May 16, 2012

L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow Pink Sapphire Review and Swatches

Ok, don’t kill me, I kinda sorta fell out of love with L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow. It’s a little too frosty for me sometimes and it looks super cakey on no matter how light handed I am.

But facts is facts, it really does have a super formula for drugstore eyeshadow.

How are you currently feeling about them?

Let’s take a look at one of the new shades released for Summer, Pink Sapphire.

I’ve already reviewed L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in a prior post so I won’t get into a ton of details in this post about the formula as I just wanted to show you Pink Sapphire.

Pink Sapphire is a is a gorgeous true pink shade released with the L’Oreal Summer 2012 Collection. I’m unsure if L’Oreal has plans to include this in the regular catalog but I’m betting it is LE so grab it now before it is gone.

I thought the shade was gorgeous and quite a welcome change as many of the colors available are pretty dark. This is a fresh shade of metallic pink that will pair up nicely with browns and bronzes. Try lining your eyes with a golden bronze shade, it’ll pop nicely with this pink.

I have a love/hate relationship with the formula. I really loved them on my first try when they released but I find I avoid using them since no matter how lightly I apply they always look really heavy on my eyes (as you can see in the photo below it really looks like I slathered on a ton of eyeshadow).

But as I mentioned above, they are probably some of the nicest eyeshadows you’ll find at the drugstore and quite affordable too.

Did you grab Pink Sapphire yet?

What do you think of Infallible Eyeshadow?

Do share!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • JoElla

    I am not a pink shadow kinda girl, but this one is calling me!

    I totally get what you are saying about these shadows, some are beautiful on, some can be a total WTF?! look as well.

    I was kinda dissapointed with the sage color. I really had to work with it and add things to make it look right on me. The Imperial Gold ran really disco ballish on me but pretty.

    As far as application, I usually just swipe with my finger and blend out that way. I have tried to use a brush with them, but think these work on me better as a wash of color.

    • the Muse

      I didn’t want to put a finger in them b/c the texture changes but I do think that might be the best application as sponge/brush etc…just cakes it on! I agree some look amazing, others just scary lol!

      • Tammie

        Nah, I pretty much only use my fingers to apply eyeshadow and it applied super patchy and icky on me still :/

  • Carly

    I’m kinda over them as well. The first one I picked up (it was peal ultimate or something like that) was poorly pigmented and SUPER patchy. I bought another thinking that we just got off on the wrong foot, but it (Midnight Blue) had a lot of fallout even though it had fantastic pigmentation.

    • the Muse

      carly, I loved at first, but kinda felt like they were just too cakey :-/ so yeah, feeling you, kinda over ’em too!

  • midori

    I was waiting for swatches of this! It seems that I need to run to the nearest Duane Reade and get this after all : )

  • Michelle

    I generally only use them for evening/special occasion looks, but I absolutely love Sage.

  • Agata

    I have this one and I love it. I use it either as a highlighter or I pair if with a dark brown on the outside of my lid and the pink in the corner. I use it almost every day.

  • Amber Joy

    I think I’ve seen photos of bright matte colors with nice payoff sold in other countries. I don’t know why L’oreal can’t sell them here. Like you said, some of the shades they sell in the US are way too heavy.

  • susan

    Are these e/s loose like mineral e/s? Because in the pic it looks like its a loose shadow. I haven’t tried any of these yet, and have been kinda of on the fence about having a go with them. I have never really been impressed with Loreal cosmetics, except for Linear Intense e/l. Any feedback will be appreciated. Thanks everyone. 😉

  • Susan K

    I’m not a pink e/s girl either, but still snapped up this shade. It’s definatley worthy of a place in my stash! I have four or five of these and only feel like wearing them when I’m in a “notice me” mood. They’re pretty dramatic, and while I appreciate the pigmentation (can’t stand sheer anything), these are just too much for everyday imo

  • Victoria

    Personally, I was glad it was a great alternative or dupe for the Armani and Chanel ones because I wouldn’t pay that much for just one pot. So I was happy this was available for most of us to purchase however, I just have too many colors that are similar so I was kind of over them. BUT I am always in the search for the perfect pink. It’s hard to find the right shade that would suit my skin tone and because I don’t own the perfect pink, I would definitely get this one. It looks lovely on you.

