I was so happy finally to get Gilded Envy to add to my collection of taupe/pewter type shadows. This shade has never been released in Canada but I found it easily at the Walmart in Buffalo when we went over the border a few days ago. It’s a beautifuly neutral pewter shade that’s a bit more metallic than I’d ideally like but not so much that I’m not delighted with it. It wears very well without creasing and so it also works great as a base under other shadows (I like using it under MAC’s Caviar Dreams shadow, which is one of those problematic Lustre finishes; using Gilded Envy enhances how it looks once applied). Great inexpensive shadow.
L’Oreal Gilded Envy (755) Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dirty, antique gold with a frosted, metallic finish and subtle, warm undertones. It’s almost an olive green, but it leans more golden and less olive. It’s not your typical gold–a little warmer than pewter. Applied dry, it was semi-opaque, and then applied with a damp brush, it was fully opaque. The texture was fairly soft, but it is rather sparkly, so you can feel the texture of some of the sparkle content in it, which is why it is smoother when applied with a dampened brush. MAC Cakeshop (LE) is lighter, cream. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is grayer. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $19.50) is lighter. Giorgio Armani #24 (LE, $33.00) is darker. See comparison swatches. Just as an aside, NARS Kauai #1 is lighter and more golden, so while it was recently reviewed, I wouldn’t consider it a dupe.