Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadow
L'Oreal Infallible Galaxy Lumiere Holographic Eyeshadows are limited-edition duochromes (meaning they can appear two different colors depending on the light). They're available in three shades dramatically described as "galactic," and said to contain "twilight pearls and moondust." Hyperbole aside, these are fun, on-trend, well-performing powder eyeshadows—if you don't mind a certain amount of shimmery fallout. They're also fairly pricey for drugstore singles, which may influence your decision.
These shadows blend well, and are versatile enough to work as highlighters. They can be worn alone if you're looking for a statement-making reflective, dimensional shadow, or can be used to finish (or amp up) a look with a bold touch of shimmer.
Their reflective quality might make you question the evenness of these shadows' coverage, but if you shift your angle in the mirror, you'll see they go on smoothly, and the finely-milled glitter distributes without clumping.
Be aware, though, that just like any ultra-shimmery shadow, they'll draw attention to any fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes. You should expect some hard-to-remove fallout, too—though you'll get a bit less if you build in sheer layers. Even so, we recommend doing your eye makeup before the rest of your face so you can clean up any stray glitter without wrecking your makeup.
By the end of a long day, you'll notice this shadow settling into creases, but not so much that a good primer can't prevent it. And if you're going from day-to-night, you may need a quick touchup to keep up the intensity—these shadows do fade a bit with extended wear.
Overall, your fashion preferences will likely decide whether this drugstore shadow is worth its price; there's nothing in the ingredient list that inherently makes it more expensive. But if you're into glittery, reflective shadows with a duochrome finish, these 'holographic' singles could be perfect for you.
- Available in trend-conscious duochrome shades.
- Intense holographic finish can create a striking eye or bold highlight.
- Shadow blends well and applies evenly.
- Fragrance free.
- Only three shades available.
- Leaves hard-to-remove, glittery fallout.
- Requires touchups for extended wear.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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