Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

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How to cite: Wong M. Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review. Lab Muffin Beauty Science. February 28, 2018. Accessed April 23, 2024.

I don’t usually associate Revlon with eye make-up products, but I recently tried out their new ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows and the Exactify Liquid Liners and I was super impressed! Here’s my review and some swatches of the products…

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eyeshadow Review

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows ($14.95 AUD for 5.2 g) are little glass cream pots reminiscent of Maybelline’s Color Tattoos that I reviewed before.

Related post: Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather swatches and comparison

I have super oily eyelids, so it’s almost impossible for a cream eyeshadow to stay uncreased on them after about an hour of wear – Maybelline’s Color Tattoos creased after a while, even after setting with translucent powder. But surprisingly, Revlon’s ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows have managed it! These last a whole day on my eyelids without budging once they’re dried, and they don’t even need powder. They also come off very easily with a two-phase eye make-up remover.

I’ve been wearing Pistachio (khaki green shimmer) regularly in Sydney summer humidity and it’s been staying on amazingly. I smooth them on with a finger, and apply a second layer if I want it to be a bit more pigmented (one layer is . They apply really smoothly and without much blending (or skill) required. The shadow pots come with mini brushes in the lids, but I don’t find that I need them, plus they clog up very quickly and they’re a bit of a pain to wash.

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

My only complaints about the ColorStay Creme Eyeshadows are:

  • the shade names aren’t printed on the packaging, which is really only a beauty blogger problem because I can never remember which shades I actually liked
  • photos of these shades online, including the promo shots, are all really inaccurate in colour

There are 12 shades available in Australia, all of which are pretty neutral/nude, office-appropriate colours. Most are shimmery. Here are swatches of my favourites (L-R, top row: Espresso, Caramel; bottom row: Pistachio, Licorice, Blackcurrant).

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

If you want super pigmented eye make-up or bold colour, these aren’t that great – they’ll build up, but it takes a bit of patience. But if you’re after very wearable, pretty shades that don’t budge and apply really easily, these are fantastic!


Revlon Exactify Liquid Liner Review

Revlon have also recently launched the Exactify Liquid Liners ($25.95 AUD for 1 mL). These eyeliners have a trendy “pizza cutter” applicator with a disc that rolls to draw the line. These work really well on the back of your hand, but I was a bit suspicious about how these would go on my actual eyelids. Again, I was pleasantly surprised – as someone who is terrible at liquid liner I actually managed to get a wearable line (stacked on top of my permanent eyeliner) in one go and in about a minute! My lids are quite wrinkly so the floppiness of a normal eyeliner brush means I can’t get it into the right places, but these are firm enough to work well.

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

There are 4 shades available. Since I have black liner tattooed on, I’ve only really used Mulberry and Mermaid Blue but they’re both gorgeously opaque and stay on all day! There’s also a plain black (Intense Black) and a shimmery black (Sparkling Black). The one complaint: the dried product comes off in rolled-up clumps when you try to remove it with make-up remover, and it worries me that I’ll end up with a clump in my eye. But it hasn’t happened so far so I’m probably just being paranoid.

Swatches (top to bottom): Intense Black, Sparkling Black, Mulberry, Mermaid Blue

Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review

These are some of my go-to eye products now for everyday use, when I’m happy with a single shade on my eyes. They’re quick and fuss-free to apply, and great for low-maintenance looks.

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6 thoughts on “Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow and Exactify Liquid Liner Review”

  1. Hi Michelle,

    Too funny!!!! I just bought the Exactify Liner last week and I bought the creme eyeshadow in colour 710 before Christmas.

    I find if I hold my eyelid taught with one hand and use a rolling pizza cutter motion with the eyeliner in my other hand, I can get a nice even line. I like the way I can get a very fine line that doesn’t even look like eye liner.

    As for the creme eyeshadow, I find it is budge proof if I use a primer first, like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion or any other suitable primer. I use my finger to apply it then buff it out with a Real Techinques eye shadow blender brush. Of course, it is the dead of winter here in Canada so I can’t say how it will stand up in the summer, but it’ll probably be pretty good since it doesn’t get as hot as it does in Australia. This eyeshadow is one of my faves. As well, it is a great dupe for Chanel’s Ombre Premiere Creme Eyshadow at a fraction of the cost.

    • I’m impressed that they’re budgeproof on my eyelids without any sort of primer, as long as I let them set! Amazing.

      I’m too poor to have tried the Chanel so that’s awesome to hear! 😀

  2. Have you tried the Colourpop Super Shock Shadows? I swear those are the ones that got me hooked on cream shadows. I have pretty oily eyelids but the SSS are awesome. I highly recommend you try those if you haven’t.

  3. Amazing review and I haven’t bought anything from Revlon for years! I tested the eyeliner on the back of my hands and they were great but I couldn’t do a wing with it. Will try the cream eyeshadows, sound like they are winners.

  4. The eyeshadow creams “apply really smoothly”? Really? I bought he chocolate-colored one, and it was the most DIFFICULT shadow to apply I’ve ever owned! I’d touched some to my lid, intending to smudge it with my finger, but it wouldn’t budge, so I ended up with what looked like a brown birthmark that simply wouldn’t come off! I used makeup removed and then a different shadow that day, and tried again the next time, this time with a different primer. Same thing! I tossed it out, and remembered that I’ve never had luck with Reclon’s cream shadows. (The ones that came in multiples? That weren’t very saturated? They made my eyes water all day.

    I wonder whether I got a bad one (though the line was new at the time, so it’s unlikely I’d received an old, dried-out one), but given my history with Revlon shadows, I think I’m disinclined to. I’m glad it makes you happy, though!


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