As much as I consider myself a drugstore makeup girl, I've always been a bit (or... maybe more than a bit?) snobby about my eye shadows. I've found a few shades and formulations here and there that have worked well for me, but in large part I've ignored drugstore eye shadows simply because they haven't worked as well for me as more expensive brands.
L'Oreal is working really hard to change my ways!
Have you seen these new Colour Riche Dual Effects Eye Shadow Quads in stores? About 10 days ago I saw them at my local Target and wanted to buy out the whole display, they are so pretty! And I probably have done so, except L'Oreal had told me that morning a box was coming my way. And I pretty much was in awe of all the pretty quads the moment I opened the box!
The collections of shades within the quads are meant to work together to create a subtle, smoky or bold look. They contain what L'Oreal is calling a "Color Boost Technology" to make the colors more vibrant while the shadow itself is creamy and very blendable.
I've swatched all of the shadows, and I was really impressed with them during that process. I've only had time to use a few of the quads for looks over the last week or so, but they really do have much more intense color, apply easily and are much more blendable than other drugstore shadows. (Yes, including ones I've used from L'Oreal in the past.) The shadows also lasted just as long as my higher end shadows. I think they're definitely great shadows, and if any of the colors grab your eye you should snap up a quad!
All of the quads were swatched on to a dry arm (no primer), so their vibrancy is pretty amazing! The only shadow I was a bit disappointed in was the highlight from 290 Emerald Conquest, which is pretty glittery/powdery. With a glitter primer (I have great glitter primers from both Too Faced and ELF) the highlight is really very pretty and stays put. It just needs to have a glitter primer underneath.
While I've been using the more neutral quads already for day looks, Perpetual Nude and Absolute Taupe, I know that I'll be using Unforgettable Lilac and Eternal Blue a lot this fall. (Am I the only one craving purple and navy accents in my eye looks?)
Which of these quads have you snagged already? Have any of them caught your eye?
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