As my readers will know, I’m always up for new toys in nail polish and makeup. I’m easily distracted by bells, whistles, and shiny things.
So when I saw the cute and tiny Colorstay Shadowlinks™ from Revlon, which click or link together to form your own custom eye shadow palette, I thought it was a great idea. Here’s a picture from Revlon’s site:
Each shadow, a little more than an inch square, has a tab on one edge that slides into a groove on another shadow’s edge so you can connect as many as you want. Wow, I thought, pick only the shades you love and make your own duo, trio, or quad — no more buying a palette where you only love a few of the shades. Great idea, no?
Well, it is a good idea. In theory. First of all, each shadow costs $2.99 SRP so if you want four then the total price ends up being about $12 and for that price you can get a pretty darn good pre-built eye shadow quad. I’d say $1.99 would be a more reasonable price per Shadowlink and I have found them on sale. One advantage is that you don’t have to buy a separate empty palette/container to put the shadows in, like the pricey ones from Urban Decay, as just one example.
But the pigmentation is the worst. Seriously, I think these are the most poorly-pigmented eye shadows I’ve ever used. They look so bright and intense in the pan but that just doesn’t translate in application.
There are 30 shadows altogether. The only place I’ve seen all 30 for sale is Ulta; CVS Pharmacy had 18 in their display and Walgreens had 24. There are four finishes, and in degrees of shimmer/glitter from none to most, they are matte, satin, pearl, and metallic.
The matte ones feel OK but the others feel dry and rough, with the metallic ones feeling the worst, downright gritty.
To start with, I bought a few to test. Left to right, Oyster (metallic), Candy (pearl), Taupe (satin), and Plum (matte):
When applying them, I feel like I have to rub and rub to see any color on the applicator, and even then they don’t show up well on my skin. At the end of the day, I couldn’t even tell what colors I’d used except I could see a bit of Plum. It was like they evaporated. Here are swatches on my inner arm. Yes, Oyster really is swatched on the far left. All you can see, both in the photo and in person, is a few flakes of glitter.
Then, because I’m either an idiot or a glutton for punishment, I thought some of the other shades might work better so what did I do but buy a few more. What can I say, cute packaging gets to me. I wanted them to work so badly! But they weren’t any better.
I’ve since read other reviews of these Shadowlinks and have yet to see anyone say they like them. Almost 100% agreement re: the poor pigmentation. So I’d say save your money for eye shadow that’s actually visible. If you absolutely must try them I’d recommend sticking with the matte shades as they are the least horrible.