Judging by my recent acquisitions and posts, I've been a bit of a brand snob lately. I love a good drugstore peruse and you can often score the best deals at your local CVS or Rite Aid which makes beauty shopping all the more fun. The L'Oreal Colour Riche Ombre Eyeshadow Quads caught my attention because the finish of them looked a lot like what one might find in a Japanese drugstore. The pearly, soft colors are illuminating without being overly glittery and crumbly. Perpetual Nude is a perfect everyday eyeshadow quad for those of you who like your neutral beiges and taupes.
Let's briefly recap the price and logistics of this quad. Each quad retails for about $10 which is quite pricey for a drugstore shadow. I purchased this when Rite Aid had 40% off all L'Oreal products so I would wait for one of those sales to pick this up. Each quad contains 3.5 grams of shadow. The packaging is lightweight plastic with a reflective metallic, gold cover. I actually quite like the gold exterior but it harbors scratches easily. The shadows are arranged in a rather unique configuration which I personally find quite pretty. If the cover didn't scratch so easily and the packaging was a bit heavier, I could mistake this for a higher end palette.
Like they appear in the pan, the shadows swatch smoothly and provide a delicate shimmer effect. The darkest shade is a brown taupe with a tinge of purple, one of my favorite kind of colors to wear on the eyes. These shadows wear much better over an eyeshadow primer and perform even better over a cream shadow to help them adhere. While the shadows are smooth and pigmented enough, they lack the buttery and rich texture that I have come to enjoy from higher end shadows.
If you love neutral eyeshadows and like subtle shimmer on the eyelids, you'll probably get a lot of use out of the Perpetual Nude quad. This is a great work day eyeshadow palette and is simply foolproof. What do you think of this quad? Do you tend to splurge on pricey shadows or stick to gems from the drugstore?