Monday, June 11, 2012

One Infallible, One Not

A few things I bought on Sunday, determined to go out despite the dreary weather. I'm trying to be more selective about my beauty purchases because I already have too much. I'm determined not to purchase any more lipstick for a while (as much as Maybelline ColorSensational Fuchsia Fever and cheap, discounted Revlon Beyond Natural Protective Liptints were calling out to me), but I haven't been so stringent with my two other big weaknesses, eyeshadow and nail polish. I ended up taking home a new night cream, two eyeshadows and one complimentary eyeshadow brush. And two wool hats in forest green and chocolate from Dotti that were $7 each, even though I have enough hats to run a costume shop.




Target was having 50% off all Nivea products so I figured I might as well take advantage of such a large discount. The shelves were practically cleared by the time I got to them, but there were a few scattered items here and there, including a couple of remaining boxes of Nivea Visage Daily Essentials Rich Regenerating Night Cream. I've been alternating between Nivea Soft and Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture 24 Cream for my face at night, and was looking for something more specifically labelled as a night cream. Though this is said to be for dry and sensitive skin, I found it odd it's scented with that familiar Nivea Creme fragrance. In fact, I'm not entirely sure it's all that different to Nivea Creme. It feels on the light side, yet it's also somewhat greasy (if that makes any sense). It does seem to get soaked up by the skin to leave it feeling softer and more moisturised. I'm not a big fan of the scent though, and I don't sense any particular difference between this "night cream" and the ordinary moisturisers I've been using.




Also at Target, there was 40% off L'Oréal, and I couldn't resist one of the new Color Infallible eyeshadows in Metallic Lilac (037) from the L'Or Electric Collection for Cannes Film Festival 2012. There were two other new shades available, Cosmic Black (which seemed too similar to Bronze Goddess, but with more gold glitter and less shimmery olive gold pigment) and Magnetic Coral (a really pretty orangey coral, but totally unwearable). I now have 6 of these Infallible eyeshadows, and I remain seriously impressed by just how intensely pigmented and shimmery they are. I just wish they were a little easier to manage, as I often find that brushes don't pick up pigment as well as fingers, and unscrewing the lid and removing the conserver just to get to the pigment can be quite fiddly. Metallic Lilac is a blueish, silvery grey with cool lilac tones. It's similar to Flashback Silver, which is lighter, more silver and less blue/purple. The eyeshadow came with a free flat eyeshadow brush that seems purpose-built for these little pots. I haven't tried it yet, but I have high hopes.




I also picked up this Revlon ColorStay Mineral Eyeshadow in Midnight Garnet (03) from Kmart for $6.05. I hate to say bad things about Revlon, as I have something of a love affair with their products usually, but I'm going to go on a little rant about this eyeshadow. This thing sucks. Sucks. It could be the worst eyeshadow I've come across. I had to literally scratch a chunk of the eyeshadow out just to swatch them on my hand. Even then, it was powdery and chalky, like I had put a bit of condensed flour on my hand and was desperately trying to rub some colour from it. I'm not sure what possessed me to buy it, because even if the pigmentation and texture were excellent, I already have countless similar shades. But I remember reading ages ago someone raving about the brown in this trio being particularly gorgeous, so I was hoping to be impressed. Maybe it's the mineral nature of these shadows, but they're very sheer and flat in dimension. The two lighter shades barely show up, and I even went to the effort of trying them wet, something that I almost never do with my eyeshadows. To top it off, the glue that seals the mound to the base has dried up, so it's completely loose in its mold. I could potentially make the dark brown work if I really tried or wanted to go for a barely-there look, but the colour itself is nothing extraordinary and I have plenty of superior eyeshadows that don't require as much effort. This one's going to be buried somewhere alongside all my other abandoned eyeshadows that I've bought and barely touched again.

42 comments:

  1. The infallible eyeshadow looks amazing! And it even came with a brush? These things are really pricey in my area (well, L'oreal cosmetics in general) and not to mention there's no free brush to come along with it! :( I'm waiting to catch a sale or something on it right now lol

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  2. this eyeshadow from Loreal looks really nice

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  3. I've never had luck with the L'Oreal mineral shadows. At least it was a sale item, so eases the pain somewhat!

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  4. I was interested in that Nivea night cream once upon a time, when I fancied myself all grown up and applying a night cream to my face. I noticed all the sales the other day, and laughed at a Maybelline "Silken Taupe" mono eyeshadow. They don't even try to hide it. I even brought it to cashier but changed my mind. I might run back and get it tomorrow. It was only $4!

    Pity about that trio. Revlon generally does make great products.
    I was thinking the same thing about the Color Infallible shadows- "40% off L'Oreal? Color Infallible shadows please!"
    As always, great haul and post. xx

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  5. I know I've already said this but I have to say it again: your pictures are so beautiful and perfect!
    Anyway, I really like Metallic Liliac.

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  6. Such a shame that the Revlon shadows were awful...I hate it when you feel like you've wasted your money on rubbish, even worse when you love the brand.
    x

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  7. Seen so many reviews about the L'Oreal Infallibles and this is such a popular colour!

