L’Oreal’s Infallible eye shadow in Golden Sage (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. As I discussed in my review of another shade, Bronzed Taupe, I’m just not willing to test any face or eye makeup for 24 hours, but these are certainly long-wearing and resistant to creasing or budging. That is to say, this will last longer on you than most shadows. If you are like a friend of mine and experience creasing within an hour or two, even with high quality shadows and a good primer, this is not going to last anything like twelve hours, but it will be better than most you’ve tried.
These work like a slightly moist powder. You can use a brush or your fingers – I prefer a brush in smaller areas, like my outer V, because fingers just aren’t that precise). Once applied, it’s easy to blend for a few minutes – once it sets, it’s not budging until you take it off. Fallout is a non-issue, because it’s too creamy for that. It’s a really unique formula that’s surprisingly easy to work with.
Golden Sage is, as you’d expect from the name, a golden green. Swatched, it looks like a combination of flecks in several shades of green and one shade of gold. I was surprised at how it looked on my lid, however, and I think you’ll be able to see what I mean from the swatch below:
Look at the top of the swatch, where there’s a bit less light hitting it. It takes on a slightly cool, almost gray tone. So while it was golden green in some lighting, it looked more grayish and cool in other lighting. It’s a beautiful color either way, but I feel it flips between warm and cool tones, which might make it unsuitable people on either end of the spectrum – those who really can’t wear cool, and those who really can’t wear warm.
I really like this line, because it’s so easy to work with and plays well with other shadows. This particular shade is beautiful, but was a slight disappointment to me because sometimes it looks cooler than “golden sage.”