Review: Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts
I used to have a problem with collecting multiples. If I bought a sweater, I would want to buy two of the same sweater so I wouldn’t have to worry if I spilled something on one of them. Why find three different tank tops that fit when you can have the same tank in red, blue, and green?
Naturally, this also extended to my makeup. I originally saw the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts advertized on America’s Next Top Model and thought, “WELL THAT’S JUST BRILLIANT. I BETTER BUY ONE OF EVERY COLOR.” (I did a half-assed job, though, and missed one.) I have gotten over my enamoration with duplicates, but I haven’t thrown these in the trash yet. (Well… hadn’t.)
The concept of the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts is that they are an easy way to create a smoky eye. These sticks, cream shadows are double-ended, with a rounded, lighter-in-color end, for your lid, and a pointier, darker color for all the smokiness you’ll supposedly be doodling on. According to the Covergirl website, “The two different, specially contoured ends of our SmokyShadowBlast stick make it easy to create a bold, colorful, smoky eye.”
Sadly, these shadow sticks fail on just about every count.
Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts
The first failure is just a fundamental problem of definition. Putting a coordinating eyeshadow in your crease definitely does not constitute a smoky eye. Just throwing that out there.
The colors look alright when swatched. Citrus Flair has a yellow lime green paired with a very orangey copper. Purple Plum has a pink-based lilac paired with a cool, medium brown. Bronze Fire has a nude paired with a warm, medium brown. Tempest Blue has a frosty baby blue paired with an ocean color. Finally, Onyx Smoke is a black and white duo. All of the colors have quite a bit of shimmer and shine.
Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast Swatches
Unfortunately, we can’t just judge how pretty an eyeshadow is based exclusively on arm swatches. Once you try to use these in a look, everything falls apart. When you try to layer the darker colors over the lighter colors, they… just… don’t. I even found that sometimes, the darker color would pick up some of the lighter color, leaving me with less pigment than before I tried to add it. They were also very difficult to blend, requiring lots of manipulation with my finger. Ultimately, this means that a product designed for people who are confused about eyeshadow application requires expert skills to use in a flattering manner.
Another frustrating aspect was the cheap packaging. I would that it was common for the shadows to pop out of the tube. Once they are out, they won’t go back in, and your product is officially broken.
If you are being held at gunpoint and are forced to purchase one of the Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts, I would recommend choosing Citrus Flair. The lime green was relatively easy to build up in pigmentation, and the coordinating bronze definitely stood out beside it.
Purple Plum, on the other hand, was far less successful. The pinky-purple shade was so greasy that almost no color made it to my eyelids. Trying to layer on some brown was unsuccessful due to the slick nature of the associated lid color.
Onyx Smoke was the one I had the most difficult time working with since a lot of careful blending is needed to move from black to white. I was actually so frustrated with their trickiness that I gave up on creating a well-blended look using this shadow.
Although the pigmentation on the Tempest Blue lid shade was sufficient, the crease shade didn’t show up on top.
Overall, I would strongly recommend avoiding these due to their difficulty of use and greasy, unappealing texture. Use your eight bucks to buy some better drugstore eyeshadow. Alternatively, you could just throw your cash in the gutter.
The Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blasts retail for $7.89 for 0.162oz, or $48.70 per ounce. For comparison, the Maybelline Color Tattoos retail for $6.99 for 0.14oz, or $49.93 per ounce.