Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Skinlights

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Unfortunately I have another tale of eyeshadow disappointment. I bought this awhile back at Ulta because I had the $3.50 off $10 coupon and I need a few extra dollars. I love Revlon, I love cream eye shadows and I love neutral/gold palettes, so I thought it would be safe to pick this up on a whim. When will I learn?!

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It has a nice built-in mirror and I loved that the shadows were potted so you could see them when it’s closed. The colors were very pretty, shimmery without being glittery, and the consistency was very soft and easy to apply. The one on the far right-hand side is a matte brown/beige with no shimmer.

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All of these are swatched without primer, so the color payoff is nice for neutrals. The rose gold one was my absolute favorite and I was so excited to actually use them on my eyes (I swatched these as soon as I opened them because I didn’t want them to be all smudged and used in product photos).

Too bad that they don’t stay for nothing! They crease like mad too. I’ve tried everything. They don’t go well over primer because they’re a little slippery and it just doesn’t stick. I tried applying setting powder over them to try and preserve their original color, and they creased less, but still creased and eventually faded by lunch. The only thing that sort of worked was using them as a base and applying a similar power eyeshadow over them, essentially using them as a primer. This got rid of the creasing, but it still faded before the day was out, and applying another shadow over changed the original pretty color.

I know Urban Decay has eye primers in different shades, so the only thing I could recommend these for would be a MUCH cheaper version of that, but be warned that while they work in a pinch, that’s definitely not their intended use and it won’t last the whole day. Maybe the champagne color (second from the left) would make a good highlighter? Ugh, such pretty colors but such BAD longevity.

Sorry for another review of disappointment, but them’s the breaks. I can only assume that the rest of this line has a similar consistency, so even though they had a lot of beautiful color combinations, I won’t be trying any other ones.

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2 thoughts on “Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow in Skinlights

  1. Thanks for the review! I to find most “bargain” creamy eyeshadows to crease way to much over primer :/ I haven’t made the splurge yet and tried any more expensive creamy shadows because I don’t wear eyeshadow every day and I am comfortable with my tried and true powdery shadows.

    • I know :( I love Maybelline’s Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows for a drugstore brand, but just one cost about the same as this whole palette, and they mostly come in metallic and I know that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. They do have matte ones out but I’ve never been able to find them. If those plus a metallic or a two came in a palette, I’d be in heaven.

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