L'Oreal • Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eyeshadow • Eye Shadow
|Would buy this product again.||20%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Neutral Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
first, I think its over priced,
second, the applicator is way too cheap.
The applicator works for me, but the trick is to load the whole sponge, not just the tip. I saw some review video, they didn't load it properly, which lead to a negative conclusion.
when applying, I put my finger on the sponge part to put a little pressure, then slide it across, which apply the color better then just sliding across.
After applying with the applicator, I would use an eyeshadow brush to blend it in.
the colors are great combination, I brought playful for brown, playful for all, and smokey for all. I am loving the playful for all, in my opinion its not playful, its kinda natural to me.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Hazel
UGH this product is soo bad. I bought it for the colors, not the one sweep thing (although I did try it). They are horrible. As soon as you try to blend they disappear or turn muddy. The applicator for "one sweep" is bad, too. It's impossible to make it even or look right at all. Don't even try this, it's horrible. It's such a waste, because the colors look so pretty in the pan:(
Age: Unknown Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
So, I generally think that this is a decent product, but it really isn't much better than using one allover lid color for me. It takes a little more time and effort than what is advertised to get the shadows on the applicator, with the right amount of liner/darker color on it so that both sides match up and it looks OK, instead of smeary and messy. One sweep does indeed give a decent look, better than nothing but a very sheer, subtle, minimal look IMHO. The staying power is.....well not a power. Gone in a few hours It would last longer if I primed and all that....but I'll use separate shadows and brushes if I'm taking out time to prime my eyelids.
I do really like the colors in my compact, Natural for Blue eyes though.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
This product is a joke! the colors are nice and pigmented, but the applicator is awful, and the shadows are in long skinny strips so its hard to get a single color on a shadow brush. Waste of money!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I was so excited to purchase this product and thought that I can now have the perfect multi-shadow look instantly! Lol...I was wrong. Overspent for this product ($9.xx + tax at Walmart). I bought the one for brown eyes. Ridiculously overpriced and its not that pigmented either. I would have loved it if the eyeshadows were L'oreal's HIP because they have great lasting power and are really crease proof. But this particular product- you have to really take some time to blend it well otherwise it ends up looking like a huge mess. You have to go over your eyes at least 3 times to get the proper smokey eye look. It takes at least 2 swipes to get the product onto the applicator and you have to really push down hard onto the palette to pick up product. The applicator's handle is way too short and just not easy to apply. I bought this for my busy mornings so that I can just get a defined look. I was disappointed with L'oreal...
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is absolutely a case of a product's advertising doing more harm than good. It's a great shadow and I love it, but the ads make it look like you can get an effortless smoky eye, in one go, with one little spongy applicator. Dear makeup companies, please stop pretending that we if buy your products we can look like supermodels in 30 seconds flat, just like the girls in your ads, even though they spent half a day in the makeup chair for that photo shoot.
I'm getting good use out of this for the same reasons as the positive reviews below: I don't have a lot of time to apply makeup in the morning, or sometimes I don't want to put in as much effort as I need to, and I've found a way to make the applicator work for me. I have the "Playful for brown eyes" palette, which is a combination of pretty purples and pinks. They have good pigmentation, enough to show up but still somewhat sheer, which is actually a good thing because it's more forgiving when you're in a hurry and get a little sloppy. They're shimmery but not outright glittery, and they have decent lasting power. It creases on me without a primer, so I usually slap on some E.L.F. mineral eyeshadow primer underneath.
Here's my method: I press the applicator gently into the pan and wiggle it a little instead of sweeping it across, which blends the shadows together as it picks up the color so it doesn't make distinct stripes. Then I press the tip of the applicator into the corner of my eyelid, and again wiggle it gently as I draw it across, following the shape of my eyelid. I also don't press the whole length of the applicator against my eyelid, but sort of "roll" it like a stamp, which seems to help it go on more evenly. Blend a little with my fingertips or a brush, and it looks pretty and natural. It doesn't look like I spent all morning expertly defining my eyes, but it does look like I put in at least fifteen minutes when it only took me two. Plus: Super freaking easy to put it on in my car in the parking lot right before I walk in at work.
