FOTD: This Autumn, I’m Loving L’Oreal HiP Duo in Electrified

Hello out there!

I reviewed the L’Oreal HiP Duo in Electrified a couple of days ago. Since I was going to the theater with my ex housemate T and his grandmother last night, I thought I’d incorporate it in my FOTD so that you can see how it actually works on me.

I largely followed the lovely tutorial by Jen. Looking back, I could have darkened my outer corners a bit more, but since I wasn’t going to wear false eyelashes to balance the eyeshadow out, maybe the level of intensity was just enough.

This is a breakdown of the products used for today:

Bobbi Brown Sable for eyebrows
Bobbi Brown Bone to highlight my browbones
L’Oreal HiP Duo in Electrified for eyes, with the lighter shade over my lids and darker shade “wrapping” around the outer corners
Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone, the Browbone shade on the left column to highlight my inner corners
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Gel Eyeliner in Blackest Black
Urban Decay 24/7 in Zero on my lower lash line, smudged out with the darker color of the duo
Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
Vichy Normaderm Drying Concealing Anti-Imperfection Stick (just to cover some spots)
MAC Cremeblend Blush in Tea Petal on cheeks
MAC Harmony for contouring below my cheekbones and jawline
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Bronze on top of my cheekbones
Tarte Smooth Operator finishing powder lightly dusted over my face
Chanel Rouge Coco Mademoiselle on lips

(For the products I haven’t got around to reviewing, I will definitely do so at some point so stay tuned!)

Here are some pictures so you can see the eye makeup more closely (please ignore the spot on my forehead):

From an angle, you see slightly better how the dark shadow wraps around the lighter one.

This is how it looks with my eyes closed. Don’t be deceived by my eyeline though. I’m monolidded so it actually takes A LOT of gel liner on my outer corners for it to show. However, I do tend to go easy on the inner half of my eyes.

One little oppsie moment that happened yesterday was that I forgot to tap my brush before popping the shimmer brick on my cheekbones. Since Tea Petal is a cream blush, way too much shimmer stuck to the blush. I couldn’t blend it out with the brush, so I had to rub my fingers till some came off. The setting powder also helped reduce the intensity though, so it ended up looking OK. Lesson learnt: TAP YOUR BRUSH before it goes anywhere near your face!

Voila, that’s the FOTD for you. Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

Swatch & Review: L’Oreal HIP Metallic Shadow Duo in 510 Electrified

This is the first makeup item I purchased in the US. My travel buddy T described the noise I made when I saw this on display at CVS as such: “you let out such a high-pitched scream only a dog walking past by could hear you!” Ah, boys just don’t get the joy of our toys!

I put this on my shopping list principally because I saw this tutorial by Jen from From Head to Toe: From Head to Toe Fall Drugstore Makeup Tutorial She’s been my guru and basically my greatest inspirational figure in the makeup world since I got into it a little more than a year ago. We have similar skin tone and eye shape (though of course she’s 100 times more gorgeous than I am). I often check out the products she has because I know they’ll highly possibly work for me too.

Now onto the duo. The lighter side of Electrified is a shimmery, metallic taupe. It’s what I would describe as a cooler color. The texture and pigmentation are both on-the-spot with this one. On my eyes it looks almost like a silver foil. Definitely an intense and eye-catching color.

The darker side of Electrified is a red-based smokey plum. It looks pretty “purple” in the pan, but once swatched on skin it’s really a smoked-out plum with a brownish tinge to it. I’m a bit sorry to report that the pigmentation is slightly lacking with this one though. Whether on the back of my hand or on my lids, I’ve had to work a little more to build it up to the satisfactory intensity. The texture is also a bit stiff. It’s not a bad shadow by any means, since it is possible to build it up to desired intensity before I lose patience (and trust me, it’s rather limited). However, it is not on par with the best eyeshadows I own. With UDPP, both shadows do wear as well as high-end ones with no fallout.

I’m not the biggest fan of the packaging. If you open the lid you get the eyeshadows, but there is another compartment which hosts the useless little sponge applicator, which means it’s a lot bulkier than what it really should be. I personally don’t use sponge applicators and I don’t know if there are a lot of people out there who still do, but in my opinion it’s pretty unnecessary. With that said however, the packaging isn’t too flimsy, which sort of compensates for the clutter.

The bottom line? I would recommend this duo to people of various skin tones, just because there is a cooler side and a warmer one, and I see how people with different skin tones can make it work. I personally don’t own an awful lot of cooler eyeshadows just because I didn’t think I’d be able to pull them off, but this duo has proven that it is possible to make cooler eyeshadows work for warm-toned girls. The purple side is not of the best quality there ever is out there, but it’s definitely not a dud either. I paid about 8 dollars (before tax), but I just saw them on sale on the CVS website, so I’m sure you can make one your own for cheaper. Even with 4 dollars per shadow it’s a pretty good deal! So go ahead, give it a try, and maybe you’ll find your staple autumn/winter look with this duo!