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Where from and how much?
These small pots of eyeshadow are widely available online from various retailers and cost from £1 and upwards, depending on where you find them. I'm not sure if you will find them in any stores. A range of colours is available, and the colour I have is called Nude Crystal.
The packaging of these eyeshadows is a little unusual, and the pots remind me of the Bourjois Suivez Mon Regarde packaging, if that means anything to any readers! However they are different in that the brush isn't fixed inside the lid. Instead, you have to take off the clear cap, then you unscrew the little brush which you can then use to pick up the eyeshadow. If you can see, in the photo here, the silver coloured section around the centre part of the packaging, this is the base of the brush. This makes the brush a very odd shape and a little awkward to hold! It is definitely a bit of an odd design for a brush.
The eyeshadow itself is in the base of the pot, but on the top is one of those small lids with holes in - which to be honest I always hate as it's so difficult to regulate how much powder you get, and I'm never quite sure how to get the powder on to the top of this section to begin with! You really need to give this a shake before you open the pot and hope for the best.
Applying the eyeshadow
Despite it's odd design, the brush is incredibly soft and it feels lovely on my eyelids. However it doesn't allow for any kind of precision application - one sweep of this pretty much covers the whole lid so you can't really use this brush to build up colour or to line eyes or anything.
How does it look?
The colour itself is very subtle, as you would expect from the name. I tend to apply two sweeps with my brush, and the effect is still quite light and not too obvious at all. I would describe it as a pale beige-gold shade with a touch of dusky pink to it.
It is actually a really pretty shade and as I was looking for something quite neutral I am pleased with the colour. It does catch the light slightly, giving it a bit of a sheen, but it is suitable for daytime wear, as well as for evenings if you are after a more natural look. However I would argue that the word "crystal" in the name is misleading as I thought this would mean it may have a touch of sparkle to it, which it definitely doesn't.
This also has really good staying power, although I do always use a primer underneath my eyeshadow.
I really like the colour of this eyeshadow, but the packaging is, frankly, rubbish there is no need for it to be in three parts the brush - although really lovely and soft - is quite awkward to hold as it is such an odd shape, and I hate the lid with the holes. I am actually going to try and find a tiny pot to decant this shadow into as the packaging completely lets it down!
I first bought this colour minerals eyeshadow a few years ago and paid the pricely sum of around £6 (I can't remember exactly) however since then I have picked up another couple of colours and paid just £1 from Poundland. Shopping around you should be able to find it pretty cheaply these days but when I first bought it, it was pretty new out and I was young and had money to spend on such luxuries back then but these days I wouldn't consider spending £6 on an eyeshadow.
I have a couple of colours, my initial purchase was a glittery silver but the other two were a very pale pink much like the picture above and a pale blue colour. All come packaged in the same way which is rather unique and a bit fiddly if I'm honest. The pot is small in height but quite wide in width which makes it easy enough to hold. The very bottom is a small part which holds the 95% pure mineral eyeshadow with a silver band around halfway up. The is a screw off part that allows you to turn the attached brush upside down to dip into the colour and apply to your eyelids. The very top of the pot has a transparent plastic lid to protect the brush. However I have found it is pretty useless at staying on the small clip things to hold the lid in place just aren't strong enough to hold on in my make up box farless being put in a regular bag to take out with you. I do however like that the pot is transparent as it means I can easily see the eyeshadow without having to take off a lid or open a compact so it's a few seconds of time saving.
When I opened the eyeshadow I started the process of getting to the powder so I first removed the lid which was very easy at it isn't strong enough to stay clipped on so it pops off with no trouble, then you have to unscrew the band and i was surprised to find a shaker pot style underneath to prevent too much product coming out however this is where the eyeshadow doesn't work, firstly you can shake the pot up and down to release some powder onto the top of the shaker however it also means that the brush you take off is left with lots of powder and no way to get into it so it ends up all over the floor, furniture, your clothes and anything else in close proximity. The only other way to get to the powder is to shake it onto a surface, dish or whatever which isn't very helpful if you had to take it out the touch it up at any point.