I did knock a point off because I feel it's overpriced for the quality, but I always keep it in my makeup bag for emergencies, and if I see it on sale I might pick up another palette.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I did not care for this very much at all. It certainly did NOT come out looking like the advertisement pictures. I still had to do a lot of blending to make it not look like three stripes. Which then I just started using my eyeshadow brushes in each of the three colors to create the look. Honestly, it was just a mess. For awhile I did keep it around and used the middle color on its own (dipping an eyeshadow brush in it) because I liked that color. Then one day the packaging fell apart for no good reason and I was just over it. Money wasted.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
Crap. Loreal disappointed me. The colors looked cheap when I put them on and the one sweep function does not work in the slightest!
It all turns into a blended color.
There is also so little product in the case because of the big one sweep brush and the brush doesn't even work.
Such a waste it's not even normal.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I'm rating a 4 because I was able to achieve a pretty look using my own brushes. I bought this knowing I would never use the huge sponge tip applicator that came with it to apply this product to my lids. The concept of "one sweep" is like "one size fits all". It's a nice concept but it rarely works.
I bought the purple one to go with my green eyes. I used my own brushes to apply the shadow and I came up with a pretty look. It was kind of hard to pick up the individual shadows in the narrow strips of color in the case. This is why I would not repurchase. As for the eye shadows themselves, they are fine with good color payoff and a pretty sheen.
I would not buy again however due to the difficulty in picking up the color using my own brush. I knew this was a gimmick when I bought it but the shadows looked so pretty in the case. I thought I would go ahead and buy it and if I didn't like it I could return the product.
This is an interesting concept and it might work on people who have big eyes with a large lid area. I don't so I knew the "one sweep" brush would be a bust for me.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown
I really wanted to like this product, and it's a good idea, but poorly executed. I have Playful for brown eyes, and I like the colors, but hate the applicator! It was really awkward the first time I used it. I think the problem is that the applicator is just too big, so you don't get a really good swipe in the pan. Applying it is no better, the majority of the color is concentrated in the center of the eyelid. Each time I apply I notice spots on the inner and outer corner of my eye that I missed, because I just can't maneuver that blasted sponge! The color payoff isn't all that great with one swipe, you need at least two swipes on the lid to get somewhat satisfactory results. Honestly, it's much better to use a brush. I tried it that way, and got better results, but then that kills the whole concept of this product.
I have such mixed feelings about this. I really like the shadows, which blend well and have good color. The Playful palette and a couple of the natural palettes which have brown and neutral shades are good dupes for some of the shades in Urban Decay's Naked collection. With such lousy application, though, $10 for each palette is too much. I would only recommend this if it went on sale, and throw out the applicator. L'Oreal needs to rethink this one.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
-The perfect combination of shades in one compact case.
-You can figure out (easily) how shades should be applied and where (if you are bad at applying eyeshadow)
Applicator - NOT user friendly.
Applicator makes colors get messy on sponge and do not transfer to eyelid as idealy as they should.
Overtime the colors in the compact will blend due to poor sponge design.
I have had better luck applying the shades with separte brushes. Great concept L'oreal, but poor execution :(
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I like this eyeshadow. The first time I used this, I used the applicator it comes with. It came out fairly ok, but it was too streaky and uneven. It works much better when I apply it with my eyeshadow brush. So, for the "one sweep" application this claims to have....not so much. But, if used with a normal brush, the colors come out and blend perfectly. This eyeshadow is good quality, not too glittery (which i love!), & blends very well. It also stays put all day. It is a little expensive, but overall it's a good eyeshadow. If it wasn't for the applicator, this would be a better product.
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
I do like the colors on this product. The case broke in the clasp the 2nd time I used it.
This sweep idea would be great for everyday when you don't have time to apply.
But it takes more time to fix the mess up if you use the applicator that comes with the product.
Cost me over $10 and is not worth it. To those of you who are thinking of buying this product don't do it. Save your money. I use this as I would any other eyeshadow with my regular brushes.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Green
I am reviewing the one for green eyes. I dont understand the concept of one sweep since working with eyeshadow means WORKING with eyeshadow to create the smoky effect, i dont expect ANY product to sweep effortlessly on my eyelid and create the perfect smoky eye. That being said, i use the shadows as a trio, with my regular brush and they are awesome. The pigmentation is intense, does not crease, stays all day even throughout the evening.
I love the iridescent gray (the middle one) it is beautiful.
I love the weird brush that comes with it to use under the eyebrow. Hahaha i dont understand the concept but i love the shadows and colors.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I cannot believe how many negative reviews this is getting! I think people must be using it wrong as I have had no problems with it whatsoever.
