Review and swatch time for the new L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon peeps! L’Oreal has launched a selection of Infallible Eye Crayons which are a new cream eyeshadow pencil that can be used to shade and line with!
This is a risky move because cream eyeshadow pencils are a dime a dozen from brands like NYX and Rimmel.
Are L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon worth your time?
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon will likely get a big push for Spring 2015. At the moment I’ve seen them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for $6.99 each but I have a feeling they’ll be around the $10 mark at CVS and Walgreens or even more.
L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon Swatches (Resilient Green, Forever Taupe, Everlasting Gold, Impressive Brown, Always Aqua, Midnight Charcoal, Always Purple, Enduring Rose)
Is there anything different, special, or unique about these when comparing them to NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils or Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Stick? Yeah, mainly, the price. NYX Jumbo Pencils are $4.50 each and Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks are $3.79 to $4. If I’m right about the pricing on L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayons going up when they reach more mass drugstore retailers you’re likely looking around a $5 to $6 price jump compared to the cheaper Rimmel and NYX formula. So for $10 bucks you can get nearly three shades of Rimmel Shadow Sticks or at the least two NYX Eye Pencils versus one L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon.
And I haven’t even compared sizes.
L’Oreal gives you 0.10 oz, Rimmel gives you 0.2oz, and NYX gives you 0.15 oz.
So….we haven’t touched on the formula and already L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayons seem like a not so great purchase. I’ll also say that many of the shades in the eight color permanent collection from this launch are all very dupeable. There aren’t any really unique shades here and all eight colors can easily be located in the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil catalog. Strike 2 L’Oreal, another one and you might be out of this game.
The formula is a lot like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks for me in terms of texture but it also happens to have almost an identical formula as Milani Shadow Eyez Eyeshadow Pencils as well as Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks. The creaminess, the slick, easy glide formula, and the ease of blendability is most like Bobbi Brown, Milani, and Rimmel’s formula and texture. I think they are considerably slicker and creamier in texture than shadow sticks like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils and Covergirl Flamed Out Eyeshadow Pencils.
L’Oreal Midnight Charcoal Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Impressive Brown Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Enduring Rose Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Always Aqua Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Resilient Green Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Always Purple Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Everlasting Gold Infallible Eye Crayon
L’Oreal Forever Taupe Infallible Eye Crayon
I have no problems with the formula. It glides on beautifully, never tugs, and has a nice slick creaminess. I do however, experience issues with blending. These sheer out considerably once applied so you have to build a good deal to get colors to look as intense as they do when swatched. During the initial application they apply very opaque and very vibrant on my lid but as I blend them out they sheer out considerably and the color ends up looking very faded. So…I have to go back and add at least three more layers sometimes four to see the intensity and vibrancy you’ll see in my pictures above. They don’t set quickly so building isn’t a problem but I feel like I make quite a mess during the blending process. Eyeshadow pencils are supposed to be a snap to use and not as complicated as a powder. Swipe, blend, go. Unfortunately, I felt like I was doing a lot of extra blending so the colors looked just right and in this I ended up with shadow everywhere…my fingers, the side of my eyes, and on upper cheeks. I dunno what was going on but the color seemed to be transferring all over the damn place as I blended. I ended up using a flat cream shadow brush to swipe across my eyes as I blended to avoid the mess.
When they did finally set (about a minute) they had a fairly good wear of around six hours. The color did not fade during this time but around hour 7 I noticed considerably creasing right across my lid. This is easy enough to fix as a quick pat blended the issue away. However, if you have oily lids I kinda suspect these won’t set for the 24 hour wear that L’Oreal promises.
There’s a moral in every beauty story and the moral is don’t fix what’s not broken. There are too many brands that have already paved the way for cheap, inexpensive, and well formulated eyeshadow pencils. If you had plans to introduce a shadow pencil you should have had a more unique shade selection, a competitive price, and a formula that rocked my socks off because there are too many brands that already have so your formula should do something even more amazing.
Unfortunately, L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon are too expensive and not formulated in a way I can rave them. Milani, NYX, Rimmel, they’ve all done it better and for cheaper. Sorry L’Oreal.