To apply the brush is awkward the band is rather small and difficult to hold strongly enough without it flipping everywhere, as it is a shaker style underneath the powder gets all over your fingers and the brush itself isn't very long which makes it difficult to apply. Once the brush picks up some of the eyeshadow it holds onto it pretty well but it can pick up too much and I find I have to tap the brush to get rid of any excess otherwise I end up with clumpy awful looking eyes. The brush however is soft against my lids and I have to admit I much prefer this style of applicator than the sponge type. Once the eyeshadow was on my eyelids I found that it blended rather well and left me with a very subtle hint of colour and quite a lot of shimmer actually. I found that there was powder over my cheeks which could be from the brush or the inside of the pot, I'm not entirely sure but this is one messy eyeshadow to apply let me tell you.
I like that the colour is subtle and you can build it up but I think this is just a little too lacking in colour because when you do build it up you look like you're trying some sort of drag performance, it's far too shimmery and it makes my lids feel heavy so I tend to do just 2 sweeps over my lids and leaving the very muted colour with a slight shine to it. It doesn't crease I haven't found, I think it's a little too light to crease but it does tend to fade pretty quickly and the shimmering is gone which defeats the purpose of spending all that time fiddling with the packaging I think!
If there was any left by the time I came to remove it it wiped off easily with a make up remover wipe and I suffered no dryness or eye irritation from using this. I found that the blue was better than the pink one as it was more pigmented and less shimmery but the packaging problem remained. I don't mind using it occasionally when I have time to faff about but on a regular daily basis for something that isn't necessary I don't have the luxury of time to be messing about with silly pots of eyeshadow. I don't mind it for £1 but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
I have been looking for some new make up as I am bored wearing the same eye shadows everyday, I like to experiment with different looks, I had a limited budget as I am saving to buy a new car so I turned to Amazon for some bargain make up as amazon never lets me down.
I managed to buy a Loreal Bare Naturale eye shadow for under £3.00 including postage. I found this to be a lot cheaper than any high street shop that sells cosmetics. The Bare Naturale range has been designed to be gentle to skin as it is a mineral based eye shadow, they also sell mineral blushers and concealers.
The eye shadow comes in a small unique pot, the pot has a clear screw off lid and then a cover over the eye shadow which has a application brush attached to it, after taking off the cover there is a filter over the eye shadow which at time you have to shake to access the loose eye shadow
Loreal have kept this range in simple pale natural colours, from gentle earthy browns to pale rose colours I am sure there will be a shade to suit everyone. I chose the Bare Nude shade, it looks slightly skin toned and a very pale cream colour. I bought this colour as I just wanted a plain shade to wear during the day and to work. The Bare Nude is noticeable on my eye lids as it has a sheer shimmer to it without being overpowering, it looks very natural on and is very subtle just what I wanted.
The application is very straight forward as you use the supplied brush which I feel is a good sized brush as it has ample amount of bristles on it and is quite thick, it only takes two sweeps of this eye shadow to cover my eye lids. The eye shadow can be blended with other eye shadows or can be built up for a more colourful shadow. It is a loose eye shadow so I do recommend covering your cheeks with a translucent powder so none of the eye shadow transfers onto your cheeks, the translucent powder can then be sweeped away when the eye shadow has been applied.
I love the shimmer that it creates on my eyes, it makes my eyes look brighter after a long day as it has reflective pigments. I found it easy to apply and fuss free make up as you do not need to be a make up artist to apply it. I love the unique packaging of the eye shadow and think having the brush supplied was a nice touch. I will be buying more of the loreal eye shadows soon as I love them, they were very light to wear and were gentle on the skin.
As it is a loose eye shadow it can be messy if you do not secure the lid on correctly this is not a negative just a little advice.
