Product Review: Mememe Inspire Baked Eyeshadow Quad In Ocean Eyes

by Gio

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Name: Inspire Baked Eyeshadow Quad in Ocean Eyes
Brand: Mememe
Price: £6.50

From Mememe’s website:
Captivate and make a statement with these 5 seductive extreme pay-off baked palettes.
Catwalk inspired, they can be applied wet or dry to create bold and beautiful eyes

What I liked:
– vibrant and pigmented when applied wet
– two shades have a soft texture
– easy to blend
– good staying power when used with a primer
– pretty and sleek packaging
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– when used dry, shades are sheer and look similar
– two of the shades are gritty to the touch
– don’t last that long without a primer

I have a couple of big drawers filled with all kinds of pressed and loose powder eyeshadows in all types of different finishes and in a rainbow of shades. But the number of baked eyeshadows I own can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I had almost forgotten why they never got much love from me, until Mememe Inspire Baked Eyeshadow Quad in Ocean Eyes, which came in a set, entered my life.

Look at how pretty the shades look in the pan! The circular sleek black compact, which looks quite professional, features a soft goldish green, a pale muted greenish blue, a medium muted greyish blue, and a deep navy, all infused with shimmers that make them sparkle beautifully. And no, they don’t make you look like a disco ball.

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But when applied dry, their pigmentation is quite disappointing. Only the deep navy and muted greyish blue have good colour payoff. The other two shades are quite sheer, and need to be layered to show up properly. Worse, they look very similar once blended, and even the darker, more pigmented shades are almost identical once applied. As a result, instead than ocean eyes, you get a muddy, stormy, look. It doesn’t look bad, but it doesn’t look amazing either.

However, the shades look more vibrant and less similar if you apply them wet. I can’t really be bothered to do that, because, to me, a good eyeshadow should perform just as well both when used dry and when used wet. Besides, it’s just a hassle having to wet your brush, isn’t it? Yet, this is a common problem with most baked eyeshadows, so if you don’t like using them wet, it’s usually best not to buy them at all.

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The colours all blend really well, although only the two top shades are soft to the touch. The bottom ones feel kinda gritty. And even though the shades are all joined together, rather than having their own little compartment, each one is big enough for your brush to pick it up easily while avoiding cross-contamination.

How long do they last? Without a primer, about 5 hours on my slightly oily lids, which is not too bad. I expected worse, to be honest, cos baked eyeshadows tend to crease pretty soon on me. But if you want them to last longer, you’ll have to use them with a primer. When I did that, they stayed in place from morning till evening without creasing nor fading.

Mememe Inspire Baked Eyeshadow Quad in Ocean Eyes features four shimmery, oceanic shades that are sheer and look too similar when used dry. Applied wet, though, they look vibrant and more true to colour. Although all the shades blend easily, two are gritty to the touch. In addition, they need a primer to last long.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Trisha March 31, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Yeah, I’m not so sure about these shades. I can’t quite figure out why, but I just don’t like them.

Gio March 31, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Trisha, they look so pretty, mysterious and vivid in the pan, but once swatched they are just meh, aren’t they? Shame!


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