Sunday, July 1, 2012

Coffee and Jewelry

If you ask me what sort of coffee I prefer, I would answer that I don't. (I'd love some hot tea, though.) Diamonds, on the other hand, I'm ambivalent on. Sure, they're pretty, but I don't particularly seek them out.

When I encountered L'Oreal's new Infallible Eye Shadow in Liquid Diamond and Bottomless Java, I knew I had to have them. I've collected a good amount of these shadows, but I try my best to get unique colors and/or nicely pigmented ones. And yes, like some have suggested, they have a very similar texture to those lovely Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense eyeshadows (which I adore as well).

The complexity of Liquid Diamond is what drew me to this color. It's not quite what I would picture crushed diamonds would look like, but it's a mix of lilac, silver, and pewter. Bottomless Java is not as complex, but it is a rich red-cocoa. None of the Infallible Eye Shadows I have encountered have chunks of glitter, so like the other shades I own, both of these colors go smooth.

I whipped up a quick look with the two shadows, with a little help from some of their other eyeshadow friends. I don't think I would have naturally thrown these two colors together, but it didn't turn out too bad. Along with the two shadows, I used the beige color from the NARS Rajasthan duo and MAC Magic Dust. On my cheeks is Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Dollface, and the lipstick is Maybelline Flawless Fuchsia.

As for the wear of these shadows, they do fine for a good number of hours with a primer beneath. (I'm not going to try to test the "24-hour" claim of them, though.) With primer or base, the colors show up very deep or bright (depending on the color, of course). I did try to scrub my arm swatches off in the shower, but still had residue and had to get my cleansing oils off to remove it.

I'll continue to buy these Infallible shadows as long as they come on in unique colors and retain their wonderful texture. Drugstore/Ulta sales and coupons also make the deal much more sweet (for example, I only paid $6.50 for both colors after a BOGO1/2 deal, Ulta coupon, and manufacturer's coupon).