Monday, October 5th, 2009


L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos ($9.99) are a more budget-friendly way of obtaining brighter, more pigmented eyeshadows. Each contains two shades of matte eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.08 oz. L’Oreal currently has five different matte eyeshadow duos available: Animated, Dashing, Perky, Poppy, and Striking.

  • Animated contains a chalky grayish-white and a periwinkle blue.
  • Perky contains a medium bright grassy green and a grayish-black.

I don’t love the matte eyeshadow duos. They’re okay–about average–but they’re not stellar. Since they’re matte, I do expect some chalkiness when I swatch, which is always minimized when you’re actually applying them with a brush. Nonetheless, the whitish side of Animated definitely looked and felt chalky and almost garish. I did love the shade of periwinkle blue in Animated, though–not a shade you see often, period. Perky has a lovely shade of green that doesn’t feel chalky or powdery, but the darker grayish-black shade has a lot of drag and just doesn’t have a great texture. So in the end, each duo only has one good shade–the other half is just so-so.

For comparison, a MAC eyeshadow contains 0.05 oz. of product and retails for $14.50 each. You get 0.03 oz. more and pay $9.99 a pop. A lot of mass retailer brands, like L’Oreal HIP, do go on sale on a frequent basis, so when they’re on sale, I’d be more willing to purchase these. At full price, I feel like it’s more than I want to pay for L’Oreal. I do consider the HIP line to be one of the better pigmented eyeshadow lines available at mass. I just wish you could swatch before you bought!

Bottom line: I wouldn’t pay full price ($9.99) for either of these duos, and I’d only really recommend Animated for the periwinkle blue, just because I don’t see that color in a lot of other lines. I love that L’Oreal is bringing matte color to the forefront, and I think the price point is affordable for many, particularly if they’re on sale.

  • Product: 21/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

Recommendation: If you can catch L’Oreal’s H.I.P. line on sale, they’re worth trying. Paying full price on the other hand…

Availability: Drugstores/Mass Retailers

See photos and swatches… 


Animated, Perky

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28 thoughts on “L’Oreal HIP Matte Eyeshadow Duos – Animated and Perky – Reviews, Photos, Swatches

  1. Sixx

    Yeah…i wasn’t too excited about their mattes…but i love their metallic ones though. =)

  2. Michelle

    I know Walgreens and Rite Aid do their Buy One, Get One with Loreal products. I haven’t tried the HIP line — but their metallic and shimmer HIP shadows look pretty . . .

  3. Deanna

    I bought these when Ulta first got them in as a BOGO and I took them back because the pigmentation wasn’t there (even over a good primer) and the texture was like chalk. HORRIBLE !!!

  4. I have the poppy color and I actually love it.Maybe I will try the perky color. Not the absolute best quality but I got it at Rite Aid for BOGO. Worth it.

  5. rowan

    these look pretty, i actually like chalky matte eyeshadows, as long as they’re pigmented…

  6. Luisafer

    don’t like Loreal… my skins reacts baddly 😛

  7. I feel the same way about the duos… there’s always only one good shade in them. I have the one with the bright silver and the one with a bright gold (Platinum and Gilded I think) and the silver and gold are pretty awesome for drugstore but the dark shades in both are kinda… not that great. I was impressed to find some nice metallics in the drugstore though.

  8. These aren’t colors I would really wear or reach for on the off chance. I have 2 L’oreal Hip Duos, Rascal and Shady. I’ve found they work well with a coordinating base for staying power and reducing fall out. I also wait for a sale on them too.

  9. stephanie

    i love these. waiting for BOGO

  10. Susie

    costal scents has a better deal on matte eyeshadows with color than this.

  11. Christi

    Not too excited about the new mattes, but the metallic duos are good and even better when they go on sale for guilt free shopping.

  12. Brian Kelly

    I thought the matte shadows were actually very nice. I have the Animated duo and I love the white as a highlighter.

  13. Carina

    I used to have Perky and it worked out ok for me. But I was using a sponge-tip applicator at the time since I did not own brushes. I don’t know why but I still like sponge-tip applicators… dont judge me :)