Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoos - Maybelline Nude Pink, Matte Brown, Nude Compliment Color Tattoo

Some mornings before work, I’m just not having it - and everyone who works or has to wake up early knows what I mean by “it.”  Barely dragging out of bed and putting on the first pieces of clothing I see in my closet, the last thing on my mind is creating a beautiful, refreshing, perfectly blended makeup look (let’s be serious, my coworkers are lucky I even bothered with a bit of foundation - the “this’ll do” kind of a foundation application).

But because I still have to appear presentable, I always rely on Maybelline Color Tattoos for a  “I’m ready to work and accomplish things” look.  Maybelline Color Tattoos have gained quite the popularity in the beauty community, but I did not actually try the products until the Maybelline Gilded in Gold Holiday 2013 collection. My Color Tattoo collection is tiny but I get tremendous use out of my Limited Edition Shades (yes, they’re that good). The Color Tattoos are cream based eye shadows that can be applied with a brush or with your finger. For me, application is the main selling point as the Color Tattoos formula blends easily, is pigmented, and can be sheer or strong based on preference.  All Color Tattoos can be used as a base for powder shadows (and they perform wonderfully), but I prefer the simpler and time-saving sole application.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Pink Limited Edition (swatch above) is a matte pink beige that depending on the light conditions has purple tones. Nude Pink is the perfect color to brighten and open up sleepy eyes - the shade is almost nude and mimics a concealer. The Nude Pink shade is one of the Color Tattoos that do not crease at all as the formula is thicker than other Color Tattoos.  I apply Nude Pink all over the lid using my finger, pop some mascara, and voila, I actually look like I got ready. Nude Pink Color Tattoo was a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Matte Brown Limited Edition (swatch above) is a deep chocolate brown that is a universally flattering shade.  Matte Brown adds depth to the eyes and a bit of color - surprisingly, despite its strong pigmentation, this shade is also easy to blend and I’m confident using it all over the lid.  Matte Brown Color Tattoo was also a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment Limited Edition (swatch above) is a grey-tinted taupe with a sheen finish (this Color Tattoo does not actually contain shimmer but rather has a metallic finish). Nude Compliment is part of the Maybelline Dare to go Nude Spring 2014 Collection. Side note here, this Dare to go Nude collection is what a natural-makeup-loving-girl’s dreams are made of - I also picked up a Master Glaze blush and two of the Maybelline Limited Edition Buffs lipsticks in Ravishing Rose and Barely Bronze. Nude Compliment does crease a bit but nothing offensive as some other cream eye shadows out there.  This shade is quite complex and can look differently per person (thus, it’s another Maybelline winner!).

Although these Limited Edition shades may difficult to procure, I’ve linked to Amazon where you can purchase quite similar neutral shades from the permanent Color Tattoo line.  Priced affordably at approximately $5.00, these Maybelline goodies are popular for a good reason.  The vibrant and long lasting Color Tattoo eye shadows are perfect for no-fuss application and a speedy makeup routine.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.


  • Chantalle

    These are such gorgeous colours, hopefully I can get my hands on one (or all …)

    Chantalle x

    • Pretty Squared

      I really hope you do, the natural colors are simply beautiful!

  • Claire

    Nude Compliment, is a gorgeous colour :)
    xxx Claire

    • Pretty Squared

      Yup, it’s definitely one of my favorites! it’s the perfect taupe with just the right amount of shimmer.

  • Sharlynn Ng

    Nude pink and Nude compliment are my favorite shades! I wish these shades could be bought here! I always use them as a base!

    • Pretty Squared

      Maybelline permanent line has similar colors but these colors are so unique! hope you can find some

  • Celina

    These look fantastic and they’re definitely what’s missing in the current line of Maybelline Colour Tattoos.
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

    • Pretty Squared

      If you grab them, I definitely recommend them!

