Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

L'Oreal Golden Emerald Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Golden Emerald Infallible Eyeshadow

If the Emerald City Only Sparkled Half as Much!

L’Oreal Golden Emerald Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a sparkling, shimmering forest green with an olive-brown base. It has flecks of emerald green micro-shimmer and larger dirty gold shimmer. Tarina Tarantino Wonderful is less green, more olive. Urban Decay Bender has a stronger yellow undertone. Inglot #418 is less olive/yellow-toned. Make Up For Ever #310 is cooler-toned, no yellow or olive base coloring. MAC Humid is less intense, slightly yellower.

This shade sparkles in such an incredible, eye-catching way. There are few products and even less shades that sparkle in such a way; I was truly captivated when I swatched this, and it was as beautiful on the lid as it was on my arm. This is something that anyone who loves green eyeshadow should seriously consider grabbing–and the price point makes it nearly irresistible. It has one of the most gorgeous finishes I’ve come across. Not all L’Oreal Infallibles have this finish (and not all Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense Eyeshadows do either), but it’s an exceptional play on shimmer, sheen, and reflective surfaces.

Golden Emerald works best slightly damp or wet, because the pigmentation and finish really sing there. When it’s applied dry, it’s not quite as intense or as pigmented.  The color payoff is decent to good, but you’ll likely want to apply it over a primer if you plan to use it dry.  What’s nice about this kind of formula is that when you use it wet, it stays looking like that–it doesn’t intensify and then dry and look faded.  That lack of intensity is the only drawback about this particular shade, because the wear is tops–full ten hour wear with no creasing or fading.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear seems to be a little more inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastically, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of overlap between the color ranges, though–they’re not putting out dupes so much as different shades in a similar formula.

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This is something that anyone who loves green eyeshadow should seriously consider grabbing--and the price point makes it nearly irresistible. It has one of the most gorgeous finishes I've come across.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

4.5/5

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Thursday, July 26th, 2012

L'Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer
L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer

A Stunning, Multi-Faceted Polish for $6

L’Oreal VIP Status Nail Lacquer ($5.99 for 0.39 fl. oz.) is a cool-toned, smoky blue-gray with hints of teal and silver shimmer in a metallic base. There was not a single color that came to mind that even resembled this in a meaningful way. Rescue Beauty Lounge Teal is a creamy, dark blue-based teal, but there’s none of the gray, smokiness or the multi-faceted shimmer. If you have a dupe in mind, I’d love to hear it!

This is one cool polish–there’s a lot of dimension to the color and finer nuances that make it really interesting. It kind of reminds me of some eyeshadows like MAC Club, MAC Blue Brown pigment, Too Faced Label Whore, etc., but it’s bluer with less brown coming through.  There are visible brush strokes in the finish, and they look like threads of shimmer–they applied fairly straight and evenly, actually. They’re most pronounced under really bright light (e.g. diffused flash) and hardly visible in natural light (e.g. studio light).

The formula wasn’t too thick or too thin; it was a good balance between the two, so it helped the polish apply fluidly across the nail without gathering along the sides.  I didn’t experience any streaking or bubbling, and two coats was plenty to produce opaque color coverage.  The brush was easy to use, not too wide or narrow, and enough flexibility to move around but not so much that it became floppy.  Worth noting is that it contains 20% less polish than most polishes (0.39 fl oz. vs. 0.50 fl. oz.).  I did do a wear test with this particular shade, and I was able to get seven days of wear with minor tip wear but no chipping–it’s supposed to last for 10 days, which I haven’t tested with this shade specifically and will do so with the next L’Oreal shade (I typically only test for seven days; didn’t realize they claimed 10 days!).  Keep in mind, of course, that next to nothing chips on me, whether I use a base/top coat or nothing but the polish itself.

P.S. — This is currently buy one, get one 50% off at drugstore.com.

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A stunning shade that's unique to me with an excellent formula that comes in at less than $10? All over it! Definitely worth a look-see next time you're at the drugstore.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, July 5th, 2012

5 Shimmering Silver Eyeshadows

I love a really shimmery silver on the lid with a matte gray or black eyeshadow in the crease for a very traditional, monochromatic smoky eye!

What’s your favorite silver eyeshadow?

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

L'Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Perpetual Purple Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a darkened violet purple with subtle red undertones and a multi-colored shimmer.  When applied dry, it’s sheer, slightly browner, less violet.  When it’s applied damp/wet, it’s much more intense with a strong violet purple coloring and opaque color payoff. MAC Young Punk is blacker and less violet. Dior Garden Roses is lighter and pinker. MAC Plush is lighter, more red-toned. Urban Decay Delinquent is a little brighter. Urban Decay Psychedelic Sister is very similar, slightly brighter.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder.

I believe this shade is known as Purple Obsession internationally. I have it, and it was actually one of the first shades I tested (many months ago), and I set it aside because it did not work well for me–it did not want to apply evenly at all on the lid, and it was creasing and fading like you wouldn’t believe. When I recently tried Perpetual Purple (and I didn’t know they were the same), I had a similar experience. It fades surprisingly quickly, and when I wore it alone (just by itself), I did have significant creasing after a mere six hours. When I used it in the crease with other Infallible Eyeshadows, it didn’t crease.  The texture of Perpetual Purple was also on the dry side, so it wasn’t as easy to blend or apply.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

Edited:  The picture that showed the wear was MISSING! Now it’s there in all of its disappointing glory.