    • the Muse

      i agree victoria, they are pretty similiar! aw thanks <3!

  • Christina

    Hi Muse,

    Just wanted to let you know that most of the shadows released with this collection are pretty much permanent in Canada. My sister sends me stuff from there all the time, and my Bronze Goddess looks an awful lot like Gleaming Bronze, same case with Forever Pink and Pink Sapphire. 🙂 They must be changing the names for the U.S. release!

    • the Muse

      hi christina yeah, I know, lots of the euro shades are the same thing…! interesting that we get it LE and Canada and Europe’s are standard ;D

  • Tammie

    I got this because it’s super pretty but I had to return it because it was also super disappointing. It’s a real shame because the color is amazing and I am SUPER into pink eyeshadow at the moment…but it was just so patchy and horrible :(. I thought it was just me and my not-smooth eyelids, so I am glad to hear it wasn’t just my eyelids or crappy application…

    • the Muse

      naa it’s just the formula, they go very cakey…! I LOVED them originally and really, still believe they are a seriously good deal for ds makeup but the cakeiness sucks :-/

      • Tammie

        I only got one when they originally released and then rarely used it, but I can’t even remember why I stopped haha. I think it might have been too shimmery? If it’s not one thing it’s another…it could have been the cakeiness though. Such a shame, I just don’t have time to fiddle with it in the morning :/

        I just with it was good, I miss the color haha.

  • Sarah

    wow that pink sapphire looks beyond beautiful on you! i’ve been suuuuper pleased with these infallible/color tattooey types of shadows. so far, they’ve never let me down!!

    • the Muse

      love those tattoo cream shadows sarah ;-D aw thanks…a little TOO much though for me, looks cakey on my lids :-/

  • Southern Gorgeous

    So pretty! I swear these are up there with Armani’s Eyes To Kill!!

  • Charlotte

    I only buy drugstore… and normally I would be all over these (I own every single one of the color tattoos and wear them on a daily basis as base), BUT I just can’t stand the way they look. I’ve watched many tutorials, and people rave about the staying power, but every time I see them applied they go on so thick and clumpy and do not seem to blend well at all. I’ve held one in my hand several times, debating whether or not to buy it.. but so far I’ve held my ground. It would be great if we got some more color tattoos though.. lol. I really want a nude one, and am pretty shocked we don’t have one yet.

    • the Muse

      i’d love to see more nudes/naturals from the color tattoo collection Charlotte! agreed!

  • Quinctia

    I think the fact that a lot of them lean metallic is what’s making them look like they weren’t blended well. I like these, but I tend to wear them over an UD shimmer primer (typically Greed), and I think it makes the shininess go back towards sparkly. One of the blues, in particular, appear more of a duochrome over that gold primer.

    Also, I do finger application. I actually recently got an Armani Eyes to Kill and there was no hesitation, finger in the pot. I wash my hands, and nobody else is going to be using my makeup! If these looser shadows aren’t leaning more towards dry and powdery, using a brush to apply is just difficult.

    I wore this pink color on Sunday. It was a quickie makeup day, so I didn’t wear anything else with it, and I felt that with my coloring, it’s not spectacular alone, so I’ll have to try and wear it with a brown or purple or something next time. I still like the color!

  • Suzanne

    I love the pink. ITs beautiful. Is this the most user friendly eyeshadow formula? Not at all. Its tricky.

    I have the best success with these over a paint pot or maybelline tatoo creams. Just putting them on the eye without it prepped is just disaster to me.

    I like them just to me I dont think ull ever get a “sheer” wash…JMO

  • Daniella

    Going to repeat what someone else said, it looks beautiful on you!

  • Fatima

    I bought the two brown shades of these shadows and they are DARK. I totally agree with that.

