Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows vs. Maybelline’s Color Tattoos. Who Wins?

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Maybelline’s Color Tattoo eyeshadows. They’re so quick and easy to use when you just wanted a quick swipe of colour on your lids. Not to mention how long lasting they are! I think its amazing longevity is why I love them so much.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows

When Face of Australia launched their version of long-wearing cream eyeshadows as well, I won’t lie. I was skeptical as to high long they would last. I’m not a fan of their regular eyeshadows because they crease very quickly and don’t last on my oily lids at all. They also have incredibly large shoes to fill if they’re to beat my favourite Color Tattoos. Still, I wanted to test them out and see if they’re as budgeproof as they claim to be.

I was kindly sent 4 shades out of the 8 that Face of Australia has to try.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Pink Frosting

Pink Frosting – true to its name. It’s a very frosty and shimmery pale pink. Very smooth and creamy. Suitable as a brow bone highlighter or all-over-the-lid base (it’s not pigmented or strong enough a pink to make your eyes look swollen). But you have to be careful with how much you apply because this is one disco ball of shimmer all right.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Bronze Sphinx

Bronze Sphinx – Coppery, shimmery bronze. Highly pigmented. Very smooth and creamy. Not overly shimmery. The shade is similar to Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, but not as shimmery as the latter.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Tip Top Taupe

Tip Top Taupe – Shimmery mushroom. Highly pigmented. Smooth but slightly gritty. Not overly shimmery. The shade is very similar to Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo in Tough as Taupe except that the latter is matte whereas the Face of Australia’s has a lot of shimmer.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Midnight Sky

Midnight Sky – Shimmery teal. Highly pigmented. The colour is not as strong or opaque as it looks in the pot.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow Swatches

I’m actually very pleasantly surprised at how smooth and pigmented the Budgeproof Eyeshadows are. They are very smooth and creamy, and easy to pat on the lids. As pigmented as they are, they’re not as pigmented as the Colour Tattoos at first swipe but when you run your finger around the surface a few times, you’ll pick up a lot of colour. Blending is a peach with the eyeshadows. I like blending the Bronze Sphinx with the Tip Top Taupe for a beautiful, natural eye makeup look.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows

In terms of lasting power, they don’t last as long as the Colour Tattoos. I can have one of the Color Tattoos on my lids for over 10 hours and there’ll be barely a hint of a crease. Having said that, this didn’t fare badly at all. In fact, they lasted about 8 hours before the crease started to show, which is very good. When it came to removing the eyeshadows, the Face of Australia ones are easier to remove with makeup remover or water compared to the Color Tattoos.

Just for comparison sake, I thought I’d put the nearest colours of the Maybelline Color Tattoos next to the Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows for you to check out the colours and intensity.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Bronze Sphinx and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Tip Top Taupe and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tough as Taupe

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Midnight Sky and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Electric Blue

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadow in Pink Frosting and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink

Do I like ‘em eyeshadows? By golly, I do. I wouldn’t say they completely measure up to my favourite Color Tattoos but these are beautiful cream eyeshadows that do a good job as well. In terms of colour intensity and longevity, I still do prefer the Color Tattoos but this isn’t stopping me from getting a couple more to join the team. Do check out Jenny’s blog (My Funny Valentine) for swatches of the other colours in the range. I’m so getting the Poison Ivy next because oh boy, that colour is gorgeous.

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows FOTD

At AU$8.95 a pop, the Budgeproof Eyeshadows are a bargain as usual from Face of Australia. You get so much product for less than a tenner each. I give these an enthusiastic thumbs up (saving the other thumb for my Color Tattoos :P).

Face of Australia Budgeproof Eyeshadows

Face of Australia’s Budgeproof Eyeshadows come in 8 colours: Bling Bling, Bronze Sphinx, Mermaid Tears, Midnight Sky, Pink Frosting, Poison Ivy, Violet Rays and Tip Top Taupe. They are available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W and selected pharmacies nationwide.

What I like about it: Beautiful shades, high quality, smooth and creamy, highly pigmented, long-wearing even on oily lids (even if it’s not as long-wearing as Maybelline’s Color Tattoos).

What I do not like about it: Nothing. They’re actually pretty darn good!

Have you tried any of the Budgeproof Eyeshadows from Face of Australia? What did you think? Do you prefer them to the Color Tattoos?

Note: These eyeshadows were provided for editorial consideration.

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16 comments… add one

  1. Ting

    awww lucky you! You could wear color tattoo on its own and no crease! Contrary to everyone’s claims, the color tattoo still creases on my oily lids! :(

    1. Tine

      Nah, I can’t wear it on its own. Still need eye primer. That’s how it stays on for hours :)

  2. Tegan @ Tegania's Thoughts

    Interesting! The Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s don’t last on me at all, which is a little disappointing. I don’t know how these would go, but I am willing to give it a go, I really like the look of the taupe colour.
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    1. Tine

      Aww it’s a pity this doesn’t last on you. My lids are terribly oily but with primer on, this one stays on for hours. The matte taupe was my first Colour Tattoo; it’s gorgeous!

  3. Monica P

    The color tattoo crease on me .. but not too badly, so i do like them. The only cream eye shadows that don’t crease on me are the Makeup Forever Aqua creams, now those are budge proof.

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    1. Tine

      I’ve actually not tried any of the Make Up For Ever Aqua creams, can you believe it? I’ve heard so many good things about them. Then again, the Maybelline ones work so well for me and now the Face of Australia ones that I find myself reluctant to splurge on Make Up For Ever. Still, a beauty blogger’s gotta give it a go, doesn’t she? :P

  4. Norlin

    I’ve only recently tried Color Tattoo and LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Just received the FOA budgeproof ones to try. Will see how this stacks up on me. :)
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    1. Tine

      They’re good, right? I’ve been using them to death during my holiday. Left my Urban Decay NAKED palette in KL and just used one Bad to the Bronze for the next 2+ weeks. Good enough! :P

  5. Jen W

    Poison Ivy would have to be one of my favourites in this range. I’m surprised at how long these last on my oily lids- a shame they don’t live up to the Colour Tattoos on you in terms of wear time.

    I’d love to pick up Bronze Sphinx- looks gorgeous on your swatch!
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    1. Tine

      I snapped up Poison Ivy after seeing it on your blog. It’s absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Sarah

    Thanks for writing this. I saw these in Priceline the day they came in and then proceeded to play with every tester (as I was the first one). I noticed some colours were more pigmented than others but that might be ideal when creating a look. I went back today to look at Mermaids Tears…I will probably go back and buy it. I really love the colour and so easy to apply.
    Do you use a eye primer to prevent creasing? I have very oily eyelids and I find with the right eye primer, I get no creasing whatsoever :-)

    1. Tine

      Yep, I use an eye primer. Depending on my mood, it’s NARS’ Smudgeproof Primer, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion or Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance (they’re equally good). With primer on, most of the cream eye shadows last a lot longer than usual with minimal creasing. I have very oily eyelids so I have to have primer on :)

  7. Beckie

    Great post, Pink frosting looks gawjus! I so want it! :-) thanks for sharing xx

    1. Tine

      Thanks Beckie. Now go forth and buy! :D

  8. Nina

    The pigmentation of the FOA eyeshadows are amazing and after reading your post, I wouldn’t mind picking some up!

    I have also nominated you for the Liebster Award on my blog so please check it out! xx

    1. Tine

      Do check them out; they’re great stuff and affordable too.

      Ooooh thank you! It’s an honour! :D

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