about that – and the smudges won’t come off that well.
I am a messy makeup user, but as you might know from my Instagram, I clean my stuff once a week and this also includes wiping off any lose shadows that might have accumulated on the packaging of my palettes. But noooo… this one wants to look messy!
Inside are four colours with no name sadly. A basic white and black with a midnight blue and a really shimmery silver. Funnily, or at least I find it a bit interesting, the two base colours are in a really small swatch and the other two are about double the size.
MICA, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, NYLON-12, GLYCERYL STEARATE, MAGNESIUM ALUMINUM SILICATE, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, CALCIUM TITANIUM BOROSILICATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, METHYLPARABEN, PHENOXYETHANOL, PROPYLPARABEN, SILICA, XANTHAN GUM, TIN OXIDE, [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-: TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), ALUMINUM POWDER (CI 77000), CARMINE (CI 75470), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007)].
Linked from dm Germany.
How to use it:
- Apply dry for a discreet look
- Apply wet for a intense look
I also linked this from dm Germany. Because this was written in German I did translate it for you.
Huh… Ok, so here we go. I tried applying the eyeshadow using all kings of different techniques to make it work really well but after some time I just had to throw the towel, so this application tips are more of a damage reducing technique.
First off, you need primer in order to make this eyeshadow stick. Not only concealer or setting powder or anything else, you need some really good primer – I did take some pictures comparing the application with or without primer, so I recommend looking at them if you need proof.
Then really dig into that eyeshadow and pack on the colour. And do not forget to lightly tap the brush onto a hard surface in order to reduce the fallout. PAT on the shadow rather than circling motions because the pigmentation is nearly nonexistent and if you pat it on, the colour will stain better.
What it claims to do:
- Long lasting and intense look
- Soft texture
Linked from dm Germany.
There was more text but I did not feel like translating the whole paragraph and in the end it comes down to these town product claims.
What it really does:
Ugh here we go. I really hate saying unpleasant things about a beauty product, but this one was not only underwhelming but also a huge disappointment.
Not only did the eyeshadow lack pigmentation no matter what I did, the colours also faded really quickly. I first noticed this when I did a midnight blue cut crease and the blue faded after a few hours and the whole makeup looked so dirty that I had to take it off in the school toilet, which I never had to do before.
The next thing I noticed was the fallout that the black in particular produces. I don’t know if you can see it in my picture, but I decided not to edit them and leave the black specks on my cheeks for reference.
The silver is by far the most beautiful of all the colours in the little palette because it is a really cold toned glitter that looks mysterious and stunning.
Con 1: The pigmentation of the Eyemazing Eye Palette is really lacking. Not only in comparison to high brand palettes but in general as you need at last three to four dips into the colour and even then it will still be really translucent.
Con 2: The falloff is the second con I would like to mention as it is rather annoying to have to brush off black colour from the undereye and cheek area. The fallout from the black can also cause your makeup to look dirty ur unclean, so I advice you to be careful when applying the colour.
Con 2: I mentioned it above and you can also see it in the images above but the colour fades incredibly fast. I tried setting powders and setting sprays, all kinds of primers and other magic tricks, but nothing short of real magic will make these shadows stay.
Pro 1: The silver is really pretty. I sometimes use this as a highlight colour in combination with other eyeshadows and this really works rather well. Be cautious to use a clean brush though, as the silver tends to take on other colours and looks so dirty really fast.
Because I was so satisfied with my first Eyemazing Eye Effect Eyeshadow palette I was really expecting wonderful things from this one too, but sadly I really ended up being disappointed.
Would I recommend it? Sadly, no. I would not recommend the Manhattan Eyemazing Effect Eyeshadow in the colour collection The Dark Side to you guys. I would love to say yes but the honest truth is that I will be throwing away this palette after writing this review… So from me, this will be one of my few one out of fives.
My Alchemiin Tip:
This time I do not really have any tips to give to you guys. But maybe one short piece of advice: Swatch before buying, and if you have the time, maybe even let the swatch stay on for an hour or two and then make your decision.
This was so hard for me. I really dislike being negative and it is definitely more fun to write positive reviews and show you the things I love about my makeup collection. But, I will always be honest, so this was my first really negative review.
I hope you aren’t mad. Love, Eden.