Name: Hip Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Magnetic
From L’Oreal’s website:
Discover the secret for bold, metallic color with a luminous finish. The rich, super-blendable color glides on evenly for hours of captivating, crease-resistant wear.
What I liked:
– very pigmented
– very shimmery
– easy to blend
– small pot easy to carry around
– the price
What I didn’t like:
– hard to get outside the USA
– may be too shimmery for some people
– mirror and sponge applicator are useless
After reading all those reviews online raving about how good and pigmented L’Oreal Hip products are, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some, but they are so hard to get outside of the US! Seriously, why is that? L’Oreal Hip is the best makeup line from L’Oreal and it’s not fair the rest of the world can only get the crappy and sheer eyeshadows from the regular line that are also insanely overpriced!
But if you know someone in the USA, then you can ask them to send you a few items to try and that’s how I got this beautiful eyeshadow duo. When my friend Dao and I decided to do a swap, I mentioned to her how much I wanted to try this line and she was kind enough to send me the metallic eyeshadow duo in Magnetic (thanks hun!).
Magnetic features two beautiful shades of blue that look completely different on the eyes than they do in the pan. The pale icy blue looks like a shimmery pale grey with just the slightest hint of icy blue while the dark navy blue becomes a blackened blue with lots of shimmers when blended. And even though at first I was a bit disappointed as the colors didn’t look like I imagined, I have to say they are still very pretty and create a beautiful blue smokey eyes that’s perfect for going out in the evenings (but of course you can wear it during the day too 😉 ).
Both shades, which have a slightly metallic finish, are very shimmery. I love how sparkly they are, yet wearable and not over-the-top but if you’re a matte lover you wouldn’t enjoy these. Their pigmentation is really good and just a couple of swipes are enough to get the intensity I want. Also, they have a nice texture that is not chalky (which can easily happen with very shimmery shades but not with these) and easy to blend.
I’ve used Magnetic both with and without a primer and in both cases, the staying power is excellent. If I use it on a bare lid with no base, the color will last for most of the day and there is no need to retouch it. However, keep in mind that I don’t have very oily lids. If you do, I think a primer may still be necessary.
The eyeshadows come in a small round pot that is cute and easy to carry around. It also contains a sponge tip applicator and a mirror, which is very small too. I think both are useless but for touch-ups on the go (not that you’d need it with these unless your lids are extremely oily), they may just do. Always better than nothing I guess.
Overall, I love L’Oreal Hip Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Magnetic. Although the shades look different from what you expect once applied, they are still pretty, pigmented and shimmery (maybe too shimmery for some). The duo is easy to blend and longlasting but the mirror included is useless. And the duo is hard to get hold of outside the US.
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