I’ve been having a lot of fun with eye shadows the last couple of days, courtesy of CoverGirl and ULTA. They asked me if they could send me some of this summer’s Flamed Out collection (have you seen it? I admit I’ve been drooling over the displays in stores for a bit now), I would review the products and put together a look. They’d even send me extras for a giveaway! How can a girl say no to that???
Flamed out is this summer’s collection from CoverGirl. The colors are pretty bold, and they are “inspired by fire, the bold new flaming femme look takes your eyes from flames to ashes.” The colors include red, pink, gray, gold, blue and green. Some of the colors are pretty bold for me, but I’ve been inspired over and over by blue and green eye looks recently, so I’ve been dying to try some of the colors!
When my products arrived, I only had a few shades (and none of the bright blue/green ones I wanted to try out), so I pretty much ran to ULTA the moment I opened my package. It’s a good thing that I have an understanding husband! CoverGirl is Buy One get one 50% Off (until Friday, June 28th) including the Flamed Out Collection, and I admit that I bought a lot of the colors! I don’t have every color (yes, I did manage to use some control), but I have almost all of them.
I have a million and one pictures of the colors, a tutorial for the blue and green eye I created, and even a giveaway! Read on to see more!
I’ve been a big sucker for shadow pencils recently, and it seems like the ones being released this year are much better than the ones that were released even 2-3 years ago. The colors are vivid, blendable and once they “set” the shadow lasts for a long time!
The CoverGirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils are meant to be a gel shadow and liner in one product. The color is pretty soft, but sharpens easily (you’ll need to use a regular sharpener since they come in wood, they aren’t automatic pencils). I found that it is pretty easy to use the color near your lash line for a thick liner look, but then simply smudge it up onto your lid or color in your lid to use it as a shadow. It applies very smoothly, blending with some gentle finger tapping is easy, and once it “sets” you’re good to go for about 8-10 hours.
The interesting thing about these pencils is that when they apply you get a “cooling” feeling. It isn’t uncomfortable, and it can last for a good 20 minutes or so. I did find that my eyes couldn’t handle the cooling if any product got in them (I tried lining a little too close to my waterline) and the result was watering eyes for about 20 minutes. It didn’t burn, there wasn’t irritation, but it definitely made liner application a bit difficult! So, use them to line around your eye, but not into the water line.
I had the same color intensity and staying power with these pencil whether they were used with an eye shadow primer or without. I also used them under the powder shadows to increase intensity and staying power, which worked great, but was best over a primer. So, as usual I suggest using them with a lid primer!
The available colors (note the pencils are labelled with numbers, not the name. The name only appears on the wrapper):
• Silver Flame 300
• Crystal Flame 305
• Red-Hot Flame 310
• Lime Green Flame 315 (I could not get the pencil in the pic to show up green, but you get a good color representation in the swatch picture below)
• Hot-Pink Flame 320
• Gold Flame 330
• Ashen Glow Flame 335
• Ginger Flame 340
• Ice Flame 345
• Melted Caramel Flame 350
The Flamed Out Shadow Pots are the most eye catching part of the collection to me. They have vivid color in a great sized pot, and I can’t wait to start depotting them into a palette! The pots have screw on lids and the shadows are pretty large. While the colors are well pigmented, some of them are a bit powdery and to avoid fallout it is best to press them on to your lid rather than brushing. As well, they do much better over a primer with a bit of “grab”, with better color and much longer wear (10 hours vs about 5 hours for me). I’ve swatched them here with Too Faced Shadow Insurance, which is my favorite “sticky” shadow primer and you can see that the difference that primer makes.
The available colors (again, the pots are only labelled with numbers, the names are on the store displays):
• Molten Black 300
• Fired-up Pink 305
• Lime Light 310
• Sapphire Flare 315
• Turquoise Glow 325
• Melted Caramel 330
• Melted Gold 330
• Charcoal 335
• Blazing Purple 340
• Red-Hot 345
• Blazing White 350
• Scorching Cocoa 355
(Note that those were the names/numbers provided to me, and they match what is on the CoverGirl website, but I had a pot numbered 320 and I’m pretty sure that’s Melted Gold. I’ve labelled it 320 in all of the pics to avoid too much confusion with 2 #330.)