I mentioned the L'Oreal Infallible Color eyeshadows that I bought the other day. I've had opportunity to play with the colours now and wanted to share some initial thoughts. These eyeshadows are cream/powder hybrids in a similar style to the Armani Eyes To Kill. The packaging is also similar: they come in a pot (rather than a pan) and there's a little stopper to keep the eyeshadow pressed down under the screw top lid. The presentation isn't as classy as the Armani but given the price difference, £5.49* instead of £24.50, I think it's forgivable.
|L- Endless Chocolate, R - Burning Black|
Endless Chocolate is a rich brown with golden reflects. Personally, I wouldn't describe it as a chocolate brown. It actually leans a little green/khaki, which is especially noticeable when compared to other brown eyeshadows. It's nicely pigmented and has a lovely texture.
Burning Black is a deep, blackened plum with reddy-violet shimmer. It's a stunning colour. I haven't applied this yet but you can see how it looks on the eyes in Dempeaux's recent review.
|Indirect sunlight. L - Burning Black, R - Endless Chocolate|
|This is in direct sunlight. It's slightly out of focus but demonstrates the shimmer.|
Below you can see Endless Chocolate applied on it's own. I didn't use a primer as I wanted to check the crease factor. I had a little trouble getting the application right. I started off by applying directly with my finger tips. This didn't seem to deposit enough colour. It required layering but using my fingers seemed to pull colour off as I was trying to add more. I definitely couldn't build up the desired intensity that way. I used my No.7 217-alike brush and had success with that. I'm not sure whether a brush on it's own would be best or whether it's still worth adding a base layer with fingers and then topping up with the brush. The downside of using a brush was the fallout. If I use a brush to apply Burning Black, I will almost certainly need to do my eye makeup before adding foundation.
I found the colour lasted well but the eyeshadow did crease after a few hours. This is definitely one to use with an eyeshadow primer. I like the colour but I can see from the full face photograph that I need to be more careful about which colours I pair with it. That picture also highlights the very desperate need to sort my hair out. Eeek!
I have a comparison of Endless Chocolate to a few other browns that I will post in the next couple of days. Although, I'm teasing about the fact that you cannot currently get these in the USA, I believe you can track them down on Evil Bay.
*The current reduced price in both Boots and Superdrug, the RRP is £6.99.