Review & Swatches – Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows Review Swatches

About a month ago I attended the CDF media day where I was introduced to all the new launches from Bourjois, Bioderma, Noreva and Max Factor.  I had my eye on 2 particular products from the Max Factor range, and was very happy to hear that they would be arriving in-store soon.  I’ve read numerous rave reviews and seen various YouTube tutorial videos featuring the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows and the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes.  I’m happy to report the eyeshadow pots have already launched at Clicks stores nationwide, and the Creme Puff Blushes will launch a bit later this year (but more on the blushes in another blog post).

At the media day, I was able to swatch most of the Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow shades but grabbed only the ‘Bronze’ shade as it’s right up my alley.  I was extremely impressed with the pigmentation of it, and had high hopes for the rest of the shades too.  I left the media day with a press sample of the ‘Pearl’ shade.  I decided that I would check in on Clicks every now & again to see if I could get my hands on ‘Copper’ and ‘Bronze’ too (for review purposes of course).

Finally this past weekend I saw a new Max Factor stand sporting these potted eyeshadows at my local Clicks in Centurion Mall & I immediately grabbed the ‘Copper’ and ‘Bronze’ shades.

Let’s get on with the review, shall we?

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Pearl

The brand spanking new Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows from Max Factor are gel-based, super blendable, shimmery potted eyeshadows that promise both lasting power and intense pigmentation.  There are a total of 6 shades in the collection ranging from neutral & earthy tones to more subtle pastel tones.  Take a look at this blog post if you would like to see the rest of the shades in the range.

The silicone formula contains emollients that give a silky smooth finish, not at all sticky.  These have quite a bouncy mousse texture, and they are VERY soft to the touch.  They in no way resemble the Maybelline Color Tattoos, Benefit Cream Eyeshadows or MAC Paint Pots – I find the aforementioned to be quite dry to the touch.  They are also not as whipped as the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre offerings.  I guess what I’m trying to say is that the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows are unlike anything I have ever used before.

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Copper

The great thing about the texture is that these are likely to stay creamy and not dry out like many other cream shadows.  I also really like that it’s not the kind of gel-based shadow that you need to warm up before applying to the lid.  They pick up quite easily on the finger, but they’re also so soft that you might just pick up too much product.  Because they are so creamy, I find they are very easy to blend with a synthetic blending brush (something like the CALA 311 blending brush, the MAC 286 or the Real Techniques Essential Crease Brush).

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Bronze

I’ve used the Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows in a number of different ways:

♥  As an eyeshadow base underneath a powder eyeshadow.

♥  As a brightening, shimmery eyeshadow topper patted lightly on the centre of the lid (on top of other powder eyeshadows).

♥  As an eyeshadow (no powder eyeshadow on top), especially on those days when I need to dash out the door.

♥  As a gel liner (the Bronze shade).

Let’s take a look at some swatches:

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Pearl Swatch

Pearl – A pistachio-toned white, very frosty, almost like a fairy-wing green shade.  It looks very pigmented and opaque in the pot, but once applied it sheers out a lot and the green undertone isn’t that noticeable.  I like to layer this shade on top of other eyeshadows for a pop of shimmer.  It also makes for a great inner corner highlight, but it unfortunately doesn’t do much else.

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Copper Swatch

Copper – A very unique shade, in some light it looks like a white gold taupe shade, and in other light it looks like a silvery rose gold shade.  It makes for a great ‘swipe-and-go’ shadow for daytime wear, and is very work-appropriate too.  I’d say it has decent pigmentation, but is not as dense or pigmented as ‘Bronze’.  This will also be the perfect shade for those who prefer the ‘no makeup’ makeup look – very natural, and adds just the right amount of sheen to the lids.

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow Bronze Swatch

Bronze – A deep, luxurious warm-toned chocolate brown shade that contains golden micro shimmers.  It is definitely the most pigmented and dense out of the 3 I own, and is so rich & moussey, I could EAT it!  This shade has definitely crept into the corner of my heart, and I love it more than my Maybelline Color Tatto in ‘Bad To The Bronze’.  This is apparently also a very good dupe for Tom Ford Cream Color For Eyes in ‘Spice’ and MAC Paint Pot in ‘Eclair’ (I own ‘Eclair’ and can vouch for that).

As you can see from the swatches above, the Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows can be very pigmented BUT you can’t just slap on a thick layer and call it a day.  If you do that, you’ll experience creasing within the hour.  The secret is to use very little and work up from there – build the intensity in layers.  If you do wish to use these as-is without a powder eyeshadow on top to set it, I suggest you apply a good eyeshadow primer first (especially if you have oily eyelids) and maybe also set it with a makeup setting spray.  I have tested all 3 shades, and must admit I do experience minor creasing after about 4 hours – it’s simply due to the nature of their texture.  Some of the shades crease more than others i.e. ‘Copper’ starts to crease after 2 hours, whereas ‘Bronze’ and ‘Pearl’ only start creasing after 4 hours (this is when I’ve used NO primer, NO powder eyeshadow on top, and NO makeup setting spray).

The Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadows retail for R 129,95 each at Clicks stores nationwide.

All in all, I would definitely recommend the ‘Bronze’ and ‘Copper’ shades – both will take you from Autumn / Winter through to Spring / Summer.  I’ve heard the ‘Crystal’ shade makes for a great cheekbone highlight too!  If you’re crushing on these eyeshadows, I’d say pick your shades wisely (do a bit of research online before visiting the shops), because some are more pigmented and long-lasting than others.



  1. Anina 10 June 2015 / 09:30

    Oe, die Copper skakering lyk so mooi….gaan verseker uitkyk daarvoor!