I bought a pot of this about 18 months ago when I was on the lookout for a pink shadow when my last one bit the dust in a crumbly flurry when I dropped the compact. It was nestled in a basket on a discount make up stall in my local market and cost £1.99. At the moment some colours are available from fragrance direct and ebay I've been unable to find them listed on the Boots or Superdrug web site I'm sorry. I'm afraid I can't remember the name of the colour as I have long since given it away (though I think it might have bee pearly rose), it looked a lot like the colour in the Dooyoo picture.
The shadow is part of L'Oreal's mineral range and is 95% pure minerals, it has no fragrance and is oil free, which means it's great for those of us with more oily skins. This shadow is preservative free, and claims to be suitable for contact wearers and contains 1.7g.
The packaging on this product is quite cute, and through the clear plastic pot I could see that the colour was a lovely shimmery pink and appeared to be just what I was looking for. However when I got it home and started to use it I changed my opinion, I disliked just about everything about it other than the colour.
In my opinion the worst thing about this eye shadow is the packaging, it comes in an overly complicated format. The little pot is topped by a screw on lid in which a brush is set, this in turn is capped by a click on clear plastic lid. The little pot has a pierced sifter set into the top. The reason I dislike this packaging/application method is that it's very messy and imprecise. You have to get the loose powder out of the sifter either you do this into/onto some kind of container or shake it so that it sits there in the sifter lid before unscrewing the brush top. If the latter method then it gets all over the lid which the brush is attached to and from there all over your fingers. The brush is a nice quality but being attached to a short stubby handle and 'the lid' it's not the most precise or easy to manoeuvre. Also once the clear cap is replaced the little particles of shadow left on the brush can make the cap a bit messy too. The cap fits on quite snugly but I wouldn't trust it in my hand bag.
I find it's easy to make a mess with the application of this, it clings to the brush well which I thought would be a good thing, but I find you can end up picking up too much product leading to an uneven messy application. Tapping the brush first (over the pot so it falls back into the container and you don't waste any) helps but in my opinion this then leaves too little on the brush. The brush is also a little big for average sized lids which is part of why it is a little imprecise.
Even though I took care with application I did find that there was some fall out with the loose powder dusting my lashes a little, and even some on my cheeks on occasion. The best way to avoid fallout is to pat the shadow into the skin before sweeping the brush the lid. I never used the brush included after the initial trial couple of times, though it is lovely and soft and dense it just isn't manoeuvrable enough or as good as a purpose bought separate brush.
The shadow gives a lovely sheer shimmer, it isn't the most highly pigmented shadow around but does have a certain level of buildabiliy. I also felt it wore off fairly quickly even with a primer, fading more quickly than other shadows I use.
I suffered no sensitivity or skin irritation while using this and it removed very easily with any make up removing method I chose to use
A weakness with this range is how few colours there are available, only six that I'm aware of and they are fairly safe predictable colours, but lack a neutral vanilla shade or really deep grey/charcoal tone.
I suspect these shadows are being or have been discontinued as I can only find them on discount sites or ebay, so they are still available if you want to give them a shot they could make a pretty everyday shadow.
All things considered I didn't like the shadow enough to bother faffing about with the fiddly container and application and I gave it to my niece to play with (with my sister's agreement - it is quite messy). If my own children had been younger I would probably have used it to make little shimmering fairy footprints to show the 'tooth fairy' or Santa's fairy helpers (who take their lists to the big man himself... at least in our house they did) had visited. There are nicer textures and colours out there and I wouldn't buy this again.
I was desperate to try the new mineral range from L'Oreal after watching an advert on tv. I went to Boots to check them out and although i was really after the mineral foundation and they did not have my colour so settled for a L'Oreal mineral eye shadow instead.
L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows comes in a range of colours, garden olive green colour, pearl rose pinky colour, topaz shimmer lovely aqua blue colour but i settled for the nude crystal its more of a natural browny pink colour.
L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows cost £3.99 for a small pot from Boots. You can also purchase the L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows in Superdrug.
