Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer-i Kit in Trio for Browns Swatches, Review and EotD

Almay has three different kinds of eyeshadow trios: shimmer, smokey and bold nudes.  All three formulas come in trios that are meant to compliment your eye color.  They have sets for brown, blue, hazel, and green eyes.  I don't think the colors are particularly well chosen for the eye colors they are meant for, because the shadows actually match the eye color they are meant to enhance.  Contrasting colors work better to intensify eye color (like coppers and browns for blue eyes, not blues for blue eyes).  Anyhow, you certainly don't need to choose the trio based on eye color.  For example,  I chose to buy the Intense i-Color Shimmer-i Kit in Trio for Browns because of the pretty peachy gold lid color.

The plastic packaging feels pretty cheap, but I think the way the shadows are shaped like an eyelid is cute.

I wasn't expecting too much from this, honestly, but I was pleasantly surprised by how nice and blendable the shadows are.  The first time I used it, I over applied the dark brown color, but was able to blend it out easily.  The lighter colors aren't as pigmented as the dark brown, but they look more intense over a primer.  The lid color is quite soft and buttery.

The lid color is a golden shimmery iridescent peach.  The crease color is a satin (not completely matte) dark brown, and the highlight color is a slightly shimmery ivory.  The highlight seems to have a blueish pearlescence that makes it look almost white.  Beautiful!

However... even with a primer, the shadows crease on me slightly after a few hours.  Now, I do have rather oily eyelids, and a lot creases on me -- even shadows (with a primer) like Urban Decay, and the Maybelline color tattoos that seem to be bulletproof on just about everybody.  

Here's the eye of the day it created using the trio.  I placed the shadows how they are shown in the palette.

Because of the creasing issue, I can't give these a total thumbs up for oily eyelids.  I give it a thumbs up for everything else about it, though.  I think this trio would probably work just great on someone with non-oily eyelids.

So, the upshot of this review is: I think this trio is quite pretty and I definitely like it.  It just seems easy to use and great for an everyday neutral look.  The creasing doesn't really bother me because I'm used to it.  The Almay eyeshadow trios retail for around $7 USD.


  1. Lovely colors! I like the lid color as well! Aw, these wouldn't last long on my oily lids either.

  2. I do wish they were a little more long-lasting. I think the "softness" of the lid color may have something to do with how they crease.

  3. That lid color is so beautiful! Too bad these probably wouldn't last long on my lids either.

    xo Brianna | Glazed Over

  4. Gosh my eyelids have been so oily lately! I can't get any of my shadows to last (even with brands like UD!) Probably will skip on these, but wow! The colors are gorgeous!

  5. Yeah, if creasing bugs you, then pass on these (even though they are so pretty!).