Now here’s something I can honestly say I’ve never seen before: kidney bean-based beauty. Each of the eight new L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eye Shadow Palettes (say that five times fast!) comes with a kidney bean-shaped brush designed to grab its three coordinating shadows in one fell swoop.
Team L’Oreal says that a single swipe of the contoured brush picks up the perfect amount of each color for your lid, crease and brow bone. Just slide the loaded brush horizontally across the area from the inner to the outer lid to distribute all three shades evenly, one atop the other, from lash line to brow bone.
Natural for All Eyes Palette on the left; Playful For Blue Eyes Palette on the right
Playful for Blue Eyes
Natural for All Eyes
Swatch of Playful for Blue Eyes on the top; Natural for All Eyes on the bottom
Yesterday when I gave the Playful for Blue Eyes and Natural for All Eyes Palettes ($10 each) a try I was admittedly skeptical of the brush. I mean, the whole concept has a gimmicky feel to it (a one-size-fits-all brush?), but you never know until you try, right?
Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, the shadows applied unevenly with the brush, with all three shades mixing together on my skin. A little time invested in perfecting the art of the kidney bean brush would probably help, but I doubt it would ever be able to compete with the versatile MAC 217.
I think it’s an interesting concept, and I give L’Oreal points for creativity, but it’s probably more of a gimmick than a practical tool.
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. Happy Thursday, young lady! I hope you’re having a wonderful day.