Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review: L'oreal Infallible 24hr Eye shadows

Drug store brands can sometimes be a hit or miss with me.
Some brands are not so great and honestly cheap, others quite impressive to the point they could compete (or even sometimes surpass) with higher end brands.

L'oreal Infallible 24hr eye shadows would be part of the impressive category. And by impressive, I mean HOT DAMN I LOVE THESE!!!

Actually, a lot of L'oreal's cosmetics are on my rave list. These eye shadows in particular, however, might surpass them all.
These shadows are a bit more like pressed pigments. They have a small, grey stopper on the inside which is NOT to be discarded; it keeps the shadows from drying out and flying all over the place. The texture is almost wet/cream-shadow-feeling, though they really aren't. In a sense, many people compare them to Armani Eyes to Kill. Of course, Armani is really expensive ($30+) while the L'oreal Infallible eye shadows run for about $7.50+ per shade. So when you think about it, you can get four times as much for the price of Armani.

People often seem to wonder how these compare to the new Maybelline Color Tattoo 24hr eye shadows. Well, first off, the color tattoos are cream eye shadows, often compared to M.A.C. PaintPots. I also feel like the Maybelline color tattoos don't have as good color payoff as the Infallibles. Don't get me wrong, the color tattoos are great in their own way, but I'll save that for another review.  

L'oreal Infallible 24hr Eye shadows may just live up to their name and description. I remember wearing these out one day (early morning), and by the late night hours, it still looked like I had just done my eyes. Not a crease in sight (or if there was, I certainly couldn't tell LOL). I was super tired that night and passed out in bed, forgetting to remove it all. The next morning, it was almost still perfect. So if that doesn't prove these shadows' staying power, I dunno what will.
These are also VERY pigmented; one swipe WITHOUT primer looks as good as several swipes with a primer with any other shadow. The color payoff is absolutely amaingggggg~!!

I bought all 12 of the original colors, though I think 3 more newer shades have just been released for the summer. I can't wait to get them!!!
But for now, let's go over the original 12 colors. (I've put them all in numeral order)

- 222 Infinite Sky ~ a metallic periwinkle-sky shade
- 333 Golden Sage ~ a metallic minty sage/jade with slight gold iridescent
- 555 Perpetual Purple ~ a metallic blue-based purple with slight black
- 888 Iced Latte ~ a light, creamy beige shimmer/metallic
- 889 Midnight Blue ~ a metallic deep sapphire
- 890 Bronzed Taupe ~ a chocolate-toned taupey bronze metallic
- 891 Continuous Cocoa ~ a deep cocoa brown matte
- 892 Amber Rush ~  a metallic coppery-bronze
- 899 Endless Pearl ~ a matte off-white/cream
- 997 Eternal Sunshine ~ a metallic light gold
- 998 Sultry Smoke ~ a stormy-grey matte
- 999 Eternal Black ~ a 'matte' black with TONS of silver glitter.
Below, I'll show you the swatches, followed by the individual shades and packaging ^ u ^
Keep in mind, these swatches were done with one swipe and WITHOUT primer!! (To show how amazing they really are)

L'oreal Infallible 24hr Eye shadow swatches (natural lighting)
[colors in numeral order: Infinite Sky, Golden Sage, Perpetual Purple, Iced Latte, Midnight Blue, Bronzed Taupe, Continuous Cocoa, Amber Rush, Endless Pearl, Eternal Sunshine, Sultry Smoke, Eternal Black]

L'oreal Infallible Eye shadow swatches (with flash)

Close-up ~ Infinite Sky, Golden Sage, Perpetual Purple, Iced Latte

Close-up ~ Midnight Blue, Bronzed Taupe, Continuous Cocoa, Amber Rush

Close-up ~ Endless Pearl, Eternal Sunshine, Sultry Smoke, Eternal Black

"Infinite Sky" packaging

"Infinite Sky" (natural lighting)

"Infinite Sky" (with flash)

"Golden Sage" packaging

"Golden Sage" (natural lighting)

"Golden Sage" (with flash)

"Perpetual Purple" packaging

"Perpetual Purple" (natural lighting)

"Perpetual Purple" (with flash)

"Iced Latte" packaging

"Iced Latte" (natural lighting)

"Iced Latte" (with flash)

"Midnight Blue" packaging

"Midnight Blue" (natural lighting)

"Midnight Blue" (with flash)

"Bronzed Taupe" packaging

"Bronzed Taupe" (natural lighting)

"Bronzed Taupe" (with flash)

"Continuous Cocoa" packaging

"Continuous Cocoa" (natural lighting)

"Continuous Cocoa" (with flash)

"Amber Rush" packaging

"Amber Rush" (natural lighting)

"Amber Rush" (with flash)

"Endless Pearl" packaging

"Endless Pearl" (natural lighting)

"Endless Pearl" (with flash)

"Eternal Sunshine" packaging

"Eternal Sunshine" (natural lighting)

"Eternal Sunshine" (with flash)

"Sultry Smoke" packaging

"Sultry Smoke" (natural lighting)

"Sultry Smoke" (with flash)

"Eternal Black" packaging

"Eternal Black" (natural lighting)

"Eternal Black" (with flash)

So that's pretty much all of the L'oreal Infallible eye shadow shades. Again, 3 brand new ones were just released, so once I get my hands on those, I'll do another review for them ^ w ^
*so excitedddddddd!!!*

Until then,
Stay beautiful, both inside and out~ <3


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