Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sultry Smoke, an infallible eyeshadow

          I've seen a number of L'Oreal infallible eyeshadow reviews around the blog block. I wasn't planning on purchasing one, however the makeup aisle lady at Walgreens in Chinatown offered me four dollars worth of coupons when she saw me contemplating the L'Oreal infallible display. I mean, how could I say no? That's how I ended up with L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in Sultry Smoke.

          People have often compared L'Oreal's infallible eyeshadow line to Armani's Eyes to Kill. This is a pretty high complement since Eyes to Kill is so well loved. Something worth noting is that Armani cosmetics belongs to the L'Oreal conglomerate. I think it's safe to say that the similarities between the two are not a coincidence. If you examine cosmetics company ownership structures, sometimes you can see that different 'brands' within the same company sometimes will release a similar product. It only makes sense to capitalize on good technology. Infallible might not have the same bells and whistles (i.e. packaging and complex color) as Eyes to Kill, but it may deserve its high quality status.

            I'm not exactly sure which side of the packaging is the bottom and which is the top. I am guessing that the lid was meant to be the bottom because it's a lot less pretty. When you open the container, there's a small plastic lid that can protect or pack the product underneath. The texture is a lot drier and more powdery than I was expecting it to be. I was imagining a cream! It is almost like slightly damp powder. Although it has a drier texture, it definitely can dry out. I saw one in the display that was defective or tampered with and the product inside was clearly shrunken and dried out.
   
         I apply using a finger. I haven't tried a brush since it works so well without. I don't use a primer, yet the lasting power is very good. Normally I have to use primers under my powder shadows. This is quite a plus; if I'm in a hurry I can just swipe and go without a primer or complex blending. The Infallible eyeshadow works pretty well as an eyeshadow base too. I'm not sure it holds eyeliner as well as I'd like though.  The color of sultry smoke is almost matte and not very dimensional. I can add a little extra intrigue by layering on shadows on top. The grey base can  intensify grey shadows like NARS Tzarine (see swatch below). I've also layered more brown leaning tones like Urban Decay pistol for a different effect.


          L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow in sultry smoke is a dove grey. It's a medium grey with a hint of blue. There's no overt shimmer, but it's not a pure matte. It's the type of grey I normally like. You can see the swatch of Sultry Smoke compared with NARS Tzarine and MAC Scene below. It's a touch more blue than the other two. You can also see how well it applies in layered and sheer form. It blends out quite well.


          Overall, I am impressed with this my Infallible eyeshadow in Sultry smoke. I like the color, lasting power, and blendability. The quickness and convenience of application on-the-go is a big plus. Despite those things, I don't find myself running to the store to snatch up the whole set. The L'Oreal Infallible eyeshadow line offer a nice range of colors, however they don't really strike my fancy. I would prefer lmore basic neutral shades as opposed to colors like purple or ice blue. That said, I'm still considering purchasing Continuous Cocoa. Also, Bronzed Taupe is a shade that many will like.

          Thanks for reading! Have you tried any shades of Infallible eyeshadow? What are your thoughts? Do you prefer this to Maybelline color tattoo? (Incidentally, Maybelline also belongs to L'Oreal).

Love, Dovey.

Note for cruelty-free beauty lovers: It is worth noting that L'Oreal is not cruelty free (what a shame). If it weren't for that, I'd be singing their praises. I really hope that one day this will change.

22 comments:

  1. This is unexpected! I was under the impression that all of the Infallible eyeshadows were super-shimmery, but this one looks lovely - a really nice, wearable matte Dovey grey. (Tee hee, I'm sorry, I had to make the pun! Had to!)

    Still haven't tried the Infallible shadows, but one of these days, I'll get around to it. Honest! I just, er, have to haul my arse out of the house and into a drugstore, first >.<

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    1. :P I think this is one of the least shimmery of the bunch. I think continuous cocoa looked less shimmery.

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  2. I can't really compare this with Color Tattoo... they're so different! I guess I prefer this one, though, because Color Tattoo is sort of better as a base. I love Sultry Smoke - it makes such a lovely daytime smokey eye :D

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    1. Hi Sarah--- thanks for the comparison, that does help! I agree, it does make for a really nice daytime eye.

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  3. I have the golden mohogany, which is a brownish red, and it's divine! looks great with blue eyes.

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    1. Oh, that does sound beautiful!

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  4. I don't have a huge amount of greys in my collection, but this is very pretty! So far, I've resisted these shadows, but they do seem really interesting...

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    1. Hi Rocaille - I was the same too, until the sales lady came along! It's worth trying one if there's a good promo

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  5. I love these shadows! Great value and beautiful shades!

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  6. i love infallible as stand-alone shades. i bought 5 and i still have one more to swatch, but i think they are great quality for drugstore products! :)

    thanks for the comparisons and in-depth review!

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    1. Hi Lena, I think you're right; it makes for a really good stand-alone shade :)

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  7. What a lovely color! How did I miss this one? There's something subtly blue about it that really does remind me of plumes of smoke in an old smoking room (I'm envisioning pipes in the late 19th century rather than cigarettes ... it's just more romantic).

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I love the beautiful imagery! Plumes is the perfect word :)

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  8. That L'Oreal looks really good. In fact, the grey looks blue enough to possible be a new favorite. I wonder if the texture is like Bobbi Brown's new Rich Color shadows, which also feel like a damp powder and which I find I have to apply with a fingertip (brushes just don't handle it well).

    Love your comparison to Armani. Many big parent companies have just one patent for their different formulations, so it isn't outside the realm of possibility that the Infallible is very close to ETK, a more affordable version.

    Must seek out! Blarg. Excellent review that is going to cost me at least $20, lol.

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    1. Hi Zuzu, what an interesting point about the Rich Color shadows. I never tried them because I heard different things about the formulation. I'm quite curious now!

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  9. I think the color is subtle and beautiful. It's something you can wear day or night.

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  10. Very pretty! I'm doing very well as resisting these little seemingly awesome drugstore gems. Savin up for some ETK instead. At least you got coupons for it :) hope you get some good use out of the shade it looks so wearable

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    1. Thanks Kelly--- usually I'm good at resisting and saving up, but not lately :)

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  11. Is this the same shade as the Slate Grey in the UK? If so, I wear it by itself or with the later shade from Mandchourie or Dogon brushed over the top.

    Tzarine is on my make-up wishlist and your swatches are adding to my need!

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    1. Hi Mopsy - actually, I'm not quite sure! I've heard there are different shades though. Using Mandchourie and Dogon is an excellent idea. I will definitely try it!

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