After an entire semester of guerilla daytime shooting, I finally broke down yesterday and started taking my product photos at night again. Sunshine is a great source of free lighting in a pinch, but I just can’t deal with it (typically, it took me almost half the year to figure this out). There are bloggers who are total pros at taking the daylight shot, but I am not one of them. See below:
Currently, I have no lightbox and no backdrop, and that’s ok. All I need is a single source of semi-controllable light and I can see every single edge on this packaging clearly you guys. But enough about my new lighting setup! Today’s review is all about one of my favorite drugstore products, the much-hyped L’oreal Infallible eyeshadow.
If you’re a longtime reader of my blog, you might remember my review of this formula in Sahara Treasure. While the Infallible formula tends to be hit or miss, (most of) the shimmers are incredibly smooth and pigmented. I’ve found they apply best with fingers instead of a brush, and have good staying power worn alone or over primer.
Golden Emerald is one of the gems of the line. Its formula is similar to Sahara Treasure, with even greater intensity in color. The shade is an olive green shot through with about thirty pounds of gold, pale green, and emerald shimmer. I’ve shot the swatches below in varied lighting to show both the cool base and the warmer ‘top coat’ of shimmer.
Applying it over primer (right) brings out the base color, while applying it on bare skin brings out the shimmers (left). Personally, I prefer wearing this one sans primer.
Because this shade is so intense, I would advise against wearing it as a lid wash (my preferred method with Sahara Treasure). I appreciate pigmented eyeshadows as much as the next person, but find they do require certain application techniques. I’ll go over how I like to wear Golden Emerald in a separate post, but do let me know if you have any tips and tricks.
Finally, a quick note about the packaging. Each eyeshadow comes with a stopper that reads, “Do not discard.” Don’t discard it. I say this only because I almost threw it away the first time in my excitement over the shiny pretty eyeshadow beneath, but the stopper helps keep the formula from turning into a crumbly powder.
Golden Emerald is a welcome addition to my arsenal of green eyeshadows. I love its complex color and butter-smooth formula. While I wouldn’t call it ‘easy to work with’ due to its high pigmentation and borderline-glittery finish, it’s unique enough to warrant a little extra effort.
These can retail anywhere from $7-10, depending on where you buy them. I’d suggest purchasing them at Target, if you can, since I’ve found they’re often the cheapest there. I got mine for the bargain buy price of $4.99 after using this $2 off coupon. Get it while you can!
Do you own Golden Emerald? What’s your favorite L’oreal Infallible Eyeshadow?