L’Oreal’s Infallible eye shadow in Bronzed Taupe (Drugstore.com, $7.95) is an intensely pigmented powder formula that claims to stay on your lids for 24 hours without budging, fading or creasing. I didn’t test for the full 24 hours (I’m just not willing to leave makeup on my face or eyes that long), but it wears wonderfully on me for a good 14 hours. I also had a very oily-lidded friend try it – on her, even with primer, any powder shadow creases a little bit within an hour at most. Without a primer, this lasted well over an hour, which is a good result.
These eyeshadows came out around the same time as the Maybelline Color Tattoos, and didn’t get nearly as much hype. They’re actually quite different products. While the Tattoos are creamy but dry to a second-skin finish, the Infallibles work more like a powder, and dry to a powder finish. If I rub at the Tattoos after they’ve dried, hardly a trace comes off on my finger. If I rub the Infallibles, some comes off on my finger, but nothing budges on my eye – which seems impossible, but it’s a good thing!
I find with the Tattoos, a brush doesn’t work as well as fingers (except when lining), but fingers have the problem of being inexact in areas where you want to be detailed. The Infallibles work equally well with fingers or brushes – I actually prefer using a brush. Blending is another thing that’s easier with these than with a true cream shadow, though not quite as easy as with traditional powder shadows.
I’m reviewing the shades I have separately because there are some differences. Bronzed Taupe is shimmery a cool-toned bronze that complements a wide variety of skin tones. It has a very dense, opaque, packed-on quality – the swatch below looks like Ive swiped and swiped, but it’s really just my normal 2-3 swipes. It’s terrific as a lid color, but it also works well in the crease or outer V with a lighter shade on the lid. It works well with other types of shadows. It can even be used as a mid-toned liner.
The first time I bought this one, I returned it because it had dried up into little chunks. That was my first experience with this line, but later I saw reviews that made me think it was worth trying again. I went to a different store and this time I opened it to make sure it wasn’t dried out (this line has not been safety sealed), and again, it was! But I found one that wasn’t dried out, bought it, and haven’t looked back. I don’t know if this means Bronzed Taupe has a worse tendency to dry out than other shades, or if more people open it up to look at it because it’s such a great neutral color. But it’s a good lesson in why you need to keep this thing and use it religiously when you buy these shadows:
That little insert is almost like a seal protecting the shadow from air. For that reason, I wonder what the shelf life will be on these, before they become dried out. I also wonder if you can use them after they dry out and still get the same excellent results?
This is a great neutral color that looks beautiful on and wears longer than most without creasing. I like how well it works with a brush or fingers, so that you have both options. You must use the insert to keep them from drying out, so if that sounds like something you would tend to forget or lose, these may not be ideal for you. Other than that, I think this is a great shadow.