I fall under the "lazy" category. I have 6 years experience as a freelance make-up artist so I have all the skills to create beautiful looks. However, my day job is in an office and I can never be bothered to make an effort, I'd rather have the extra 10 mins in bed.
Last year, I picked up this product in "playful for all eyes" which is 3 slightly shimmery (no glitter) browns and also the "natural for brown eyes" which is a lighter version.
I am fortunate to have big eyes and a lot of lid space so for me the applicator is perfectly sized.
I apply this after eye cream and NARS eye primer. Sometimes I will go over it with a smudge brush to even it out, then finish it off with mascara and possibly a little black pencil liner.
No, none of the colors are crazy, but this is meant to be a simple to use, every day product.
I don't think this will work on everyone as the applicator is quite large and if you are used to extreme pigments then this could be too boring for you.
However, if you apply it right and it works with your skin tone, it can look very pretty. I've been complimented on it several times, one lady asked if it was NARS as the pigments looked similar.
It took a couple of tries to get it right but once I worked out the right amount and pressure required it became an invaluable product. I use this basically every day, I've picked up a few more color options too.
From what I've experienced, the ones with the slight shimmer are a better consistancy and look neater than the matte ones (smoky for all eyes can be difficult). I really do use this almost every day because it looks lovely and, like I said, I'm pretty lazy!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
the eyeshadow itself was great, but the sweep brush absolutley sucks. i have to use a normal brush to apply it. not worth the price.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Medium, Cool Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I just get the giggles when I think of what the process must have been like to design and get this product this bad to market. I have to assume that somebody way up in the chain of command had the idea for this and no one had the courage to say "HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!". It somehow went through test panel after test panel and no one had the integrity to say this product is awful. All that money..and this is what we got for a product.
Firstly, the shadow itself is not terrible. It is a little too frosty for my taste, but when applied with a brush as I would any other shadow, it is somewhat pigmented, though I can name 10 different drugstore lines with better quality. But it is not a complete waste, if you already made the mistake of purchasing it. The actual awful part of this whole mess is the cloven hoof applicator and the flawed concept behind the application.
I swiped the applicator across the shadow (I got the one for All Eye Colors, a bronzey brown set of colors) as instructed, they looked pretty on the applicator. That was by far the best part of the whole ordeal. I have small lids and hooded eyes, a wonderful combination (yes, that was sarcasm). So when I tried to line the ginormous applicator on my lid, it was too big. The bottom curve of the applicator was too curved, so if the tip of the applicator was at the inner corner of the eye, the bottom edge with the darkest shadow was either lined up with the inner and outer corner and above my lash line by a bunch in the middle or with the inner and middle and nowhere near the outer upper lash line. All three points could not be lined up no matter what I tried. So it was a fail out of the gate, but being the intrepid explorer that I am, I decided to forge ahead. I chose the first situation, figuring I could fill in the missing middle part with a brush. So I placed the applicator on my lid and tried to sweep it across. Now, if this was the back of my hand, I could get a pretty even deposit of color, it is a flat and stable surface. Unfortunately, lids do not stay still, and they are not flat. They pull, are curved and are fragile. There is a reason that 99% of all makeup artists use brushes, with the token 1% for specialty applications. This applicator was not magical, it did not change my opinion of sponge applicators in general, it was yet another nail in the coffin. The shadow did not apply evenly where it did apply, it dragged across my lid, even with fairly gentle pressure, causing fine folds which mean no shadow deposited, giving it an interesting zebra like striping effect. Because the applicator was so huge, it started depositing color on my outer edge past where I would do it on a normal day, soooo the extra "sweep" as I was trying to get color on my main lid carried the color in a downward wing past my outer eyebrow as I was keeping the dark shadow as close to the lash line as I could. This made me both look and feel very sad. A huge downward wing is not a good look for me unless I am trying out for Sad Clown School. I did not even try to fix it after that, the best fix was a makeup removing wipe to take it all off my face, if not my memory. L'oreal has some great products, but this is an embarrassingly bad product, on par with Covergirl Smoky Shadow Blast eye shadow sticks, which still win my worst product ever award, but this is certainly in the top 3 for overly hyped, overly advertised, poorly designed gimmicky money suckers. Boooo L'oreal!
Age: 44-55 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
My experience matches that of iamlizlemon (see her review below.) I am a total nube when it comes to eyeshadow = I've tried many times over the years to get the blend of 3 or 4 colors just right - I've followed the cheater charts/illustrations on all the packages = never looks right on me.
