Aha! Just as I suspected! The L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Palettes I recently hauled didn’t make the cut. Le sigh! These were introduced in the UK recently and have started popping up in drugstores here in the US. They are available in six shades selections for around $5.79-$6 per palette.
Each palette contains three shades of eyeshadow and one liner shade with a diagram of instructions on the back of the palette for application.
Let’s take a look!
One of first things I disliked about the palettes are the vintage-y style gold packaging. They are plastic and will easily break should you drop them. They also happen to be a magnet for fingerprints. After a single use mine are absolutely filthy….! And all scratched up! Wince!
The palettes are a testimony to mainstream drugstore brands trying really hard to catch up to higher and mid range products. I like that they include a diagram and instructions for application and I love that the colors are all coordinated and easy to use thanks to those instructions. I think it speaks volumes for how far drugstore makeup has come when you get little details like this with a mere eyeshadow quad purchase. It’s thoughtful, it’s helpful, and it makes the quad even more tempting of a purchase.
So Over It!
Sadly, L’Oreal did miss the mark with the formula. I didn’t particularly like it but that isn’t to say you won’t. These are a tad too frosty for me and the formula mimics that of a looser pressed pigment so as you swipe a brush over them they kick up a fair bit of chunky eyeshadow. Although it comes across sparkly in my photos the finish is mostly frost. This in fact leads to fall out, messy all over the face fall out woe. Not good.
On top of that pigmentation is fairly sheer. You can work the shades up to medium pigment or so but you need to use a sponge tipped applicator to do so and really need to pile it up to get the best results.
I think a combination of the chunky texture of the shadow and the frostiness was what really made me dislike them over all. I can’t say the looks I did using them came out all bad though, they look alright I think? But unfortunately I’m not really willing to deal with fall out, frost, and other woe to get the look.
Overall, L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quads aren’t for me sadly. You might want to check them out for yourself and see how it works out for you. Sadly, I wouldn’t recommend them as they seem a little too messy to work with when you have any number of other great budget eyeshadow options available to you.
Sorry L’Oreal these didn’t cut it for me.
P.S. I’m trying some new lighting! What do you think? I live in an older Victorian manor house so it’s sometimes challenging to get good lighting for products. I’m trying to reduce flash to capture colors more accurately…I’m not so great at it I fear but would love your feedback!