How are you today? We’re already over the hump, and ONE MORE working day later it’s the weekend! I hope you guys have a bit more luck with the weather where you are. We’re having a HORRID spring in Belgium. Not only is the temperature anything but warm, we haven’t even seen too much sun either. This makes me a bit saggy… But anyways, today I am here to share my thoughts on the much raved-about L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Purple Obsession (Perpetual Purple in the US) and Emerald Lame!
In the beginning of the year, I did some quick and dirty swatches of all the Infallible Eyeshadows available in Belgium. To this day, it remains one of my most popular posts. I finally caved in a while ago and bought Purple Obsession. Shortly afterwards, I won Emerald Lame in a giveaway.
The Infallible Eyeshadows come in plastic pots. At the bottom you could see the color of the eyeshadow itself, and once you open the lid you see a black stopper that you are supposed to keep on. Each pot contains 3.5 grams. Here I’m holding Emerald Lame in my hand so that you can see how big it is.
The packaging is functional, but nothing exceptional. I would prefer a glass pot, but it works well as it is.
In terms of texture, the Infallible Eyeshadows are a cross between cream and powder. It’s finer and lighter than a real cream, which I appreciate. Between the two shades that I own, Emerald Lame is definitely the slightly rougher one because of the glitter. Still, it feels fine on my lids.
Purple Obsession (or Perpetual Purple in the US) is a mid-tone royal purple with a pink sheen and multi-color shimmer (I see pink and blue). It is very pigmented, and it goes on very smoothly.
Emerald Lame (just to clarify a little. Based on how L’Oreal mixes some French words in the names of these eyeshadows, I think “lame” is probably “blade” in French instead of “lame” as in, well, lame) is apparently a painfully limited shade. It was only released in certain countries over a short period of time, so I’m really sorry but I wouldn’t know where to find one now!
It is a dark black-based forest green with a strong metallic sheen and large gold flecks. The texture is slightly rougher in comparison with Purple Obsession, but nothing drastic. There is some fallout towards the end of the day, but it would be less than say your Midnight Cowboy. This is a shade that I myself have to use with caution. If I’m not careful with how high up I put the color, I can easily look VERY overdone.
Here is the swatch photo of the two shades:
What I like about these is the fact that they are very easy to use. I swipe them on with my finger, blend the edges out with an eyeshadow (with Emerald Lame I need a matte nude shade for the job, but with Purple Obsession more shades work), highlight my inner corners and that’s my eyeshadows done.
What I don’t like about them is that they really aren’t that infallible on me. The formula claims to wear 24 hours, but without a primer, it starts fading in the afternoon. Towards the end of the day (say after 10 hours) it also starts to crease. With a primer things get better, but still not impeccable. It would still start to fade and crease a little around the 12-hour mark. I know that I am probably alone in this, since most people rave about how truly long-lasting this formula is, so please take my experience with a pinch of salt!
Here are some pictures of me wearing Emerald Lame. I patted it on my lids with my pinky, blend the edges out with Urban Decay Tease, and highlighted my inner corners with Booty Call (both from Naked 2).
If you want to see some photos with me wearing Purple Obsession, you can go to my guest post on Makeupandbeautyblog. I used Perpetual Purple for the last eye look in that post.
Bottom line: I am personally disappointed with the wear time of this product, but I have to stress again I might be alone in this. Otherwise the texture, color payoff, and nice range of options make this worth checking out!
Have you tried these? Does the performance deserve the name for you? What colors did you pick up?
Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx