January 12, 2017

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

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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.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Swatches (Brown Sugar, Sunset Fire, Army Camo)

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow Swatches (Brown Sugar, Sunset Fire, Army Camo)

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.

L’Oreal Brown Sugar Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Brown Sugar Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Army Camo Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Army Camo Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Sunset Fire Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

L’Oreal Sunset Fire Infallible Paints Eyeshadow

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.

L’Oreal Infallible Paints Eyeshadow are available now in select shades at Ulta.com (looks like they haven’t gotten all the shades in yet), Walmart.com, Amazon.com, and at drugstores.


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Liz

    Remember when L’Oreal had that HIP line — they had those cream eyeshadows in the little tiny metal tubes?? I think they also called them something to do with paints.

    These remind me of the Revlon Photoready eye art — it has the same kind of applicator except one end is the glitter eyeliner. I wish L’Oreal would stop trying to make new eye shadows and just come out with more shades of the regular Infailable shadows.

    • Isabella Muse

      don’t quote me but weren’t they pigments? Or am I wrong? ah yes! They do, I remember those Revlon ones, I think they release last year! They do indeed remind me of those!

      • Liz

        They did have pigments that HIP line but they also had little tubes of cream eyeshadow that came with a little brush.

        • Isabella Muse

          god I can’t remember those! I was bad about the HIP line, for some reason it passed me by when it was available!

    • Lorraine. E.R

      I thought the same thing about the Revlon eye art, those are still on shelves around here and the packaging is quite similar!

  • Kimmwc03

    I think I may pick up the Nude Fishnet shade. The Navy Yard one seems interesting!

  • maddy

    Did you use a primer with these? thinking the light brown shade would be a great eye primer!

  • Jane

    I have two, the really pale nude duo and the lavender duo (sorry, I have a baby in my arms or I’d go check the names). They do get quite sheer, but the deeper of the lavenders has a good bit of red, so it shows up pretty well that way. I’m very pale, if that helps, but it would show up till at least medium deep skin. My face eats makeup (where does it go?) but I had some color left at the end of several hours, so it’s no slouch.

    I love the pale pale nudes – I like very subtle makeup and it is.

    • Isabella Muse

      Haha I love the “sorry I have a baby in my arms” awww! πŸ™‚ I agree, I really liked the sheerness! They are there but not super loud or too bold, it’s a really nice wash of color!

  • Kristin

    L’oreal actually has done cream eyeshadows in this style package- about 10 years ago they had the Crystal Infinite shadows, which were in the same tubes as their lipgloss, complete with doe-foot applicator. Then about 15-20 years ago they had eye glosses, which came in the same tubes as the Rouge Pulp liquid lipstick, and remain, to this day, the most smeary, greasy, creasing cream shadows I have ever tried. Literally within 5 minutes of application, even with priming my lids, those suckers would fade.

    • Isabella Muse

      I had to goole that πŸ˜€ I vaguely remember those crystal infinite shadows πŸ˜€

  • Kathleen

    That green looks really lovely on you. Makes those beautiful dark eyes just pop.

  • lizziefs

    I agree with everyone else these look lovely on you and remind me so much of the Giorgio Armani Beauty Eye Tint which I have sitting in my Sephora shopping cart just waiting because they’re so darn expensive and I want them all. I’m so glad you reviewed these because I saw them at my local Rite Aide and there was zero literature on what they were. I thought they were nail polishes at first. I’m definitely going back to pick some up because I’m an oily lid girl through and through. I’m loving the longevity of the Revlon Cream eye shadows which remind me so much of the Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in formula those suckers do not budge at all on me and are so slick and creamy to apply. I hope these are just as long wearing.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thank you dear! Honestly, the Armani ones are nice but these are a nice budget friendly option πŸ˜€

  • Julie B.

    Are these similar to the Maybelline color tattoo Eye Chromes? I have a couple of those but love the idea of these two colors in one. And surprisingly, seeing you in the Sunset Fire makes me want that one the most!

    • Isabella Muse

      Not quite, the formula is a lot thinner in comparison and not nearly as sparkly! Sunset Fire is prob the best one imho πŸ˜€

  • DrySkinBlog

    Awesome post! I just got one in “jet set blond” and swatched it and I am really excited. After seeing this I am even more exited πŸ™‚

    They way I use cream shadows is that I put on a layer or two, depending on the opacity. Then I buff out the edges with a buffing brush and a powder shadow. Works magic with the Maybelline color tattoo.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! Let me know how it works out for you! πŸ™‚ Excellent blending technique πŸ˜€

  • bondgirl

    You did a great job! Your eyes look beautiful! I would be interested to see what you would do with BRB Blue and Nude Fishnet. Great job!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks! I don’t actually have BRB Blue but I’ll have to look into it πŸ˜€