It happens to the best of us- we buy something on a whim, overindulge during a sale, or our collections grow too large- no matter how it happens, sometimes we accumulate beauty products that we simply don't use. In this blog series I'll being going through my collection to 'resurrect' products that I have used infrequently or forgotten about entirely. I thought this would be a fun way to rediscover my own collection =)
My first resurrection is a L'Oreal HIP Loose Shadow in Tenacious, a bronzey-coppery color. I remember buying this on sale and then never really using it- I've swatched it a few times, but other than that it has been exiled to the back of my eyeshadow drawer.
At first glance, this is a beautiful, highly metallic color. However, in the jar, something about the texture looks a little funny. Rather than being super finely milled, the pigment is sort of.... flakey? It almost looked like someone had taken a sheet of very thin metallic material and spent ages cutting it into the smalles pieces possible- but there were still some irregular flakes.
This shadow is obviously very pigmented and very metallic. I think its super pretty and multi-dimensional. However, the flakes in the pot that I talked about were a problem in this swatch as well- after I applied it with a brush to my hand it still looked rough and chunky. The picture shown here was taken AFTER I had smoothed it out. Also, while I have not used this on my eyes, I have a feeling that fallout could be a problem (although, in all fairness, that's an issue with many pigments anyway).
So, now for the final question. Is it...
Back to life, or back to the drawer?
I'm a little conflicted on whether I will bring this product into my regular makeup rotation or go back to ignoring the fact that I own it. When I swatched it for this series, I did think that it was really, really pretty and I was pleased that I had decided to give it another shot. However, I do have concerns about the texture and, honestly, I don't wear many makeup looks that call for a coppery-bronze shadow that is this incredibly pigmented and metallic. I think I will definitely try it out in a look sometime soon as a challenge to myself to see if I can make it work =)