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:02

      Hy is pragtig! Dankie dat jy kom inloer het hier by die blog, Anina. :)

  2. Simone Cameron 10 June 2015 / 09:44

    I love the copper shade! So me…I’m all about an easy and natural sort of look :)

    Oily eyelids….I still need to figure this one out. Not sure how one has oily eyelids?? lol.

    Hope you’re well 😉 xxxx

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:06

      Most days I’m also about the no-makeup makeup look. 😉

      Oily eyelids is definitely a thing, I have them in Summer – it’s a pain in the butt! Oily lids are also caused by hormonal changes and even your eye shape too (I have quite hooded eyes).

      I’m okay, thanks – had a bad night last night, tummy bug kept me up for most of the night. I’m off to bed now…so tired. How’s the pregnancy going, Simone? xo

      • Simone Cameron 11 June 2015 / 08:11

        Love that…no make up make up look!

        Tummy bug…oh shame man. Hope you are feeling better today:)

        Pregnancy going well. 10 weeks to go. I all of a sudden look like a beached whale after having not looked pregnant a week ago….so I’m getting used to this huge tummy. Oi. Lord willing, you’ll experience all this crazy one day when it’s meant for you <3

        • Luzanne 11 June 2015 / 18:53

          Feeling a bit better, thanks… Hopefully all will be better by this weekend, because I want to write blog posts for the next month – haha! I have so many things I want to review & so many makeup looks I want to do on the blog.

          Wow, only 10 weeks to go! I’m sure you look beautiful, Simone…but I’m holding thumbs these next 10 weeks will be both comfortable and manageable for you.

          Hopefully I’ll get to experience it one day. :)

          • Luzanne 11 June 2015 / 18:56

            P.S. Imagine if you had to be pregnant for 1,5 YEARS like an elephant…. *gulp*

  3. Ada 10 June 2015 / 11:10

    Really enjoying your posts lately!!! Great review. Thanks Luzanne.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:07

      So nice to see your name pop up in the comments section, Ada! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post & leaving a comment. xoxoxo

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:08

      They are so stunning – mixed together they’re beautiful too! :)

  4. Lauren Henderson 10 June 2015 / 11:21

    Obsessing over the bronze and copper shades!!! Lovely review, Luzanne. :)

  5. Kelebogile 10 June 2015 / 11:35

    I like the look of the brown one, am going to clicks later today to stock up on my shampoo. I will make a point of looking for the max factor stand. 😉

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:09

      I hope you found it in stock, Kelebogile. 😀

  6. Kristine 10 June 2015 / 11:42

    I have been using copper daily for the last few months and I love it!! I always set it with eyeshadow though so it won’t crease and it stays on for ages!!

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:10

      Copper is a lovely daytime shade, I like wearing it with Urban Decay Virgin or Sin eyeshadows on top. :)

  7. Nousheen 10 June 2015 / 12:18

    Perfect timing, I ran out of my MAC Bare Study paint pot last week and I think I’ll get Copper instead. :)

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:11

      I really like that these won’t dry out like the MAC Paint Pots sometimes do – Bare Study was the very first MAC Paint Pot I ever owned, but it dried out quite fast. :(

  8. Wendy H 10 June 2015 / 12:37

    Your photos are always so eye-catching!

  9. Inge 10 June 2015 / 12:43

    Ive never used a cream eyeshadow before, but this sounds very interesting. I think I will splurge on the Copper one, as I prefer my eyes to look natural. XO

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:12

      Copper is such a beautiful shade – and if you’re a natural type of girl, it’s definitely the shade for you! xo

  10. Janei Viljoen 10 June 2015 / 13:00

    I just bought Copper and Bronze yesterday thanks to your “Products popping up” (a series which I love BTW) post. The testers safety seals weren’t even removed yet in store. I’m wearing copper today underneath Catrice Rose pallete eyeshadows. Still seeing how it is going to hold up. The texture is quite unique but I love it. Didn’t think of using Bronze as a gel liner. I will try that.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:13

      Thanks so much for your lovely comment, Janei. :) I agree, the texture is very unique. I’m going to try your combo tomorrow & will wear it with my Catrice Rose palette too.

  11. Kelebogile 10 June 2015 / 14:07

    Loveee bronze!

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:13

      Stunning, isn’t it? 😉

  12. Arrie Bar 10 June 2015 / 18:11

    Love the Bronze one the most! I think it’s because I’m obsessed with brown and bronze on my lids and wear it most days.

    • Luzanne 10 June 2015 / 22:14

      These rich chocolate brown shades are my favourite types of shades during Winter – I’m loving it at the moment! 😀

  13. Pri 13 June 2015 / 14:12

    Birthday is coming up soon, so a good excuse to get my hands on some new gifts for myself! 😀 The bronze was has definitely caught my eye and on my must-buy list

    • Luzanne 15 June 2015 / 16:37

      Bronze is gorgeous!! I hope you have a lovely birthday, Pri! 😉

    • Luzanne 15 June 2015 / 16:38

      I’m actually wearing it today again, it’s so stunning!

  14. Kate deKerk 23 June 2015 / 14:41

    I bought the bronze shade and its a good base shade when you’re doing brown/neutral looks. i think i”ll probably be using this up, rather than it drying out on me like usual.
    I like this much better than the essense eye sorbets that flake and crack on me within 2 minutes! Sorry essence (im brand loyal)

  15. ayesha 15 August 2015 / 10:54

    I just googled reviews for this product and your website popped up. I bought the bronze, loving it, and the black. Please tell me how i can use it as a gel liner. What brush should i use?

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