L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadows Reviews, Photos, Swatches (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. Inglot #318 (P, $6.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Sephora Starlight (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Inglot #373 (P, $6.00) is cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Bone (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Kat Von D Smoke (Highlight) (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Sugarpill Tako (P, $13.00) is cooler (95% similar). Viseart Petit Pro #1 (LE, ) is more muted (95% similar). Viseart Cool Matte #1 (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Atelier Nude #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC White (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). LORAC Linen (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Bobbi Brown White (LE, $22.00) is brighter, cooler (95% similar). Viseart Cashmere #1 (PiP, ) is more muted (95% similar). Too Faced Coconut Cream (LE, $16.00) is brighter (95% similar). NARS Give In Take IV (LE, $29.00) is more muted (95% similar). Sephora Swan Song (DC, $10.00) is cooler (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). Too Faced Powdered Sugar (LE, $16.00) is more muted, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Ivoire (P, ) is darker (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 (PiP, $17.00) 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 (PiP, $13.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M534 Oat (DC, $21.00) is warmer (85% similar). Tarte Flower Child (PiP, ) 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. Sleek MakeUP Gates of Eden (PiP, $9.99) is darker (95% similar). Becca Sandstone (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Beaux-Arts (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Tarte Bronze Casting (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Shook Up (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #7 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Glisten (P, $12.00) is darker (90% similar). NARS Belle-Ile (P, $28.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Dreamer #2 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #21 (P, $6.50) is darker (90% similar). Huda Beauty Trust Fund (Remastered) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Honeymoon #1 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Save It For Later (P, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bad Habit Cosmos (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Natasha Denona Magnolia (143K) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Terra #3 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Smashbox Moccasin (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Byzantine (PiP, ) is brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I648 Golden Fawn (DC, $21.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Blurry Green #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% 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 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). IT Cosmetics Poetic (P, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Smoked Cocoa #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Clove (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Assimilate (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Girl Crush (LE, $5.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Copperplate (DC, $17.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Blushing (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (85% similar). MAC Fabness (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Stone (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). NARS Rome (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #7 (DC, $25.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). theBalm #25 (P, $6.50) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Concrete (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (80% similar). Urban Decay Cover (PiP, $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. Hourglass Plum Brown (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Good Girl & U Know It (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Sleek MakeUP Aladdin's Lamp (LE, $9.99) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Cold Brew (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Kat Von D Cinder (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Yes Please (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Smoky Quartz (43P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Burberry Gold #1 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Under the Mistle-taupe (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Laura Mercier Rock (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Evening Light (LE, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Snakebite (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Clarins Brown #3 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Moodmaker (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Clinique Cocoa Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Pretty It Up (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, warmer (85% similar). NARS Splendor (DC, $25.00) is lighter (85% similar). Smashbox Hell Ya (PiP, ) is darker, 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. Too Faced Raspberry Rose (LE, $16.00) is more muted, cooler (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Rose Quartz (LE, ) is more muted (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) (PiP, ) is more muted (90% similar). Colour Pop Celeb (LE, $4.50) is more muted (90% similar). LORAC Jelly Donut (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay 3 Sheets (LE, $19.00) is more muted (90% similar). Kat Von D Baptism (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). NYX Birthday Suit (P, $4.50) is more muted (90% similar). Sephora Ballet (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Palace of Versaille (LE, ) is more muted (90% similar). Tarte What a Wonderful Pearl (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay Strange (PiP, $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). Dior Shimmer Pink (PiP, ) is lighter (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, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). NARS Stag Film (LE, $29.00) is darker (90% similar). Dior House of Pinks #4 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Free Hug (DC, $10.00) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova #3 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Bounce Around (LE, $22.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Stroke My Ego (P, $18.50) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Geode (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe #2 (PiP, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). LORAC Silver Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Zoeva Outline (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sephora Moon (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, less pigmented (85% similar). Clarins Silver Plum (07) (P, $24.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Tokyo Drifter (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Satin Taupe (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Paris Beach Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Little Beige Dress Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Sunset Seine Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Cafe au Lait Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Quartz Fume Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Mademoiselle Pink Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Pain au Chocolat Colour Riche Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Thanks so much for your review! I can’t tell you how many times I passed these by at the DS but couldn’t pull the trigger. I was hoping to grab a few on sale for travel/touch ups, but was worried they wouldn’t travel well. I might still try if there’s a unique color.

No problem, Katherine! Sorry it took so long!

None of them broke on me, but it literally seems like the product is in the plastic compact without a metal pan or anything.. and some of the powder fill levels were a bit above. I feel like it could break in chunks.

I’ve been putting a dent in my Paris Beach shade…. it looks well worn now with divots in the surface. lol

Sunset Seine and Quartz Fume are 2 of the 5 shades they don’t sell in Canada…. ๐Ÿ™ I still want them.

Nice! Do you have any issues with wear for the formula? I want to like it more than I do, because the texture is nice for the most part, but the wear makes me sad!

