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The L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadows** were definitely a cult classic from the drugstore at one point in time. Occasionally, I’ll hear someone mention the shade amber rush, but for the most part, they don’t come up too often. I used to really love the shade bronzed taupe back when I was newer to eyeshadow. I started to wonder if I would still feel the same about it now that I’ve been exposed to so many other formulas. I originally purchased this eyeshadow on the recommendation of Emily Noel on YouTube, who is also the inspiration for these “What’s Old at X” type of posts.
This formula is a pressed pigment, so it does have more pigment than the other single eyeshadows that you will find at the drugstore. If you want the most impact out of this formula, I’d suggest applying it with your finger. However, you can achieve a more subtle finish with less intensity by using a brush. One downside is that the metallic finish of the L’Oreal Infallible in Bronzed Taupe** is that it does emphasize the texture and lines that I have on my eyelids. Even when using a brush for a softer look, this formula is not the kindest to my textured lids.
I also have some difficulty blending out the edges of this eyeshadow. It doesn’t seem to matter if I am using it alone as a one shadow look or using a matte shade to blend the edges. There is skipping over my eyelid and while it does eventually smooth out, it takes some work. I should point out that I was 6 years younger the last time I used this formula. So it is possible that I didn’t use to have this problem. This shade looks like it will lean more bronze, but on me, the taupe is definitely more dominant. I would describe it as a neutral taupe, but on me, it does lean cool.
When I consider other drugstore eyeshadows that I have tried, I do think that this is still one of the nicer options at the drugstore. The NYX Prismatic Shadows ($6.00 at Ulta** and nyxcosmetics.com) are somewhat comparable, but the textures are quite different. NYX Prismatic Eyeshadows are smoother and are less prone to accentuating my texture. The NYX formula is also closer to a traditional eyeshadow texture vs the pressed pigment formula of L’Oreal. I think the major downside is that a lot of people don’t really want to pay for single shadows when they can buy a palette for a few more dollars. I’m sure that in today’s market, there are likely shadows from Colourpop or BH Cosmetics that would give you a better value for your money.
Do you still use the L’Oreal Infallible Shadows? Do you think they are still a standout in the drugstore?
If you’ve never used them, do you think you’d ever give them a try?
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