Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pastel Pretty: Lancôme Infinité 24H Eyeshadow in Evermore Lilac

A bit early for spring pastels, you say? Well, I don't really care - it's extra dreary and wintery this week in New York, and I had this colorful pretty idly sitting in my to-review box: Lancôme Color Design Infinité 24H Eyeshadow in Evermore Lilac 300 ($25 for 0.12 oz/ 3.5g). I hardly ever get any post requests (wink wink, nudge nudge), but there has been some mild arm-twisting on Twitter for me to show how I wear pastel shades on my eyes - so your wish is my command, especially when it involes sparkly blurples.
While Lancôme calls their Color Design Infinité 24H Eyeshadows 'a revolution in eye shadow.  Now, a unique creamy-powder texture creates effortlessly luminous, lasting looks. Purity of color meets exceptional long wear, for infinite intensity.' , we've seen this concept trickle down from luxe Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows to drugstore L'Oréal 24H Infallibles - the tightly packed loose powder eyeshadow equipped with a stopper that gives the effect of intense, shimmery goodness on the lids. 
I don't own any original Armani ETKs to compare the formulas, but I do have one L'Oréal 24H Infallible Eye Shadow in Golden Emerald (reviewed and swatched here) so I can pinpoint some differences for you. My Golden Emerald is slightly drier and less pigmented than Lancôme's Evermore Lilac and thus harder to pick up with a brush - I find that packing it on with a finger works best as far as application goes. I don't have that issue with Lancôme: it easily deposits pigment onto the bristles and takes a lot less effort to build up. Evermore Lilac also has bigger shimmer particles than Golden Emerald and thus is more prone to glittery fallout. I find it quite long-lasting on the eyes but I always wear it over primer.
Shade-wise, I don't own any purple eyeshadow that's even remotely similar to Evermore Lilac in tone or finish. Evermore Lilac is lighter and bluer than my other purples; in the pot, you can even see some blue duochrome where I picked the shadow up with my finger. Fyrinnae's When I Grow Up is a warmer, pinky purple, Inglot no. 439 is deeper and plummier, Stila's Glance and Wet n'Wild purple Crease shade from the LE Dancing in the Clouds trio are much darker but similarly on the cool side.
Clockwise: Lancôme Evermore Lilac, Inglot no. 439, Fyrinnae When I Grow Up, Stila Glance, Wet n'Wild Crease from Dancing in the Clouds trio
Swatches in the same order as above photo
Lancôme's Evermore Lilac also has the most multidimensional shimmer; in this intentionally blurry sunlit shot, you can see light blue, pink, silver and gold sparkles. What I love the most about this eyeshadow is that this beautiful finish is actually also visible once applied on the eyes. Evermore Lilac is bright enough to create a bold, colorful eye, but also works well as an accent color for shading the inner socket, inner corners or lower lashline.
In this eye look, I combined Evermore Lilac with Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle in the outer corner and up in the crease, and another splash of color by way of Fyrinnae's vibrant blue Dapper Mr Shark at the outer third of the upper lashline and slightly up. Rouge Bunny Rouge Unforgettable Oriole in the inner corners to highlight. Can you see the pretty sparkles on my brow bone? Oh yes, baby.
All in all, I have to say I'm quite surprised by how much I like this Lancôme Infinité 24H eyeshadow in Evermore Lilac. Lancôme is usually not a brand that gets me very excited, so I did not expect such multicolor shimmery fun from this shade. I'll definitely explore more of their eyeshadows in the future, hoping for some more hidden gems in the line. Have you tried these eyeshadows from Lancôme? What is your favorite way to wear lilac?

16 comments:

  1. Hey Monika, this shade is so delicate and pretty on you! I haven't tried this formula yet, but I'll definitely look into it! It's really pretty paired with Eclipse Eagle (which I do own)!

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    1. Thank you, Sunny! I was quite surprised by how nice this shadow is, and yes, Eclipse Eagle is such a fantastic shade to pair with cooler bright tones!

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  2. So beautiful and shimmery - very pretty for the spring pastel look :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  3. Yay! *proud arm twister* :)

    It's super pretty and you wear it well! This is the kind of pastel that does cheer me up. Lancome has the odd gem but I don't pay much attention nowadays either.

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    1. Liz, you can always twist my arm all you want :) I have another pastel post in store for you too! I know people who are absolutely obsessed with Lancome, but apart from this and another palette I own, I haven't found anything super lemmable in the line... but maybe I should explore further!

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  4. The shimmer is really unique and beautiful, and the color looks stunning on you!
    Lancome makeup is quite underrated imo, but I've been always impressed with them. The price isn't so bad, either. :)

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    1. Thank you Lena! What are your favorites from Lancome?

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  5. Oooh I love your eye look! And thanks for comparing the texture and application of this one to the L'Oreal Infallible one! I have to admit that I like Golden Emerald a little more as far as color goes though (I'm a sucker for greens) but Evermore Lilac definitely doesn't disappoint!

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    1. Golden Emerald is a beautiful green but I wish it applied on my eyes the same way it swatches on my finger... I think purple is more in my comfort zone but I should dig out that green!

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  6. So pretty on you Monika!! I've wondered about these Lancome shadows, so thanks! I might have to pick one up now!

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  7. I don't pay much attention to Lancome colours because here in Asia, they're mostly very sheer shimmery ones. I think we get the Japanese editions. This purple looks ethereal on you! The multi dimensional shimmers are beautiful on your eyes, Monika <3

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  8. Oh this is so pretty on you! I love the effect of the shades you selected to bring out the Lilac which by the way is gorgeous! I really must pay more attention to Lancôme! :)

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  9. I like that shade a lot, I like all the purples and burgundy e/s lately a lot. I like lilac with grey and black, I think it is a perfect combo / Claire xxx

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  10. Pretty lilacs! I love the shade on you. I don't have any ETKS either, and my attention is always drawn to those over Lancome...but they make some pretty things!

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  11. Those lilac shades are beautiful! I don't think I can pull them off though, unfortunately! :)

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    Phoebe
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  12. Oh wow, I love all of these! The Lancome is so delicate and ethereal––how perfect for spring! Now I need to go raid my stash for lilacs...

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