A while back I swatched out some of Maybelline’s long-wear eyeshadows; now I’ve got a drugstore competitor, L’Oreal infallible, to compare and contrast.
I picked up 6 of them:
- Sultry Smoke 998
- Golden Emerald 335
- Eternal Black 999
- Smoldering Plum 556
- Infinite Sky 222
- Bottomless Java 800
- Sultry Smoke is a matte grey (there is the slightest hint of sheen in the swatch, but compared to the others, it may as well be flat); it looks cool in the pan but is pretty neutral swatched.
- Golden Emerald is a warm mossy green with sparkle.
- Eternal Black is a black with silver sparkles.
- Smoldering Plum is a shimmering plum-wine-burgundy. (Shimmer, but no sparkles/glitter like the previous two.)
- Infinite Sky is a pale frosty-shimmery silver-blue .
- Bottomless Java is a rich shimmering brown.
Between the set of six I have here, there are three distinct finishes: matte/flat, shimmer, and actual sparkle/glitter. All six are reasonably pigmented; Sultry Smoke, the matte grey, swatched the thinnest. The shadows are an interesting texture: they aren’t creams, like most long-wearing shadows I’ve seen. They’re a strange in-between hybrid powder: they aren’t totally dry and powdery like a normal pressed eyeshadow, but they definitely aren’t the consistency of a cream. It’s interesting.
I’m hoping to do some looks with them this week, and to compare them to the Maybelline line in terms of blendability, overall ease of use, and wear time. Sorry I haven’t had as much time lately for beauty posts; I’ve been a little too busy with my move.