  • Rena Blank

    I love these shadows! I own 5 of them! Love how you made them little hearts! xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

    • Pretty Squared

      thank you!! that’s a great collection then hehe

  • casuallyawkward

    I love it when a blog has consistent good content and lovely photos, your photos are always adorable! xx
    Stefanie | Casualllyawkward | Bloglovin’

    • Pretty Squared

      awww thank you so much Stefanie!! glad you stopped by and cheers to seeing you more around the blog hehe

  • Amber Hunter

    These are all gorgeous shades-I especially love the pink one! And your photographs are stunning in this post. I currently have 3: tough as taupe, barely branded, and pomegranate punk!
    Lovely Notions

    • Pretty Squared

      ohh those are such great picks, I just searched for swatches haha! I may have to get barely branded and tough as taupe because everyone seems to have or recommend them! thank you for your lovely comments!

  • vicki bruce

    I really like the look of all these shades, I am a big fan of the Maybelline Colour Tattoo’s & think they’re great & fuss free. I get a lot of wear from mine

    • Pretty Squared

      I didn’t think I’d get a lot of use but they’re really my go to shadows, Color Tattoos just make the eyes pop and takes one minute to apply (no blending!)

  • Sarah Versey

    Gimme that nude pink shade, so pretty!

    • Pretty Squared

      haha it’s really gorgeous!

  • kfc

    I have still yet to try out any of the color tattoos (maybe because I almost never wear eyeshadow) but I feel like that light pink one is just so easy to throw on and isn’t too bold or dark that I can introduce to my every day routine (and I definitely feel you on those mornings where you aren’t having “It”!! Too bad I feel like those are almost every morning, lolz.). I’ll have to keep a look out for the different limited edition ones that come out since most of the ones I have seen are just too bold/bright/shimmery for me.

    • Pretty Squared

      I was trying not to sound a grump but definitely having tough mornings like every day now that I have to wake up early haha! I feel you on the shimmer the Color Tattoos are marketed as vibrant bold etc and the ads always have some crazy blue or green color - so I was happily surprised with these (at least the matte ones are perfect for everyday and they’re very no fuss!) You should look into tough as taupe or barely bronzed those colors seem normal and suited for every day looks.

  • Alisha Shaughnessy

    I hope these don’t sell out too soon, heading to NYC in April so hopefully will get to pick some of these up! I think Nude Pink is my favourite! Love the original Color Tattoo’s but there’s some colours we don’t get in Ireland so will be picking them up on my trip :) x

    • Pretty Squared

      I think you’ll definitely find them in NYC because I’ve seen them around Walgreens and Duane Reade - hope you enjoy your trip and purchase some goodies!

  • Kalyn

    I love these things - I live in a super small Texas town and new releases seem to never come around. UGH!

    • Pretty Squared

      They’re really good, it may be worth driving haha! I hope you get your hands on some of the LE releases.

  • Erin Bailey

    I love the maybelline colour eye tattoos! These shades all look so pretty and wearable- great post :)

    • Pretty Squared

      I need more in my collection, they’re great quality!

  • Tamira Alison

    Oh goodness, those colours are lovely!! I hope they come to my local Boots soon!! T xx

    • Pretty Squared

      I hope so too, they’re really pretty! Maybelline out did themselves with this collection

  • Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara}

    These colors are so beautiful! I’m all about the nude eye look, so this is perfect!

    • Pretty Squared

      if you like these shades, they’re perfect for a naturally nude makeup look! You should check out the permanent line they have some more neutral shades

  • Sanja

    Oh my, it would be so amazing if these came out in my country even though we probably won’t get them :/ All three shades are amazing :)

    • Pretty Squared

      I hope you get them, Maybelline needs to release more overseas limited edition products!

  • Jasmine Mascarenhas

    Those hearts are so cute. I had a couple but they dried up, I need some new ones!


    • Pretty Squared

      the glass container should keep them not-dry but be sure to put elbow grease in closing the lid haha!

  • Photo-Jenn-ic

    I love the little hearts you drew, so cute! I really need to try one of those, they look great. The nude pink is gorgeous!

    Jenn | PhotoJennic


    • Pretty Squared

      Hehe thank you, just making the swatches prettier haha the pink is a perfect neutral and I like to put powder shadows from the Too Faced Naked Eye palette to add depth

  • Rachael Stewart

    I’m a huge fan of the original Color Tattoos so I’d love to try these limited edition ones out, especially the shade Nude Compliment! I hope they make their way to Ireland.. :) x

    Rachael |

    • Pretty Squared

      I need to purchase more from the permanent line because they’re beautiful colors! I hope you get them too, bummer some products do not get released abroad as well