I wanted to do a post on this drugstore single shadow from L’Oreal because I think it’s a must have, staple eyeshadow that is also affordable.
My two most recent eyeshadow palette purchases were the Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons palette and the BH Carli Bybel palette, both of which I have shown here on my blog. I think that both of these palettes are stunning, and I in no way regret purchasing them. However, what they are both lacking is a black.
In my opinion, a black eyeshadow is so essential to have in any palette because it is so versatile. You can use it to make any makeup look more dramatic and intense and it can also be used as a liner. So when I saw that L’Oreal came out with these new shadows I knew I wanted to test out this black because I thought it would be he perfect addition to any palettes that do not already have a black included (and tbh I also didn’t want to buy a whole bunch of the other colours because having too many single eyeshadows in individual packaging can be kind of a pain to store and travel with).
Enough back story (I always feel the need to include the back story on buying a product before I get into the actual product-don’t ask me why), here are my thoughts:
This shadow is such a steal for $4.98 at Walmart. It has got to be one of the best black shadows I’ve ever tried from the drugstore. Unlike many other drugstore shadows that I’ve tried, this one actually lasts on my eyes (with a primer) and doesn’t fade after a few hours.
It’s matte, but it doesn’t feel dry or chalky to the touch. It almost has a creamy texture. This along with the awesome pigmentation makes it a winner. If I am ever traveling with any of my palettes that don’t have a black in them, I can easily throw this shadow into my makeup bag and be covered.
Here are some photos of a black smokey eye that I did recently using this shadow:
A tip for doing a black smokey eye (regardless of what black shadow you’re using!) that I find really helpful is to lay down a black base on your lid as close as possible to your lash line and then pack the black shadow on top and blend it up and out. This way you’re guaranteeing that the darkest part of your smokey eye will be at the base of your lashes, right where you want it to be in order for a natural fade. In these photos I used the essence black gel liner as my base.
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