L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows comes in a small plastic pot holding 2g of the powder eye shadow. The little pot is clear so you can see the colour of the eye shadow in it and the lid is clear with a little brush onto of the pot. The brush that comes with this eye shadow is a good size and shape, i prefer brushes rather than the foam applicators for eye shadow. The only thing with the brush is i feel too much of the powder gathers on the bristles.
To apply the mineral eye shadow just gently swish the eye shadow brush inside the pot to get the powder then swipe across the eye lids. I find the powder comes on really well smoothly and neatly, because my colour is natural it does have some shimmer to it and this really stands out on my eye lids.
L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows contains 95% of minerals and does not contain preservatives or perfume hence there is no real smell to this eye shadow. Its also good for people with sensitive skin and the eye shadow will not irate the skin.
L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadow doesn't have great staying power, i have to reapply after around 4 hours of doing my make up and keep reapplying throughout my day or night if going out. Removing the eye shadow is easy and comes of on one sweep with a make up removing wipe.
I really love the nude crystal colour and will be happy to buy another two or three shades to try. I really like the L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows, i like the small compact tub with brush and the fact its made with minerals, gentle on the skin too.
This is another fantastic L'Oreal product and i highly recommend the trying L'Oreal colour minerals eye shadows.
When mineral make up started to appear in shops, I didn't know what to think of it to be honest, I was quite used to good old make-up. But t wouldn't be me if I didn't give it a try - I started with an eye shadow, which seemed like a normal powder eye shadow so I wasn't sure am I actually buying anything innovative...but for sale price £2 in Boots (there was a scratch on the packaging hence sold among damaged goods, but it was completely untouched inside!) I didn't really care...
L'Oreal Color Minerals is a single eye shadow that comes in a plastic container with a little "sieve" through which you take some of the powder with a brush. Brush is attached to a screw on top and is covered with another, clear plastic cap. Bottom container is also clear plastic, so you can see the contents.
On the top, there is a sticker with colour and the number of a shade (mine is 08 - Golden Olive). There are loads of shades to choose from, all slightly glittery I believe. On the botom container there is a name of the product printed in white on two sides and on the bottom there is again a sticker with barcode and product name. There are unfortunately no information about ingredients, directions to use etc.
The container is sturdy, even though I can see a few tiny cracks on it it is still ok - its probably just because I carry it in my handbag and I have dropped it on a bathroom floor couple of times.
As I said, there are no directions to use on the packaging. What I do is I shake the container a bit to get some of the powder on the top of the sieve and apply from there with attached brush. I find the brush quite good, gentle and of good quality, absolitely sufficient when on the go. When I'm at home I normally prefer my usual brush I use for all eye shadows.
It seems to me that most of powder eye shadows have waste problem, but I don't find this to be a problem with this L'Oreal eye shadow - the only places I cannot get it from normal way is the plastic brush cover (from the brush obviously) and the bottom of screw on top with brush attached - I usually use my normal brush to take this powder from there...but it's not very messy I think.
Quality of eye shadow itself
Well, Golden Olive colour is nice, good pigmentation although not too strong and has a little bit of glitter. It stays on for couple of hours, normally would need re-applications during the day, but decent primer does the job - fixes it so it stays on all day long and makes the colour a bit stronger, too. It doesn't create ugly creases on your eye lids. For evening, I would apply on a primer on a lid and without primer under the eyebrowse to create a bit dramatic look.
I have it for almost half a year now and I still have half of it, so it lasts fairly long as well.
Price and overall impression
I believe it retails for around £6 in Boots and Superdrug, but it can be ordered online for much less (or you can pick a bargain like me when you're lucky:). RRP is way too high for a single eye shadow of this quality - I'd rather add £2 - £3 on a top of it and have a designer brand one that holds on like a concrete without primer instead. But for a discount price it's a decent eye shadow and if I saw it on sale again, I would definitely buy another one. Although, I still didn't find out what the fuss with mineral make up is about - I find it pretty much the same as any powder eye shadow...
