Friday, October 26, 2012

The Perfect Mossy Green: L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Golden Emerald

I was never a fan of green eyeshadow, perhaps mostly because of the fact that it's my mom's favorite color and one of the very few she would use in her make-up. The thing is, she has a beautiful golden olive complexion, and me - I'm a ghostly porcelain, so I would always have it in the back my mind that green is just not my color. But, I was lemming a mossy green to include in my fall eyeshadow stash and so I turned to the much-loved L'Oreal 24HR Infallible eyeshadows and selected no. 335 'Golden Emerald' - and what a beaut she is!

As you probably all know, the L'Oreal Infallible shadows are somewhere in between a cream and loose pigment formula, much like the Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kills shadow pots, and come equipped with a little stopper to push the shadow down. Much less messy and easy to apply than a standard loose pigment!
'Golden Emerald' is in fact, as the title suggest, the perfect mossy green packed full of golden shimmer. I usually associate emerald with a much cooler gemstone shade, and this is more of a warm green, somewhat greener than olive and of deeper intensity. I think it's supposed to be comparable to MAC's Humid but I can't vouch for that. In fact, I have a hard time comparing it to any other green eyeshadows on the market, simply because it's actually my first green :)
L'Oreal Golden Emerald, deep green (!) from Sleek Storm palette, Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Mildew, NYX Glide-on liner in Esmeralda

L'Oreal Golden Emerald swatches beautifully with very little effort; what you see below is a single swipe, no primer. It is however a bit more difficult to achieve the same intensity on the eye; I found patting multiple layers with a finger worked better than using a brush. The gold sparkle definitely shows up on the lids and it wore with no fallout over eye primer and minimal creasing for a solid 8 hours.
 The green smokey eye I had here was a simple wash of 'Golden Emerald' on the lid blended upwards using 'Sophisticated' and 'Sultry' from theBalm Nude'Tude eyeshadow palette, with a touch of 'Snobby' in the inner corners. I then lined my upper lashline and waterline with a black khol and applied lots of mascara. Done! I think the look was a bit more dramatic in real life and I actually liked it a lot. Maybe I've conquered my fear of green eyeshadow?
Is there an eyeshadow color you subconsciously tend to avoid? What is your favorite green shade?

17 comments:

  1. EEEEEE Monika! I love this green! I must have it. It looks stunning on you!

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    1. I think it would look stunning with your coloring!!!

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  2. I think it's a great contrast color with your hair and eye color! It is one of those shades from the infallible line I wanted to pick up (initially...) but the formula, beside the sheerness part, fades way too quickly on me...So kind of just let it go. I have no clue how to blend a chunk of bold color like this on my eyes anyway so I am not missing out a lot.

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  3. It's a beautiful shade! I think I might have to check it out.

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  4. Golden Emerald looks lovely on your lids! If I weren't so afraid of blues and greens, I might just check this out myself.

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  5. SO PRETTY YOU! Love the shade from the Sleek palette, too. :)

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  6. Wow, I must say, green looks gorgeous on you! I always think that it wouldn't work for my blue eyes.

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  7. I initially didn't think I needed this shade, but it looks so fabulous on you, I think I'll have to pick it up now!

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  8. Perfect color for you and omg, your hair has grown so much!
    xx

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    1. Thank you, dear :) I know, it's crazy! The photos made me realize I need a bang trim again...

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  9. Monika, your complexion is anything but ghostly :) and you look fab in greens!

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  10. Oh my goodness this shade of green looks absolutely lovely against your pale skin!!

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  11. AHHH It is gorgeous on you! I definitely avoid green eyeshadows, but i'm glad you didn't! :)

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  12. This is a beautiful look and Golden Emerald really looks stunning on you! I think the green looks beautiful against your coloring and hair--you should wear it more often! I have this shade too but haven't worn it yet--must definitely do so tonight!

    Since high school, I think I've pretty much avoided blue eyeshadow altogether. I am starting to play around again with navy blue as a liner or used in a navy smoky-eye look, but any bright or bold blue shades I just don't think look good on me.

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous, both you and the shadow!!

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  14. It's beautiful!! Also the green from Sleek! Just fell in love with it! xx

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  15. Holy smokes this is a gorgeous shade! And it works so well with your skintone and hair color! I need to run and get this color, ASAP! I have so little greens in my stash...

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