When Everyday Minerals recently updated its site, the company got rid of its sample-size eyeshadows, which were $2.50 for a 1gm jar, quite a terrific deal. It was a great way to get a whole bunch of different eyeshadow colors for an inexpensive price. So I was pretty disappointed to see they had replaced the sample-size with “travel-size” eyeshadows that cost nearly twice as much ($4.50)!
In any case, it wasn’t going to hurt me to try it out, especially because they do sometimes offer a travel or sample eyeshadow on purchases over $5. On a recent order, my package came with “Pressed Olive.”
The travel eyeshadows are a little different from most sample eye shadows. They really are in the spirit of travel; they are roller ball eyeshadows. Supposedly, this is more convenient for applying mineral eyeshadows, and will reduce fall out. I was a little skeptical about the whole concept, thinking that it was more of a gimmick than a really useful product.
I wasn’t totally wrong in my initial assessment, but the packaging wasn’t a complete failure. I did experience less fall out, and the container was interesting and cool in my opinion. I think that when I finish this eyeshadow, I could probably refill the container with another color.
The biggest problem I faced with application was getting an even finish. The roller ball definitely did not dispense a consistent amount of product over a surface, so I did need to blend it out using a brush. It may have been more convenient to have directly used a brush, but the convenience lies in the fact that you do not need to deal with messy sifters, but instead can apply directly on the eye. The roller ball may be better for dark colors for contouring, and less for all over colors that require evenness.
All in all, I really wish Everyday Minerals had kept their original sample eyeshadows, and I see the travel size simply as a way for them to make more money, but I would not entirely discredit this new product. They probably will not become a staple in my makeup collection, but I can see myself using them now and then.