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  8. Oh I don't know L'Oréal does brushes !
    I love l'Oréal stuff except their blushes :s

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  9. That Revlone eyeshadow looks amaing :)
    I have a couple of Loreal Infallibles, the texture of them is so cool haha!
    Laura xoxo

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  10. The Infallible shadows looks gorgeous; you are making my shopping list as long as my arm!
    S xx

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  11. The eyeshadow in metallic lilac is really intense and pigmented. It's just one of those products that i always lust over but i don't actually need, since i have so many eyeshadows already! eeeek, I was looking into the Revlon mineral eyeshadow because it seems to be pretty handy on the go, but after reading this review, i think i may have to give it a miss because of the lack of pigmentation and the chalky-ness. Thanks for sharing~

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  12. this is such a nice stuff!!!!
    kisses!
    self-dressed.blogspot.com

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  13. The eyeshadows are divine! I really would like to get some of these, however, I have made a deal with myself to use up some of my current ones first :)

    The Nivea cream you have featured I too had and I didn't like it much. I found it too greasy for my face so I've gave it my mother who has much drier skin than mine.

    Great reviews and lovely pictures.

    Amy x
    http://alittleboatsailing.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. the Revlon looks so good. Too bad it doesn't works.

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  15. I haven't seen any nivea yet in the states. Guess i have to look more closely, i love their products. I would have got this eyeshadow too, pretty colour!
    Janine

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  16. These infallible shadows are sooo amazing - great dept in colour!!

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  17. pretty eye shadows!! I love infaillible eye shadow so much, and I have already 3 shades ( sahara treasure, permanent khaki and forever pink ) at home. this purple looks so beautiful!
    But too bad the revlon eye shadow sucks. :/ because revlon usually has nice products.
    xx

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  18. Hi girl!
    Thanks you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog.
    I like yours and am following now.
    XO
    www.fashionlalalove.blogspot.com

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  19. Beautiful post!!!

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    xoxo

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  20. I really want to try the L'oreal Infallible Eyeshadows, they all look so lovely! xo

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  21. Metallic Lilac is so pretty! Love the intensity of the color! :-) Bummer that the Revlon eyeshadow sucked. ><

    ~ Yun

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  22. Love the colour of the Infallible eyeshadow :) x

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  23. I love the glitter look! It was rainy yesterday here too. New follower :)

    Cierra @ Sugar & Spice

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  24. You came upon some great sales. The Metallic Lilac color is just gorgeous and it also looks very wearable.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  25. This is cool. I just followed you on hellocotton - I love reading Australian makeup blogs because i know i can actually access the products you use! Shame about that loreal mineral eyeshadow though :/

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  26. The infallible looks so gorgeous :) i wish infallibles were on sale where I live!!

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  27. Metallic Lilac looks amazing!

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  28. That L'oreal infallible eyeshadow looks stunning!! I have been wanting to try it for ages but it's not available where I live TT^TT

    The perfection lumiere foundation feels powdery on the skin but I think it has a velvety finish as it is neither dewy nor is it completely matte. I don't have dry skin so I can't say for sure but I do think it might enhance the look of dry patches.

    Liz
    chewylove.blogspot.com

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  29. such pretty colors ^^ Thanks for sharing !
    cherryberrypoon.blogspot.ca

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  30. the colors are nice.. i love it!!

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  31. The revlon reminds me of lorac!
    xo,
    http://missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com/

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  32. i totally understand you, i could buy nail polishes all the time :)
    those eye shadows look amazing :)

    xx

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  33. The Infallible looks beeeaaauuutiful! Holy moly!

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  34. Thank you for the comment, lovely!

    That color is gorgeous, waaaaaaaant.

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  35. what a shame about the Revlon shadows! they look just like the lorac ones too. Least the Loreal one was a keeper. The pigmentation looks great and its such a pretty color

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  36. love the metallic lilac such a nice colour and it looks so pigmented :)

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  37. omg i have that nivea night cream because i also wanted something specifically for night and i hate it! it's so awfully greasy, and i know it's night time but it feels disgusting :( i'm still on the hunt for a good night cream argh!

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  38. Gosh, the Metallic Lilac is so pretty in the pot, love how the light picks up pink, purple and blue! As much as I would love to own some Infallible eyeshadows, metallic finishes don't seem to look that great on me. I haven't had much luck with Nivea skincare but I haven't tried the night cream. I am not a fan of skincare being greasy so probably a miss for me. Thanks for letting us know about the mineral e/s - will be staying away from them!

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  39. I'm totally in love with the small selection of infallible shadows available here! Totally buttery, pigmented and everything a good shadow should be...I wish we had more shades!

    I used to own the EXACT same trio from revlon, that line has all but been discontinued here since two years ago...I only had use of the dark chocolate shade which I had to scratch real hard to get pigment from...yep, it does suck, I believe you. Apparently their sets of 5 shadows are meant to be of a better quality, I find their quads decent but the mineral shadows were just sad.

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    1. Me too, I'm thinking of picking up the purple and pink ones that you have, as well as Eternal Black. To be honest, while I like the look of Metallic Lilac, I think it doesn't really work well with my yellow-toned skin. It's a bit silvery and cool, even with the purple running through it.

      The mineral trio is terrible, but the CustomEyes Shadow & Liner palettes (the ones with the 5 shades) are much, much better. I used "Naturally Glamorous" just today and it's one of Revlon's best products :)

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