Product Review: CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4 In Tropical Fusion

by Gio

covergirl eyeshadow palette tropical fusion 02

Name: Eye Enhancers 4 in Tropical Fusion
Brand: CoverGirl
Size: 5.5g
Price: $5.33

From Target’s website:
This collection of great shades is hand-picked by our make-up pros and designed to make your eye look go from day to night. They blend effortlessly to bring your eyes out beautifully, without overshadowing.

What I liked:
– if you only want a sheer and soft wash of colour, you will like these
– cheap price

What I didn’t like:
– without a primer, two shades barely show up and none lasts long
– cheap packaging

Vibrant and fun eyeshadow shades are always popular in summer, but I love to wear them in the midst of winter too. Their cheerful and tropical hues never fail to improve my mood and make me forget the freezing and gloomy weather outside. It was on one of these cold winter mornings that I first used CoverGirl Eye Enhancers in Tropical Fusion, which was gifted me by a friend.

I had to apply several layers on top of a primer to get the colour to show up on camera.

I had to apply quite a few layers on top of a primer to get the colours to show up on camera.

In the cheap and flimsy packaging, the four shades – royal blue, teal, orange and lime green – look gorgeous and bright, evoking images of a far away, sunny inland, with its luxuriant forests and colourful animals, surrounded by a crystal clear ocean. But once you apply the colours, the magic breaks.

Only the teal and royal blue shade show up well on my pale bare skin. The orange and lime green are so sheer that even when you apply several layers they remain almost invisible. Prepping your lids with an eyeshadow primer (which is something that you’d have to use anyway cos these shades last only a few hours on their own), helps a bit. But even then the result is a soft and delicate look, not a fun and bright one.

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That’s not necessarily a bad thing. If you’re a teenager interested in experimenting with colour but are not allowed to wear loud makeup, this will be a good compromise. The shades only provide a wash of colour on the lid that most parents won’t object to. But if you’re looking for something vibrant, forget it. This palette can’t deliver that.

The texture isn’t that soft to the touch, which, coupled with the poor pigmentation, makes the shades a bit harder, and more frustrating, to blend that they should be. The lime shade is chalky too. This is not a palette you would want to buy at its retail price. If you’re interested, definitely buy it on sale. I’ve actually seen it on sale now at a lot of online shops – maybe it’s being discontinued?

CoverGirl Eye Enhancers 4 in Tropical Fusion contains four shades that look vibrant in their pans, but only provide a soft wash of colour on the lid. Without a primer, two shades barely show up and none lasts long. However, when you use one, you’ll be able to create a pretty, albeit very tame, look.

Rating: 3/5

Disclaimer: this palette was a present from my good friend Janessa. In addition, the review contains an affiliate link. For more information, please see my disclaimer.

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Mylanqolia February 3, 2014 - 3:50 pm

I’m sorry that testing this eyeshdow palette wasn’t fun at all. It’s a very disappointing product although the shades look lovely (especially the minty green shade). But oh well, CG mascaras seem to be better than their eyeshadows. So any beauty make offers a range of absolutely perfect products which is good because it’s a great excuse for massive beauty shopping. 😉

Gio February 3, 2014 - 9:10 pm

Mylanqolia, the colour are very pretty indeed. If a shame they never show up properly. But it’s good to hear that at least their mascaras are good. 🙂

Monica P February 3, 2014 - 4:40 pm

I’m not really a fan of Cover Girl eye shadows as they are hardly pigmented and fade on me fairly quickly.


Gio February 3, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Monica, they’re very disappointing, aren’t they? What a pity!

Brittany February 4, 2014 - 1:54 am

I have a few of these and the color payoff is just …meh. CG is hit or miss when it comes to eye shadows. It’s 2014. They so need to get it together!

Gio February 4, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Brittany, I agree. A lot of drugstore brands have upped their game lately. It’s high time for CG to do the same!


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