Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow – Tough as Taupe

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow – Tough as Taupe

It’s really just too bad that the Color Tattoo Cream Eyeshadows aren’t available at Maybelline counters in the Philippines! Just from trying this one shade, Tough as Taupe, it’s easily my favorite among the Maybelline products I’ve tried so far, and I’d be happy to purchase a handful different shades of it.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow - Tough as TaupeWhat Maybelline says:

Dare to wear our longest-lasting shadow.
Our ink technology creates super-saturated color.
Cream gel smoothes on for vibrant color that does not fade.

The Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadows are basically, cream eyeshadows (.14 oz) that claim to be long-wearing. I don’t know why they’re not available locally, but I know that they’re not exclusive to the US. I got Tough as Taupe online, from Stuff in Style at Multiply, where I also got my Naked Basics Palette. The Color Tattoo Eyeshadow is currently priced PhP 400 there, which I think is okay. The price of the Color Tattoo shadows in the US is $7. At the moment, Tough as Taupe is out of stock at the said online store, but there are still other shades available.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow - Tough as TaupeThis has really solid, sturdy packaging for a drugstore product. It’s in a weighty glass jar with a black plastic lid, the label a clear sticker on the lid. When opened and without its lid, it looks like it could be a MAC Paint Pot.

I’m happy that I picked Tough as Taupe. The Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadows also come in shimmery finishes, but this one is matte. I already have a shimmery, taupe cream eyeshadow I like in the Benefit Birthday Suit Creaseless Cream Shadow, and now I have a matte taupe too. Tough as Taupe looks rather plain in the jar, when applied on the lids, it’s a soft taupe and it looks nice and natural. A nice color for school or the office, and it can be worn during daytime, perhaps with a light dusting of shimmer or pearl eyeshadow on the center of the lid, and it can transition to night with a little dark eyeshadow added. Touch as Taupe can serve as base color or worn alone.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow - Tough as TaupeThe texture of it is a little creamy, and more dry. I do not find it difficult to apply or blend, but it would be better if primer were used beforehand, to smoothen the skin on the lids (and of course to prolong the wear of the eyeshadow), especially on dry lids like mine, because if your lids are very dry this might make them look even dryer.

I apply the Tough as Taupe Color Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow, as Maybelline instructs, which is from the inner corner of the eye going to the outer corner. Usually I use my ring finger because for me that’s the easiest way to apply this. I also like to use sheer layers because if you load this on in one go, which it is not meant to be, it will look gunky and thick. Building up the color in layers is key.

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow - Tough as TaupeA sheer layer of Maybelline Tough as Taupe

Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow - Tough as TaupeEdited to add a photo of Maybelline Tough as Taupe on my eyes with my eyes opened. Please ignore redness from my forehead which is an allergic reaction to something I ate.

I experience only minimal creasing with this, which is great. And as for the 24 hour claim, well, the Tough as Taupe Color Tattoo Eyeshadow stays up to 7 hours on me, and that’s without primer. With primer it lasts a couple of hours more, and with that I think I can pronounce this a truly long-wearing eyeshadow, not as long as it claims but definitely nothing to scoff at either!


  • It’s versatile. It can be used as base, with just one or two more eyeshadows, it looks nice worn alone, and maybe it can even be used as eyeliner, but I haven’t tried that.
  • I don’t find it hard to apply and blend. It doesn’t drag on my skin too much. The texture isn’t too dry nor too creamy or moist.
  • It’s really pigmented, but its coverage is also buildable.
  • I experience minimal creasing and fading with it. No flaking or transferring.
  • It doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes.
  • It has good lasting power.
  • Surprisingly it’s not hard to remove.
  • Its packaging is also quite sturdy.
  • It’s not too expensive.


  • If lids are dry it can emphasize dryness.
  • It’s not available at local malls or Maybelline counters.


Smooth, pigmented, long-wearing cream eyeshadow. I enjoy wearing the Tough as Taupe shade and would love to try the shimmery finishes also. Do try this if you can get your hands on it.

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11 Responses to Maybelline Color Tattoo 24 Hour Cream Gel Eyeshadow – Tough as Taupe

  1. Ruth says:

    Wow! Amazing product! Love the versatility! (:

  2. Val Anne Bee says:

    superb lasting power nito Ida huh. =) does this need makeup removers or soap and water okay na? =)

  3. Cecile says:

    Uyy, i love taupe shades

  4. DeBi says:

    I have been hearing a lot of raves with this one. even the ones from loreals. i think loreal has a wider selection in terms of colors. nice review.

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