Review: Max Factor Smoky Eye Effect Eye Shadow in Bronze Haze

I don’t often wear eye shadow. This week, however, I’ve become something of a convert, and have been wearing Max Factor’s Smoky Eye Effect Eyeshadow, which (disclosure coming up!) was sent to me as a press sample. As you can see from the image, this aims to simply the smoky eye, and takes a two-pronged approach to doing so. On one end of the tube, you have your base colour:

While on the other end, there’s a darker colour for shading and lining:

There are six different colour combinations to choose from here: I was sent “Bronze Haze”, which is a nice, neutral combination of gold and brown:

The product itself has a soft, creamy texture, which glides on smoothly and is easy to blend in. The paler colour is used on the eyelid:

While the darker colour goes on the lashline, and smudges into the corners of the eyes, to create the “smoky” effect:

(I did quite a bit of blending here to tone it down for daytime…)

Add some of the darker colour along the lower lashes, and slap on some mascara, and you’re done:

Overall, this is really quick and easy to use, even for someone like me, who doesn’t often use eye shadow. It terms of staying power, without a primer it does tend to slide into the eye socket after a while: with my Urban Decay primer, however, it stays put pretty well, and creates a nice, subtle look that you can easily ramp up a bit by using a little more of the darker of the two colours.

I like it enough to have been using it all week, which is something of a departure for me, and I’d be curious to see what the other colours are like, too.

If you want to give it a try, this is £7.99 at Boots – click here to buy!