L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow ($8.99) are a new double-ended cream eyeshadow stick that contains two shades which can be mixed, matched, or worn individually that launched with the L’Oreal Spring 2017 Collection. I used to hate cream eyeshadows but I actually changed my mind about them considerably and I wear them quite a lot as they are great for creating quick and easy looks!
Here’s my review and swatches of L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow.
I had to sit back a while and think about whether I have ever seen L’Oreal do a cream eyeshadow before and the only thing that came to mind were the introduction of the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Crayon from 2014. Obviously L’Oreal’s permanent catalog is missing a cream shadow so the introduction of Infallible Paints Eyeshadow is indeed perfect.
I purchased three of these on a recent trip to CVS and at first I wasn’t sure I liked them but now I find myself contemplating going back for more but I’ll tell you more about that in a bit. First let’s discuss what you’re getting.
These come housed in a slim double-ended plastic barrel that holds a total of 0.25 oz of eyeshadow. Yeah, I thought the odd number was weird myself if that thought just popped into your head. I mean does one shade hold more than the other? Odd! But none the less, the packaging is quite nice as it holds two shades each of which has its own sponge applicator for applicator. The shades are complimentary to each other but a little difficult to wear together at times. In most cases, there’s a darker shade which has no shimmer or sparkle and sets to a satiny matte on lids and a lighter shade which has a touch of shimmer or pearl in the finish but it is very subtle.
L’Oreal calls these “High Impact Color with All Day Wear” and I agree with the all day wear. The color is tough and wears like a real champ without creasing, fading, or migrating on my dry lids. Once you blend it out, it’ll stay sealed on your lid for the day. I disagree on the high impact color bit though. Out of the tube the darker shade of the duos is very, very, very pigmented but as you blend the colors get considerably more sheerer. You can build and play a good deal with these even when the shade sets you can still place more color on top without fear of making a mess. The colors are very easy to work with but you’ll find yourself building a lot to get decent color pay off. I found myself not minding this in the least though because the color I was able to build up was plenty for me.
One thing I did want to do which proved messy and nearly impossible was to create a contrasting eye look. My idea was to apply the lighter shade on my lid and use the darker on on the outer area of my eye to create a little bit of a contrast. It proved very challenging to accomplish and messy. In the end, I gave up because the results were too patchy and uneven. You can wear these individually but my recommendation is apply the lighter shade first and the darker shade on top. I find if I go all the way up to above my crease with the lighter shade and blend the darker into my lid I can get an interesting yet very subtle contrast and ombre effect that’s quite pretty. Remember wait for the first color to set before applying the second one and don’t worry, it’ll play very nicely over the dried initial shade. That’s one of the nicer things about this formula. Well after the shadow has dried down and set you can still happily layer, build, and apply more color on top without making a mess. Don’t try applying directly from the sponge applicator with darker shades though. I find dabbing the darker shade on my finger and blending on my lid gives me a lot more control and a smoother finish.
The formula is creamy with a little bit of a runnier consistency that spreads easily on lids. The blend process is fairly easy although at times things can go a little patchy but if you build the color you’ll find it grows smoother and smoother which each layer you set down. As I said above the colors are quite pigmented swatched but they tend to sheer out considerably as you blend so building is key for a better color payoff. Although, I will say, that I never felt I could get the shade as deep and rich as the swatch on my arm.
As I mentioned above the wear was fantastic and I think oily lid users will be quite happy. The color didn’t fade nor did it crease in a 10 hour period that I wore them (some days I had a shade on for 12 hours). They also remove easily.
L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow aren’t exactly as pigmented as one would be led to believe but I enjoyed these. I think they might disappoint if you’re wanting something super pigmented but personally I was quite happy with the finish and the looks I created using the three shades I purchased. I’ll be buying some more!
Have you tried them?
Do share your experience.