I've been slowly collecting the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eyeshadows when the drugstores have buy one get one half off sale. I have an uneven number however since I just picked one up with an Ulta coupon.
My Maybelline Color Tattoo collection before today consisted of (top row, left to right) Bold Gold, Tenacious Teal, Too Cool, (second row) Painted Purple, Audacious Asphalt, and Pomegranate Punk.
I've also been slowly collecting MAC paint pots over the years, so I decided to do a few comparison swatches to see how different or similar the are. First up are Painted Purple on top vs MAC Half Wild (limited edition - LE) on the bottom. Painted Purple is definitely much bluer than Half Wild. Of all the Maybelline Colors Tattoos, Painted Purple is the only one that is not shimmery/glittery.
Next up are MAC's Artifact (LE) vs Maybelline's Pomegranate Punk. I thought these would be the most similar, but actually Pomegranate Punk is browner and less burgundy. And of course, there's the shimmer.
The new Maybelline Color Tattoo I picked today is Edgy Emerald on the right. In the middle is MAC Rollickin (LE - sense a trend?) which is closer than I thought it would be and on the left is MAC Delft (LE) which I knew for sure wouldn't be that close.
I also started collection Mary Kay's cream eyeshadows, but compared to MAC and Maybelline, Mary Kay has the smallest selection with 5 colors. The first 2 I have are Iced Cocoa and Glacier Gray.
I wasn't sure that Maybelline Audacious Asphalt would be different enough from MK's Glacier Gray, but it definitely is. Asphalt is darker and much more shimmery/glittery.
I love my MAC paint pots so I was interested in trying more economical alternatives to see how they wear. Most of the time I wear the paint pots as a base as opposed to stand-alone eyeshadows, so I don't really plan to wear the Maybelline and MK any differently. I still consider the Maybelline and MK to be in a test phase for me. I would like to see how they hold up when the weather gets much warmer. For now both wear well as base and don't crease under my powder eyeshadows as the day wears on. This may or may not change when the temps go above 70F. The MK is creamier and less dry than the Maybellline and the Maybelline is definitely much more glittery. Unfortunately, neither offers a matte/cream finish that MAC offers with its permanent paint pot colors (Soft Ochre, Painterly, Groundwork). It will interesting to see if Maybelline will introduce more shades in neutral non-shimmery shades.