4.06.2014

Review, Swatch - L'Oreal Wear Infinité Studio Secrets Pro Eye Shadow Single, Brushed Suede

Last time when I bought a L'Oreal eyeshadow in pressed powder form, it was kinda terrible.
It was a long time ago and I had been impressed with their Infallible range plus I had this $2 off coupon on any L'Oreal item, so I decided to try one again.
Unfortunately, it turned out the quality was just as I remembered.
Nowadays drugstore eyeshadows are so much better quality, but this isn't.

I usually don't blog about things that I am not too crazy about unless I feel it is my beauty-bloggerly duty to let the world know (as if). I don't feel that dutiful about this, either.

But this one is weird, I tell you. Really weird.


L'Oreal Wear Infinité Studio Secrets Pro EyeShadow Single 
Brushed Suede




The name of the product is quite mouthful. It is misleading, too.
It doesn't wear "infinitely" nor seems there is any "studio secrets" behind it. "Pro"? Give me a break.
The color part is appropriate, though. This neutral shimmery taupe does resemble "brushed suede".




Again, the quality is subpar at best.
The powder feels chalky with little pigmentation, and there are so much fallouts that I am tempted to buy a mini dustpan.
I can get a little more color if I use the sponge applicator, but that is only for a little while even with the help of a good eyeshadow primer.


("Meh")


So I tossed it aside on my vanity swearing "never again".

It was one of those overslept mornings when I gave this another chance. 
However, it wasn't because I wanted to. It happened to be the only eyeshadow lying around in sight in that crazy morning.
I smeared my staple L'Oreal Voluminous Smoldering liner over my lids and blended it out using Brushed Suede, and I was floored to see how easy and foolproof it was! 
It took only a few minutes and I could leave the house looking decent.


This would be an example.
Not exactly a sophisticated smoky, but it is easiest one for sure.

The taupe has very little presence once it is blended out.
Brushed Suede just adds a bit of sheen and softens the whole look, and that is about it.



So naturally, I have been reaching for it every other day ever since. 
Trust me. I detest the quality every single time. 
It is like an ugly house-elf you're not quite fond of, so you occasionally want to kick him in the butt (Excuse me, this is my inner "Lucious Malfoy" speaking.), but you need him!

Isn't this so weird?
I don't recommend this eyeshadow to you, yet I see myself hitting the pan. :o

Have you had any similar experience like mine?
Please share with me. ;)




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32 comments

  1. I know this syndrome all too well! Often I use the weird crappy drugstore product much more than the more luxurious things from the stash, for no reason other than that it does the job in the morning when I don't want to think too hard. I'd never hit pan on an eye shadow though - there was never a shade I loved that much. :)

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    1. I am glad I am not alone! :o
      I have been giving out lots of makeup or discarding some, but now I wonder if that is a right thing to do. ;-/

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  2. If it does the job then it's good enough lol :p

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  3. HARRY POTTER REFERENCE! <3

    I will sometimes use shades I don't like as much in palettes just because the color is what I'm going for (even if the texture sucks), but then I try to find a good replacement. That's not always possible, though, so then we find ourselves using something that we actively dislike each time! LOL.

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    1. Funny thing is..I don't even like the color that much. I mean, it is not bad but I have better taupes! ;)
      This super-powdery shade with very little pigments only works over creamy pencil base. So interesting!

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  4. Hahhaha, so interesting...is it a bit of a love and hate or you expect it to be a certain way but then the performance makes you realize you actually do like it? It really seems like a lovely color on it's own, very wearable and I love the finish! I've yet to own or try any single shadows from l'oreal and haven't used any shadows from them actually for many years but this seems like a really legit shade to have!

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    1. L'Oreal is a huge company and there're so many different lines. I think this is the U.S. version and I heard there're much better options in Europe and Asia.
      It is funny that miserable texture specifically works well to blend out a dark base, though. ;p

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  5. HAHA this is hilarious! I should try something like this with something I hated now. I bet the same thing will happen!

