L’Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows – Paris Beach, Mademoiselle Pink, Little Beige Dress & Sunset Seine

Clockwise from top: L’Oreal Paris Beach, L’oreal Mademoiselle Pink, L’Oreal Little Beige Dress, L’Oreal Sunset Seine

I recently took a bit of a break from blogging to chill and recharge. Maybe it’s just me but the makeup world hasn’t been all that exciting or inspiring for me. I haven’t purchased very many new makeup items lately, just repurchasing staples that I’ve mentioned before, so there hasn’t been anything blog-worthy to report. I’ve actually culled a few more items from my collection and I can honestly say that I’ve been quite happy with my smaller stash. Perhaps I’ll blog about that next.

However, I’m still on the hunt for the perfect all over lid brightening powder eye shadow that I can layer over my bareMinerals Candlelit Peach primer/shadow. To that end, I decided to buy a four of the L’Oreal mono shadows which I believe have mostly positive reviews. I purchased mine from CVS where they were $5.99 each.

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bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Candlelit Peach

bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 – Candlelit Peach

I just wanted to share with you all my new favorite “one and done” eyeshadow”: bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow Broad Spectrum SPF 15 in the shade Candlelit Peach ($19).

I’ve owned, blogged and raved about two other shades, Soft Linen and Barely Nude, in the past and out of all the makeup I’ve ever owned, they’re the only two eyeshadows that I’ve ever completely used up. Put simply, I love bareMinerals’ 5-in-1 shadows!

Why do I love them so much?

  1. Application is a breeze. Just dab a tiny bit onto the eyelids and blend out with a fingertip. No brushes necessary.
  2. They can be worn alone and have the opacity to cover and brighten eyelid discoloration, at least the three colors I’ve tried.
  3. They work great as eyeshadow primers and can be worn underneath powder and cream eyeshadows.
  4. The 5-in-1 shadows are very long-wearing. I’ve tried using concealers and foundations on my eyelids before to cover up discoloration but because those formulations are so much more emollient and because my eyelids fold very close to the lash line, those products all tend to crease on me. The 5-in-1 shadows are great because they have the coverage and neutralizing properties of a concealer and color corrector but the budge-proof cling of an eyeshadow primer. I haven’t had any issues with creasing when I’ve used the bareMinerals shadows.

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Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadows – Soft Pearl, Linen, Nude Glow

A few months ago Maybelline repromoted their Expert Wear single eye shadows to much acclaim. I remember tons of YouTubers going nuts over them but I didn’t buy into the hype because I’d been disappointed so many times by their eyeshadows in the past. I also had too many eyeshadows at the time already to justify buying any more. However, now that I’ve purged most of my makeup I decided it was a good time to finally give the Expert Wear shadows a try.

I purchased three shades — Soft Pearl, Linen and Nude Glow — from CVS. They were $4.19 each.

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Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow – Natural Nude

It’s a good thing that Physicians Formula is on sale so often at CVS because I probably wouldn’t have purchased this palette otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I love Physicians Formula. In fact, they’re my favorite drugstore brand but, let’s be honest, their products are pricey. The new Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palettes are $13.29 each which is a lot. I chose the more neutral Nature Nude to try.

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bareMinerals Cognac: Trying To Find A Dupe

bareMinerals The Regal Wardrobe, Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette for Face & Eyes Natural Nude

I was doing a routine cleanup of my memory cards and stumbled across a couple of forgotten comparison/swatch pics. I’m pretty sure these were taken sometime during the summer because my skin in the swatch photo looks darker than it does currently.

At the time I believe I was searching for a dupe for bareMinerals’ Cognac, a gorgeous copper shade with a lovely buttery texture and rich color payoff. Cognac is a permanent shade that was included in the limited edition Regal Wardrobe palette and it was the one shade in that palette that I thought was worth keeping (as a whole the palette was too smoky for my tastes).

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