I am going to go through the swatches then get to my wear time test. All swatches were done wet on top (I use Visine) and Dry on bottom. They were done over bare skin, no primer or base. * Note these only need a light touch. Don't jam your brush into these and I would avoid using fingers in the pot as your natural oils will likely change the texture of the product over time. But give it a clean finger poke once..you know you want to.
Thoughts, feelings...first off the product I hear this most compared to are the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill. And sadly, I do not own any and I haven't seen them in person, so I can not speak to their similarities. From what I have read of GA, I don't think these are dupes for one another, these seem more dense, not spongy and not as nuanced. In my eyes, this is was what MAC Metal X shadows SHOULD have been.
The texture was remarkably similar to the 2007 Metal X shadows....you know after you mutilated your way through the top crust. When swatched, again, they reminded me of the Metal X. That is where the similarity ends. The Metal X shadows creased terribly and did not have the blendability of the Infallible shadows. This is one of my favorite things about the L'Oreal shades, they blend out so well. Wet or dry they were so easy to use.
I have one complaint and it's fairly minor. I did experience some unexpected fallout when applying the shadows....kind of a lot, especially for pat on application. It was easily swept off with a fluffy brush so it was really a non issue.
Okay, the 24 hour claims. I have limited time to test this, so I will test this against a normal 8 hour day..even if you could wear it for 24 hours..would you want to? I am most interested in the crease proof claims. I have oily eyelids that are very prone to creasing. For the images below I used three colors. Golden Sage on the lid, Bronzed Taupe on the crease and Endless Pearl on the brow bone. All application was done dry. My right eye (dotted) was done over E.L.F Eyelid Primer and the left eye was bare, no primer. I want to see how they compare over an 8 hour period.
|Dotted eye has primer.|
Flash forward 8 hours and a two hour nap later.
|After hours of wear|
|8 hours later Primer Eye|
|8 hours later No Primer Eye|
At $7.99 for 3.5g /.12oz, you would have to spend $10-$15 more to get close to the quality you find with L'Oreal Infallible shadows. Normally with budget finds it feels like you have to settle in some ways. Some element of the quality isn't what you would like. I just don't have that issue with L'Oreal Infallible Shadows. If I paid $20 for this I would probably still feel I got my moneys worth.
Where to buy: ULTA or check L'Oreal for other retailers in your area
Price: $8-$10 Depending on the retailer