L’Oreal’s Infallible eyeshadows (Drugstore.com, $7.99) are a loose powder formula that’s been highly compacted, and is supposed to be incredibly pigmented and able to last twenty-four hours on the lid without creasing or fading. In reality, the shades vary in quality. I’ve already reviewed three shades, Bronzed Taupe, Golden Sage and Continuous Cocoa. This shade is Eternal Sunshine, a light shimmering gold.
Working with these feels like something in between a powder and a cream. It’s like the creamiest powder shadow you’ve ever used, times 2. I get very good staying power with it (I’m not about to test anything for 24 hours), but as I said above, some shades are better than others. If your lids are so oily that no shadow stays more than a couple of hours without creasing, you should expect better performance from most of the colors in this line, but not the full 24 hours suggested in the marketing.
I like applying these with brushes, in the same way I apply powder shadows. You can use your fingers, but I find that dulls some of the pigments/finishes. These are pretty blendable until they set, which takes just a few minutes but should give you time to work with them. Once they set, you can rub the edges with fingers to blend, but it’s not so easy.
Eternal Sunshine is a pale metallic gold. It’s similar to Urban Decay’s Half-Baked, but a little more buttery. Its definite yellow undertones make it ideal for warmer skin tones, but this is the sort of buttery yellow that a lot of cooler skin tones can also use. It’s nice as an inner corner highlight (if you like gold in that area – I do!), but it really shines as a lid color. You can also use it to blend the edges of other colors.
Don’t toss the little stopper that comes inside your pot of shadow. You can use it to re-compact the shadow if it becomes loose again.
This is one of the better shades in a line which is all around very impressive, despite reports of the purple shade sucking and various other minor complaints (i.e., Golden Sage looks golden and sage in the pot, but somehow turned a cool green on my lid). I sometimes use this color as an inner corner highlight (no matter what other shadows I’m using) because I have allergies and tend to rub at my tear ducts – this shadow will stay on through that rubbing! It’s a lovely shade, though not particularly unique – still, if you want a metallic gold that will wear better than the average powder, this is a great choice.