You know I love a deal, so I pay attention to clearance stickers in the store aisles. At Walgreens a few days ago, I spotted a clearance sticker on this CoverGirl Smoky Shadow Blast, which is a two-sided eye shadow stick intended to give an easy smoky eye. I hadn’t paid any attention to this product before, but saw a silvery color that I liked, 805 Silver Sky, and took it home with me. I have some photos and thoughts to share with you in case you’re interested in picking this product up at half price.
The Smoky Shadow Blast comes with two eye shadow colors: one allover lid color, and one deeper liner/crease color. Looking on the CoverGirl website, I believe that all of the color variations of the Smoky Shadow Blast have some sparkle in them. 805 Silver Sky comes with a sparkly silver (as the name might suggest) and a deeper purple-gray with a shimmer finish. The allover shade has a rounded tip, and the liner/crease color has a tapered tip for more precise control.
I applied it to my eyes the way the package suggested, with the silver all over my lid and the purple blended into the crease and along the upper lash line. I’d say that the pigmentation is not super opaque, and both the silver and the purple shadows are easily blended with fingers making it a very quick and easy to use. The silver is a pretty eye-opening color, with sparkle that’s light-catching but not over the top for daytime. I found it more difficult to make the purple show up on my eyes, but because it goes on light I don’t have to worry too much about over-applying or poorly blending.
In the photos, I’m also wearing: Clarins Be Long Mascara (review here), DreamWorld Hermetica mineral foundation in Rhea II C and silica/clay setting powder in Peach Creme (reviews of both here), Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek blush in Carved Rose, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer and Maybelline Color Elixir in Rose Redefined on my lips.
The Smoky Shadow Blast shadows go on somewhat transparent and show a bit of wear and creasing over 8 hours. However, I also think that they also provide a pretty look with minimal attention to precise application and blending, so I will definitely continue to wear them. I especially enjoy the gentle brightening quality that the lighter silver shade provides.
Are they worth $9? No, no, no. But are they worth the clearance price of $4.50? If you’re drawn to one of the shades offered, I’d say yeah, sure. Because of the transparency, I’d be wary of the more colorful options (820 Citrus Flair and 825 Tempest Blue), but I’d think the neutral grays, bronzes and even purples would be fun for days when you’re short on time for eye makeup.
Have you tried them? What do you think?