All of the products I’ve tried from Addiction have been excellent, and these shadows are no exception. I got two very different shades.
Midnight Drive was a surprise for me. I don’t know why I purchased it, or why I even swatched it. I do not really wear a lot of “bold” colors. Though this is technically a light color, it is still a bold one for me, in that it’s out of my comfort zone. Midnight Drive is a super-pale grey-toned seafoam green with a hint of a shimmer. It is not very “me,” but it felt “right” to get.
If that makes sense. I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
The next one I got was Fudge, which is a warm medium copper-y brown. Again, I saw this somewhere and wanted it. So I got it. The texture on this one is impeccable. It is silky-smooth and butter-y, and is extremely pigmented as well.
Swatches, L-R: Addiction Fudge, Addiction Midnight Drive
The texture of Fudge reminded me so much of the shu uemura eyeshadow I loved so much, I thought to swatch them next to each other:
Swatches, L-R: shu uemura ME medium brown 885, Addiction Fudge, Addiction Midnight Drive
They look nothing alike, thank God.
On my lids, I have Midnight Drive and I blended Fudge on my crease and a bit of the outer corner.
I underestimated how much I would love Midnight Drive, but it gives me the absolute happies. 🙂 It gives my eye the perfect bright summer pop that I’m comfortable with, being someone who prefers relatively safe makeup choices.
Fudge is a great makeup staple, though I can’t be too sure that it’s not dupe-able. I’ll look at my warm shimmery browns beside this one because it looks like it could be comparable to UD’s Snakebite or Dark Horse. Watch out for that. 🙂
Additionally, these have an amazing texture and are a dream to work with. I’m a lazy person by nature, and if I can cut out steps in my routine, I would prefer that. I love that these are so easy to use and blend out and pat on, and so on. There is pretty much no fallout for both shades.
I love that I got shades that work well together, despite the differing undertones (warm brown & cool green). I also have a hard time wearing cool tones on my lid, so Midnight Drive was a completely pleasant surprise.
What I’m wearing: L’Oreal Lucent Magique Liquid Foundation (N5), The Body Shop Brow & Liner Kit (02), Addiction eyeshadow (Midnight Drive and Fudge), Addiction Cheek Stick (Revenge), Media Creamy Lasting Lipstick (PK-20)
I’m usually partial to palettes, but this is an eyeshadow line that I wouldn’t mind building a collection of singles of. (WAT IS GRAMMUR.) I’ve asked my sister’s friend to pick up three more singles, and I think I want one more that I forgot to mention/ask for. BUT, we shall see. Sometimes my hoarder tendencies surface and I have to fight to keep them down, but if it’s for products with such a high quality, I sometimes find myself making exceptions.
Addiction by Ayako eyeshadows retail for ¥2100 or about $21. The pans are quite large and hold a bit of product.
I currently do not know if Addiction tests on animals, and have reached out to their official Twitter page to ask, though I have not gotten an answer. I’ve Googled around a bit and it seems like Addiction’s parent company, Kosé, tests so it’s safe to assume that Addiction tests on animals as well.
Read about my personal cruelty-free pledge here.