I have been extremely busy with work and feeling quite stressed out lately. Blabbering about random beauty things that are not sparkly new is all I want to do today, and it feels quite relaxing, actually.
The old Almay eyeshadow trios are probably the last drugstore eyeshadows I was enthusiastic about. For some reason, Almay has tweaked the packaging quite often, and it seems the quality has changed as well, which is a real shame.
These are the first generation of the various Almay i-trio series.
Weirdly enough, these simple ones are the best out of all I've tried.
They all have creamy satin finish with decent color payoffs and sit very well on skin. Honestly, they are better than some of the higher-ends I've experienced.
The color structures are simple and easy to use. You can easily create soft grey, purple smokey eyes and sophisticated blue eyes with an interesting twist.
Swatches speak for themselves.
The purple trio
The grey trio
The blue trio
They are all awesome but the blue trio is my favorite. The blue/bronze color combination even reminds me of the last Dior summer Transat palette.
Soon after, Almay changed them adding some embossing on the surface. Interesting that around the same time the discontinued Revlon ColorStay eyeshadows started coming out with the similar emboss. It makes sense since Almay is owned by Revlon. Sadly this superior formula had turned as well performing much like the old ColorStay eyeshadows (which were okay but nothing to write home about).
This cooler palette of blue would have been a much better fit for me, but alas, the quality is not at all similar to the old ones with plain surface.
Then Almay brought out the current "eye-shaped" trios some time ago. I have bought a few out of curiosity with the aid of drugstore sales. I do not even have a picture because I tossed all of them away. Maybe it was the color choice but I found them chalky and dry, nothing like the old ones.
Maybe three old trios are enough for me anyway. So I've decided to put them all in one place since I still like using them.
Enters my first Z Palette.
This is ridiculous since Z Palette is worth all three of the Almay trios, and it isn't even pretty nor the perfect size for them. Sometimes it is hard to understand myself because I do not like depotting.
Yup, this would be my last one.
(I put two Estee Lauder eyeshadow strips in as well because..I couldn't bear the empty spot.)
It is sad since I can't seem to find quality drugstore eyeshadows any more although I haven't really looked hard lately. If you have found some, please do let me know!
What are your thoughts on drugstore eyeshadows in general?
Are you a depotter? If so, what do you like about depotting? Any tips?