Revlon Colorstay eyeshadow (12hr) in “Coffee Bean”, #02 or #310 depending on where in the world you live, has always been my everyday, affordable “go-to” eyeshadow quad. The smooth, easily blendable powder eyeshadow consists of three matte colours and one with a slight shimmer, which makes this the perfect quad for every day use or mature skins, as matte colours don’t emphasise wrinkles as much as shimmers do.
Used with or without an eyeshadow primer, these shadows stay on all day and don’t crease or fade. The lightest colour is great for highlighting the brow bone and the second colour to great to use all over the lid area. The third, mid-brown colour can be used as an accent on the outer corner of the eye, while the darkest colour can be used to contour the crease or smudge it over eyeliner for a softer, more smokey look. I also use the darkest brown to fill in my eyebrows. Unfortunately it looks like Revlon have discontinued this 12hr product range, as they have brought out a new 16hr range of quad eyeshadows, all with different colours!
One thing I do wish that make-up companies would do, is put the individual colour names onto their eyeshadow quads and then sell these colour singles individually, as I find that the two lightest shades always run out before I’m even halfway through the mid or darkest shade! I’m sure I’m not the only person out there with this same problem when buying eyeshadow quads or larger eyeshadow palettes. Another (possibly better) option would be for them to increase the size of the lightest two colours or make the darkest two a little smaller, as this would give us a better balance of the colours used in the quad.
The new Revlon 16hr quads come in 16 different colour palettes and if you’re looking to replace your existing “Coffee Bean” quad or would like to try something similar, then either “Addictive” or “Moonlight” will the be closest colour matches. These 16hr quads are not as matte as “Coffee Bean” and do contain a little more shimmer.
Update: I have since been informed that Revlon will be doing individual singles of the colours in their quads, called “Shadowlinks“. These can be linked together to create custom palettes or used to replace individual colours in quads and should be available in NZ around August 2014.