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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows (Part 1)

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach 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 Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a very light, warmer white with a matte finish. It had good color payoff that applied fairly well and blended out with ease, but it made my lids look a bit drier than than they did without eyeshadow. This shade lasted for six hours before fading. Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $12.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). LORAC White (P, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Linen (P, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (P, ) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (P, $10.00) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Put a Bow On It (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Too Faced Frosty Nog (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Glaze (LE, $16.00) is more muted (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light-medium, peachy beige with warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a fairly soft consistency that was a little powdery on the skin. The color started to fade after six hours of wear. Tarte Pastel (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Solar (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Stone (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Charming #1 (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 5 (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Warm Breeze (P, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Lover #3 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Ambrosia (LE, $16.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Heart-Shaped Cookie (P, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M534 Oat (P, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Flower Child (P, ) is lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a soft, light-medium copper with warm, orange undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had great pigmentation with a smooth, soft, and blendable consistency that applied well and was easy to work with. The only downside was the wear–it started to crease after six hours of wear. Viseart Beaux-Arts (P, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (P, $9.99) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (P, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). NARS Belle-Ile (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (P, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bon Bon (Semi-Sweet Palette) (P, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Save It For Later (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Anastasia Bellini (LE, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Magnolia (143K) (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Smashbox Moccasin (P, ) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #1 (P, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Illamasqua Bronx (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani Organica (Right) (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #6 (LE, $25.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Luscious (LE, $16.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium taupe with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin finish. The texture was denser and almost cream-like, which resulted in a thicker feel on the lid. It had rich color payoff, and it was easily diffused on the skin. The color started to fade a bit after six hours. Kat Von D Night Crawler (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (P, ) is darker (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Poetic (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (LE, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Girl Crush (DC, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Copperplate (P, $16.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Cover (P, $19.00) is warmer (80% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Camel Coat (P, $18.50) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and a soft, frosted sheen. It had rich, opaque color coverage with a smooth, velvety texture that adhered well to bare skin and diffused beautifully along the edges for a very blended look. The color started to crease after six hours of wear. Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Good Girl & U Know It (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cold Brew (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Cinder (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Clarins Brown #3 (P, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Moodmaker (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS Splendor (LE, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Hell Ya (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Enhance) (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a light, pale pink with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had a very soft, smooth consistency that applied with mostly opaque color payoff on the lid without immediately fading. The color wore well for six hours before I noticed fading. Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Candy Cane (LE, $16.00) is cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Studio (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Plum (Highlight) (P, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte What a Wonderful Pearl (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Kat Von D Baptism (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Strange (P, $19.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Strawberry Mousse (LE, $14.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Anastasia Baby Cakes (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Porto Venere (P, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Inglot #356 (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow ($5.99 for 0.12 oz.) is a medium taupe brown with warm undertones and a metallic sheen. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was a little loose in the pan (not quite as dense as some of the shades in the line). It started to crease after six hours of wear. MAC Divine Rule (LE, $16.00) is warmer (95% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (P, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (P, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Zoeva Outline (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Sephora Moon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is darker (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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9.5
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9
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6.5
Longevity
5
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86%
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10 Sparkling, Shimmering Golds to Celebrate the New Year

Here’s a more traditional take on shades of the New Year — yellowy golds. I went for a list of some of my favorite more shimmering/sparkling shades for bonus points 🙂 What are your favorites?

  1. Anastasia So Hollywood — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  2. Kat Von D Thrasher — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  3. Colour Pop Get Lucky — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  4. Sephora Girls Night Out — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  5. NYX Mischievous — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  6. NARS Iskandar — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  7. MAC Old Gold — A Warm Gold with a Frost finish.
  8. L'Oreal Eternal Sunshine — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  9. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Triptych — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.
  10. Sugarpill Goldilux — A Warm Gold with a Metallic finish.

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L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminators

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a liquid highlighter that can be used as a specific highlighter (like on cheek bones) or all-over (likely mixed in with a base product, like foundation or moisturizer). The biggest con to these is that they have a very, very short working window as they dry down almost immediately, and they dry down and don’t want to move much and instead the shimmer/sheen flakes off than diffuses or blends out. The texture is liquid but thicker than your typical liquid-based highlighter (which are often a little watery or thin) and is viscous enough to hold its shape in a dollop when you squeeze it out. The squeeze-tube offers a good amount of control over how much you get per use, which is nice. The liquid highlighters seemed to have less visible sparkle/glitter than the powders did, though there are a few bits. It gave the skin a metallic sheen that’s by no means subtle, but it didn’t seem to emphasize pores or the skin’s natural texture. They can be mixed with a base product, but you’ll want to use something with a thinner consistency to help this spread out. The shimmer is larger and may be too intense when mixed in for all-over use, but it will depend on your preferences.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a light pink with subtle, warm undertones and a fine golden beige shimmer. It gave the skin a really metallic sheen, and on my medium complexion, appeared as a much brighter highlighter than I expect it’ll look on very light skin. This one had the longest working window, though it’s not long, and you’ll want to work one cheek at a time and use fingertips to avoid the product drying on an applicator. This shade lasted for eight hours. NARS New Order (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker. MAC Pearl Blossom (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Lancome Moonlight Rose (LE, $42.00) is darker. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.67 oz.) is a bright, metallic gold with warm, orange-yellow undertones and a metallic sheen. It was semi-opaque but sheers out quite a bit in practice. It dries down very quickly and is difficult to get to look even–I had the best luck using fingertips with this one. Using a brush resulted in the product drying on the brush and little to none transferring to my skin. It lasted for eight hours on me before turning patchy. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is more shimmery, more muted. Becca Champagne Gold (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery. Giorgio Armani No. 10 (P, $59.00) is less shimmery, darker. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a medium-dark copper with warm undertones and lighter gold shimmer. This was the most shimmery of the three, and it had a slightly thinner consistency as well. It spread fairly well over the skin, but it does dry down as you’re applying it, so you have to work quickly and do as much spreading initially. You might want to apply a sheer, even layer and build up intensity as needed, which will minimize the need to blend (and should take less time to apply). The color lasted for eight hours before the product started to look patchy on the skin. Laura Mercier Indiscretion (LE, $42.00) is lighter. Laura Geller Ballerina (P, $24.00) is lighter. Becca Rose Gold (P, $41.00) is less shimmery. Becca Blushed Copper (LE, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker. Becca Rose Gold (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. Laura Mercier Spellbound (LE, $42.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Bronze Glow (LE, $45.00) is warmer. MAC Barbados Girl (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. Illamasqua Supernatural (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Ice
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8.5
Longevity
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Golden
Golden
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Rose
Rose
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L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminators

