I've been taking my new L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadows for a test drive this week, and I have to say I'm pretty darn impressed. They have a strange consistency that feels like a powdery cream, and they blend like nobody's business. I picked up three shades, Bronzed Taupe, Iced Latte, and Endless Pearl.
|Top to Bottom: Bronzed Taupe, Iced Latte, Endless Pearl, taken with flash|
I really had no idea what to expect with these shadows given their strange texture, but they're extremely smooth and apply beautifully with fingers or brushes. The pigmentation of Bronzed Taupe and Iced Latte is incredible. The swatches above are one swipe of product.
But, (isn't there always a but?) I have to say that I'm not entirely thrilled with the performance of Endless Pearl. When I purchased this shade I thought it would be right up my alley. Unlike Bronzed Taupe and Ice Latte, Endless Pearl appears much more matte. There is a slight hint of shimmer, but it's nothing like the other two shadows. Unfortunately, Endless Pearl also lacks the vibrant pigmentation found in Bronzed Taupe and Iced Latte. The swatch above required 3 passes and I had to practically scrape the product out of the pot to achieve even this minimal level of opacity. It does apply slightly better on the lid. I've been using it as a subtle highlight on my eyes and cheeks, but I will not repurchase this shade. Given that it barely shows up on my skin, I've had a hard time being able to tell if it wears as well as the other two shadows.
Oh well! Enough of the bad, let's take a look at some good!
I wanted to post full FOTD shots, but between the bitter cold (single digit temps today!) and my dry office environment, my skin was flaky and dry by lunchtime. Luckily my eyeshadow held up remarkably well so I can at least show you the main event!
To create this look, I applied Bronzed Taupe all over the lid in into the crease with my finger and blended the edges out with a MAC 217. Then I used the 217 to apply Iced Latte from the crease up to the brow. I used the same brush to darken the crease with a bit more of Bronzed Taupe. Then I applied a bit of MAC All That Glitters to the inner third of the lid. I lined the lower lash line with MAC Eye Kohl in Tarnish and finished it all off with generous lashings of Guerlain Noir G mascara.
The eyeshadow was applied at 7:00 this morning and this photo was taken at 8:00 this evening. I didn't use a base, other than the normal amount of foundation I put on my lids. I will probably never test out my makeup for 24 hours, but I'd say that 13 hours with no creasing without the use of a base is pretty darn impressive. My lids aren't particularly oily though, so if yours are you might want to use a base just to be on the safe side.
I'm really impressed with these shadows, although in the future I plan on steering clear of any shades with a similar texture to Endless Pearl. Have you tried any of the L'Oreal Infallibles?