The Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quads have been on my radar for quite some time. I see them every time I hit the drugstore, peak at the price, then move along to the next-best thing. So, while on Amazon the other day, there was a coupon for $1 off – $4.79 a piece and I jumped on it. There were 10 quads to choose from in total. #505 Decadent and #510 Precocious looked the most appealing. To see swatches and more, please keep reading.

Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Review

The shadow quad Precocious has 4 cool-toned, shimmer shades housed in 3 inch by 3 inch plastic packaging. There is no mirror inside, but brands will sometimes do this to conserve money for quality. Starting from the top-left and largest shade, the grey is a total friggin’ disaster. It’s scratchy, patchy, and hella glittery. This shade is a waste of space, yet Revlon thought it was a brilliant idea to make this one the biggest. Sigh. Moving right along.

One shade over is a deep grey that is soft and smooth. Pigmentation is decent (not great) and it swatched out more satin in finish than downright metallic, which is appreciated. One step below the dark grey is a beautiful aubergine shade. Pigmentation and texture is similar to the grey, but I prefer the aubergine quality slightly. Finally, we have a light pink shade that is the worst of the bunch. Pigmentation is non-existent and deposits only glitter with a hint, HINT of color.

The Decadent quad has 4 somewhat warm-toned, shimmer shades. Starting from the top-left and once again, largest shade, the creamy beige is soft to the touch, but a disaster to swatch. It’s patchy and more glittery than the shade mentioned above. Fall-out is horrendous and nothing good can be said about it. The adjacent shade, a light, yellow-toned gold, is soft but is very sheer. Fall-out was minimal, but the color was not buildable or blendable. One step below is a rich burgundy that is gorgeous! Pigmentation is great with one swipe color payoff. This shade alone was my motivation to buy, so I am relieved it was good quality. Lastly in the palette is a warm, pink tone. Quality is sub-par at best. A swipe of the brush kicks up tons of product, fall-out is extreme, and pigmentation is nearly nonexistent.

Overall, these palettes were extremely disappointing. Revlon is capable of so much more. Quality was disastrous apart from 1 shade throughout both quads. At $1.75 per shadow (without coupon) or $52 for 30, that essentially is high-end, Sephora prices. These will be immediately returned. Thanks so much for reading my Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Review.


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