Makeup Review: Revlon Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow

***FYI: Amazon is having a sale on this loose shadow quad. Pick it up for just $2.00 a piece!**

Most eye shadows come pressed into palettes or individual pots. In fact, someone could go through her whole life without using anything other than pressed shadow.

There is a different way, though. Loose shadows aren’t pressed into form. They are loose (hence the name) and blend differently than their more common counterpart.

Revlon came out with their own loose eye shadow a while back. The line is called Revlon Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow. While it comes in many colors, I’m testing the ‘Head in the Clouds’ variety featuring a light beige/white color, turquoise, tan and lavender. Let’s see how well it performs:

How does it work?

The Revlon Soft on the Eyes quad comes in its own little case. You open it up and find a really nice eye shadow brush. I rarely use the brushes that come with eye shadow, but this one worked well.

Each pot of loose powder has a little hole in the center, the only way to get at the shadow. You dip the end of the brush into the hole to pick up color. This works fine for now, but I have to wonder how it will work as the shadows run out. If some of the color is stuck to the sides of the pot, I won’t be able to get at it from that little hole in the middle.

In that way, it’s a troublesome design.  Since a little bit of the loose shadow goes a really long way, I doubt I’ll have to worry about that for a very long time. As of now though, the product is easy to use and you don’t have to worry about the loose shadow getting everywhere other than your face.

In terms of application, Revlon Soft on the Eyes blends really well.

How does it look?

This loose shadow is very soft. It has a somewhat chalky appearance. When you look at the colors, imagine that they are really white with a tint added, since that’s how they come across on your skin.

Although the colors seem bright in the quad, they are rather subtle once on the skin. They blend well into each other and it’s often hard to distinguish between the colors.

Since the colors are so light, these shades aren’t for all occasions. They work best for an airy spring or summer day. They also have a vintage quality if you’re trying to achieve a look from the 1930s or 1940s.

Have a look to decide for yourself:

softOnTheEyes02 Although I’m using all the colors here on different parts of the lid, it’s very hard to tell.

The Final Verdict

Though I prefer bright and dramatic eye shadow, it’s still nice to have a subtle, soft look every now and then. Yes, the colors are kind of chalky, but sometimes you want that. I found several things wrong with this loose eye shadow, but I still like it. It produces makeup looks that I can’t normally achieve with any of my other eye shadows. For that, I give the Revlon Soft on the Eyes Sheer Loose Shadow a:


You can find this product online. It usually retails for $9.99, but can be found on sale on Amazon.


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1 Comment

  1. I’ve also tried the sheer loose shadows, and I agree, they’re rather underwhelming. They hardly show up on my skin tone at all, even when applied wet. Revlon was really creative with the packaging and concept, but the whole product falls a bit short.
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