While in recent times the drugstore has truly stepped up their game and you can find amazing foundations, concealers, lipsticks and mascaras at a more affordable price, I feel like the one area where it still lacks quality is eyeshadows. Most eyeshadows at the drugstore are too dry and chalky, lacking pigment and where there is pigment they still never last, vanishing after a couple of hours. Today I will be chatting about a product that has pleasantly surprised me despite my preconceptions.
I recently purchased a couple of the L’Oréal Colour Riche Monos, as they were on sale (I think they have updated the packaging). As you may have gathered, I don’t typically bother with the drugstore when it comes to eyeshadows, but the shades stood out to me. I purchased a khaki and the standout of the two, this brown shade, #302 Die For Chocolate.
The formulation of this eyeshadow is nothing I’ve previously experienced at the drugstore. It is beautiful! Soft, creamy and very pigmented, they blend out nicely and are very easy to wear. I cannot speak for the matte shades in the range, as I have only tried the shimmers, however I’m quite excited to get my hands on some now. I want to emphasise how soft this product is. When using a brush or finger to pick up product, it will move, leaving an indentation. It does not feel cheap in any capacity and I think this formula was well thought out.
APPLICATION AND WEAR
It applies well with a packing brush as well as with a finger, without the need to wet your brush in order to get full payoff due to how soft it is. There is also no fallout when applying which is incredible. If your eyelids are oily you may need to use an eyelid primer, or if you like to, apply a light wash of a translucent powder over the product to calm it down if you need it to stay in place all day. I find that after a long day of wear the product will crease as I have the oiliest lids in the world especially if I don’t use a primer, however due to how creamy the product is a quick finger rub over the product will get rid of the creases and you’re as good as new.
My favourite way of wearing it is as a wash of colour all over the lid, blended out with a bronzer in the crease to add some warmth and make the whole look more cohesive. Add a hint of highlighter in the inner corner and take the bronzer over the lower lid to complete the look!
In the bottom pictures you can see what the shadow looks like after a few hours of wear. I am super oily as you can tell. Slight creasing, but very easy to fix. Overall I am so impressed with these eyeshadows from L’Oreal and might need to also get my hands on some of the matte shades in the range.