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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Liquid Diamond

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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!

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4/5

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

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

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

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

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

L'Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Liquid Diamond, Liquid Diamond, Perpetual Purple

L'Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Liquid Diamond, Liquid Diamond, Perpetual Purple

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Is it limited edition?

No.

Any dupes?

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.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Liquid Diamond, Glistening Garnet, Perpetual Purple; Burberry Trench Eyeshadow; Make Up For Ever #26 Aqua Cream, Tarina Tarantino Spark of Envy Eyeliner.

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25 thoughts on “L’Oreal Liquid Diamond Infallible Eyeshadow Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Avatar of Barbie barbara

    so pretty I’m loving the new shades they released

  2. Very pretty!  I like how it looks silver and purple from different angles.

  3. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    From what I’ve seen from swatches, this may be a nice alternative for NARS 413 BLKR (or even the DCd NARS Notorious). Again, I’ve never seen any of these shades in person, but they seem very close. NARS Lhasa is also similar, but browner.

    • nacacijin

       @xamyx I’ve never seen 413BLKR, but I have heard it’s similar to Lhasa. I do have Lhasa and Liquid Diamond, though, so I figured I’d check and see if they were dupeable…noooo way haha not even remotely :(

      • Avatar of Amy xamyx

        @nacacijin From what I’ve seen in swatch photos, Lhasa is definitely different (warmer, browner) than 413 BLKR, which is *definitely* more of the “silver lilac” that NARS uses to describe Lhasa (which I *do* have). I just think they’re all in the same color “family”, if that makes sense. Someone with a deeper and/or warmer skintone may feel more comfortable in a color more similar to Lhasa. I spent a good solid week researching the two NARS shades to see which would be better for me, as my eyes are very dark, and 413 BLKR seemed a bit light for my personal taste, which is why I used the term “alternative” as opposed to “dupe”.

        • nacacijin

           @xamyx  @nacacijin I understand what you meant. I just wanted to let you know that there is genuinely nothing similar about two of the shades that you mentioned. But honestly, looking at online pictures of Liquid Diamond doesn’t really do much because it is an incredibly complex shade. When I look at the swatch on my arm right now (because I swatched again..lol) and then look at the photo above, they look nothing alike because the camera can’t pick up all of the color nuances (particularly the shimmer, which is multi-tonal and causes the color to both shift and intensify, making it very bright and very metallic, but also almost pale and silvered at the same time)
           
          And just for comparisons sake, looking at Lhasa next to it, Lhasa honestly looks 100% brown (almost identical to MAC Saddle)

        • Avatar of Amy xamyx

          @nacacijin I know what you mean about the complexities, as although I don’t have this one, I have about 8 others, most of which have that same multi-tonal dimension. As for Lhasa though, I get very little “brown” from it, and it *definitely* reads silver & purple moreso, if that makes sense. Perhaps it’s also my skintone-I’m *very* light, with absolutely no apparent undertones/overtones (a “true” neutral). I also tend to pair it with Daphne, so perhaps that pulls out the purple?

    • Bittenhoney

       @xamyx I have all of those, and Liquid Diamond is very metallic compared to the others. There’s no taupe in it at all. 

  4. Avatar of Sherri beausci2010

    This will be in my next drugstore purchase, it looks like a lilac silver :)

  5. Eh…I don’t know why but I never really fell in love with these. I have about 8 at home that are just in a pile somewhere. I feel like they are soft and smooth and all, but they are limited in the kind of looks they create because they’re SO metallic and they always look SO heavy on my eyes, no matter how little I apply

  6. Pamela

    These L’Oreal shadows are incredible values.  I first bought a gold color and immediately recognized the similarity to Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill.  I felt like I got duped because even the color was similar.  Oh well.  At least I now know not to splurge.

  7. Bittenhoney

    I  love this shade so much. I’ve bought two already! 

  8. Gabby

    I love love love the intense pigmentation of the infallibles :) it’s so hard to get regular shadows to show up on my skin. But these are actually pigmented enough to actually show up without packing on ten layers! I know for a lot of people they are too pigmented, but for my purposes they are excellent – it’s the first time I can actually get eye shadow looks to work for me and not just stick with plain liner + mascara :)

  9. This shade is so pretty! Especially when wet! How exactly do you apply this wet, do you pat the shadow onto a brush and then spray it while it’s on the brush? 

  10. Simran Mir

    luv the color and eyeshadow too.

  11. Okay, I think I’m a little bit in love with this one. I’ve been waiting for L’Oreal to put out a more interesting (but still pretty much neutral) shade before trying out the line, and I think Liquid Diamond is it! 
     
    As always — thanks very much for the review & swatches, Christine ;o) 

  12. Devin

    I think that there are good and bad batches of this shadow. I can see the sheerness in your swatch and when I swatch mine there is no way that it could be described as sheer, it looks like your wet swatch. It’s too bad you got a “bad” one.

  13. I pat it on with my cleansed fingers.  Too much trouble with the brushes.  This reminds me of Sugar Pill Lumi….

  14. KayeBaye

    I agree about the bad/good batches. I bought this shade Saturday and used it today and w/ a damp brush, the color is not as sheer as your swatch – its more a steel gray than a silver gray. Which sucks – I wish that the product was more consistent.

  15. This is my favorite of the Infallible shadows so far.  So pretty!

  16. Avatar of Amy xamyx

    i just bought this yesterday, and it is absolutely *stunning*. Although I haven’t used it on my eyes yet, I did swatch it on my hand, and it is so creamy and opaque. I used it dry, with a fairly soft brush (one that came with my HiP pigments), and I had no issues at all.

  17. I bought this one myself nearly a month ago now and I love it. I haven’t worn it by itself as even over a primer it still isn’t very opaque on me, though I have yet to try it with a damp brush as you’ve suggested.  I will say though, that for dupes, MAC’s “Softwash Gray” pigment is very similar. In fact, I use this L’Oreal Liquid Diamond as a base for the Softwash Gray p/m and it works beautifully not only in the color richness and opacity, but also in the longevity of the wear.
     
    I currently only have 3 of these L’Oreal shadows and don’t see myself buying too many more, but for what these are, they make really good shadow bases for me.:)