L'Oreal is a brand I rarely look at when shopping because I consider their cosmetics line to be quite overpriced and not of particularly good quality. I've purchased a few different products from the range in the past and have been disappointed with all of them so I tend to stick with Revlon when I buy lower end make up now.
I'd heard of L'Oreal's mineral range after reading some reviews on the foundation but hadn't tried anything from the line and probably wouldn't have, had I not received a color minerals eye shadow in the shade Golden Olive as a gift last year.
About the product
Color minerals eye shadows are L'Oreals first mineral eye products and come in a range of what L'Oreal describe as, subtle, shimmering shades. I always associate the word subtle with natural, muted colours when it comes to make up and the shades available in the colors minerals range aren't really what I'd call natural. There are quite a few different colours available ranging from pinks and peaches to blues, purples and browns, all of which seem to have some sort of sparkle/shimmer in them.
The formula is designed to be gentle on the delicate eye area and is free from preservatives and fragrance. The shadow is also oil free and is suitable for sensitive skins.
The product is packaged in a small transparent tub so the powder eye shadow can be seen within and has a silver screw on lid with a small eye shadow brush sticking out of it. The brush is covered by a transparent push on lid which keeps the brush clean and prevents spillages. The L'Oreal logo is printed on the front along with the product name in white font and the base of the jar or tub contains a sticker with the shade name printed upon it. The screw on lid unscrews to reveal several holes which work like a sieve and the powder travels through these and dispenses through the attached brush.
This type of all in one product and applicator packaging seems to have been done quite a lot over the last few years in both eye products and face products. A similar design springs to mind which came from Yves Saint Laurent and it contained an eye shadow in a similar jar to L'Oreals offering with a sponge applicator on the end to apply with. Yves Saint Laurent's actually worked quite well and dispensed product quite easily and evenly, L'Oreals unfortunately doesn't seem to work quite the same and I find it dispenses far too much powder at once making application messy. The included brush is soft, fairly thick and blends quite well which surprised me, it's just a shame that it's so difficult to control how much eye shadow is dispensed with each use.
Where to buy
As I mentioned at the beginning of the review, I received the product as a gift so I'm unsure where it was purchased or how much it cost. After searching around online I've found that the recommended retail price was £7.99 but sites such as Boots and Superdrug no longer seem to stock the range, the product can still be found on quite a few discounts sites though. Amazon currently has quite a few different colours available which cost £3.99, directcosmetics.com also still stock them and they cost £2.69 and fragrancedirect.co.uk also carry some of the colours and they are currently priced at £2.99. There also seems to be a lot listed on eBay where they vary in price depending on shade, seller etc so it's worth shopping around to find the best deal if you choose to buy.
How to use
The product packaging is obviously designed to make application easy and the inclusion of the brush means no separate applicator is necessary. It took me a while to get enough powder through the sieve and on to the brush the first time I used it but after this I didn't have anymore problems and applying just requires sweeping the brush over lids. As I mentioned above, the brush is quite soft and does a fairly good job at blending colour in to lids and if the right amount of colour was dispensed from it, application would be really quick and easy. Because far too much comes out with each use, I find Color minerals quite difficult to apply and I get a lot of fall out which is messy and annoying, especially since the shadow is shimmery.
When I first looked at the colour I received (Golden Olive) I was reminded of a MAC shade, Sumptuous Olive which I use regularly and was hoping that the colour might be a cheaper alternative. Unfortunately I've found the colour looks quite different once it's applied to skin and seems to be very sheer with little colour pay off which was disappointing. I've tried packing more product on to intensify colour but still end up with a really sheer, pale olive green wash with lots of bronze/gold shimmer.
Lasting power isn't awful but compared to other shadows of a similar price I certainly find this one is lacking. I'd say I get a few hours wear before the colour starts to fade and I also find it creases and wears unevenly.
Would I recommend?
