L’Oréal Paris Color Queen Oilshadow

So I just went through my makeup drawers to declutter some stuff (#quarantinelife) and noticed that for some reason I haven’t reviewed these stunning eyeshadows from L’Oréal yet.

I don’t know about you, but I love single eyeshadows! And there are simply 5 reasons why I have accumulated a whole drawer of them:

  1. I love monochrome eyeshadow looks. They look so effortless and are so quick & easy to apply. Have I told you I’m not a morning person?
  2. They are a great way to complement other palettes. Adding an extra shadow can change the whole look.
  3. Singles allow you to add unique shades to your collection that are hard to find in palettes.
  4. For some brands, single eyeshadows have better quality than palettes
  5. In case you run out of a shade in a palette, you can buy the same or a similar shade as a single, so you can keep using the palette.

L’Oréal has always had the best eyeshadow singles at the drugstore. Remember the Infaillible eyeshadows? Dang, those were good! Sadly not available in Belgium anymore though. But these Color Queen eyeshadows make a fine replacement. They come in 12 colours and 3 different finishes (matte, satin & metallic) and contain a high concentration of pigments combined with 20-30% of oils depending on the colour.

The holographic packaging is something I didn’t expect from L’Oréal, but I like it. You can easily see the shadows without having to open the packaging and the texture of the shadows looks pretty cool too. Each finish has a different design.

I was kindly sent these four shades:
– 05 Ruler (matte): deep red with pink undertone
– 30 Sky High (satin): royal blue
– 32 Commander (satin): chocolate brown
– 33 Extra (metallic): yellow gold

Right off the bat, let me just say these are a little bit crumbly when you go in there with a brush. It was the worst with the gold Extra shade. I’m not sure if this is just the case with this particular colour or if it’s like this for all the metallic colours.

Luckily, this didn’t translate onto the eye and even less so when you use your fingers to apply the shadows. In fact, the Color Queen shadows have a great stick to them, so I didn’t even have to use a primer. Just make sure to blend them out quick. As you can tell from the swatches, the pigment is definitely there. This results in a little bit of fallout, but that doesn’t really bother me.

To be fair, these are not the shades I would’ve chosen, but in the end I am very happy with these shades as they kind of pull me out of my comfort zone. Ruler especially, is a shade I love to experiment with. Pair that with a gold in the inner corner and you’re good to go.

The collection of shade is a bit random I find and perhaps hard to use together for the average person in the street or makeup newbie, but I guess these shadows are targeted towards a different demographic. I would be interested to see more colours coming out of this formula or perhaps even a palette? L’Oréal, what do you think?

L’Oréal Paris Color Queen Oilshadow – €8
Available at the drugstore.

Disclaimer: PR sample sent for consideration.


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