New for Fall 2014, the Color Riche Wet Eyeshadow Quads ($11.99) from L'Oréal is a line of dual-purpose eyeshadow palette intended to be used wet or dry to achieve the desired color intensity. I have here today two of the eight available shades: "Unforgettable Lilac" and "Eternal Blue". To see some swatches, click......
The eyeshadows come in simple black plastic compacts with a see through lid. The compact comes with a double-ended sponge-applicator as well.
Formulation & Pigmentation:
I am not a big fan of using eyeshadows wet because I find that once it's been used wet it never works quite as well dry as it would before it touched water. The powder compacts and hardens somehow after coming in contact with water. Therefore I swatched both these palettes dry.
This palettes has four shimmers, one white, one slightly warmer lavender, one slightly cooler lavender, and one deep, cool purple. The pigmentation of these were quite good (when swatched dry) but I wish the texture was slightly creamier.
|Unforgettable Lilac, swatched dry on bare arms.|
This palette also contains four shimmery shadows, one white, one baby blue, one denim blue, and one midnight blue. The pigmentation of this palette was slightly stronger than the purple one but again I wish the shadows felt creamier and smoother. With that said though, the application is smooth and the colors look fine without a primer.
|"Eternal Blue", swatched dry on bare arms.|
I'm very impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows and I believe if you use it wet you can get even better application and color intensity. The only critique I have is that the texture of these shadows is a bit hard, but I guess because they are also designed to be applied wet as well as dry, a creamier/buttery texture wouldn't really work. So in conclusion, if you are looking for affordable color-coordinated shadow quads, these are definitely worth checking out!
The L'Oréal Color Riche Wet Eyeshadow Quads are available beginning June 2014.