I don't want to spend a lot of time on my eyes (I just want them to look good w/ minimal fuss = for years I have only used waterproof mascara and that's it.)
For the past several weeks, I have been putting in a lot of OT @ work and frankly, I started looking like it = just not very awake or fresh. I found this at Target and LOVED the concept. I purchased w/out researching (for once) and I am glad I did.
1st of all - I do not have heavy lidded or hooded eyes (see my pic in profile - I'm 1/2 scotch, 1/2 irish w/ what I would say smaller to normal sized eye area.)
I swipe w/ even pressure on brush the length of the color and then apply w/ equal amount of pressure along my eye = I look more polished and more awake w/ minimal effort.
This product is for those who are either eye shadow nubes or want to experiment - its not for the pros. Also, I just happen to be lucky that this brush fits my eye area almost perfectly.
Color is subtle (I have #808 and Playful for Blue Eyes (can't find the #)I have blue eyes, but chose the colors based upon my likes, not necessarily my eye color.)
The staying power = cannot really comment on becuz I spray my entire face w/ Skindinavia Dance! (or Urban Decay's version) to set my makeup for the entire day. I still see color after 10 hours, but again, some of that (I assume) is due to the Skindinavia.
Bottom line = it works for me, but I realize I will be in the minority.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Kinky, Coarse Eyes: Brown
This is the STUPIDEST concept of all time and yes, I fell for it. I've been a fan of the smoky eye for a long time and can never get mine to look right so I bought the black smoky eye palette.
I was so excited to get it home and try it. I read the directions, I practiced the recommended downward swipe and then...I ended up looking like Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard. There was too much shimmery light grey on my lid and not enough black. It also takes an act of congress to get the shadow off.
I find the shadow to be chalky and hard to manipulate. This was clearly a waste of $10!!!!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I happen to like this product & I'm going to try to give a thorough review so those for whom it may work, like myself, won't be deterred by the bad reviews. It lost 1 lippie because it's for a specific eye shape (small eyes, small & flat lid space), and has crappy packaging.
(1) EYE SHAPE: Will this product work for everyone? NO. This product will only work for a very specific eye shape & it's excellent for those. My eyes are very flat, -- i.e. I don't have a protruding brow bone -- small & heavily hooded. I don't have a lot of lid space so I can't wear eyeshadow all over my lid & up to my brows. It always looks stupid. I can really only wear one or two shadows on my eyes. Maybe a third. Anything more is pointless because it won't show up on my tiny lid space. Because of this limitation, I find it useless to apply & carefully blend shadows. This does it all for me -- 3 colors, applied onto the small part of my lids that I can have color & already blended together by the time I'm through sweeping it over. Bing, bang, done.
(2) APPLICATION: You have to apply this properly for it to work optimally, even on my eyes. If you look at the pictures here, the applicators are not full with shadow & that's a problem. After swiping, you should clearly see all 3 colors separated on the applicator& the entire applicator full with color. I press the applicator fully down into the product (even pressure across the whole sponge) and drag it straight across the colors. Then I place the sponge onto my eyes so that it covers it from the inner corner out & as close to my lashes as possible. I press down with even pressure across the full sponge as I apply. Go over it 2 or 3 times to get full color payoff.
(3) THE PRODUCT. This does not come with a lot of product (0.09oz or 2.5g). Personally, I'm okay with that because of the application system they have here. I like buying quads but I only ever use 2 maybe 3 of the colors in them so it's not a big deal to me that this only comes with 3. But, I'll admit that it is expensive for the amount of product you're getting. The colors come together in one pan instead of separated pans that I have to individually dip so even if the sponge wears out, I can take a big eye brush, foundation brush, or latex sponge and apply it the same way with one sweep. The shadows themselves are quite soft & shimmery and work very well together.
(4) TYPE OF PERSON. This product is not for pros; it's for beginners or lazy people. Well, maybe not lazy but definitely for whom it does not make sense to spend a lot of time on blending & colors & whatever. My lids are small, I'm a busy person, and personally, I suck at eye makeup (probably because there hasn't been anything that works for my eye shape).
Conclusion: If you find it frustrating to apply eye makeup because your eyes are small or find that mainstream makeup application methods do not work for your eye shape, this could be it for you. If you are a beginner or bad at eye makeup in addition, this is a holy grail. It's expensive but you know, sales are always ongoing. Plus, I have a feeling they'll be putting this on clearance soon because of how much people hate it. That is a shame because for once, somebody made something with my eye shape in mind.