Review: Colour Tattoo Leather Eyeshadows | Maybelline

As one of the most popular drugstore cream shadow products in the last few years, Maybelline recently expanded the line with a much anticipated leather collection. Though metallics are the most available choices when it comes to cream products, these new matte and satin finish options give you more variety to spice up your drugstore look.

Brand: Maybelline New York
Product: Color Tattoo Leather Cream Eyeshadows
Colours: 5 in total (shown: creamy beige, deep forest*, chocolate suede)
Size: 4grams
Price: $7-9CAD
Availability: Drugstores nationwide
Would I repurchase: Undecided

Now I think it’s worthwhile to preface by saying that I already have 7 Color Tattoo Eyeshadows in my current makeup collection (reviewed here), not including these new leathers. Sometimes they go on sale, sometimes I love a limited edition colour but somehow I ended up with a lot of them.

From the packaging to the pricing and general feel, there doesn’t seem to any notable differences between the previous releases and these new leather editions. The 5 colours available comprises of earthy muted shades that work great for this season or for those who just love a smokey eye look all year around.

I think its easy to get confused by the term “leather” but you’ll see that Chocolate Suede is satin finish while Creamy Beige and Deep Forest look virtually matte on the skin but actually contain minute shimmer particles for some muted dimension versus a completely matte (and flat) product.

All 3 colours feel creamy to the touch but I found them harder to blend evenly versus the MAC Paintpots. I’d pick up some product on my finger and it would take a good 10 seconds to smooth it out in an even layer as it just doesn’t seem to have enough slip for a quick and smooth application. Once properly on the eyes and set, they should last you an easy 5 hours without needing to recheck the mirror.

L-R | Creamy Beige | Deep Forest | Chocolate Suede
Pigmentation looks great on initial application but note that I swatched these quite heavily on my hand and once applied properly to the eyes, it will usually take 2-3 layers for this type of intensity. For everyday use I’ve actually found them much more likeable as a base colour for my powder eyeshadows (especially drugstore types that needs a little extra help) and depending on your choice of combinations it can reveal multiple looks from a single powder eyeshadow!

My major issue with this product (as with the whole Colour Tattoo Range) is that I found it hard to blend multiple shades together if I am planning a contoured look though it works fine if you mix the colours together first with your finger into a single shade before applying it to your eyelid. For those who prefer to wear a single shade anyways this wouldn’t be an problem but if you are temp the sculpted look shown on the Maybellie promo images then you’re up for a hard battle.


While I like the finish and the drugstore option that these Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather eyeshadows bring to the market, there was no improvement over the formulation and I feel that there wasn’t enough tonal variety for the range. For those who own the original range already, I don’t feel that you need to pick up the whole set of these leather varieties. However if you don’t own similar cream shadows then I would recommend adding either Deep Forest or Creamy Beige to your fall collection as they’ll work great as inexpensive layering options.

INGREDIENTS: Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Ceresin, Cyclohexasiloxane, Caprylyl Methicone, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Alumina, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Caprylyl Glycol, C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Tin Oxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Paraffin. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 16035 / Red 40 Lake, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 77289 / Chromium Hydroxide Green, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 77163 / Bismuth Oxychloride, CI 77510 / Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide.

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