Maybelline Color Tattoos for Summer 2013

Like sweet little cherubs perched on a white plastic cloud, the new Summer 2013 Maybelline Eye Color Tattoos sang their sweet song to me. As I approached the display, they cooed to me,  "Buyyyy meeeee...tra la la!!!" (queue Handel's Hallelujah Chorus)

And oh yes, I did.

All of them.....(whoops)...except for one.

The heavenly display calling my name!

What makes this collection different from the oodles of previous Color Tatoo collections you ask? These are duochrome. Not just any duochrome might I add, but a unique, blow your mind, how the heck is this at a drugstore type of duochrome.

From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts, Cool Crush

The colors that I got from this collection are Waves of White, Icy Mint, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts, and Cool Crush. The only color I skipped out on was Shady Shores--a yellow color that just didn't spark my fancy quite as much. 

All of the colors in this collection are limited edition and so they will only be available for a short period of time (hence my frantic dash to hoard basically the entire collection).
Waves of White and Seashore Frosts are the standout colors of this collection to me. Waves of White appears to be just any old boring white in the packaging. Once you swipe your finger in it though, you will see the pure gypsy magic going on there. When the color hits different angles of light, an array of beautiful colors show up. In direct sunlight, you can see blue and silver shimmer that is truly stunning. Seashore Frosts also has this effect. In its packaging, it seems like a dark icy blue color. In sunlight though, this shade is jaw dropping. Blues, golds, greens and browns intertwine to make a beautiful, complex and rich color. 
Lavish Lavender and Cool Crush are also great duochrome colors. Lavish Lavender reflects bronze, plum and purple in various lighting and Cool Crush appears like a light blue in its packaging only to reveal a gorgeous steely silver duochrome on the skin. 
If we were on a game-show, Icy Mint would be the weakest link. Although it's a beautiful mint color, it just couldn't compete with the other complex and unique shades. It has a pretty shimmer, but definitely can't compete among the ranks of its duochrome brothers.
Now let's be honest though. While these are all amazing colors, a few of them do apply a little patchy. To conquer this problem, I just wait for each eyelid to dry a bit and then lightly reapply more color where needed. Just make sure to pat the product on instead of rubbing it (which will remove some color). The colors I have found to apply a bit unevenly are Waves of White and Icy Mint.
Colors shown in the shade. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)
Colors shown in direct sunlight. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)
Colors shown in direct sunlight with my hand titled to show off the duochrome. From left to right: Waves of White, Icy Mint, Cool Crush, Lavish Lavender, Seashore Frosts (top)

The pictures of these colors just don't do them justice. I would have to have a live action shot of my hand tilting in different directions and in different lights to show off their true beauty.

Yes, you read that price right in the above picture. These are only $4.99. The only place I have spotted them are at Bed Bath and Beyond but between the price, the quality and unique nature of these products, this is an absolute steal.