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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Thursday, June 7th, 2012


L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow 24 Hour — New Shades for Summer 2012

Known for its long-wear color authority, L’Oréal Paris’ Infallible collection introduces Infallible Eye Shadow – the first 24-hour formula in the mass marketplace. Available in a range of 12 irresistible and wearable shades, Infallible Eye Shadow was purposefully formulated to be long-wearing and to not settle into eyelid creases and lines – two of the top concerns of eye shadow-wearers. Its revolutionary velvet-soft texture comes in a lightly pressed form. This luxurious shadow blends easily and provides a pop of luminous color with a smooth, even finish. From softly shimmering to intensely rich, eye shadow wearers can now experience the colors they crave with the long-wearing benefits they’ve been dreaming about. New shades will be available in July 2012 for $7.95 nationwide.

  • Liquid Diamond Diamond
  • Golden Emerald Green
  • Endless Sea Blue
  • Glistening Garnet Burgundy
  • Bottomless Java Brown
  • Smoldering Plum Plum purple

 

Sunday, September 25th, 2011


L’Oreal Paris & Project Runway Colors Take Flight Collection

Just in time for autumn’s fashion-forward styles, L’Oréal Paris, in conjunction with Emmy-nominated Project Runway, introduces “Colors Take Flight” – a limited-edition cosmetics collection of four palettes inspired by the captivating colors of exotic birds. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist and Project Runway featured artist Collier Strong helped develop this collection which offers new and stunning shade ranges, rich textures and the tools to create distinctly different makeup looks. Inspired by the Cockatoo, the Owl, the Raven and the Amazon Parrot, these four cosmetics sets bring runway-inspired beauty to new heights.

Charming Cockatoo

  • Charming Cockatoo’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Pout (8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Wisdom ($4.99)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Mystery ($4.99)

Watchful Owl

  • Watchful Owl’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Pout (8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Night ($4.99)
  • Watchful Owl’s Lust ($4.99)

Audacious Amazon

  • Audacious Amazon’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Pout (8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flare ($4.99)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flash ($4.99)

Sultry Raven

  • Sultry Raven’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Pout (8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Dream ($4.99)
  • Sultry Raven’s Strength ($4.99)

availability: October 2011 at ULTA locations, drugstores, and mass market retailers nationwide.

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Saturday, May 28th, 2011

5 Great Pencil Eyeliners

Reader Su Ann wanted to see five great pencil eyeliners, so here are five favorites from what I have tried…

What’s your favorite pencil eyeliner?

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara

Do you need a million lashes for a million dollar lash look?

L’Oreal Blackest Black (635) Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara ($8.99 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is designed as a volumizing mascara that will make your sparse lil’ lashes go from two to a million with a couple of coats of mascara. Obviously, like all mascaras, the claims are exaggerated, but what we can take out of all the marketing brouhaha is that it should give the illusion of a fuller fringe of lashes.

The good thing about mascara is a picture is worth at least 1,000 words, if not a few more. The wand on Voluminous Million Lashes works brilliantly to define and separate lashes–even after a couple of coats–and no clumping. My lashes look longer and thicker certainly, though increased volume? I’m not entirely sold. It’s there in some capacity, but perhaps not as volumizing as I’d expect from a full-on volumizing mascara.

I wore this for twelve hours, and I have no smudging or flaking issues to report. It also held my curl during the twelve hours I trialed this mascara (on five separate occasions). They added new technology to the tube itself so that when the wand pulls through the opening, it minimizes the amount of excess mascara on the brush/wand, for a cleaner application.  Blackest Black is a nice, inky black, too.

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 5/5

final thoughts: Love the brush and the packaging — could be more volumizing, though it is a nice mascara overall (but I rate based on how well a product performs relative to its claims).

where to buy: drugstore.com

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

L'Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner
L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

Quick Reviews: L’Oreal Brown Extra Intense Eyeliner

L’Oreal Brown (797) Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner ($8.49 for 0.03 oz.) is a dark neutral brown with a creamy, semi-matte finish. It’s easy to work with, and it glides on smoothly on the lid and lash line. It doesn’t drag, pull, or tug, and it deposits color evenly and doesn’t need layers to go opaque.

Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!

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  • Product: 29/30
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: This is one of the better eyeliners I’ve discovered at drugstores — at the price tag, I’d recommend waiting for them to go on sale!

AVAILABILITY: Drugstore.com

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