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    1. LOL. I think it only shines when paired with a creamy pencil base. Some other softer and more pigmented ones catch too much on the base and it is ultimately difficult to blend it out. ;)

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  6. I'm like that with mascaras I don't like, and with my NARS Sheer Glow foundation. I just can't bring myself to throw a product away until it is expired or fully used up.

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    1. I had been like you for the longest time! It is true sometimes you suddenly need and miss the stuff you got rid of, which makes us hesitate even more! ;)

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  7. Yup, I'm pretty sure I've been there! It's something that's far from perfect, but it works so I stick to it!

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    1. What is wrong with us, though? It's not like we don't have any better alternative in our stash. It's quite the opposite. LOL

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  8. haha i like this review! I've never seen this loreal eye shadow design before? I'm a fan of their color appeal mono shadows though, creamy and nice colour selections. Eyeshadows that I've never got on with include the Sleek ones.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

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    1. I've done some research after reading your comment. Apparently, L'Oreal stuff in UK is much nicer. I believe those trios are very nice! Sadly they are not avail here...;-/
      I have one Sleek blush and I like it a lot, but their eyeshadows don't appeal to me as much. I'm not fond of the texture.

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  9. maybe its the color you like? it defs doesn't sound like the formula is that good.
    usually i haven't really bought drugstore powder shadows. most of my collection are in the mid-range level though nyx shadows make up a good selection. those are more of less consistently awesome.

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    1. It's not even that. The taupe is quite boring and I have many of better options.
      I think that miserable powdery quality somehow works in a special occasion like pairing with creamy pencil base. This was an interesting experience. ;p

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  10. LOL at Malfoy! You sound so conflicted, it's so funny. Of course, I'm not laughing at your expense, but I totally understand where you're coming from. It's weird how makeup works, doesn't it? LOL!

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    1. I don't know why suddenly the Harry Potter characters came to me like that when I was writing this. LOL.
      Brushed Suede is branded as an ugly house-elf to me. ;D

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  11. LOL! Excellent house elf. :)
    Some products are just dumb dumb and easy enough to wear. Wouldn't you be tempted to dupe this color in a better quality? If this were me, I'd likely go nuts buying dupe after dupe and end up with a giant hoard of the same color.

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    1. Well, I'm not planning to have another house-elf in the house anytime soon.
      I do have better alternatives. It's just that chalky powder with no pigmentation somehow works wonderfully with my pencil base. LOL

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  12. Hmmm I can't say I have gone through a similar experience... If a product is crappy, it goes straight to the bin. I don't even bother giving it another look.

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    1. I wish I was like you!
      I'm quite indecisive when it comes to giving up on makeups. I am trying to change, though. There're too many good things in life just to suffer through crappy ones. ;p

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  13. Hahaha, this love-hate relationship you have with the product.. I would probably just stick it at the back of my drawer and never visit it again.

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    1. LOL. It would have had the same fate if I hadn't overslept that morning, though. ;)

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  14. oh my... I can feel you!! I have the same relationship with my eyeshadow palette from MUA... the quality is not that bad actually , but they are powdery and they don't stay long on the lids... but still, I hit pan on more than 3 shades in one palette... I feel you Lena! xD

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    1. Maybe we're hoarding on the good stuff!
      This was a bitter yet funny experience. I still am not sure if I have to keep this since I hate it so much. However, the color even fetches me some compliments. Torn. ;p

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  15. Ohh! I know what you mean - some times they're just so chalky and poorly pigmented that you start thinking "What were they thinking!?" I find that using a base of similar colour (like the Color Tattoo) and use this as a wash of colour tends to make it pop.

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    1. Exactly! You know it!
      This really made me think, though. Do I need more of these poorly pigmented shades to blend out the dark base...? LOL

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  16. LOL at least you found a use for it, even if you don't like it!
    I usually just shove things that didn't work out to the side and forget about it. Btw Harry Potter <3

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    1. I still reach for it quite often. LOL
      Problem for me is that sometimes I forget about things that I really thought I liked. I should stash shop and do inventory rather than using this weirdo without thinking. ;p

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