11.04.2013
254
Total Intensity Long Term Relationship Fierce Color Eyeshadow
$8.50
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Last Updated:11.04.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown

The Paula's Choice Research Team can't help but get excited over a best-rated beauty bargain, and these high-quality eyeshadows are outstanding! They're comparable to those from other brands that sell for two or three times as much—Really!

Sure, this eyeshadow has a strange long name, but the silky texture and long-wearing formula more than make up for it. In fact, you may well want to be in a totally intense long-term relationship with these shadows after trying them!

The pressed-powder texture is finely milled and richly pigmented, and it blends smoothly, yielding full coverage with minimal product. The only limitation is the finish—because all the shades have some degree of shine, they will not be a favorite for everyone (especially those who have wrinkly eyelids, because shine will always make wrinkles look more pronounced). Thankfully, the shine clings well, is not overtly glittery, and the color selection offers a variety of neutral and bright options.

Pros:
  • High quality and competitively priced.
  • Silky texture blends smoothly.
  • Long-wearing formula; shine clings well.
  • Yields full coverage with minimal product.
Cons:
  • All shades have some degree of shine in the finish.
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Ingredients
Contains Carmine as a Color Additive. Ingredients: Mica, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Talc, Diisostearyl Malate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Acrylates Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide. May Contain[+/-]: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, Iron Oxides CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499, Ultramarines CI 77007, Blue 1 Lake CI 42090, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Ferric Ammonium Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288, Chromium Hydroxide Green CI 77289, Manganese Violet CI 77742, Carmine CI 75470, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Aluminum Powder CI 77000, Bronze Powder CI 77400, Copper Powder CI 77400, Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140.

NOTE: Ingredients may vary by shade from the above listing.

Brand Overview

Prestige Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some winning products in almost every category, including foundation, concealer, powder, blush, and eyeshadow (the singles); great liquid eyeliner; excellent automatic lip liner.

Weaknesses: Many so-so lip products and eye pencils; average mascara; uneven and incomplete distribution of products, even in the same city (which is very frustrating); the makeup brushes are almost impossible to find (and as such were not re-reviewed for this book).

Prestige is a bold name for a cosmetics line that is sold in mass-market outlets and drugstores at prices that any self-respecting makeup snob would scoff at. Yet that would be a mistake, because there are some undeniably good products, especially pencils, powders, and eyeshadow. The quality of these items often exceeds the reasonable price, and is a prime example of a case where expensive does not equate with being better.

Keeping in step with its name, much of the packaging in this line is sleek and functional. All of the compacts are one-piece units (meaning no caps to twist off or fumble with) and the compact foundations include handy mirrors and sponges. Weak points to ignore or consider carefully include the liquid foundation with sunscreen, the eyeshadow duos and quads, and the lipstick, which has taken a turn for the worse since its last review.

You may still find some Prestige makeup brushes available, but these were not reviewed because their availability is haphazard and the company no longer promotes them on their Web site or in their catalog. In fact, "haphazard" is a good way to describe how this Florida-based line is distributed. Found in most major drugstores, the mix of products tends to vary greatly. For example, we had to visit seven locations in the Seattle area just to find everything listed in the Prestige catalog—and this isn't an overwhelming line. It's impressive that there are over 60 eyeshadows and 70 lipstick shades available, but you'll be lucky to find a fraction of that in any single store. The only consistently available items (and all shades were available) were the eye and lip pencils. However, if you don't insist on seeing everything Prestige offers in one place, there is every reason to pursue some essential beauty purchases with them.

For more information about Prestige Cosmetics, call (800) 722-7488 or visit www.prestigecosmetics.com.

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Prestige Cosmetics At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; some winning products in almost every category, including foundation, concealer, powder, blush, and eyeshadow (the singles); great liquid eyeliner; excellent automatic lip liner.

Weaknesses: Many so-so lip products and eye pencils; average mascara; uneven and incomplete distribution of products, even in the same city (which is very frustrating); the makeup brushes are almost impossible to find (and as such were not re-reviewed for this book).

Prestige is a bold name for a cosmetics line that is sold in mass-market outlets and drugstores at prices that any self-respecting makeup snob would scoff at. Yet that would be a mistake, because there are some undeniably good products, especially pencils, powders, and eyeshadow. The quality of these items often exceeds the reasonable price, and is a prime example of a case where expensive does not equate with being better.

Keeping in step with its name, much of the packaging in this line is sleek and functional. All of the compacts are one-piece units (meaning no caps to twist off or fumble with) and the compact foundations include handy mirrors and sponges. Weak points to ignore or consider carefully include the liquid foundation with sunscreen, the eyeshadow duos and quads, and the lipstick, which has taken a turn for the worse since its last review.

You may still find some Prestige makeup brushes available, but these were not reviewed because their availability is haphazard and the company no longer promotes them on their Web site or in their catalog. In fact, "haphazard" is a good way to describe how this Florida-based line is distributed. Found in most major drugstores, the mix of products tends to vary greatly. For example, we had to visit seven locations in the Seattle area just to find everything listed in the Prestige catalog—and this isn't an overwhelming line. It's impressive that there are over 60 eyeshadows and 70 lipstick shades available, but you'll be lucky to find a fraction of that in any single store. The only consistently available items (and all shades were available) were the eye and lip pencils. However, if you don't insist on seeing everything Prestige offers in one place, there is every reason to pursue some essential beauty purchases with them.

For more information about Prestige Cosmetics, call (800) 722-7488 or visit www.prestigecosmetics.com.