L'Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator
L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator

L’Oreal Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is supposed to be a highlight powder that can be used all-over or on the high planes of the face, and there are three shades. Each shade is divided into four colors, though you’ll end up using at least two together unless you use a very, very small brush. I didn’t feel like it mattered a whole lot whether you mixed evenly or leaned towards one side or the other. The texture of these feels soft and smooth in the pan, but it’s a drier powder where the shimmer separates from the powder to a degree, which makes the shimmer emphasize the skin’s natural texture even more than it already does do to the high shimmer and micro-sparkle amount. It read more like a glittery highlighter on the skin than a luminous sheen. I can’t imagine using this all-over as a highlighter unless you were going for a very over-the-top, disco-ball effect, but I don’t think that’s going to work for most. The wear was eight hours across the board, but the sparkle and shimmer travel all over–I had sparkle on my neck and around my nose, so by the end of the day, all of me was effectively highlighted. On my skin tone, there isn’t a big difference between Ice and Rose; on very fair or cooler-toned skin, you might pick up more of a difference applied. What’s funny about this particular highlighter is I think it looks ten times better in photos than in does in person, so maybe if you aren’t actually going out and just need to take a photo, these might do the trick! I’m very disappointed, because the powder seemed promising just touching the powder itself, and there aren’t nearly enough budget-friendly highlighter options on the market.

L’Oreal Ice Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, pink-tinged white with warmer gold shimmer and pink sparkle. It was intensely pigmented and very frosted on the skin with visible specks of sparkle/micro-glitter that emphasized pores and the skin’s natural texture (it made my cheeks look dry and textured). It wore for eight hours, but I had glittery bits all over my face and neck by the end of the day. The powder itself feels really smooth in the compact but can be powdery. L’Oreal Ice (P, $12.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer. Becca Pearl (P, $38.00) is less shimmery. MAC Light Sunshine (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, darker. Chanel Lumiere Sculptee de Chanel Highlighting Powder (LE, $72.00) is less shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Golden Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a brightened, orange-based gold with a frosted sheen and lighter gold sparkle. It was intensely pigmented with a very soft feel to the powder’s surface but was quite powdery once you worked with it. Again, the sparkly bits tended to lift from the base color and get everywhere. The powder itself lasted for eight hours, and this was the only one with visible color on my medium skin tone. The sparkly, metallic finish emphasized pores and gave my cheeks a drier look. L’Oreal Golden (P, $12.99) is lighter, brighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is less shimmery. Guerlain Terracotta Sun in the City Illuminating Powder (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery, darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is less shimmery, lighter. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

L’Oreal Rose Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator ($12.99 for 0.31 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a frosted sheen with visible sparkle/micro-glitter. The texture was soft, smooth, and only a little powdery, but as soon as you start to blend it out, the shimmer and sparkle separate from the powder. This shade had the least visible sparkle compared to the other two. It’s actually a product best applied wet or with fingertips, I think. The highlighter emphasized the skin’s texture and made it look worse for the wear as pores looked enormous! On me, the effect lasted for eight hours but the sparkle migrated all over the face. MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, less pigmented. MAC Sparkling Rose (LE, $28.00) is darker, warmer. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Pink Glow (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer. NARS Devotee (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

P.S. — I will review the liquid versions soon.

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Golden
Golden
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78%
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Rose
Rose
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7
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78%
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5 Shades of Peach for Spring

Peach is often like the lighter, softer version of coral, as you can find pink-leaning peach shades or more orange-leaning peach shades, so there is usually a shade that will work for someone! There are even more peachy-beige kind of shades that are more neutral. I love peach on the eyes, whether as an eyeliner or on the center or inner lid. The center of lid is great to really brighten, especially if you use darker, more contrasting shades on the inner/outer areas of the lid. The inner tear duct is a nice place for a pop of more shimmery peach that I find helps to open up eyes.

  1. Bite Beauty Leche — a satin-finished, medium peach lip color
  2. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a peach with champagne shimmer and warm undertones that works as a highlighter or subtle blush
  3. L’Oreal Highlighter (230) — brighten eyes with this peachy-pink eyeliner
  4. Make Up For Ever #I524 Pinky Beige — a light-medium peach with a pearly sheen to brighten eyes
  5. YSL Tender Peach (26) — a glossy, pink-tinted peach lipstick

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