Colour Riche Eye Shadow
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Colour Riche Eye Shadow has a silky-smooth texture that applies evenly, adheres well, and, true to its name, deposits rich color. Each compact contains four shades of pressed-powder eyeshadow, one for shading, one for contouring, one for highlighting, and one for lining, and L'Oreal includes helpful instructions on the back showing you where to apply each color. An applicator is included, but you might as well toss that; you'll get much better results with a regular eyeshadow brush.

The color combos are hit or miss, but given that there are 20 sets, you have a lot of options (though not all stores carry all the sets). The majority of the shades have an overt sparkling or shimmer finish, which can exacerbate wrinkly lids or eye-area sagging, but we did find at least one all-matte, neutral option: 839 Cupa Joe.

  • Inexpensive.
  • Extensive shade range with good color deposit.
  • Silky-smooth pressed-powder texture applies evenly and adheres well.
  • Not all of the color combos are flattering or work together to create a fashionable style.
Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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Cupa Joe is my perfect neutral matte palette!

I was surprised by how well this eyeshadow performs! The shades aren't overly pigmented but just enough to give true color. They're very easy to blend & all the neutral brown shades look gorgeous together. When I want a natural, understated & polished look I use this palette. I love how silky smooth & blendable these shadows are. But the best part is that there is no shimmer in any of the shades in this palette. They rival my higher end eyeshadow & are much more affordable. A drugstore gem!!

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