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

Hello!

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.

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

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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.

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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. 

 

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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?

Xoxo!

 

 

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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!
    XOXO
    Veronica

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