Falling in Love with the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow Emerald Lame!


Recently, I find myself incredibly drawn to green things. I was never a sucker for green, in fact, I HATED the color green.

When my Orientation Group Leader for our Freshmen Orientation Camp back in university called me up a few nights before camp and told me to wear a green t-shirt because our group’s team color was green, my face turned green too. I had not a single thread of green in my wardrobe and had to borrow a green tank top from my sister.

So, I have no idea why anything green attracts me so much lately. I’ve been buying green tops, green bottoms, green bags, green eyeshadows, green eyeliners… I think I’m going through a green-phase. I hope it doesn’t turn awry soon, meaning I suddenly dislike green again overnight.

In my previous post, I did a review on the Pupa Multiplay Triple Purpose Eye Pencil 02, a unique malachite green eyeliner. Please go get impressed with it. Lol.

One of the green things acquired in my green phase is the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Emerald Lame. There were only 2 colors available when I was at the 30% BHG sale. The other was purple.

Also, even though it clearly spells as Infaillible on the packaging, it is spelt as Infallible everywhere else. Why? Just use Google Translate ‘la couleur infaillible’ and you’ll get ‘Color infallible’! The former is recognized as French. So, there. =)

Green is Gorgeous

Asking a green-crazy me to make a choice between a purple and green is akin to asking a spider to make a choice between eating a flower and a big juicy beetle.

The green was the choice to make, more so because the color captivated my heart the moment I swatched it! I was like swatch >> WOAH! >> take a new one >> throw it into my shopping bag.

By the way, I got the last one. Whew!

L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Emerald Lame is a black-based green peppered with a uniform distribution of gold shimmer.

Pack on the color for a truly intense to achieve a metallic finish, or tone it down to just a smooth finish with gentle sparkle.
It does not scream ‘METAL CITY!!!’ like the L’Oreal Hip Eyeshadows (the silver in Platinum is the in-your-face kind of metallic finish) and is suitable for both day and night looks.

In certain lighting and from various angles, 022 Emerald Lame can look green, brown, and bronze.

It seems like different colors are released in different countries. L’Oréal Australia has 9 colors on their website, L’Oréal Paris features 13, L’Oréal India and China have no mention of it. And I only saw 2 colors at BHG Singapore.

Great Texture and Pigmentation

Despite being bathed in glitter, the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow feels velvety smooth when applied. No scratchy or grainy bits rubbing on the lids; you wouldn’t even think it has glitter bits if you applied it with your eyes closed.

It is the makeup love child of powder eyeshadow and loose pigments. It has the intensity of loose eyeshadow pigments when applied wet, and is in the form of a pressed powder eyeshadow. How marvelous!

It lasts a long time on the lids, and fallout is almost zero even though it looks like a potential fallout menace what with all that glitter. I guess that’s why they named it ‘Infallible’?

Easily Apply With Finger

The MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush (goat hair) doesn’t work quite as well as the Loew Cornell Maxine’s Mop 3/8” brush (synthetic). The best tool, however, is your finger. It picks up the most color and glides on the lids most effectively.

It works like a cream product too, so using your finger works the best, as with the Canmake Cream Blush in Sweet Apricot!

I get so much product with a gentle swipe I foresee myself using this a lot on days when I need to get color fast on the lids.

Plastic Stopper To Keep Eyeshadow In Place

Each cute lil’ plastic jar comes with a black stopper that says ‘Conserver. Keep me’. It serves to prevent any loose product from getting all over the cap and everywhere when you open it.

You can use it to re-compress the powder if you accidentally make a dent in the powder.

I love this little stopper. It makes me feel safe knowing that I will not be greeted with the undesirable mess that loose pigments always provide.

No Depotting

One thing I probably cannot do with this eyeshadow is depotting it and transfering it to my customizable makeup Z-palette.

I’m not exactly complaining though, since it looks so pretty by itself and I have no problems identifying the color of each jar even if I have more than one in the future. The printed labels are colored according to the color in the jar.

I guess I could depot it if I really wanted to, like scrape some out and press it again in an empty eyeshadow pan. But I’d like to leave it like that.

The L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadows have been compared and claimed to be dupes of Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Intense Eyeshadows. The latter are obviously more expensive and come in glass jars. The L’Oreal ones are also cheaper alternatives to Chanel Illusion d’Ombres.

I wish we could have easy access to more colors of the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in Singapore. I really LOVE it!

