The L’oreal Color Riche Mono’s have finally arrived in Canada and I just had to get my hands on a few!
I popped by my local Walmart the other day and came across one of Canada’s most anticipated drugstore arrivals – the L’oreal Color Rich Mono Eyeshadows. Now you might have seen these before on UK and US blogs, but this is the first time they’ve ever been available in Canada, so of course I had to pick up a few.
I’m not crazy adventurous when it comes to makeup – I like natural, neutral, one-wash colours. So my picks shouldn’t come as a surprise. First I grabbed number 214 (Meet me in Paris), which is a really unique matte slate grey colour. This isn’t a colour I would typically gravitate to, but I’ve heard good things about this shade, and wanted to step outside of my comfort zone. I also picked up 203 (Café au Lait), which is a great, matte, slightly darker crease shade. And 207 (Pain au Chocolat), which is a beautiful shimmery taupe.
I would have to say, first off, 207 has to be my favourite. It’s a really beautiful one-wash colour, that you can pack all over the lid for an every day shimmer. Overall the textures of these shadows are really good. Super soft, especially for drugstore quality, with excellent colour pay-off. 203 is a really nice transition shade, thats not too warm and not too cool. 214 I probably won’t wear often, if I’m being honest, and in my opinion, this colour applied much better with a wet brush than dry.
My one critique is that these colours don’t layer well with each other. It’s something I’ve heard before, but after testing these out myself, I have to agree. There doesn’t seem to be a problem when layering with other shadows, but try putting 214 over 207 and you’re going to have an issue.
All that said, for a drugstore eyeshadow these are still pretty good. Are there better ones out there? Yes. I prefer Milani’s Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows if I had to choose a drugstore alternative.
What are your favourite drugstore shadows? Let me know! @CourtneyParkes
From left to right: 214 (Meet me in Paris), 207 (Pain au Chocolat), 203 (Café au Lait)