Average Rating 3.0/5
Review by gardengrrl
I bought this quad when I was looking to economize after running low on Clinique's Color Surge Duo in Double Date. I went with Loreal because it was on sale, the two lightest colors looked similar to those in Double Date, and the dark brown appeared to be Loreal's Deep Mocha, which I was already using as a liner.
I'm happy with the colors. The two lighter shades are not heavily pigmented, but I'm used to Clinique, so that's not a deal breaker for me. I use the lightest shade across my whole eye, taking care to hit the inside corner. Then I apply the khaki color on my lids and the medium brown in the crease. I use a clean brush to blend everything in a circular motion and then tightline with the darkest shade and a dampened angle brush. These shadows wear well on my oily skin, provided I use a primer (currently Urban Decay Primer Potion.) Without primer, they crease in a few hours.
Packaging: Like most drugstore cosmetics, the packaging sucks: simultaneously overdone and flimsy, and totally unrecyclable. I "de-pot" all my makeup and keep it in an Aveda Environmetals palette. Loreal uses some sort of space age glue that will not come off the pans. I've found the most effective system is to cut up the plastic package using an exacto knife chucked into my woodburning kit. I use a razor blade to scrape what glue I can from the back of the pans and then cover the sticky spots with clear tape. I do this outside to avoid poisoning myself with fumes since this activity is almost as eco friendly as huffing paint. I'm also frustrated that the individual shadows are not named. The dark brown is obviously Deep Mocha, but I have enough of the darker shades to last me for years. I use up the two lighter colors quickly, and I don't like buying the whole quad just to replace them. Trying to match the lighter colors with the singles under Walgreen's lighting is impossible. I do like the efficient way that Loreal's rectangular pans line up in my palette, but I've decided to look for alternatives for the lighter shades because of the packaging.