If you want a pressed-powder eyeshadow with a shiny finish this fits the bill, as Flamed Out Shadow Pot certainly delivers on the "glittery and sparkly effect" claim. Unfortunately, the glitter keeps this product from blending evenly, and that issue is worse in the darker shades, which tend to feel quite chalky.
Still, the shine clings surprisingly well, which is good but the downside is that the shine will likely outlast the pigment, which begins to fade after about 6 hours. The majority of the shades in the collection are vibrant like Fired Up Pink and Lime Light and they work well for a more noticeable application of shadow. While the price is tempting keep in mind that these are a lower quality than equivalent products from lines like M.A.C. and NARS.
This product is definitely not recommended for anyone with crepey or wrinkled eyelids because the high-shine finish magnifies wrinkles and less-than-taut skin.
- Achieves the promised "glittery and sparkly effect" and the shine clings surprisingly well.
- Workable shades for an evening look or for bold makeup.
- Shine outlasts the pigment.
- Darker shades tend to be chalky.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.