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L'Oreal Paris

Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow

0.09 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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L'Oreal Infallible Paints Metallics eye shadow attempts to achieve "the latest metallic eyeshadow trending look", but doesn't quite succeed. It's a good product, if you like a frosty/shimmery shadow; but if you choose this one solely to get a metallic finish, you'll most likely be disappointed.

It's possible to achieve a richer, more foil-like look particularly in their Aluminum Foil (silver) and Brass Knuckles (gold) shades—but only if you begin with an eyeshadow primer and use a wet brush; applying over foundation doesn't work as well. And that might feel like a lot of effort for an effect that never quite lives up to its "infallible" promise.

For instance, while this shadow isn't cakey, it will find (and highlight) every line and crease in your eyelids; and there's enough fallout that you'll find bits of glitter on your cheeks as the day wears on—particularly if you touch or rub your eyes. You'll also get a lot of flashback in photos: another reason why this level of shine isn't for everyone.

That said, if you like a frosty, glittery, shimmery effect (that's not quite metallic), this eyeshadow has its upsides: its texture is smooth and comfortable, it applies evenly, has staying power, and doesn't contain any skin-irritating fragrance ingredients, which we always appreciate.

Pros:
  • Applies smoothly and evenly.
  • Has a long-wearing finish.
  • Isn't cakey.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Will leave glittery fallout on the cheeks during and after application.
  • Highlights lines and creases.
  • Finish is more frosty than metallic.
  • Takes effort to create a metallic effect.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Go paint yourself with Infallible Paints Shadow Metallic. This Infallible eye shadow paint has high color impact and creates a foiled finishallowing you to achieve the latest metallic eyeshadow trending look. This creamy pressed powder eyeshadow comes in 5 blendable metallic shades so you can find the perfect color for you. Lasts all day.
Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Stearic Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake.

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.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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