Inspired by butterflies, L’Oréal Open Eyes Chrome Intensity eyeshadow quads are a visual fest. More richly-pigmented than the brand’s usual shadows, these limited edition compacts of strong hues will appeal to disco divas and anyone wishing to go beyond their colour zone.
Aquadisiac (not an unusual name, unfortunately; even MAC has given more than one product this moniker) contains a tealy aqua (it’s darker than it looks in the photo), a blackened navy, a silver-spiked charcoal and a frosty white. Quite up my alley, where smokes are concerned.
Pink Mania contains a coral pink, a reflective purple, a sparkly blackened maroon and a frosty white. The pink might be a bit of a shocker but it can be toned down for a subdued look or amped up for a striking eye.
Timeless Green contains a forest green, a chocolate bronze, a black with gold shimmer and a frosty white. A versatile palette, there are several ways to work this palette. If you’re fond of the duo-chromed MAC Club, the bronze mixed with the green gives you something similar.
Magic Amber contains a golden amber, a yellow gold, a chocolate brown and a golden beige. Regal colours that will make a stunning sunrise eye!
The texture of these shadows is not as buttery as that of the famed MAC Veluxe Pearl shadows but these L’Oréal shadow pans impart a comparable appearance – although they do feel a little rougher and slightly chalkier, a few more swipes and layering deliver an intensity very similar to that of the Veluxe Pearls. They also have a lovely iridescent finish. Interestingly enough, many of the shades here will make credible MAC dupes. ;)
Unfortunately for the western world, these quads are specially produced for the Asian market – they are only available in Southeast Asia and other parts of Asia, including their country of origin, China. According to L’Oréal Singapore, they are designed in Paris even though they are made in China.
Available at most stores where L’Oréal cosmetics are sold, these S$19.90 palettes are affordable and value for money. The other three quads can be easily found at drugstores like Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy but Magic Amber can only be found at departmental stores like Metro and Robinsons.
Image source: L’Oréal Singapore
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