The gold colour is pretty good and pigmented, but the purple is absolute crap. I was sad because the purple was the reason I bought it! It goes on so sheer and uneven. I'd pass on this duo, definitely.
>I was disappointed in the pigmentation of the matte purple shade. While it is more pigmented than the shadows in L'Oreal's regular line, it is no where near as pigmented compared to Coastal Scent's 88 palette shadows or Too Faced or Urban Decay. Too bad--the purple is a really pretty shade.
> The price is really not that cheap compared to Coastal Scent's 88 palette or Urban Decay's Book of Shadows palette. Those shadows are cheaper AND better quality.
>If you de-pot the shadows you will see that the tins are actually quite shallow. So you really don't get alot of product either.
>The packaging leaves alot of room for improvement. There is an opening on the bottom to store a sponge applicator--but who uses those any more. I would rather the packaging were sleeker.
> The shimmery yellow on the other hand is very pigmented. I wish the purple shade was as pigmented.
Overall, pass on these shadows. There are better, cheaper shadows out there.
I have been looking for a vibrant purple for awhile. This is my first HIP product..for some reason the line is not easy to find at my drugstores. I love the the purple and the fact it is matte. I can build on it without any problems. With moisturized eyelids I have had matte shadows get blotchy and weird but not this one. I also love the golden yellow shadow and the combination looks good with my hazel eyes and blond hair. The only complaint for me is the the gold is a bit too shimmery. I have to tame it down a little with a matte highlighter.
I LOVE this. I wear it almost every day. The best part is if I decide to go out after school or work I don't have to start over. I just add a little more of the purple to smoke it up and out I go! I don't know if I will ever need to buy it again but if I do I will.
The L'Oreal HIP line is by far one of my fave drugstore brands! I have many of the different duos and love every one of them...except this one. I was not thrilled with either of these colors. The yellow looks terrible on me, but I think my skin complection is what I can blame on that. The purple is much prettier in the container than on me. I'm sure that these colors would look great on some one else, just not on me. I wasn't thrilled with this HIP product at all.
The color payoff with this product is pretty weak. You really have to pack on layers and layers of it and it rubs off very very easily.
I really liked the HIP products. The 'yellow' in this package is very very bright when applied and the I really liked how the purple looked. It lasted for a long time and it took quite a bit to take it all off. It also blends very well.
Like others have said, if you're craving the intensity of MAC eyeshadows, but don't exactly have MAC e/s $$$, try this line. I'm an avid user of MAC pigments but they can get a little messy at times, and it's kind of a long process to get them on and looking great. Sometimes, I actually prefer pressed e/s, although I do not use them as much. Because I would rather save my cash for some pretty pigments, I choose cheaper lines of pressed e/s. HIP duos are the best d/s vibrant e/s I have found.
I have never had any problems with this particular duo, in terms of the color not showing up, probably because I always use a creamy base (such as MAC paint pots or NYC Cover Stick in medium which works just as well for me and it's only $1.99), The colors last all day, as vibrant as when I put them on without creasing or smudging. In fact, when I use the NYC Cover Stick, this e/s is waterproof and will remain pristine even through a thunderstorm! I know it sounds silly, but try it.
I have a few tips:
1) Always use a tacky or creamy base. Like I said before, a cheap base to try out is NYC Cover Stick.
2) Don't use the crappy sponge applicator that comes with this. Use a fluffy e/s brush, then kind of push/ pat the color onto your lid. Don't forget to blend!
The only gripe I have about this e/s line is the packaging. It's unnecessarily bulky with a lot of empty space in the lower compartment. It's even too big of a space for the sponge tip and mirror.
One last thing! Once applied, the yellow side of this duo is IDENTICAL to MAC's Golden Lemon pigment, just without the bigger pieces of glitter!
I purchased this a couple of months ago, and I am so glad I did. The purple is not as pigmented as to be expected; however, it is buildable. In my opinion it is a close dupe for the purple and yellow in the MAC style warriors collection. I saw a tutorial on youtube using the MAC, and I was able to imitate it with the Hip duo ;).
Have been enjoying this Duo since December; it's among on of my favorites