I’ve been meaning to share this review a couple weeks ago, but it turned out to be a monster post with lost of photos, so the editing took longer than I thought. Anyway, I think by now you’ve already noticed new L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows [$5.99, available here] at your local drugstores and probably thought about grabbing one or two to try. Instead of splitting this into several posts, today I decided to show you swatches of all 15 currently available shades plus a makeup look using some of them. Enjoy!
“Colour Riche eye shadows reveal a creamy and smooth texture that transforms the makeup gesture into a precise and comfortable sensory application.”
L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Eyeshadow Monos are described as a richly pigmented gel-to-powder blend that glides over the skin easily and allows for easy, controlled application. With 15 colors to choose from, there is a shade for everyone: choose from a range of buttery mattes, shimmering satins, and mirror-like metallic finishes. As you can see from the list of the names below, the shades were inspired by Paris.
- 200 Paris Beach [matte]
- 201 Little Beige Dress [matte]
- 202 Sunset Seine [shimmer]
- 203 Cafe Au Lait [matte]
- 204 Quartz Fume [shimmer]
- 205 Petite Perle [shimmer]
- 206 Mademoiselle Pink [matte]
- 207 Pain Au Chocolat [metallic]
- 208 Violet Beaute [metallic]
- 209 Noir C’est Noir [matte]
- 210 Argentic [shimmer]
- 211 Grand Bleu [shimmer]
- 212 Green Promenade [metallic]
- 213 Teal Couture [shimmer]
- 214 Meet Me In Paris [matte]
If you Googled this review looking for swatches, here they are! I broke them down in groups of three starting from the smallest shade number on the packaging. All of the swatches were applied with a finger over bare skin. Why a finger? That is how L’Oreal actually recommends using these eyeshadows to get the best color payoff. I still prefer using a regular blending brush to soften the edges though, because my finger blending skills are pretty lackluster. I blend my Colourpop eyeshadows with a brush too by the way.
200 Paris Beach is an ivory matte. The color has buttery smooth, pigmented, and applied well without a primer.
201 Little Beige Dress is a peachy pink matte. Just like Paris Beach it had good color payoff and swatched well over bare skin, although when blended out it turned out to be too close to my skin tone so I could barely see it on the lids.
202 Sunset Seine is a golden bronze shimmer. Super smooth and looks great in a single color smokey eye look.
203 Cafe Au Lait is a coffee & cream matte. This shade wasn’t as creamy as the hue suggests though, and I actually packed on the color in two swipes for this swatch.
204 Quartz Fume is a rich brown shimmer. The formula is very smooth and incredibly pigmented.
205 Petite Perle is a pure white shimmer. Usually white eyeshadows are the worst to work with, but this one was surprisingly good and offered incredible color payoff and opacity.
206 Mademoiselle Pink is a soft pink matte. This color is perfect for bridal makeup!
207 Pain Au Chocolat is a taupey metallic, leaning slightly rose gold. The shade swatches beautifully and applies in a smooth and even layer.
208 Violet Beaute is a rich burgundy with hints of violet shimmer. The color payoff on this one is incredible!
209 Noir C’est Noir is a deep matte black. This has to be the best black matte eyeshadow I’ve found at a drugstore price point. The color is very rich and opaque, while the formula is not as dry and chalky, as many mattes tend to be.
210 Argentic is a cool-toned silver shimmer. It was one of the most pigmented colors in the collection.
211 Grand Bleu is a cornflower blue shimmer. I wanted to love this one, but for some reason it just didn’t perform as well as the rest of the shimmery shades in the collection. The formula seemed drier and the pigment went on a bit patchy.
212 Green Promenade is an intense green-gray duochrome with shiny metallic finish. I love this color more than the words can say! It’s pigmented to boot, blends like a dream, and has lots of complexity.
213 Teal Couture is a teal shimmer. All the mermaids out there are going to enjoy this one!
214 Meet Me In Paris is a medium gray matte. This shade is a chameleon and can appear greenish or blueish depending on which color it’s placed by.
HOW TO APPLY:
L’Oreal recommends using your fingers to apply, which I personally found to be the best method as well. If you absolutely hate the ides of using your fingers, a sponge applicator is the next best thing.
PRODUCT IN ACTION:
I put together this quick makeup look using Cafe Au Lait, Little Beige Dress, Sunset Seine, and Pain Au Chocolat. I also used some other products from the 2016 additions to L’Oreal Infallible line: Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit and Voluminous Superstar Red Carpet Mascara.
Personally I really enjoyed the shimmers and metallics. My favorite shades are Green Promenade, Violet Beaute, and Pain Au Chocolat, but I also liked Quartz Fume and Petite Perle, but while great shimmers are quite easy to find among drugstore brands, quality mattes are a rarity. Over a third of L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows are matte, so this collection is already looking up! Of course these are no Viseart mattes, but the value is hard to beat here, especially if you’re only after a couple colors.
I bet you’re wondering about the longevity. Well, on my oily lids the colors started creasing about mid-day which is unfortunate because I often forget to use eye primer. With primer, however, I could manage to get a solid 9-10 hours of creaseless wear, but the shadows would still settle into lines after that mark.
Another thing I wasn’t to happy about is the fallout. Maybe it’s just me, but every single color ended up in flakes on my cheeks at some point. Some would sprinkle as I apply them, while others appeared out of nowhere in the middle of the day.
All things considered, I still think these new singles are much better than your average drugstore eyeshadow, especially the mattes. Although I am forever spoiled by my Viseart Neutral Mattes palette, if I couldn’t find it in my budget to buy one I’d certainly invest in a couple matte L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Monos.
You can purchase L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows at Ulta, and local drugstores.
Have you spotted L’Oreal Infallible Colour Riche Mono Eyeshadows at your local drugstores? What brand makes your favorite matte eyeshadow formula? Let me know in the comments below!
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