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Perpetual Purple

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Thankfully, L'Oreal's Infallible Eyeshadow range includes more than just this shade (and I wish this hadn't been my first experience with them, because I would have made these more of a priority to begin with), because this one is definitely disappointing. Poor wear: fading, creasing, and poor color payoff.

Product

7/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

4/10

Application

3.5/5

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Sunday, July 1st, 2012

L'Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) silvery-gray with a purple tint and a frosted finish. When it’s dry, it’s rather sheer, and when you apply it wet, the finish becomes more metallic and the color payoff is much improved. MAC Hold That Pose! is browner. Guerlain Les Ombres de Nuit is less metallic, browner. MAC Idol Eyes is somewhat similar, but the payoff is so terrible, it’s hard to be sure! What I liked about this shade was that it doesn’t seem to be readily dupeable (at least nothing I could think of). It’s a much more nuanced shade than much of the rest of the color range.

L’Oreal says that these wear for up to 24 hours and are long-wearing and intensely pigmented. They’re a hybrid pressed and loose powder; it’s like a very, very finely-milled loose powder that’s been sat on (and in essence, that’s true, because each pot contains a plastic stopper that you can use to press the powder to further compact it). You get the blendability of a loose powder with the ease and convenient of a pressed powder. With Liquid Diamond, I had minor creasing after ten hours, which didn’t seem to worsen really, even after sixteen hours (see photo below). The color didn’t fade, either, over that sixteen hour time period–all without primer.  When I used primer, the results were better, and I didn’t have any creasing problems.

The way I feel about this product is that the color is unique enough to make sure to use over primer.  Generally, the more unique/appealing a color is to me, the more leeway I’ll give it everywhere else in how much I’m willing to pay, how hard I’m willing to work for it, etc. This opinion/philosophy is not included in the rating, but I thought I’d share.  My recommendation is to use this over a primer and with a damp brush to bring out the color and require less color packing.  I really appreciated that I didn’t have any fall out when I used this wet, even though it’s rather shimmery and didn’t go on as smoothly as some of the other shades in the range.

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear is can be inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastic, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!

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The creasing was very minor and probably not noticeable to anyone but the wearer, and you can solve that problem by wearing a primer underneath (but these are marketed as having up to 24-hour wear, without a primer). It's one of the more nuanced and original shades in the range!

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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Monday, June 25th, 2012

L'Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Glistening Garnet Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a berry-tinted pink with a soft, frosted finish. When applied dry, it has a slightly more subdued, redder appearance–it’s not quite opaque. When applied damp, it takes on a pinker hue and the frosted finish is more pronounced, and the color itself is opaque. At a glance, you’d think it was similar to MAC Cranberry, but it’s not at all–Cranberry is much, much darker, more of a burgundy (so it has more brown in it than pink). MAC Moon Rose is pinker. Milani Pink Twice is pinker as well.

If you’re familiar with Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, these are very similar. I found the biggest difference between the two was in the texture of the formula and the overall appearance of the colors–L’Oreal Infallibles are more one-dimensional, less nuanced, whereas you’ll see an interplay of colors with the Eyes to Kill Intense. L’Oreal owns both brands, so I imagine there was some trickle-down effect in the technology once Giorgio Armani rolled it out.  It’s not really a negative that these are more what-you-see-is-what-you-get in color.  The Eyes to Kill Intense shades can look really stunning in the pot and look a little less complex when swatched.

The texture of Glistening Garnet is soft, smooth, and finely-milled.  It’s a compacted loose powder–you could break it up if you really wanted to, but it arrives already pretty solid, and there’s a little topper inside that you can use to press and compact the powder should it loosen over time.  It can be used wet or dry, though the payoff was significantly better when used wet–but other shades in the line-up were better dry than this one, so it seemed like it fell a little short as far as pigmentation went for dry use.

I originally tested a few shades of the formula that the lovely ladies at Beaut.ie sent me from Ireland, because these weren’t available in the states at the time (and L’Oreal told me they weren’t going to be released here). A few months later, L’Oreal did end up releasing them state-side. I had some trouble with the original shades I tried, so I can’t say that all of the shades perform consistently or as well as this shade did.

Glistening Garnet, however, did perform well, and I didn’t have any trouble using it. Even after 16 hours (without primer!), I didn’t have any creasing, though there was some slight, but noticeable, fading along the outer corner. The only thing I have to note is that I needed to use it wet to make an impact; if you use it over a primer, you might be able to skip that step, but I still preferred applying with a damp brush. I used a small eyeshadow brush (like the MAC 239) to apply it to the lid.

L’Oreal does state that these are supposed to wear for up to 24-hours, which is the same claim Giorgio Armani made. I’m not really comfortable wearing makeup that long personally, so it will take me some time before I work up the courage to test it for that long! The longest I’ve tested these has been 16 hours.

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It's a great standalone product, but if you weren't able to pull the trigger on the $32 Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense but have always wanted to try one, L'Oreal Infallibles make an excellent, budget-friendly option.

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9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4/5

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