03 June, 2014

Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Paint in Pomegranate

rimmel scandaleyes eyeshadow paint pomegranate swatch review
I picked one of the Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Paints in Pomegranate after seeing several U.K. beauty bloggers rave about them. I swatched a few colors first and noticed a discrepancy in the formula right away. Most were nicely pigmented but a few, mainly the purple color, were somewhat sheer and patchy. My experience with this product has not been a positive one, regardless of how many times I have tried to make it work for me.

rimmel scandaleyes eyeshadow paint pomegranate swatch review
rimmel scandaleyes eyeshadow paint pomegranate swatch review
I guess the pictures speak for themselves. This product dries really really quickly. Don't even dare apply it on both eyes and then blend. The eye you're not working on will have dried solid by the time you're done with the first. Even the "blended" swatch looks patchy (for my standards). Here are my problems with this product:

- It dries way too quickly. Granted, this thing does not budge once it has dried, which can be a plus for really oily lids, but it just makes application too high maintenance for me. It also dries a bit "tight" so it's not ideal for dry lids or mature skin.

- I think a squeeze tube might have been a better packaging idea for this because the formula is very opaque and the doe foot applicator deposits too much product. Alternatively, they could improve the rubber stopper inside the tube so that it takes off more product from the wand before you pull it out. (It's something I could have gotten used to, though, had I found the formula worthwhile).

- I don't like how it blends with fingers. I actually got a better result with a synthetic brush because it was able to drag the product around better. This is a result of the ultra quick-drying formula. I could leave it partially blended so that I don't have to tug on my eyes, but that leads me to the next issue....

- I feel like I can't wear this alone because the edges don't look as nicely blended as I would like. I would have to only use this as an eyeshadow base and always cover it up with powder eyeshadow. 

In summary: dries too quickly, edges look patchy, not good for layering, can lead to tugging on the delicate eye area in order to get it to look nicely blended.


I tried to like this, I really did, but I just couldn't. It doesn't suck. It has redeeming qualities like amazing staying power and crease resistance, but.... there is no way I would realistically recommend this or even reach for it when I own products with more pleasant formulas.

I'd recommend the Milani ShadowEyez or Jordana 12 Hour Eyeshadow Sticks over these any day. The aforementioned are creams, so if you really want a "liquid" eyeshadow formula I'd say pick up the Cover Girl Bombshell ShineShadows (which blend nicely but aren't as long lasting) or the Ellis Faas Creamy Eyes (which are amazing!) instead.

Let me know if you've tried these and how you like them. Do you have Pomegranate? I wonder if it's a dud color. I could even do a video about the application of this product, that's how disappointed I am. I might do a hits and misses. One of my 2014 blog resolutions was to film more but so far... LOL, it's not going so well. 
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30 comments:

  1. Oooh, such a shame you didn't like this product ... I really love the color of Pomegarante but it doesn't look that good applied ... x
    Živa from Nothin' Fancy. Really.

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  2. Oooph! Sounds like a pain!! Too bad it dries so quickly because the color is quite lovely
    Kallie @ But First, Coffee

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  3. It looks so good but such a shame the formula isn't as good. For some reason, only four or five shades are available in my country... oh and the brown and gold ones work so well btw xx

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  4. Thanks for this review. I was really interested in these shadow paints but after reading this I'll probably steer clear of them. Too bad they didn't work out.
    Meghan
    www.todaysbeautyobsession.com

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  5. Ah, sorry the formula was so shoddy! Not good to sacrifice comfort and blendability for the sake of long wear. The shade really is pretty, though- reminds me of MAC Cranberry :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  6. Hm...maybe the shade isn't great to work with. I have Rich russet and it's great, although I do agree it dries up really fast. Nothing 217 can't fix or make it work :D

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  7. Thanks for the review, I can't believe how bad the formula is. It doesn't look nice at all, definitely a disappointment, the colour range in these shadows are lovely too :(!

    Natalie | Shabby Chic and Tea ♥

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  8. So disappointed that you don't like this! I wanted to try it but now I think i'll pass :(

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  9. That's really to bad that it performs like this! Other ladies have been loving the neutral shades though, I guess maybe its inconsistent or not as obvious with the others! I totally would love to try the milani shadow sticks! thanks for the review!

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  10. aha! I've always been a bit curious about these...

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

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  11. The shade looks so gorgeous !
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr
    Sara

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  12. How disappointing that the formula didn't work well. The color is gorgeous swatched heavily.

    Glowing Clever

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  13. Ohhhhh my gosh ew ew ew!!! No thank you. Blech. Seriously this looks terrible Coco!! So sorry this was such a terrible experience for you but thank you for taking one for the beauty blogger team haha :)

    ♥Cassie
    thriftthick.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh goodness, this is such a pretty shade, such a shame it just not great formula/application wise. I have a few other shades from the range and they're lovely, probably some inconstancy going on x

    Amy / srslylou

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  15. The color is beautiful, but I don't like product that is hard to blend. I do love the Milani shade sticks though! They are amazing!
    *weloveswatches

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  16. The color looks perfect, but what's left when it doesn't blend in? Not much really :( too bad!

    mymakeupmemoire.blogspot.nl

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  17. shame its not a great formula, the colour is so lovely

    http://thebeautybow.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. Thanks for your review, I'll steer clear of this one eek!

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  19. I love these, except they don't sell them in Canada, I see all the British Beauty bloggers reviewing these, and they look fantastic... sad we can't get them here :(

    www.ThisGirlBeauty.com

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  20. This looks INCREDIBLE as a base for Roach by Urban Decay!

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  21. Yikes this seems difficult to work with! It's too bad because the color looks great!

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  22. Damn the swatch looks amazing but just doesn't translate onto the lid in the same way!

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  23. That's so disappointing. It's such a pity that the swatch doesn't translate to how it looks on the lid - not worth the hassle trying to make it look good!

    XO, G from grace'd

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  24. I was so excited for these :(( I was ready to hunt these down, but I guess I'll pass!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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  25. Not too keen on the colour

    www.ambermcniff.co.uk

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  26. I have rich russet and I don't like how the colour just disappears when you blend it

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