Recently while perusing the aisles of my local Boots (what's new) I noticed that the new L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow formulations which include individual mattes, the new Lumieres and more (basically I can't recall all the additions). The Lumiere collection caught my eye straight away, the pretty embossed metallic hues that reminded me of MAC's In Extra Dimension Eyeshadows but for a fraction of the price. Can you say sold?
The packaging is what you'd expect from L'Oreal - well sized (not too big nor small), yes it is plastic but it is sturdy and can take a knock or two and let's face it they don't half look bad. I have no complaints - I like that there is no foam applicator included (waste of time and money in my opinion) and that due to the size I can pack a few shades and not feel as if my make-up bag is bulking. I'm currently trying to figure out how to de-pot my L'Oreal Color Riche Lumiere Mono Eyeshadows without breaking them so I can create a custom palette. If I do succeed I will post a tutorial.
Like I said I'm not entierly sure how many new formulations have been added to the L'Oreal Color Riche Mono Eyeshadow line up - I was blind sided by the Lumiere's of which I bought two: shade 500 Gold Mania and 502 Quartz Fusion. As you can probably tell Gold Mania is a bright, slightly warm and orange tinged gold that makes blue eyes pop. Out of the two shades Quartz Fusion is probably the most unique but even so it reminds me a little of MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow. L'Oreal Quartz Fusion is a tricky shade to pin point - a cool toned blend of grey, bronze and purple which I guess is a taupe by any other name?
The formula is what makes the L'Oreal Color Riche Lumiere Mono Eyeshadows a must purchase in my eyes, a gel infused eyeshadow which almost feels wet to the touch but glides on to the skin with ease and quickly sets. If you have oily eye lids like myself (I'm generally an oily mess truth be told) this is the eyeshadow formula for you. Once applied they don't budge or crease for that matter and honestly perform just as well with a primer as they do without one (around 8 hours each way)- which is not something I can often say. The texture and finish reminds me of a more solid version of L'Oreal Color Infalliable Eyeshadows .The pigmentation is incredible, my swatches show one light swipe but on the other hand they do blend out with ease too if full on colour isn't your thing. I would truly say that they are more pigmented than the MAC In Extra Dimension Eyeshadows I mentioned earlier and only a third of the price too. At £5.49 each you own it to yourself to pick up at least one of the L'Oreal Color Riche Lumiere Mono Eyeshadows. Mind blowing good.
I can't find the new L'Oreal Color Riche Lumiere Mono Eyeshadows online at the moment but they are £5.49 each and I have seen them in just about every Boots store I have frequently lately.