budget beauty buy: maybelline olive martini

Today's budget beauty buy is the new Olive Martini quad from Maybelline's Fall 2012 collection. There are very few drugstore eye shadows that impress me. I tend to stick to my Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2 palettes on a regular basis. But every now and then, a drugstore eye shadow will stick out to me. And if I start seeing the same one pop up with good reviews from other bloggers, the hype gets to me, and I buy it. 
Hey, if you love something, don't set it free. 

You may recall that I mentioned this Maybelline quad in my Fall wishlist. I kept seeing it next to all the displays with the new fall Color Tattoos. After reading some great reviews, I didn't set it free.  

What I like off the bat is the packaging. It's very sleek and sturdy, which makes it travel friendly. There is one frosty nude shade, a light frosty silver, a shimmery green/brown, and a deep reddish-brown. As you can see, each shade has some shimmer in it. 


All four colors swatched very easily. Each shade is very pigmented and easily blendable. 

I've worn this a couple times using the frosty silver/blue on the lid, the green/brown in the crease, the reddish-brown in the outer corner (lightly). Then used the nude as a highlight on my browbone and in my inner corner to brighten. 

This is only the second Maybelline eye shadow quad I've ever purchased, and so far I have loved both. It's nice to see drugstore brands stepping up their eye shadow game! 

This quad retails for around $8.00 and can be found in any drugstore, Target, etc. 

Have you tried this new quad from Maybelline? 
What are your favorite drugstore eye shadows? 


  1. The swatches look so lovely! I think I need to try this quad. I'm your newest follower, please check out my blog and follow me too if you like it :)


  2. this looks really pretty!!

    check out my blog? :)


  3. ooh the colours in this look really nice!
    I think my favourite drugstore eyeshadows are MUA, so pigmented and ridiculously cheap!
    love your blog :)


    jayj x.

  4. the colors look amazing! I'm just not sure how the green would suit me.

    Andrea and the Beauty Blog

  5. Love the taupes - they all look neutral but glam. Just found your blog and love it!

    xo Ashley

  6. Love this post! Thanks for the comment and the follow. Looking forward to more of your posts. xo Augenie


  7. Great Review, I hope this gets launched in Ireland it's so pretty xx


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