I've been checking out cream shadows lately, with limited success. First of all, I'm fairly inept at applying creams. I don't know what my problem is, but it's the same way with cream blush...it just doesn't work all that well for me. Second, I'm not having that much luck with the shadows themselves. As you saw in my review of Maybelline's Color Tattoo shadows, sometimes it's more the shadow than the wearer with the problem. Regardless, I've continued trying, largely due to my success with Tarte's Amazonian Clay Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow.
L'Oreal has their own version of cream shadow in the Infallible line. I say "version" because it's really not a cream. Well, it's sort of a cream and sort of a powder. In fact, I couldn't tell which texture it was, so I had to go to the L'Oreal site and look it up, only to discover that even the folks at L'Oreal aren't sure what it is. They call it a "powder-cream" texture. Okay, whatever. Regardless, the texture is lovely. It has the best of both worlds...it feels creamy to the touch, yet it applies as a powder. It's buildable, blendable, soft and pliable, and I love it!
The first color I chose was Golden Sage, a gorgeous almost-army sage green with a gold overlay once it's applied.
In the pot, it almost appears to be a minty green, so I was a bit skeptical at first, but then I decided to live on the edge and try it anyway. I'm normally not one for greens, but the color was just so pretty (and it was on sale as part of a BOGO 50% off) that I had to take the chance. I'm so glad I did!
The first shot above, taken without flash, is a pretty good representation of the green itself. The second shot, taken with flash, shows the gold that comes out when the shadow is hit by the light. Gorgeous.
On the eyes, the color is brilliant. It applies smoothly and evenly with no bare spots (those bare spots have plagued me with creamier shadows). It holds all day long (I didn't try it for the 24 hours it claims to last because I like my sleep and I refuse to sleep in my makeup, even for y'all.) The pictures below were taken after a long day in the kitchen at work, after I was submitted to steam baths and sub-zero temperatures, as well as day-long humidity.
No creasing, no fading, no smudging, no flaking. Perfect.
I also tried Amber Rush, a relatively light, warm brown with just a hint of a red undertone.
Although it was my first choice in color, I ended up liking it less than the Golden Sage. It just isn't deep enough to wear with my brown eyes. However, its performance was similar to that of Golden Sage, so I was very happy with that.
Bottom Line: I'm in love with this formula. L'Oreal has really outdone themselves with the Infallible shadows, cream or not. The color selection is fantastic and they deliver on their promises. I plan to add more to my collection as soon as I get the chance.