Are These Really Infallible? L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Purple Obsession (Perpetual Purple) & Emerald Lame Swatch, Review, FOTD

Hey everybody,

How are you today? We’re already over the hump, and ONE MORE working day later it’s the weekend! I hope you guys have a bit more luck with the weather where you are. We’re having a HORRID spring in Belgium. Not only is the temperature anything but warm, we haven’t even seen too much sun either. This makes me a bit saggy… But anyways, today I am here to share my thoughts on the much raved-about L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Purple Obsession (Perpetual Purple in the US) and Emerald Lame!

In the beginning of the year, I did some quick and dirty swatches of all the Infallible Eyeshadows available in Belgium. To this day, it remains one of my most popular posts. I finally caved in a while ago and bought Purple Obsession. Shortly afterwards, I won Emerald Lame in a giveaway.

The Infallible Eyeshadows come in plastic pots. At the bottom you could see the color of the eyeshadow itself, and once you open the lid you see a black stopper that you are supposed to keep on. Each pot contains 3.5 grams. Here I’m holding Emerald Lame in my hand so that you can see how big it is.

The packaging is functional, but nothing exceptional. I would prefer a glass pot, but it works well as it is.

In terms of texture, the Infallible Eyeshadows are a cross between cream and powder. It’s finer and lighter than a real cream, which I appreciate. Between the two shades that I own, Emerald Lame is definitely the slightly rougher one because of the glitter. Still, it feels fine on my lids.

Purple Obsession (or Perpetual Purple in the US) is a mid-tone royal purple with a pink sheen and multi-color shimmer (I see pink and blue). It is very pigmented, and it goes on very smoothly.

Emerald Lame (just to clarify a little. Based on how L’Oreal mixes some French words in the names of these eyeshadows, I think “lame” is probably “blade” in French instead of “lame” as in, well, lame) is apparently a painfully limited shade. It was only released in certain countries over a short period of time, so I’m really sorry but I wouldn’t know where to find one now!

It is a dark black-based forest green with a strong metallic sheen and large gold flecks. The texture is slightly rougher in comparison with Purple Obsession, but nothing drastic. There is some fallout towards the end of the day, but it would be less than say your Midnight Cowboy. This is a shade that I myself have to use with caution. If I’m not careful with how high up I put the color, I can easily look VERY overdone.

Here is the swatch photo of the two shades:

What I like about these is the fact that they are very easy to use. I swipe them on with my finger, blend the edges out with an eyeshadow (with Emerald Lame I need a matte nude shade for the job, but with Purple Obsession more shades work), highlight my inner corners and that’s my eyeshadows done.

What I don’t like about them is that they really aren’t that infallible on me. The formula claims to wear 24 hours, but without a primer, it starts fading in the afternoon. Towards the end of the day (say after 10 hours) it also starts to crease. With a primer things get better, but still not impeccable. It would still start to fade and crease a little around the 12-hour mark. I know that I am probably alone in this, since most people rave about how truly long-lasting this formula is, so please take my experience with a pinch of salt!

Here are some pictures of me wearing Emerald Lame. I patted it on my lids with my pinky, blend the edges out with Urban Decay Tease, and highlighted my inner corners with Booty Call (both from Naked 2).

If you want to see some photos with me wearing Purple Obsession, you can go to my guest post on Makeupandbeautyblog. I used Perpetual Purple for the last eye look in that post.

Bottom line: I am personally disappointed with the wear time of this product, but I have to stress again I might be alone in this. Otherwise the texture, color payoff, and nice range of options make this worth checking out!

Have you tried these? Does the performance deserve the name for you? What colors did you pick up?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

26 responses

  1. I love these eyeshadows! but I have to agree that the wear time is not the best.
    It also creases on my lid. Nevertheless, the colour and texture are superb!

  2. Hi! I found your blog through your guest post and wish I had found it sooner!

    The Infallible eyeshadows last forever and day on me, even without primer. I’m not the best judge though as my lids aren’t very high maintenence. Regular powder eyeshadows will crease on me without primer though! I love the green on you! I hope they release it here in the US.

  3. Ze zijn beide heel tof! Beetje jammer dat ik zulk soort kleuren alleen al genoeg heb! Maar nu word ik wel nieuwschierig naar die andere kleuren die ze hebben!

  4. They are selling like hotcakes here in Singapore. The first batch them came out were snapped up. I was lucky enough to get Emerald Lame, Goldmine (too yellow for me) and Sahara Treasure. I like Emerald Lame best, that being said, I find it best to use fingers to apply, I am not sure why but when I use my brushes the colours turn muddy on me. I am now waiting for the newest batch to be released, I can’t wait to swatch All Night Blue.

  5. Oh , you’re not alone in this, on me it creases too after half a day. I must say that I really love Emerald Lame on you, it’s sooooo pretty!

  6. Oh these work great on me, no creasing or fading after about 8-12hours work days. I love them. But I do get some eyeshadow fallout though.

  7. It’s not just you, Sunny! I reviewed these a while ago and had the same complaints on wear-time. They last LOADS longer than any regular powder eyeshadow possibly could on my (oily) lids, but if you’re going to make claims of 24-hour wear, you better be prepared to deliver!

    • Oh Gosh my eyelids are normal/oily, so it’s really not drastic. I’m a bit puzzled why they don’t last better. Even with a primer I see them fading a bit 😦

  8. I do experience a little fading with some of the shades more than others but I’d still say these are the best drugstore shadows I have ever tried
    You are beautiful Thank you for sharing your colors and looks with there. I bought green lame off ebay and it’s just about my favorite lol it’s really pretty lol. Sending sunshine your way

    • Hey Dena!

      Thanks so much for the compliment 🙂 My favorite drugstore eyeshadows have to be Wet n’ Wild Comfort Zone, some of the L’Oreal HiP Metallic duos, and Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows! They last really well on me! I’m glad to hear you like Emerald Lame, and I really hope they’ll make this shade available to more people!

  9. I’m usually the type of person that has EVERYTHING crease on my lids but this didn’t budge with a primer on. But to be fair, I HAVE to wear a primer if I want anything to stay on my lids. 🙂

    • I know I’m the minority for whom this creases! I think the Maybelline Color Tattoo is the only cream shadow that doesn’t crease on me without a primer. I systematically use primer as well, but for testing purposes I kind of want to push the limits and see how far products can stretch haha

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