Product Review: L’Oreal HIP Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Magnetic

Name: Hip Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Magnetic
Brand: L’Oreal
Size: 2.4g
Price: $7.00

From L’Oreal’s website:
Discover the secret for bold, metallic color with a luminous finish. The rich, super-blendable color glides on evenly for hours of captivating, crease-resistant wear.

What I liked:
– very pigmented
– very shimmery
– longlasting
– easy to blend
– small pot easy to carry around
– the price

What I didn’t like:
– hard to get outside the USA
– may be too shimmery for some people
– mirror and sponge applicator are useless

After reading all those reviews online raving about how good and pigmented L’Oreal Hip products are, I’ve been dying to get my hands on some, but they are so hard to get outside of the US! Seriously, why is that? L’Oreal Hip is the best makeup line from L’Oreal and it’s not fair the rest of the world can only get the crappy and sheer eyeshadows from the regular line that are also insanely overpriced!

But if you know someone in the USA, then you can ask them to send you a few items to try and that’s how I got this beautiful eyeshadow duo. When my friend Dao and I decided to do a swap, I mentioned to her how much I wanted to try this line and she was kind enough to send me the metallic eyeshadow duo in Magnetic (thanks hun!).

Magnetic features two beautiful shades of blue that look completely different on the eyes than they do in the pan. The pale icy blue looks like a shimmery pale grey with just the slightest hint of icy blue while the dark navy blue becomes a blackened blue with lots of shimmers when blended. And even though at first I was a bit disappointed as the colors didn’t look like I imagined, I have to say they are still very pretty and create a beautiful blue smokey eyes that’s perfect for going out in the evenings (but of course you can wear it during the day too 😉 ).

Both shades, which have a slightly metallic finish, are very shimmery. I love how sparkly they are, yet wearable and not over-the-top but if you’re a matte lover you wouldn’t enjoy these. Their pigmentation is really good and just a couple of swipes are enough to get the intensity I want. Also, they have a nice texture that is not chalky (which can easily happen with very shimmery shades but not with these) and easy to blend.

I’ve used Magnetic both with and without a primer and in both cases, the staying power is excellent. If I use it on a bare lid with no base, the color will last for most of the day and there is no need to retouch it. However, keep in mind that I don’t have very oily lids. If you do, I think a primer may still be necessary.

The eyeshadows come in a small round pot that is cute and easy to carry around. It also contains a sponge tip applicator and a mirror, which is very small too. I think both are useless but for touch-ups on the go (not that you’d need it with these unless your lids are extremely oily), they may just do. Always better than nothing I guess.

Overall, I love L’Oreal Hip Metallic Eyeshadow Duo in Magnetic. Although the shades look different from what you expect once applied, they are still pretty, pigmented and shimmery (maybe too shimmery for some). The duo is easy to blend and longlasting but the mirror included is useless. And the duo is hard to get hold of outside the US.

Rating: 4/5

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  1. beautifulwithbrains says

    Marce, me too! Let’s hope L’Oreal listens to our prayers and finally releases this line worldwide. It’s too good to be so hard to get!

  2. says

    I love L’oreal HIP e/s! I love the pink and brown combination (forgot the name). This color looks great but I’m not sure it’s going to work for me :)

  3. beautifulwithbrains says

    Vonvon, I don’t understand why they won’t release it worldwide, it’s so unfair. :( I’d love to try the eyeliners too, they look so pigmented judging from the swatches I’ve seen.

  4. beautifulwithbrains says

    Nikki, these shadows are great aren’t they? The combination you have sounds so pretty. As for this one, the colors are more wearable than what they seem. If you can rock a shimmering blue smokey eye, I don’t think you’ll have any problems with this. :)

  5. says

    Oh man, it’s so hilarious you mention the mirror and applicator.

    For WEEKS I didn’t realize it came with either. I just thought the HiP eye shadows had the one door for shadow and that’s it. Then one day I shook the package and heard something clattering around. That’s when I discovered the second door with the mirror and applicator. Man, that took me forever.

    And I agree. They’re useless.
    .-= Trisha´s last blog ..Ultimate Beauty Day 7: Save Your Favorite Makeup Looks =-.

  6. beautifulwithbrains says

    Trisha, I found out about the mirror and applicator when reading a review about these eyeshadows. On my own, it probably would have taken me weeks to find them too lol. I don’t know why they are so well hidden, maybe L’Oreal was ashamed of how bad they are and hoped no one would find them? lol.

  7. beautifulwithbrains says

    Michelle, does it? It’s nice to know we can get a dupe easily, but is the ELF one as pigmented?

  8. beautifulwithbrains says

    Ahleessa, I’m glad you do too. The colors are pretty and so pigmented, aren’t they?

  9. says

    It’s a pity that L’Oreal Hip isn’t available here because I’d love to test the cream liners. But the worst about this brand is that it isn’t curelty free. They still do animal testing. Why the hell? Anyways, thanks so much for this review. I always love to read them.
    .-= Mylanqolia´s last blog ..Artistic stuff: Emily the Strange attempt =-.

  10. beautifulwithbrains says

    Mylanqolia, that of animal testing is a very delicate subject with lots of shades of gray. I don’t agree with it but I understand why some companies do it. They don’t like torturing animals and it hurts their sales cos lots of people refuse to buy from brands that test on animals, but on the other end, you can’t put a new ingredient in a product without testing. Some ingredients could cause very severe, if not deadly allergic reactions and there are others that are toxic in high quantities. If brands didn’t do tests, they could actually kill someone and get sued. And obviously no one wants to die because they used a toxic cream or lipstick. However, animal testing should be limited to what is absolutely necessary. Testing on animals ingredients that have been tested lots of times before and you already know what the results will be is just cruel and that kind of thing should never ever happen.

    I don’t mean to defend these companies, I just think it’s important to understand all the facts. No one wants animal testing but no one wants toxic cosmetics either so we can accept it as long as it is kept to the necessary minimum or give up on new skincare discoveries. Luckily, scientists are working to find new ways to test toxicity without having to hurt animals so in a (let’s hope not too distant) future there will be no need to test on animals anymore.

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