Friday, 20 August 2010

Review: Trish McEvoy 24 Hour Eye Shadow and Liner

Disclosure: This product was a PR sample.

Today we have a review of this beautifully packaged Trish McEvoy cream eye shadow and liner product, or rather installment 738693 of me trying to find a cream shadow that doesn't crease on my oily lids.

Firstly, about Trish McEvoy: I was surprised to learn about the extent of her line, which includes a popular fragrance range as well as the much more well known Planner product, which encapsulates makeup into a portable Filofax type thing.  I was also surprised to learn that Trish herself continues to personally run the company and still owns it herself - something very rare nowadays.

Anyway, back to the 24 Hour Eye Shadow and Liner - as its very descriptive name suggests, it's a long wearing cream product designed to work as an eye shadow and a liner.  Encased in a classy looking, weighty twist up tube, the product itself is incredibly creamy and soft.  It is absolutely the creamiest thing I've had the pleasure of playing with, providing plenty of slip and enabling it to blend gorgeously.  The colour I was given, Crystal Gray, looked quite dark in the tube, but blended out beautifully into a wearable yet smoky wash of shimmering deep grey.  I don't think you could really go wrong and over apply with this product.

The real question, for me, is whether it would truly withstand creasing and wear for 24 hours.  Well, actually, I'd be impressed if it stayed in place without creasing for a work day - 12 hours or so - let alone the full 24.  Unfortunately, it creased.  It creased badly; virtually no shadow left on my lid, all of it having migrated to the crease.

The majority of creasing happened about 7 hours into my working day; prior to this, it looked pretty fresh.  Interestingly, the slightly heavier application on my lash line survived relatively well; it was the mobile lid that caused the most problems for this shadow.

Sadly, my search for a non-creasing cream eyeshadow goes on.  Used on top of UDPP, the Trish McEvoy shadow stick did last a bit better, but still creased around the 12 hour mark - so this isn't a dream product for me.  That said, if you don't suffer from terribly oily lids, you may well find that the blendability and subtle, sophisticated finish make this a useful part of your makeup bag, particularly for creating a quick and easy smoky eye on the go.

If you'd like to try this product for yourself, you'll have to go to Selfridges or Harvey Nichols in person, or order online from the Trish McEvoy website, where a tiny 1.3g of product will cost you $32.

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