I recently made an order from Drugstore.com to get birthday gifts for my good friend Lizzie Lee, and to tip my order into the free shipping zone I bought two small things for myself. Lizzie has been recommending Neutrogena’s Healthy Volume Black/Brown Mascara to me for a while so I picked up the waterproof version (my eyes run like a faucet when I get tired). I had read many good things about L’oreal’s Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow and I am always interested to try new textures so I couldn’t resist buying one for myself as well as one as a gift. This post is a quick look and review from using the mascara and eyeshadow a few times.
On L’oreal’s site and in many reviews I’ve come by, the texture of the Infallible Eyeshadow singles is described as somewhere in between loose powder, pressed powder, and cream. I would definitely agree with this description. The eyeshadow is crumbly like a soft pressed powder and extremely creamy at the same time. I found that like most creamy textured eyeshadows it’s best to pat this eyeshadow on to build up to it’s maximum pigmentation (the above swatch is two layers). I would say this product applies with the richness of a cream shadow but blends with the ease of a powder.
- NYX Brow Powder [Auburn]
- Milani Eyeshadow Primer [Nude]
- Love Each Other Cosmetics Co. Sensimilla Collection [Doob, Toke]
- L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow [Bronzed Taupe]
- Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner [Brown, Black]
- Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara [Brown/Black]
- Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream [#13 Milky Beige]
- Wet n Wild ColorIcon Bronzer [Reserve Your Cabana]
- Love Each Other Cosmetics Co. Pet Blush [Modest Pet]
- NYX Powder Blush [Taupe]
- NYX Butter Lipstick [Snow Cap]
- Love Each Other Cosmetics Co. Finishing Powder [so makeup]
I started by using the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow in Bronzed Taupe all over my eyelid as a base color over my Milani Eyeshadow Primer. I used a flat shadow brush to do this and I found the formula of the L’oreal eyeshadow to be incredibly easy to work with. Over the L’oreal eyeshadow I used two colors from Love Each Other Co.’s Sensimilla Collection to define the eye more without adding more glitter. I blended Toke a matte taupe into my crease allowing it to be quite smokey at the edges. Always a fan of a bright inner corner, I used Doob, a bright matte beige, to highlight this part of my eye. Excuse my raggedy eyebrows: I was letting them go temporarily before having them shaped.
I used the Neutrogena Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara in Black/Brown without any clear mascara to prime or seal the application. The brush is quite large but not at all unmanageable. The large brush does sometimes leave small dots on my lid, but these are easily removed with a q-tip once dry. I found the mascara to apply well but not entirely clump-free, though a second pass with the brush will usually catch these clumps. It doesn’t do anything to curl the eyelashes like some mascaras, but does maintain the shape of curled lashes. Overall it’s a gives a very natural look.
Both the L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow and the Neutrogene Healthy Volume Waterproof Mascara wore extremely well. I found neither to be irritating at all and both products lasted through my work day without any movement, creasing, or fallout. Overall I’m very impressed! The L’oreal eyeshadow stayed exactly as I had applied it, and since I have had even high end eyeshadows slide over the Milani Eyeshadow Primer, I was impressed at its lasting power. Similarly, my as-mentioned very watery eyes tend to encourage most mascaras to end up below my eyes, but not the Neutrogena mascara.
For my face, I used my favorite BB Cream in the world, the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in #13 Milky Beige. I used NYX Powder Blush in Taupe to contour my cheeks and nose and Wet n Wild’s ColorIcon Bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana to highlight. I chose Love Each Other Co.’s neutral matte pink blush Modest Pet as my eyeshadow colors are also neutral. And because I always like to pair a darker smokey eye with nude lips, I’m wearing NYX’s Butter Lipstick in Snow Cap, a very pretty pink-toned nude.
Apologies for the uninentional hiatus! I have been a little overwhelmed with things in my life that need attention, but I have more posts lined up to be posted soon. In the world of makeup posts, I’ll be doing a review of my embarrassingly large eyeliner collection, some comparissons of Urban Decay eye primers and a review of some mid-range concealers. Outside cosmetics, I have more posts lined up for my Things Dysfunctional Parents Don’t Teach Us series as well as other Narcissism-related entries and the next installment in the series on tattoo history!