Monday, January 17, 2011

Review: L'Oreal HiP duo eyeshadows

If you are looking for highly-pigmented eyeshadows, but don't want to relinquish the cash for the high end brands and you don't even have an ULTA nearby so you can't easily go scoop up some NYX products, don't despair. L'Oreal's HiP line makes fabulously pigmented shadows, and best of all, they are more readily available and wallet friendly than the previously mentioned brands. I suggest you give them a go.

These shadows are not new to the market, so it is likely there are many of you out there who have already tried these out. I'm just getting around to trying them now, after I found the above three dual eyeshadow sets at my local CVS on 75% off clearance (only certain color are on clearance). It can't get much cheaper than $2.07 for good quality eyeshadow, or can it? These regularly retail for about $8.99-$11.99 (or so) depending on where you buy them. Considering MAC single eyeshadows will run you $14 (in a pot) or $11 (just in a pan), paying less than $10 for two eyeshadows is a bargain. So, what would you call it when you get the product for only seven cents each? Yes, you read that right. There is no need to wipe your eyes and look again, or doubt the potency of your caffeinated beverage. I was a smart little shopper, and cashed in some $2 off coupons I'd clipped from my Sunday paper (my mom gives me her coupons, plus I buy an extra paper if the coupons are good, so I always have extras. That extra $1.25 I spent on the additional Sunday paper paid for itself with just one $2 off coupon that I actually used). Considering I have so much makeup, I hardly ever have to buy it because I need more. When it's practically free it's a lot easier to justify.

But, I digress.

I'm happy I finally picked these up. I'm especially fond of Cheeky and Charisma, as I love to use purple hues. The colors in Adventurous are nice, though I'm not sure I'll use them together much. I tried, and just wasn't crazy about the combo. But, I do like the kind of taupe-y champagne color to go with a lot of neutral every day looks. I think I'll get the most use out of that color in the duo. The pink is pretty, though I probably won't get as much use out of it. I'm sure I could add it to looks to sprinkle in a dash of color. That's not to say I don't like it, just that I'll probably use it considerably less than the other color. My seven cents were well worth the shimmery taupe-y champagne. And even if I only had a $1 off coupon, or no coupon at all, I'd still pick up the duo at $2.07 just for that color.

Application wise, these shadows go on beautifully. They are smooth to the touch, blend easily, and pack a pigmentation punch. They aren't quite as velvety smooth as, say, and Urban Decay shadow (as in the ones without chunky glitter), but certainly smoother than your average drugstore shadow. So you get some luxury without the price tag. Plus, the color combinations in the duos complement each other nicely (even if I wasn't crazy about the Adventurous combo, I can't say the colors totally clashed, the combo just didn't suit with my personal style), which makes it easy to rock a well put together look. This is especially useful if you are intimidated when it comes to looks that involve bright colors.

Tip: If brightly colored shadows scare you, here is an easy way to make them work. Combine a bright shadow with a neutral. For example, an emerald green on the lid, paired with black in the outer V and crease. 

Check out the swatches below, plus my makeup using the Cheeky shadow duo.

All in all, L'Oreal's HiP eyeshadows are definitely worth the purchase. Have you tried L'Oreal HiP eyeshadows? What are some of your favorites? Do you plan to go to CVS to see if you can score some at 75% off?  (Note: If your CVS is out of any of the 75% off products, check out Rite Aid. I have not yet verified this for myself, but have it on good authority that Rite Aid also has a lot of the same products on clearance as CVS)

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