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L’Oreal x Balmain Paris Lipstick Available for Pre-Order

L'Oreal x Balmain Paris Lipstick
L’Oreal x Balmain Paris Lipstick

The Details

For the first time, L’Oréal Paris collaborates with Balmain to create a range of 12 exclusive couture matte shades designed under the creative direction of Olivier Rousteing himself. Divided into three color themes, representative of the three tribes of L’Oréal Paris x Balmain Paris femininity—Glamazone, Couture, and Rock—accessible beauty meets high fashion. Only for a limited time, indulge in the richest matte colors with intense hydration and comfort.

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L'Oreal x Balmain Paris Lipstick, $14.00 (Limited Edition)

  • Urban Safari
  • Glamazone
  • Fever
  • Balmain Instinct
  • Confidence
  • Domination
  • Liberation
  • Confession
  • Freedom
  • Power
  • Legend
  • Rebellion

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L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 3)

01/05

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Always Pearly Pink (756)

L’Oreal Always Pearly Pink (756) Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation applied dry, which went on the lid evenly and smoothly and required little effort to blend out. It was able to get full coverage when I used a dampened brush, though. The eyeshadow stayed on well for 11 hours before it started to crease faintly, which led to definite, obvious creasing after 14 hours of wear.

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

Ingredients

CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISODODECANE • TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • NYLON-611/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER • HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE • SILICA • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • TALC • POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE • LAUROYL LYSINE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA • POLYURETHANE-11 • [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE • CI 77000 / ALUMINUM POWDER • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS • CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN • CI 77742 / MANGANESE VIOLET • CI 77947 / ZINC OXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE]

9
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
6
Longevity
5
Application
88%
Total

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L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 2)

01/05

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Eternal Black

L’Oreal Eternal Black Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a dark black with neutral undertones and a silver sparkle strewn throughout. The consistency was smooth, not too powdery nor too firmly packed into the pot, but it had a tendency to work best built up rather than packed on. It had semi-opaque coverage, which was buildable to nearly opaque coverage, but I was only able to achieve a really rich, opaque lid color with a dampened brush or over an eyeshadow primer. This shade wore well for 12.5 hours before there was slight fading.

The formula is supposed to have “24 hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

Ingredients

CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISODODECANE • TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • NYLON-611/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER • HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE • SILICA • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • TALC • POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE • LAUROYL LYSINE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA • POLYURETHANE-11 • [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE • CI 77000 / ALUMINUM POWDER • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS • CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN • CI 77742 / MANGANESE VIOLET • CI 77947 / ZINC OXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE]

8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
80%
Total

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L’Oreal 24HR Infallible Eyeshadows (Part 1)

01/05

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow

Amber Rush

L’Oreal Amber Rush Infallible 24-Hour Eyeshadow ($7.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark, coppery brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation applied dry and more opaque coverage damp. The consistency was soft, loosely packed in the jar but more like a pressed eyeshadow than a loose one overall. It applied evenly to bare skin, blended easily along the edges, and stayed in place for 10.5 hours on me before starting to fade, though there was minimal fading from that point to 16 hours (when I removed it).

The formula is supposed to have “24-hour” wear with “intense, maximized color” and a “powder-cream texture.” They are absolutely long-wearing, but testing for 24 hours is more than I’m happy to do more than very, very occasionally, though most showed some sign of wear between 12 and 14 hours of wear, so I used that to help determine an approximate wear time. The majority of the shades in the range are semi-opaque to opaque, buildable when not fully opaque, and soft, blendable, and easy to work with. The more shimmery shades tended to be the best and easiest to use while more matte and satin finish shades were not as consistent. You can view swatches of all shades here. I have applied them dry (left) and damp (right) as well.

P.S. — I have reviewed most of these in the past, but it was years ago, and I felt like as one of the better drugstore powder eyeshadows on the market, it was time to repurchase them (to get the latest and greatest versions), re-photograph and swatch, retest, and re-review.

Ingredients

CYCLOHEXASILOXANE • ISODODECANE • TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE • NYLON-611/DIMETHICONE COPOLYMER • HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER • CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE • CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE • SILICA • CAPRYLYL GLYCOL • SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE • TALC • POLYETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE • LAUROYL LYSINE • TIN OXIDE • ALUMINA • POLYURETHANE-11 • [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR: MICA • CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE • CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES • CI 77510 / FERRIC FERROCYANIDE • CI 77000 / ALUMINUM POWDER • CI 75470 / CARMINE • CI 77007 / ULTRAMARINES • CI 77288 / CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS • CI 77289 / CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN • CI 77742 / MANGANESE VIOLET • CI 77947 / ZINC OXIDE • CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE • CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE • CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE]

Amber Rush
Amber Rush
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
87%
Total

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Best Eyeshadows | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Blushes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow formulas useful 🙂

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow

Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow ($21.00 for 0.08 oz.) still remains my very favorite powder eyeshadow formula. I’m particularly fond of their more shimmery and satin finishes, though their mattes are nice (but they aren’t as dense, and I love a denser, creamier eyeshadow). Their are over 200 shades to choose from, so you can imagine it is hard to pick favorites, but here are swatches of some of my must-haves!

