And now… some of my favorite drugstore eye shadows! If the Naked Palettes and Two Faced Palettes and Urban Decay shadows are overwhelming both in price and scope (how do I pick just ONE of 50+ $18 shadows?), I recommend wandering over to the other end of the price/variety spectrum and exploring the options in the L’Oreal Paris Infallible line. I have been using these for years, and I have yet to find one that I didn’t think was top notch quality.
These shadows are somewhere between a pressed powder and a pigment, so they come with a little stopper/presser thing to keep the product tamped down in place. I don’t think they would make a mess if you dropped them or anything, but they say not to discard the presser, so I don’t. Because they aren’t so tightly packed they have a creamy feel to them and are easy to pick up and apply. I usually just rub my finger across the surface of the shadow, apply the shadow to my lid (I always use a primer for everything, I have oily lids) and then blend the color out with a brush to make sure the edges are even. You don’t want to use too much. This stuff grabs on, and in the case of Amber Rush or Bronzed Taupe, you can get a VERY metallic look if you want to.
Iced Latte is a neutral beige shimmer that I usually use as an inner corner or brow-bone highlight. Like all highlighters nothing in the world says you can’t use it on other parts of your face, it would do very well. On me this is neither too pink or too gold. This is a good dupe for Beige in the Lorac Pro 2 Palette.
Amber Rush is very coppery. I love this color and wear it a lot, especially in the spring and summer. It makes my blue eyes pop, but it isn’t too bright. It is in my favorite bronzy/pinky/taupey category of eyeshadow colors. This is very similar to Rosé in the Lorac Pro 2 palette, but Amber Rush has more shimmer.
Having said that, Bronzed Taupe was meant for me. I wear this shadow ALL THE TIME, it goes with everything. If I’m in a hurry and just don’t want to bother thinking through what I’m going to put on my face, this makes for a neutral yet “done” eye in seconds. This happens to be similar to Chrome in the Lorac Pro 2 Palette, but Chrome is slightly more purple.
Gilded Envy is a silvered green. On my eye it goes grey with a touch of silver shimmer to it. It is very pretty but not one I reach for very often because it is pretty dramatic.
Perpetual Purple is gorgeous and has some shimmer to it. I could not resist buying it. Unlike a lot of dark purple shadows, it stays purple on my skin, it doesn’t just go dark gray on you. I don’t wear this one too often but when I do I always get compliments.
The L’Oreal Paris Infallible shadows are sold pretty much wherever the brand is sold. I have seen them priced from $5 to $8, and different stores seem to stock different colors.
These pair very well over the Maybelline Color Tattoo cream eye shadows, which I will have to dive into in another post.
And yes I also need to do a Lorac Pro 2 review, because I’ve mentioned it in so many posts now. It’s coming too!