L’Oréal Color Infaillible (part 2): Sahara Treasure, Black Onyx, and Bronze Divine (swatches, comparison & review)

 

Rounding up my review on these new shadows (see part 1 here), winter/holiday 2011 saw L’Oréal introducing several new and limited edition shades to their Color Infaillible lineup, three of which I bring you today. I also noticed that the name appeared slightly modified as well, going from “Color Infaillible/Indéfectible” to “La Couleur Infaillible/Indéfectible Iridescent Finish”, although the product itself remains the same (at least in my eyes!).

 

#021 Sahara Treasure is a really stunning and versatile taupe, made so luxurious with its deep golden sheen.  The texture was smooth and creamy, and I found it an excellent shade for layering, although it looked equally good worn alone for a quick & easy daytime look.

 

in sunlight

with flash


#023 Black Onyx (renamed from ‘Black Star’ – for the Québec market, perhaps?) is a real eye-catcher; a pewter/lead base colour, filled with deeper charcoal and fine iridescent particles, it felt slightly grittier to apply with very minimal fallout, and while it did not bear the same creamy consistency as the other two here, it was no problem to blend. I also found it to be slightly more sheer in texture, although still easily buildable.

 

in sunlight

indoors

with flash

When Liz of Beauty Reductionista first wrote about the incredible similarities in colour between ‘Black Onyx’ and CHANEL’s ‘Graphite’, I had to see it for myself; placing them side by side really highlights their uncanny resemblance.


#024 Bronze Divine is gorgeous. Really. Utterly creamy in texture, this is an antiqued golden bronze shade that will literally bring out the best of every single eye colour. I have worn this alone as well as layered, but my favourite look is by using this as a liner for a unique twist on a smokey eye.

 

in sunlight

with flash


My first thought upon viewing ‘Bronze Divine’, was that it was possibly a dead ringer for the much pricier Armani Eyes To Kill #6 Khaki Pulse (review forthcoming), and while side by side they do look rather alike, it’s fleeting at best. On the plus side, the more budget-friendly price point of ‘Bronze Divine’ makes it an excellent alternative to the steeply priced ‘Khaki Pulse’, but do not expect the quality to be anywhere near the same. The following photos are: ‘Bronze Divine’ – the 2 swatches on the left, ‘Khaki Pulse’ – the 2 swatches on the right.

Khaki Pulse

  • 4 g of product
  • multi-tonal
  • glass container + box packaging
  • incredible “gliding” texture
  • lasts easily twice longer, even without primer
  • more depth to the colour
  • easier to blend out
  • made in France

Bronze Divine

  • 3.5 g of product
  • single shade/mono-tonal
  • acrylic container
  • creamy texture
  • brassier hue with less visible depth of tone
  • lasting power approximately 6 hours before creasing
  • significantly less expensive
  • made in Italy


inner protective seals – almost identical

in sunlight

with flash

 

Final thoughts: From all the Color Infaillible (yes, I’m spelling it the French way – it’s not a typo!) shades I now own, I would have to say that these three here are my favourite, primarily for their colour. As I stated in my previous post, I love the fact that these innovative eyeshadows can be found at a wallet-friendly price and that the shade range, while not overwhelming, is adequate to satisfy all tastes. Possibly because I’ve become spoiled by the vastly superior quality of the Armani Eyes To Kill shadows (I really need to get that post out now, wouldn’t you say?!), I find myself not that drawn to these and while the Armani products are priced at close to 3 times higher, in my opinion they are definitely worth investing in. That being said, this is a great product on its own – a fabulous product when compared to other drugstore brands, and if you happen to find them on sale (like I did!), worth giving them a shot.

 

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