L’Oreals HIP (High Intensity Pigment) line has released a new offering: Cream Paints eyeshadows. Some people are having a hard time locating the new tubes (similar to MAC’s paints), but I found a few at my local drugstore (and for $2 off). They retail around $11.50 for a tube and currently come in 5 shades of browns/neutrals. I picked up Lofty (a light peach shimmer), and Nervy (a dark smoky brown shimmer).
Lofty makes a grand base/primer for under your other eyeshadows or stand-alone color for quick natural days. Nervy is perfect for evening or creating a brown smokey eye. Both apply very easily and are highly pigmented (warning- use only a dab). I found the brush that was packaged with the paints lacking, but the paints go on easily with your finger or a concealer-type brush. As for wearability, there was no creasing and they dried quickly, and retained color through the day. Besides the included brush, my other complaint is that the tubes seem to seep a jelly-like substance if you do not store them upright. I guess it’s a small price to pay though.
If you have a hard time finding the HIP Cream Paint shadows, I found a duplicate in my existing collection. Revlon’s Creme Shadow quad in Not Just Nudes contains four very workable shades of browns ranging from a dark brown (similar to L’Oreals Nervy) to a cream off-white highlighter. This quad has been in my makeup case for 6 months (and I had another before that). I find the shadows to be long wearing, non-greasy, and not prone to creasing.
L’Oreal HIP Paints are available in 6 shades from Lofty (almost nude) to Steely (shimmer black), $12.00 at Drugstore.com.
Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow, 4 Shades, Not Just Nudes at Drugstore.com is on sale for $5.39!!