    But when I saw the summer collection I loved the colors. I actually put the yellow-gold color on my lids and then the sapphire green on the crease. It looked great. You can even put the pink for a cool rainbow look. I love them lol

  • cat

    I love the idea of the perfect, wearable pink shadow (the way they apply it on Gossip Girl). This is a bit much for me but it looks so pretty with your complexion. 🙂

  • neutralgirl

    I actually love these. I have bronzed taupe, amber rush and the new limited edition light gold color. i use my finger like a lot of you have said and i first put my finger in the product then rub my finger on the back of my hand to thin it out then apply a light wash all over my lid. i find this makes my eyes look nice and lit. I don’t think these have a lot of fallout but i generally do my eyes first then take a makeup remover wipe to clean up under eyes.

  • susan

    Ahh Muse this color looks very pretty on you, but I understand that for you, its just too much. Too bad that from all the comments from folks that have tried this already, that the formula just isn’t up to par. These would make for just a soft wash of color, but if there that hard to blend out. “Sigh” I’m gonna go ahead and try one and if I don’t like it I’ll just pass it on to my 21 y/o daughter who likes a “bolder” eye look. ;o)

    • the Muse

      hey susan worth a try ;-D ya never know! they are very cakey…! eep!

  • Gina

    Dearest Muse,
    1) I love that color on your eyes and it makes me want it, but I am scared of the cakey-ness so I will pass. Boo.
    2) Have you seen anywhere the new L’Oreal Colour Riche Colour Caresse lip sticks? I have seen displays at Target but they were devoid of product. (My) Research shows these are the US release of L’Oreal Rouge Caresse from across the pond, which has received rave reviews, is compared often to the Revlon lip butters, and was almost like a sleeper since they were released around the same time…? I hope you can find them since I know you’ll give the best review! BTW I’m in AZ… Thx <3

    • the Muse

      so sorry for the delayed reply gina! thank you! 🙂 I have and already reviewed them which you probably already know! terribly sorry for just getting back to you, been crazy backed up with comments!

      did you try them yet!? ;-D

  • Dawn

    I have almost all of these including the new 3 and plan on buying the new six as soon as they hit shelves. I have never love a shadow the way i love these. I use my finger and they never cake on me, they look fablous and last forever with or without primer. I even went so far in my testing of them as to wear one for a week and although the eyeliner faded by day two and the mascara crumbled by day four these held out all week and I washed my face around them as well. I know super gross… and I did not rub. But still I did the leg work for those wondering, and I have oily eyes. It makes me sad that they cake on you but I guess its really the truest statement of all when people say it depends on every single person and what works for them!

  • Gabby

    I actually use the Infallible shadows on top of the Maybelline Color Tattoos (especially the matte shades)…and I dunno why but they seem to blend out fairly easily on my eyelids. I have only ever used them with primer + the color tattoo though…so I have no idea how they would perform on my bare eyelids.

    Also, I definitely prefer to accentuate my eyes and keep my lips and cheeks fairly toned down – so the intensity of the Infallible shadows I actually like. But, unless you stick to the matte shades, I don’t think the metallics are really meant for low-key wear. And, I really can’t afford the Armani ETK shadows and the Infallibles are a very nice affordable drugstore option imo. Plus, I’ve found that using a matte, cream shadow underneath with another matte powder shadow in the crease helps tone down a lot of that extra shimmer/sheen when its all blended well.

    Actually, wearing the color tattoo Tough as Taupe with a very tiny amount of Golden Sage blended on top & a bit of Continuous Cocoa in the crease to smoke it out and UD Junkie as liner…really made my boring brown eyes pop. Tough as Taupe & Continuous Cocoa were both matte…which helped tone the look down a bit.

    I think I have all the US Infallibles except Iced Latte, Endless Pearl, Sultry Smoke, & the LE Gleaming Bronze in my collection … but hopefully I’ll get a chance to pick up the rest soon :)!

  • Nami

    I really like the pink sapphire. It gives a nice pop of color that is still daytime-at-the-office-appropriate.
    I’m getting around the “heaviness” issue with the formula by just applying it in a line along my upper lashes with an angled shadow brush and then blending it up from there with a foam shadow applicator. That seems to thin it out sufficiently for me.

  • kellly

    I mixed mine about half and half with the gold one and got a sort of rose gold color which I really love.