A Tom Ford Dupe Hiding on Your Local Max Factor Stand

25 October 2015

If I could describe Max Factor's Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow in Bronze in just three words, it would have to be "Oh My God". I have always been a lover of pairing a bronzey, goldey, coppery eye with my brown eyes, as I do believe it enhances the colour of my irises but the colour of this shadow is just on another level.

Cream eyeshadows seem to be having a bit of a moment in the beauty world with the hype around Charlotte Tilbury's Eyes to Mesmorise and I was pretty much smitten with these little pots of shadow. But when reading a blog post somewhere I stumbled upon this Max Factor offering, and from what I had read, I knew it had potential to be a dupe of the beloved CT shadow. However, being such a strong coppery bronze shade it doesn't strongly resemble any of the Eyes to Memorise collection - though it could be a close cross between Bette and Mona Lisa. Instead, I found that it was closer to Tom Ford's Cream Colour for Eyes in Spice but with a little more shimmer and being a bit warmer in tone. 

The main reason I am comparing this drugstore shadow to it's similar high-end peers is because of the pure quality of the formula. This creamy product feels so air-whipped and creamier than any other high street cream shadow I have swatched (and that says a lot). The littliest bit of product goes a long way in terms of pigmentation, and the bronzey copper shade has hints of this 'excess shimmer' in fine gold glitter but I wouldn't say its too much or quite in 'excess'. It blends and spreads across the eyelid like a dream and although you can easily use your ring finger to apply this, I prefer using a flat eyeshadow brush before softening the edges with a blending/crease blush. I wouldn't say this quite has the longetivity of Maybelline's Eyestudio Color Tattoo shadows (read more here), but this comes in at a close second.

Either way I think I'm in love with an eyeshadow (#beautyaddictproblems). The richness of the formula is far from telling of it's high-street price tag as the creamy feel of it is the definition of dreamy. To any other bronze eye-lovers out there I couldn't recommend it more!

Have you ever tried this shadow? What is your favourite cream eyeshadow or are you more into powder formulas?

Charlotte x

32 comments

  1. Gorgeous colour :)

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    1. Aw I'm glad you agree Marie! I love this shade and the pigmentation of the shadow so much :) x

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  2. Haven't tried this but it looks like such a nice bronze shade for my brown eyes. I'm writing this shade down and will try to find it at my local drugstore!
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    1. It really is such a nice shade to compliment brown eyes! Ooh you definitely should, it is such a great product - I can't really believe it's from the drugstore :) x

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  3. I love bronze shade and this looks amazing. Have to get it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It really is such an amazing shade! Let me know if you pick it up - glad you enjoyed this post :) x

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  4. Wow that is such a pigmented shade! xxxxx

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    1. It's so pigmented and the formula feels so lovely that it seems so unlike anything else of the high street beauty-wise :) x

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  5. I have this colour and I'm allergic to Tom Ford, even though I love his make up - so thanks for sharing this. Now if anyone asks me about my eye colour "it's Tom Ford Dahling" :)

    Ashleigh xx
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    1. Haha you definitely should say it's Tom Ford! It's such a shame that you're allergic to TF - although I can't quite afford products from the brand, one day I hope to own something by him. This Max Factor is such a great and cheaper alternative though, and in the description of it on Boots it particularly says that it's suitable for sensitive eyes - so I hope this worls out better for you :) x

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  6. Love creamy eyeshadows like that- the swatch is beautiful!!
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    Brooke|LookBrooke

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    1. I love creamy shadows and this is the creamiest I've tried so far! Aw thanks glad you like the photo - think I took it at least 20 times because it wouldn't focus haha :) x

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  7. Hey we have the same name! This looks gorgeous oh my! But I feel that the price is too much for this..but then again it's so pretty!
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    1. It's such a lovely eyeshadow and colour! It is £7.99 in boots but it's £20 less than the likes of Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury and definitely so worth it, so little of this goes a long way :) x

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  8. The quality of this sounds amazing, and the shade is just so beautiful. I want!

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    1. It really is a lovely texture and quality! This cooper shade is beautiful, I definitely recommend it :) x

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  9. I kept swatching this however I haven't bought it yet, I was always trying to find an excuse :) It is such a pretty shade and it is really pigmented, it looks great! xx

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    1. When I swatched this in store it had dried out so I was suprised by just how creamy it was! The pigmentation and colour are so lovely, I couldn't recommend it more :) x

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    1. It really is lovely! Glad you like the look of it too and thanks for reading Emily :) x

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  11. Wow this looks really pigmented and it's such a pretty neautral shade! Love that it's not as expensive as Tom Ford!


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    1. It's so pigmented and such good quality for a drugstore product! And basically under a third of the price. Thanks for reading :) x

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  12. Love the colour of this! Looks amazing! x

    Hannah
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    1. I swear this colour is what dreams are made of haha! Glad you like the look of it, I couldn't recommend it more :) x

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  13. It looks insanely good, and ugh, the swatch; look at that pigmentation!

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    1. It is such a great eyeshadow! Glad you like the swatch it took ages for my camera to really show it off haha. It's such great pigmentation and the colour is really build able too :) x

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  14. I love the title of this post, haha! I have never even looked at Max Factor shadows, I don't why as this shadow is too gorgeous for words. I have really oily lids so don't tend to go for cream shadows, so I love using my Naked pallets :)

    Hanh / hanhabelle

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    1. Haha aww I'm glad you do! I didn't even consider their eyeshadows before reading a blog post that included this, it's such a gorgeous shadow isn't it? Ooh well to make this last longer I do tend to pair it with Smog from my Naked palette, if you fancied trying it out :) x

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  15. Ahhh what an amazing dupe!! And is it just me or does it look like chocolate in the pot...? :')

    Jodie x
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    1. It is such an amazing dupe, I can't believe that it's not a high end product! Haha like a golden glittery pot of chocolate :D x

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  16. This looks amazing! Thanks for the tip! :)
    Emma x

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    1. Aw glad you like this Emma, I couldn't recommend it more! Thanks for stopping by :) x

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