The Beauty Battle: Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo vs. ELF Smudge Pot


In one of my previous posts, I’ve mentioned of starting a new feature on this blog called “The Beauty Battle”. I have quite the growing makeup collection and I’ve recently realized how some of the products I own are similar in terms of function. So, I thought of featuring some of these products on my blog and give you sort of a review on them or better yet, tell you which product is better in my opinion.



For this edition of the Beauty Battle, I’m putting the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo up against the E.L.F. Smudge Pot


When the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos came out, they became an instant favorite in the beauty world. They launched late in the Philippines but I was able to get my hands on them through Luxola. Admittedly, I instantly liked these color tattoos when I first tried them. I find them to be incredibly pigmented and very blendable. This particular shade called Bad To The Bronze is a favorite of mine because it can be used as a base or it can be used on its own. I swear it’s such a great one-wash eyeshadow color! Just swirl this color all over your lids and you’re good to go!

The only thing I found disappointing about these color tattoos is that it claims to last for 24 hours and that is so not true at least for me! On my eyelids even with a primer, they last for about 6-8 hours. I’ve reviewed these color tattoos by Maybelline quite extensively here.


The E.L.F. Smudge Pot is a product that I was so excited to try because I remember EmilyNoel83 mentioning this in one of her videos. I’ve had a lot of luck with E.L.F. products over the years and I consider this brand as one of my favorite drugstore brands. These smudge pots are very similar to the color tattoos in a way that they also work as eyeshadow bases or stand alone cream eyeshadows. One thing that I like more about these smudge pots compared to the color tattoos is that I find these to have a creamier consistency. They’re very blendable as well and they set quite nicely. However, I find that even with a primer, the color needs to be built for it to become more opaque. This particular color called Poppin’ Praty is a beautiful deep eggplant violet color which works great for those smokey eye looks. But, I find that this color is quite streaky upon application and it takes around 2-3 hours only before creasing takes place. 




Swatches from left to right: Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoo in Bad To The Bronze and E.L.F. Smudge Pot in Poppin’ Praty.

The Verdict:

I definitely prefer the Maybelline 24 Hour Color Tattoos to the E.L.F. Smudge Pots for the following reasons:

1. Even though I find that the color tattoos do not last for 24 hours on my eyelids, they still last longer than the smudge pots.

2. The color tattoos are more opaque/pigmented upon application (even without a primer) compared to the smudge pots.

3. Four words: Bad To The Bronze! Such a classic color and Maybelline definitely did a great job on this color!


Have you tried the color tattoos and the smudge pots? Which product do your prefer over the other?





10 thoughts on “The Beauty Battle: Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo vs. ELF Smudge Pot

  1. Matromao says:

    Definitely not 24 hours. I was skeptical about Maybelline’s claim to begin with, but I didn’t expect it to crease as soon as it did on me. Not a bad product though. They have awesome, popping colors.

  2. thebubblybrunette says:

    I’ve only tried the Color Tattoos and they’re not my favorite. I have Tough as Taupe and I find it super hard to blend. Gorgeous color though!

  3. thebeautyarchive says:

    I totally feel the same way as you do about the color tattoos, they are just not as long lasting as they should! Granted I have exceptionally oil eyelids, things like UDPP only last 3 or 4 hours before my shadow is gone. Great comparison!

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