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I'm So Over This Part II: L'Oreal HiP

Purepigment Okay. Maybe it's because I'm not daring with my eye shadow, or maybe because I don't want to look like a clown, but I just can't figure out the deal with L'Oreal's High Intensity Pigment, particularly pure pigment shadow sticks.

Sure I can make this stuff look good. On my hand. That's when I can apply a lot of pressure and use it like a crayon. But on my eyes? Not so much. The contact with my skin and oils has made the stuff almost useless. On their website, they say "for best results, sharpen before each use with L'Oreal Paris dual sharpener." I assume that's part of my problem. But seriously, for drugstore makeup, shouldn't it be a bit easier?

ShockingshadowI haven't had much luck with Shocking Shadow Pigments in the HiP line, either.

Anyone have advice about this stuff? Yay or nay?



Comments

Colleen

That whole line is pretty hit or miss. I have an eyeshadow duo in mauvey-purple that I quite like but another in pink and brown that doesn't blend for anything. I have a lipgloss and a little vial of "pigment" and both are just eh. They're going for a real MAC vibe and it's just not working.

On the other hand, I have MAC shadows I've been using for a year and haven't come close to even hitting the pan yet. I'm not one to be snobby about makeup brands (especially since one of my favorite shadows is from Wet n' Wild) but in this particular case, you do get what you pay for!

Jen

I reviewed this one too, and it just didn't work for me. I tried to sharpen it like it said, and it crumbled. When I put it on my eye I looked like a clown. I threw it straight in the trashcan.

Brittany

I'm sort of obsessed with the hip eyeshadows - I have seven of the duos, but haven't bothered with the sticks or the pigments because they're so much more expensive. In general i've found that the shimmery ones are soft and amazing and the matte ones are hard to work with. the above mentioned pink/brown duo is my least favorite for that reason. The best one is this really great shimmery teal that comes with a fairly average blue.

Jill

L'Oreal is one of the worst ethical companies in the whole world. And if you want to look into their dirty little secrets google L'Oreal & Nazi and see how the company really got its start.

Toya

I like the Loose Powder Pigments, but those little crayon things are awful. Just awful. They're impossible to apply well.

A-Mused

Well I'm happy to read this! When I originally seen this line in drgustores I picked up one of the dual shadows they have. At first I was weary as I'm total snob and hate drugstore brand anything but I decided what the heck. Upon getting it home I gave it a whirl. And it was as disappointing as I expected it to be. The colors were pigmented I can give it that however blending was impossible! and application was equally difficult. Spreading the color around was just really hard. Is eyeshadow application supposed to be this difficult? LOL!

I stuck it up for swap on MUA and chalked it up as me being my snobby, bitchy self about drugstore cosmetics!

Upon reading (and the comments) this I feel a bit better that I wasn't overreacting and that this line is kinda crummy!

I was tempted, even after the shadow fiasco, to try the pigment and shadesticks but I'm happy I didn't waste $8 dollars when I could just go and buy myself a shadestick or a shadow at MAC for a few more bucks that actually works!

Cheers!

A-Mused

Well I'm happy to read this! When I originally seen this line in drgustores I picked up one of the dual shadows they have. At first I was weary as I'm total snob and hate drugstore brand anything but I decided what the heck. Upon getting it home I gave it a whirl. And it was as disappointing as I expected it to be. The colors were pigmented I can give it that however blending was impossible! and application was equally difficult. Spreading the color around was just really hard. Is eyeshadow application supposed to be this difficult? LOL!

I stuck it up for swap on MUA and chalked it up as me being my snobby, bitchy self about drugstore cosmetics!

Upon reading (and the comments) this I feel a bit better that I wasn't overreacting and that this line is kinda crummy!

I was tempted, even after the shadow fiasco, to try the pigment and shadesticks but I'm happy I didn't waste $8 dollars when I could just go and buy myself a shadestick or a shadow at MAC for a few more bucks that actually works!

Cheers!

Delilah

Oh man, I'm surprised so many people don't like these... actually the HIP shadow duos are my favorite shadows, right next to the Almay ones that go w/ certain eyecolors. I have 6-7 of the duos and use them like everytime I go out at night. They are definitely nighttime colors though, I never think bright colors look good in the daytime. I always use just regular neutrogena stick concealer w/ a brush on my lids first as a base, then whatever of the HIP colors matches what I'm wearing (usually the bright green one, fuscia, teal or orange)all over the lid and then I blend black eyeshadow into the crease. I never really go above the crease with the color though, I just blend some of the black up there. I also use black liquid and powder liner on top of the eyeshadow, kind of as a last step. Sometimes I wet a small brush and swipe some of the HIP eyeshadow under my eyes too, usually alongside black liner.

I'm pretty sure the reason I've been able to make these work is I use so much blending, mostly with black, that there is very little of the raw, bright color on my lids... most of it gets muted down when I blend it. Also, when I do use these flaming colors, I use less blush and neutral lipstick so avoid the drag queen look. I think you need to be pretty experienced with eye makeup to make these guys work as well as have a certain type of face that keeps bright colors from being overpowering. I have really light, ice-blue eyes (natural) so no matter what I do to my eyelids, my eyes themselves always stand out more.

But, long story short, they're the brightest colors I can find, and as an avid blender, I need bright colors like this to add to my palate. They've always worked great for me.

polly

yeah i agree with a-mused...loreal hip products always have worked awesome for me..their duo palettes dont always go great but u just mix it with another one...like i have 2 different palletes and all the browns from both those palettes all look awesome together..i love it soo much hehe i wanna buy it all hehe if u dont like one color u might not be blending it right..if u think u look like a clown it might just not be ur color...try blending it with some purple or silver based on ur eye color...theres many ways to make something work!!!

Mineral Cosmetics

Loreal products are awesome and I love the quality...never damage the skin even if applied regularly...but does this stick suit an oily skin?I have my doubts.

Organic Cosmetics

Actually the pily based makeup is always good only for the dry skin...they have targeted a certain skin tone which they have chosen not to mention..that is strange.I love L'oreal products but this one sure has to improve I say.

crb

Try using an eyeshadow primer and a brush to apply. just brush the stick and pat on.. blend blend blend!

Jen

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Mineral foundation

Nice color you have for lipstick. I love but it can't suit that much on my face. Please show something more.

Peachy

I bet that sharpener that you're supposed to buy costs the same with that makeup. They tend to make these things pricey coz people actually buy it.

ariel

You need to get ur brush wet to use the shadow stick. It doesnt work dry....lol.

Kristen

I love the HIP line. All of it, barring these pigment sticks.

loulou

Hi i like a lot many of l oreal products and i think mostly they are good quality, but i think it is hard to use bright colored shadows at the day because u can looks little strange and older? so i prefer just some mascara and lttle blush and maybe to keep shadows doe evening or party, hm i think to use light warm shadows can be pretty good too!

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