I thought I'd throw together a blog post about a great line of drugstore shadows I've been collecting. They are the L'oreal Infallible eyeshadows, and they're sold singularly. It seems like most of the shadows in this line are shimmery, but I do have one that's fairly matte. I love how pigmented these shadows are, and the staying power is great as well. They're an interesting texture... almost like a loose pigment that's been pressed- but not as solid as most eyeshadows. The L'oreal website actually describes them as a "powder-cream texture"... and I can kind of see where they're coming from. The shadows feel very dense and rich, not at all dry or chalky. These retail for around $8, so it's a little more pricey than most drugstore singles.
In case you're not familiar with these shadows, they come with a little stopper that keeps the shadow packed down. Don't dispose of that! I have seven shades so I thought I'd split them up into light, medium, and deep families and show you some swatches.
Left to right: Endless Pearl, Blinged & Brilliant, and Liquid Diamond
Endless Pearl is the one shade that seems to have a matte finish- and unfortunately, in this picture it's totally blending in with my skin. I don't consider that one to be a total must-have-- there are just a lot of other matte highlights in my collection (for example, Wet n Wild Brulee) that can do the job & cost less. Blinged & Brilliant is gorgeous, and I think this might be a limited edition shade. It reminds me of a light rose-gold. Liquid Diamond is a very reflective silvery shade, and I feel like it contains a bit of blue as well. It's really nice for a pop on the lids when you're doing a grey/black smokey eye.
Left to right: Amber Rush, Bronzed Taupe
I absolutely LOVE both of these mid-toned shades. They're great for a one shadow look! Amber Rush is a classic rose gold and I just think it's stunning. It's a little deeper and more colorful than Blinged & Brilliant, shown above. And I also love Bronzed Taupe (this may be showing up in my next Best in Beauty video... :) It seems to work great alongside any other makeup shades you want to wear! Just a perfect neutral. To wear these as a one shadow look, I like to pat the shade on the lid for a more concentrated, metallic finish. Then use a fluffy brush to buff the shadow into the crease. It practically looks like you've worn two different shades, when you're really only using one!
The only shadow I'm wearing here is Bronzed Taupe- applied in the manner described above. I also smudged it a bit under the outer part of the lower lashline.
Left to right: Bottomless Java, Smoldering Plum
How awesome do these shades look? Bottomless Java is a new shade to me, so I haven't haven't played with it a whole lot just yet. I love the golden tones in it, and I think it'd be great paired with Amber Rush or Bronzed Taupe. Smoldering Plum was actually the first Infallible shadow I ever purchased, and it reminds me a lot of MAC Beauty Marked. I love that instead of just having a silver shimmer in it, it actually appears to have a purple/berry toned sparkle. I remember using this shade in a video for a plum smokey eye and it worked great.
When you can't open up and touch these drugstore products, I feel like blog posts showing swatches are always helpful! My favorites from the bunch are probably Amber Rush, Bronzed Taupe, and Smoldering Plum... although I think I'm going to enjoy Bottomless Java the more I use it. The light shades are pretty too, but I just don't feel like they're quite as versatile as the others. The mid-toned shades can give an easy one-shadow look, and the deeper shades also double as liners. If I'm paying $8 for one shadow, I like that it can multitask! :) What are your favorite shades of these Infallible shadows? As you can see, I have a lot of neutrals. What colorful shades would you recommend? Thanks for reading!
- Shot my Best in Beauty video for the month of May this morning... as you'll see, my voice isn't sounding great, but I'm feeling quite a bit better :) I plan to get that posted tomorrow!
- Also tomorrow- Beauty Broadcast Live! 9am Central Time. Click the "live" tab at the top of the page if you need more info on how to watch.
- I've never really watched America's Got Talent, but ended up watching it last night. I got a good laugh out of some of the acts. Particularly the B-double-O-T-Y song! lol!
- Excited to go to my sister's art show this weekend! :) She's going to be getting an award!! Here are the details! Not sure if anyone reading this is in the Quincy area, but feel free to come!