I did have issue without a primer with these shades fading. But I never wear my shadows without a primer when not testing products out, so these shades last all day with a primer for me and my hooded eyes. But I use also a good primer which helps!

I have Sunset Seine and like it a lot. I’ve been waiting for your review so I could decide if I need another one. I think I’ll go with Pain Au Chocolat.

L’Oreal owns UD now, right? Very interesting that there are no UD dupes. All in all, quite decent. For a monochromatic style look, your eye is lovely. We get so used to colorful looks. It’s time to appreciate something more subtle. Sounds as if these were much easier to work with than Alice 2. The only drawback I see is that they would not depot. This is a classic set and eminently wearable.

I passed on these several times in favor of palettes (I hate having a bunch of singles floating around!), but thought about depotting them. Since that is not an option, I’ll definitely will be skipping… I’ve been a fan of L’Oreal shadows for decades, and took a chance on all 3 of the large palettes, and found them to be a better option for my needs. The Noir palette is a bit tricky, but the Nudes ate great!

I haven’t dug into them to really see, but they don’t seem to be depottable. I could be wrong since I didn’t do a full investigation ๐Ÿ˜‰

That weartime, though…Drats! Although I do always wear primer, so that would help, I suppose. The other thing being that I already have dupes for many of these shades reviewed, except one that caught my eye by surprise. Cafe` Au Lait. But with MAC Pro pans costing just as much, I think perhaps Copperplate may be a better value due to it having a more secure pot.

I have Sunset Seine! Oddly enough, it feels more like a cream than a powder, so I have to be vigilant about putting on primer beforehand. I couldn’t resist the color (even though I have several shadows like it); it goes marvelously with my blue/gray eyes.

I’m personally loving these! Managed to get them on sale, so about $3.25 each…wear time hasn’t been an issue for me, except meet me in Paris. But mademoiselle pink, noir ce noir & pain au Chocolat last about 8-9 hours, I’d say? For reference, my lids are normal to slightly oily, and I usually use my fingers to apply–I find they smooth out better that way. Pain au Chocolat has become my standard one and done go to for lighter makeup days! On my fair, cool complexion, it looks cooler toned–still a light taupe, but I pull out more of the silvery pink tones in it.

Fading! Surprisingly, I haven’t had any creasing issues, which I can be prone to, since my eyes are heavily hooded. But Meet Me in Paris faded after about 5-6 hours on me, while the other 3 colors I wore were still going strong.

Totally understand! It sounds like readers who have commented on wear have been OK so far with primer! Ginny D mentioned she had very oily lids and had excellent wear with NARS’ primer!

I was so excited about these coming to the US. They have been out in the UK For some time. I was pretty impressed with these, except For the creasing issue that you mentioned. I use eyeshadow primer religiously anyway, so the creasing wasnt an issue for me. The pigmentation and texture are fabulous, especially For drugstore. They are really stepping up their game!

Yes, the wear time is solvable with primer at least ๐Ÿ™‚ Not always the case for some of the more shorter-wearing products (for me) but true in this instance.

I wear Little Beige Dress every day as a transition color and it never fades or creases. I always wear my eyeshadows w a primer so I cannot say for what it is like w/o. I definitely would give these an A rating. A good drugstore gem!

I have very oily eyelids and I’ve only tried 3, 2 neutral ones and the blue one. I was a bit disappointed in the blue one in that I needed to use a base to really make it pop but Pain au Chocolat and Little Beige Dress have become some of my go-tos and I found excellent wear-time even without my trusty Nars Smudgeproof (or it’s dupe, Nyx Waterproof). These other swatches make me want to pick up more!

The Quartz Fume and Pain Au Chocolat colours are beautiful. Even the mattes were decent compared to what some brands put out. For the price, the results were quite reasonable.

I love Mademoiselle Pink and Quartz Fume. I often use Paris Beach on the browbone and blend it out. I use my Milani Primer and they last all day (from about five in the morning till about 8 at night).

I picked up Pain au Chocolat. What type of brush did you use to apply these? I tried a natural hair brush but it didn’t pick up the color well. Their website recommends using your finger, so I tried that, but I’m not really comfortable doing that regularly. I was thinking a sponge tip applicator might work better, but was curious as to how others are applying these.

I use my finger or a sponge applicator and basically just pat them on where I want and then use an Eco Tools blender to blend everything out. It does work for me. As far as the brow I just lightly tap it on lightly with my finger.

I have been eyeing these, but hesitated to grab them – the texture of the shadows before use, or the pattern on the top i guess, makes them all look a bit shimmery. Until I saw your swatches I wasn’t sure if any were mattes! I’ll try a few now tho. For the price, with a primer, I’d give em a go!

I found that L’oreal Color Riche eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress is an almost perfect dupe for Urban Decay’s eye shadow in Stark. I didn’t realize it until after I bought LBD and swatched that I looked at my other eyeshadow palettes and found Stark in the Naked 2 Basics and in the Gwen Stefani palette. So if you like UD Stark then go buy L’oreal Little Beige dress.

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