L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows

Last month when I saw that L'Oreal had released new Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadows I snatched them up right away. Well, not right away. I saw them at my local Rite Aid during lunch one day, decided to hold off on buying them, went back to work and then proceeded to think about them and how I should have bought them for the next couple of hours. Let's just say I might have run back to the drugstore right after work, fearing that the four colors I had wanted would be long gone. I've been using them off and on for the last several weeks and I've got to say these single eyeshadows are impressive.

Part of the reason why I was so excited about this release was because L'Oreal released a similar range of super pigmented, gel-infused powder shadows in Europe last year which bloggers were raving about and I was seriously coveting them. Unlike a lot of people I actually gravitate more towards single eyeshadows rather than palettes because on a daily basis I like to just grab a color, swipe it all across my lids and be ready to go. I don't have time for playing with different color combinations and crease colors. Nuh-uh.

In terms of formula, the shadows are soft, creamy and incredibly pigmented. They remind me so much of the L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows but in a pressed form, which not only makes them easier to apply but also more travel-friendly. I think these shadows are best applied with your fingertips because it gives you the most concentrated and pigmented application. I then blend out any edges and soften the look as needed with a blending brush. The shadows feel so silky and creamy to the touch and you don't have to worry about fallout or a powdery feel.

Since I'm a serious neutral shadow lover I picked up four shades which I think I'll get tons of use out of: 202 - Sunset Seine (shimmery gold copper), 203 - Cafe Au Lait (matte taupe brown), 204 - Quartz Fume (shimmery bronze) and 207 - Pain Au Chocolat (shimmery taupe). As you can tell the shadows come in two different finishes, so whether you love matte or shimmery shadows there's something for you in the collection. My most used colors are definitely Cafe Au Lait and Pain Au Chocolat. I love the effect of Pain Au Chocolat all over the lid because it has an almost metallic finish that really catches the light. Cafe Au Lait is my ideal matte brown for everyday wear. It's great for a business setting because it's subtle and defines the eyes without being ostentatious.

Two more random things I love about these shadows - the french naming convention and the packaging. These little plastic cases are cute, sleek and sturdy and you get quite a good amount of product in the pans. The shadows retail for about $5.99 a pop but I was lucky enough to scoop them up in a BOGO 50% deal which made them a steal. If you're in the market for some new single shadows I would highly recommend these.

What do you think of single shadows? Do you gravitate more towards palettes? Shimmery or matte shadows? Neutral or bold colors? Let me know in the comments below.

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