January 2016 Ipsy Review #1: City Color Cosmetics Eyeshadow Trio

Warmed toned eyeshadows are my jam.

Whenever I get eyeshadow quads or trios in my sample bags, I have mixed feelings. I love trying new eyeshadows from different brands, but I feel like the trios and quads we get in subscription bags don’t reflect the real quality of the full size products you can buy in stores. Most of the time, I can’t even find the shades or quads/trios for sale on their own.

This is an exception. City Color Cosmetics is a well known drugstore line that has some pretty great products. The Eyeshadow Trio in Falling Leaves (USD $5.99, full size) is the actual full size product that you’ll get if you buy it online. (It is an “online exclusive”, which is the one downside.) It comes in two color tones, Fall Leaves and Blooming Flowers. Falling Leaves is a warm toned peachy trio, while Blooming Flowers is cool toned purples. I love that this isn’t a lower quality sample, but the real thing.

Packaging is drug store quality, but well made. The eyeshadows are housed in a plastic case that has no mirror. But you know, I’m not mad about not having a mirror because I like being able to have the shadows visible. All in all, decent packaging for a $6 eyeshadow.

In the trio, you get one shimmery brown all-over shade, one matte peach shade, and a shimmery gold highlight shade. I love that there was a matte included so you could do a full look with just this trio. The colors, some of my favorite shades, are so every-day wearable that you could pop this in your travel bag for a trip instead of bringing multiple palettes.

These colors speak to me.

For a $6 trio, I’m incredibly impressed with the quality. Granted, these do contain talc and mica, cheap fillers, but I’m not very picky about that (still good to note if you’re allergic). I mean, most eyeshadows, even the “high end” ones, do have some fillers. In fact, for having talc these shadows have very little fallout. Again, I don’t hate on a brand for having fallout, but little fallout in drugstore shadows leaves is nice.

The formulation is actually very buttery and smooth. They apply and blend so effortlessly, I felt like I was using some of my Make Up Forever shadows. While it was really smooth, it wasn’t such a soft formula that the shadows creased and wore out easily. I’d still recommend using a shadow primer, but you should be using a primer regardless.

The inclusion of a matte color was a game changer. A lot of times, these trios and quads are all shimmers. While I love shimmers, I do think you need a matte color to help everything blend out nicely. This makes the trio even more usable, because you can really just throw this in your makeup bag (plus a single base/transition shade) if you’re traveling and only need casual makeup.


Overall, this is a really nice trio and makes me want to try more shadows from City Color. I’m also really happy they’ve made it available on their website and not just Ipsy subscribers. When the product is this good, everyone should have access to it.

Rating: 5/5. A trio that’s $6, has every day wearable shades (including a matte!), and is excellent quality. I have absolutely no reason not to recommend this. Because it has talc and mica, just be careful if you know you’re sensitive to these ingredients.

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