Swatches in order: Endless Sea, Golden Sage, Gleaming Bronze, Golden Emerald, Continuous Cocoa, Bronzed Taupe, Midnight Blue, Liquid Diamond, Amber Rush, Pink Sapphire, Gold Imperial, Endless Sunshine, Endless Pearl, Iced Latte
L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows were part of my 2012 eye favorites. In my opinion, these are the best eyeshadows in the drugstore and are very affordable for the quality. These are also a dupe for Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill shadows (they are owned by the same company so you have to wonder if there’s any difference but name brand).
DESCRIPTION (from Ulta)
Additional binders (oils) coat and magnify the colour pigments revealing beautiful shimmer and maximized colour. The colour adheres to the eyelid as durably and comfortably as a second skin and lasts for up to 24hrs. With a formulation that lies between the comfort of a cream and the ease of application of a powder, infallible eyeshadow melts gently from the fingertips to the eye lid on application. The result is a luxurious, velvety texture. Infallible Eyeshadow provides sweatproof, waterproof, crease resistant wear with velvet-soft texture that blends easily, providing luminous color with a smooth, even finish.
The shadows are housed in small pots that come with a little stopper inside of it that is clearly marked with a warning not to discard. This is essential to keep the powder pressed, and to ensure that they do not dry out. The backside of the shadow pot easily allows you to see the color before purchasing, which is always nice!
The texture of these shadows is hard to describe; they’re so creamy and soft that they feel damp, but they go on like a powder. It’s a very unique consistency that makes for easy application. More accurately, these are pressed pigments.
Most of the shades are very shimmery and metallic, but there are two matte shades: Endless Pearl, and Sultry Smoke (I don’t have this one). There are eighteen shades in the core line, and there have also been several limited edition shades released. Pink Sapphire, Gold Imperial, and Gleaming Bronze are the limited edition shades that I have. There were some LE shades out during the holidays, but I felt they were too similar to what I already have, so I did not purchase them.
The staying power on this shadow is amazing, both with and without power. I can’t vouch for the 24-hour claim since I don’t wear makeup that long, but I can easily get a full day of wear (12 hours) out of these. These can be worn wet or dry as well.
Mine are clearly loved!
I apply these shadows with a standard brush, like the Rite Aid Renewal shadow brush. On average, these shadows range in the $7-$8 range at most drugstores and convenience stores, but there are always sales going on, and don’t forget to look in the clearance bin!
Overall, these shadows have a good shade selection, though the line could benefit from more matte shades.
- Wide shade variety
- Highly pigmented
- Soft texture
- Only two matte shades
- Other countries have different colors (difficult to access these!)
- Mostly high shimmer shades
My favorite shades are Liquid Diamond, Gleaming Bronze, Bronzed Taupe, and Gold Imperial. Now, I will say that I am not one to own a ton of drugstore eyeshadows like this. Quite honestly, I’m a bit snobby when it comes to eyeshadow! It is one of the beauty products where I feel it is worth it to buy higher end products. That said, these are amazing and up-to-par with higher end shadows. I highly recommend them!