No I wouldn't recommend at all even if you can pick up for a few pounds. The packaging is a good idea but fails to apply product properly and is messy, the shade I have has no colour pay off and the lasting power and creasing is a let down. Overall it's really not a very good product and one that now sits in my drawer of unloved make up items that are very rarely used.
I think there are much better mineral eye shadows out there that give much better results for the same price or less. Lily Lolo is one example, at only £5.29 for a far superior pot of product that gives excellent results.
I like most L'Oreal products but I was not really impressed with this.
I think I paid about £5 for it which is a reasonable price for an eyeshadow and there is quite a lot in the pot so it does last a long time so you are getting quite a lot for your money.
One of the things I really like about this is that is comes with the applicator brush neatly stored at the top of it and it is a good quality eyeshadow brush rather than just an applicator but I found the brush to be a little bit too big as when I was using it I couldn't be very accurate and the powder seems to go all over when using this brush.
Another thing that lets this down is the fact that the colour is very light. It does feel nice to apply as it is so light but it is very hard to see the colour and I need to use a lot of it to make it noticable. It feels a bit like it is going to blow away and it didn't last very long on me at all.
I like the L'Oreal Minerals range but would not buy this eyeshadow again.
I have owned L'Oreal's colour minerals eye shadow for around a year now, and I can't really remember now what it was that prompted me to purchase it.
This is a loose powder shadow which is made from 95% minerals. It's oil free with no perfume or preservatives and is suitable for even sensitive skin. It is available in a rather limited range of colours - desert shimmer (beige-gold), gold, topaz shimmer (blue), nude crystal (dark pinky-brown), bronze-gold, and golden olive (green). I have the desert shimmer which looks a totally different colour in real life to the sample colour they've shown on the website, so I'd recommend checking the shades in store before you buy if possible. It's also worth noting that as far as I'm aware all shades contain shimmer.
The powder comes in a small tub and the screw off lid has a small, full bristled eye shadow brush attached. There is also a clear plastic lid that goes over that to protect it from dust in your make-up bag.
The powder is dispensed through lots of little holes in the top of the tub it's contained in. Presumably the idea is that not too much is dispensed at once, but for some reason I find that this section is often filled with powder. Perhaps the holes are too big or there are too many of them, but it makes this a really messy product to use. Almost every time I open it, I am covered in a trail of powder, which is really annoying, and one of the main reasons that I rarely use the product.
The little brush supplied is full-bristled and quite wide. Due to the problem I mentioned above with too much powder coming out into the top of the tub at once, I find I almost always have to tap excess powder from the brush before application. If you do have too much on your brush at once, it means your cheeks will be covered in the stuff, as the loose powder falls everywhere.
The powder glides onto the eyelids really smoothly, and I find that you can achieve numerous different looks with this. With just one coat I get a very subtle colour with a hint of shimmer that looks natural enough for daytime wear. When building the powder up with more layers, it gives a much stronger colour and shimmer, which looks more appropriate for evenings. The brush covers the lids well, although I have found that it's a bit too full to get into the inner corners of my eyes, so I tend to blend it slightly with my fingers or my own, smaller eye brush.
With most eye shadows, I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion underneath to keep them long lasting and stop creasing. I've found if I try to apply this particular product over a primer it sort of sticks and looks blotchy, so I tend to use it alone, with no base underneath.
This powder looks really good on the eyes, and it lasts really well too. I've not once found it has creased, and it seems to stay on for several hours, and doesn't need to be re-applied.
To buy on the high street, from Boots or Superdrug these cost £7.99. Like anything though, it's worth shopping around, and I've just done a Google search which reveals www.cheapsmells.com (a reliable website, I use it all the time), is selling these for just £2.99 each - and they even have a seventh colour, soft mauve, which I presume is discontinued.
In conclusion I really like these eye shadows. They can be built up to achieve different looks, and are long lasting as well as non-creasing. The main problem for me, and probably the reason I don't use this more often - is that the loose powder can be quite messy. This aside, I really love these and would recommend them.