July 10, 2012

L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow Bottomless Java Review & Swatches

As you know I recently picked up a few of the new shades of L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow that were introduced. Dunno if you want to call these a Summer launch or a Fall one but no doubt that one of the shades, Bottomless Java, is a keeper for Fall.

Take a look!

As you know I have a love/hate relationship with L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow. These are terribly heavy on my lids at times and end up looking cakey and a bit too overly done.

Bottomless Java is one of the smoother ones I’ve run across. This shade has a smooth, even finish on lids with intense pigment. All the shades have crazy pigment but this one pretty much comes across on lids exactly as it is in pan.

The shade is a rich, warm chocolate brown. I want to say it has a touch of gold to it but that could be my eyes playing tricks on me. It’s considerably more densely packed than past shades I’ve had which were a bit on the looser, chunkier, and flakier but this doesn’t mean it doesn’t suffer from fall out as that is an issue when applied with a bushier brush. I personally like sponge applicators for application as it packs color on well, smooths it out, and minimizes fall out.

As you can see below I over did it with the shade. It’s a little too much. I’d suggest blending it out with another shade or placing a bit of gold on top to lighten it. It’ll make an excellent eyeliner shade with a touch of water. All over the lid it could be a tad too much particularly for aging eyes like my own but you can do a very sheer wash if you suffer from dark circles or finer lines and still come out of application looking stunning (I just over did it with my heavier hand in these photos).

Overall, Bottomless Java was a keeper. For me Infallible Eye Shadow are a mix of hit and miss formulas and in this case they did an excellent job as it isn’t as flaky as other shades plus it doesn’t have a ton of metallic or frost to it which makes it very wearable to me. As always these prove a very friendly price tag for the formula with prices ranging as low as $6 per shadow. That’s excellent for a formula such as this.

This one is worth picking up!

I purchased this item.

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  • Cindy

    I believe I need to run out and get this color! I have a feeling it’s going to make my blue eyes pop! Thanks for the review!

  • T

    I don’t see what you mean by overboard – it’s gorgeous!! What blush did you use in this photo?? So lovely!

  • LaLa

    Wow. I haven’t tried these yet!! I gotta get in the band wagon! Beautiful color in your eyes πŸ™‚ dark shadow brings out your eyes amazingly!


    I really love this thick and over done look on you Muse!! All you need now is to let your hair down and wear a rocking leather jacket!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Beauty and the Scientist

    This is so next on my list, it is absolutely gorgeous πŸ™‚

  • Amy Amethyst

    I think this is a very pretty smokey eye look for you, Muse!

  • Melissa

    Your application doesn’t look heavy at all. I think you look great! You look ready to go out for some drinks πŸ™‚

  • Charlotte

    I think it looks gorgeous on you, totally brings out your eyes. From previous reviews I can tell you are more comfortable with lighter colors, so I can see how this would be outside your comfort zone… but if you applied this a smidge lower on your lid, and add a little something in the transition.. it would be an amazing smokey eye on you.

  • Kate

    LOLOL I will not tolerate you saying that you have aging eyes. No way!

    Ok, seriously now, I love this color on you. I am a huge fan of this product, and I have all that are currently available (in the US, that is…)

    Great post!

  • Quinctia

    I honestly don’t think this looks BAD on you for a lid color with full coverage, perhaps if the crease didn’t end up so stark and it blended into a brow highlight you’d be more comfortable with it. I just find that going very dark with a lid color is a look with limited venues? Like, I wouldn’t wear it everyday or everywhere?

    I did get the new really dark plum shade they came out with AND I wore it as my lid color with the first look I did. …I also didn’t wear it completely by itself, but I never wear one color of eyeshadow by itself!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This one looks lovely–but might be a bit too dark for my liking. Maybe as a liner? But I already have 8 other ones that I NEVER use…I did tell myself I wouldn’t buy anymore since the ones I own are wasting away, but I ended up picking up the new green on yesterday. sigh. I never learn

  • Prairie Peg

    Actually I don’t it’s overdone, it looks awesome on you!

  • kiwikiwidragon

    I think it looks faboosh just the way it is. I like to see you in these bolder darker shades.

  • Ruth

    I’m still in the honeymoon phase with these eyeshadows, love ’em, want to use ’em all the time. I had a friend receintly go to england for lush fest and asked her if she possibly could make a stop at boots and pick a couple UK shades for me (and possibly find out more about the lush make up. can’t wait for more info!).

    sweetie, you don’t have aging eyes & you look super hawt with that color on your eyes! ooh la la!

  • Tiffany Martin

    I don’t think it’s overdone either, but I know things look different in person than in pictures. Also, if you have a good light gold shade it’s a great one for blending out too dark brown like that shade. It ends up looking less overwhelming ^_^

  • crissyk

    I agree. It’s sooo awesome on you! Plus I love the lippie combo.

  • Cassie

    Oooooo, I agree with the above comment – it doesn’t look overdone at ALL, just more of a vampy look (although I swear, you pull off most things very well)! ;-D

  • Lorraine ER

    You look amazing and I want this shade so badly now! It is what I wanted out of UD’s Twice Baked and since I’m running low on that shade I’ve been looking for dupes. This is so perfect, thank you for posting this!!

  • T

    I see the blush is the Lorac Pro Powder Cheek Stain! So flattering on you – now I want πŸ™‚