LA Colors Baked Eyeshadow – Review
I came across this eyeshadow quad while browsing through the cherryculture website. The packaging, colors, price and the idea of baked eyeshadows tempted me to try this out.
This is the second L.A. Colors product I have ever tried. The first one was their 5 color Metallic Eyeshadow Palette and it was quite good for its price but a little too shimmery for my liking.
The LA Colors baked eyeshadow quad comes with 4 coordinated colors in a see through black compact case with a sponge tip applicator. I got mine in Galaxy (all their quads are named after space themes!) which is a beautiful bronzey palette, but they have this quad in 14 other combinations: ranging from the basic smoky to blues, pinks, greens, purples and others.
These are available on cherryculture and anywhere you can find LA Colors cosmetics.
Net wt.: 5.5g
Price: $3.50-$4 depending on where you get it from.
Idea of a Baked Eyeshadow
Baked eyeshadow is a pressed shadow that is usually baked on tiles by the sun. It is usually sheerer in coverage than a regular pressed shadow but is more intense when applied wet and is supposed to last longer.
LA Colors Baked Eyeshadow
Cherryculture describes these as “…chic compact of four color coordinated shades contour and highlight eyes, with intense yet wearable color.”
INGREDIENTS: Mica, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl stearoyl stearate, Mineral oil, Magnesium aluminum silicate, Isopropyl myristate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, etc.
What I love:
• Price: The quad comes with 4 generous sized eyeshadows for just $3.5-$4. It is a great deal for a good quality eyeshadow quad that should last quite a long time.
• Colors: Every quad comes with 4 shadows that complement each other perfectly to create a complete eye look. With 15 quads to choose from, everyone is bound to find at least 1 color combo that they absolutely love. The great part is that with a quad like this, multiple looks can be created by using one or all 4 shadows depending on how neutral or dramatic you want the look to be.
(Left: Dry Application; Right: Wet Application – both without primers and swatched with fingers)
• Blending: These shadows can be easily blended using any fluffy eyeshadow brush.
• Dry/Wet application: This quad is meant for both dry and wet applications. As with most baked eyeshadows, they come off very sheer when applied dry but color is buildable and shows well when used with a primer. However, the actual worth of the shadows is when you apply these wet. The colors are much more dramatic and intense and really stay on for a long, long time even without a primer.
• Use as eyeliner: When applied wet, the dark colors in the quads can totally work as dramatic eyeliners to be paired with neutral, everyday looks.
• Long wear: The colors stay on for as long as 18-20 hours when applied wet. I do recommend the use of a primer to make the colors pop and avoid creasing but even in cases when you don’t apply a primer, they are quite long wearing.
• Minimal fall-out: When applied wet, there is absolutely no fall-out which is great! However, there is a little fall out when you use these shadows dry. Nothing too bad, but you’d still need to take care of the fall-out.
• Good for travelling: This is one complete quad for travelling. Multiple looks can be created with one single quad and saves the time and effort to carry multiple shades of shadows. However, I wish it came with a mirror and a better applicator because you’d have to carry those with this quad.
• Shimmer not OTT: The shimmer content in my quad is not too much and doesn’t look too dramatic. However, there could be quads where the shimmer can be too much for a daytime look.
What I don’t love:
• Packaging: The packaging is average. Even though I like that you can see all the colors within the case, it still looks a little cheap but then for such an inexpensive product, I am not going to be too picky about it. The bigger problem I have with the case is that it doesn’t open at once at times.
• Sheer when apply dry: I know that the baked shadows are usually sheer on their own but I really wish my brush would have picked slightly more color without wetting it since the colors are so gorgeous for a daytime wear.
• Applicator: The applicator is totally useless except for maybe when you want to apply color on your tear duct.
• Messy case: Because of the dome shape of these shadows, there is fallout in the case itself when using a brush to pick up the colors.
• Chalky: These shadows can also go on slightly chalky when used dry.
• Availability: Not available in Indian stores. Only found online requiring a credit card.
• Fragile: Both the palette as well as the shadows are quite fragile and could break if dropped.
Rating: 3.5 stars
All in all, these are good quads especially for intense looks as the colors look amazing when applied wet. As far as the dry application goes, I am not so impressed. The other huge pluses for me are how cheap these palettes are and the amazing array of colors they come in. Not an essential item but I would repurchase them as I am really fascinated with other colors and just think they’d look too pretty in my collection.
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