Availability

Sephora

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow

Tarte Metallics Shadow ($14.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a new formula that debuted this year, and I was able to confirm with Tarte that they anticipate these being part of the permanent range, at least for the next year…. so here’s hoping they will make a stronger commitment to the formula by adding more shades next year! The formula on the Metallics range is soft, smooth, blendable, and almost cream-like as they have a denser, richer feel to them. They are pigmented, long-wearing, and easy to use. Some of my favorite shades are Sinful, Pokerface, and Dame.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Tarte

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 2)

L'Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is supposed to be “soft, velvety” in texture with “intense pigments for exquisite color richness” and “lasts all day.” The texture is incredibly soft; to the point where I’m not sure these would travel as well as your average powder eyeshadow. The lighter, more matte shades are very white-based and can look chalky on my skin tone but should work better on fairer skin tones or coupled with a smoothing primer. Most of the shades were fairly pigmented and blendable on the lid with good adhesion without a primer with a few exceptions. Unsurprisingly, neutrals were more consistently higher-performing than the bolder/more colorful shades. I did run into wear issues, as all the shades I tried either faded and/or creased within six hours of wear, so I would recommend a primer with these. Initially, they reminded me of formulas like Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow, Kat Von D Metal Crush, etc., but while these have a similar velvety, smooth feel, they are looser once you touch your brush to them.

L’Oreal Petite Perle Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light white with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly smooth texture, but it was harder to apply on the lid without it applying unevenly (almost like the color bunched up/thickened in places). The color started to crease after six hours of wear. Sephora + Pantone Universe Antique White (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Crystal Avalanche (DC, $16.00) is cooler, better quality (95% similar). NARS Rue Allent (Left) (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Cobalt Rush #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Precious Embroidery #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Smoky Sequins #2 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Ice Queen #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Zoeva Spun Pearl (P, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Vapour (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Roadstripe (LE, $19.00) is brighter, cooler (90% similar). NYX Frostbite (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, brighter, cooler (90% similar). Sugarpill Ice Angel (P, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Green Promenade Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, dark green with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic finish. It had a really soft, lightly loosened consistency in the pan, so there was some fall out during application, but it adhered well enough that I didn’t have issues with further fall out during wear (though it creased after six hours). bareMinerals Midnight Luminance (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sweet & Sour #2 (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Peacock (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Silver Sun (P, $20.00) is warmer (80% similar). Giorgio Armani Onyx (05) (P, $39.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). NYX Jaded (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Teal Couture Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a muted, medium-dark green-teal with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had a drier, firmer texture that made it harder to get decent color payoff out of it. I also had issues with applying it to my lid, as it didn’t seem to blend out without becoming patchy/uneven. Urban Decay Fringe (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Too Glam (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter (90% similar). Kat Von D Watt (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Junkie (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Flower Shop (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Too Faced Sequin (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Ice Blue (143CP) (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I238 Blue Cedar (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Banana Daiquiri (LE, $5.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Shimmermoss (DC, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Sea Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Grand Bleu Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark blue with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. It had good color payoff, but I found the color to be more challenging to apply and blend out without it becoming somewhat patchy. It started to crease after six hours of wear.
Sephora Aja (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Siren #6 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Dina (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #22 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Kimono (P, $5.00) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Azure (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Acid #5 (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, brighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever I218 Indigo Blue (P, $21.00) is darker (85% similar). Coloured Raine Blue Magic (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kat Von D Nebula (LE, $21.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Meet Me in Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark gray with subtle, cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, velvety-smooth texture that applied well and diffused nicely on the skin. This shade started to have signs of fading after six hours of wear. Kat Von D Smoke (Contour) (P, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 14 (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M110 Cement (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Dagger (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Stealth (P, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Fog (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Courtly Grey (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Sephora Berlin Underground (P, $10.00) is warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty For Less (P, ) is cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Lovey Dovey (LE, $5.00) is lighter (80% similar). LORAC Our Guest (LE, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). MAC Print (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Viseart Grande Pro (Vol. 1) #22 (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Noir C’est Noir Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had good color payoff paired with a fairly soft consistency that felt a little dry compared to other shades in the range, but it still blended out without too much effort. The color looked faded after six hours of wear. Viseart Chroma #3 (P, )(100% similar). Kat Von D Killing Moon (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Too Faced Licorice Rope (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Stiletto (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever S102 Onyx (P, $21.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). The Estee Edit Mood (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Smokey Eye Beauty (Smoke) (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Obsidian (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Metal (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Noir (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Blackjack (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Pat McGrath Xtreme Black (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Shax (P, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Fashion Legend (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Devotion (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Smashbox Ebony (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Fashionista (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). MAC Cinderblack (LE, $22.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). NARS Loverboy (LE, $25.00) is cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Argentic Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, silverly blue with cool undertones and a frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff with a denser, slightly firm texture that blended out fairly well. The eyeshadow started to crease after six hours. Tarte Flask (P, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). Maybelline Cool Crush (LE, $6.99) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Just Breathe #1 (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Firefly (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P, ) is lighter (80% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

8
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
78%
Total
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
6.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
6
Longevity
3.5
Application
71%
Total
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4
Application
78%
Total
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
6.5
Longevity
5
Application
86%
Total
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
Argentic
Argentic
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
6.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
81%
Total

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