This is the actual finish/color of the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow Emerald Lame, not so bling-y. The first picture of this post shows a slightly bling-er version with the addition of some Kate Jewel GD-1. 😀


Bun Bun rates the L’Oreal Color Infallible Eyeshadow in 022 Emerald Lame:


Are you in any color phase now? Or any kind of phase, for that matter? Like a lipstick phase, or a Cheezels phase, or a Kickboxing phase?

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Jess

    Hey hun, what’s the colour you’re wearing on the outside of the green? That burned amber kinda shade? I love it! I want to copy that look but I was wondering.

    • Bun Bun

      Oh! It’s Darkhorse from the Urban Decay Naked Palette. Darkhorse is my go-to Outer V shade. I use it like 90% of the time. I’m glad you like it! I’d like to see your look too! 😀

  • Sunny

    This looks gorgeous on you! It reminds me of a more intense version of MAC Sumptuous Olive (which is one of my favorite eyeshadows). What did you use to blend things out in your crease though? I’m curious!

    PS: I do think certain greens work VERY well on us medium warm-toned girls! You should definitely rethink the whole “I hate green” thing lol

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you, Sunny! I certainly am changing the ‘I hate green’ campaign into ‘I SUPER LOVE green’. LOL! And I can totally imagine Sumptuous Olive looking great on you too considering we’re of about the same undertone.

      Hmmmm, it depends on how blended out I want the Contour Area to be. But usually it’s the MAC 217 Blending Brush, after first blending it out with another brush like the MAC 239 or Essence of Beauty duo crease brushes. You know what, I actually have got Part 4 of the Asian Eyeshadow Tutorial series scheduled next. The Contour Area blending and everything will be explained there. See you there! =D

  • Stephanie

    Great eye look! I can’t wait for more of your Asian eye tutorials!

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Stephanie! You have a great weekend! =)

  • corallista

    This is a gorgeous shade! I’m a sucker for green eye shadows especially ones with gold/olive tones!

    • Bun Bun

      Oh yes! Green with gold work marvelous together! =D

  • Vonnie

    That is an amazing green. I like the tone changes! It definitely works well on a warm skin tone.

    I’ll have to see what other colors are available here.

  • Jess

    Oh, this is such a beautiful green look! I love the color combo a lot! So perfect for the season!
    Thank you for stopping by my site! You have a really adorable blog here! <3

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks for stopping by, Jess! GAH! I really want to get some SUQUU brushes. But they’re so expensive! X(

  • Margaret

    AHHHH that is such a pretty green, especially with those flecks of gold through out.
    The look you created with it looks really beautiful ! :)

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Margaret! It really is a gorgeous green!

  • Mel

    Gorgeous! The colour is so pretty on you =)

  • Jae

    Love this look! The green looks fab on you! =)

    • Bun Bun

      Thank you Jae! =) And welcome to my blog!

  • Sharlynn

    Such a beautiful green, the gold really gives it a wonderful KICK! I like the idea of it being a loose powder although I’d be worried about spilling it because I’m clumsy!

    • Bun Bun

      Oh! Don’t worry about spilling anything! It’s not in loose powder form even though it looks like it. It’s like a pressed loose powder, with great pigmentation, without the mess.

  • BooBooNinja

    This is a great look for you!
    Have you considered doing video tutorials?

    • Bun Bun

      Oh dear! I’ve had requests for that too but I’m not comfortable with that for now. It took me a long time to finally decide to put my picture on the banner and splash pictures of my face in posts. Hahaha… Guess video tutorials would have to wait. I think I have a relatively high pitched voice, but I don’t know why I seem to sound so manly in videos! Gah! It’s so awkward to hear my own voice! >.<”

  • MarciaF (beauty info zone)

    In Canada this is called Permanent Kaki. I have it and love it too. I’ve reviewed 3 shades and can’t wait to get more. Funny how they name the shades different things in different countries and the packaging is slightly different. It doesn’t matter though since they are terrific.

  • DalaLuz

    Wow, it looks gorgeous! I sort of stepped away from the L’Oreal Color Infallibles even though the have great pigment and staying power, because they just don’t blend and if I can’t play around with my goodies I’m always dissapointed… But this shade plays all by itself, so pretty! I will be on the look-out for this one, as soon as my no-buy season is over 😀

    • Bun Bun

      How come?! Emerald Lame blends marvelously and some others that I swatched recently were good too. But I totally understand what you mean when you get disappointed with products you can’t do magic with. It’s just so infuriating to see them just sitting there waiting to expire!

      I hope your no-buy season will be over soon. It’s Christmas! Pamper yourself! Or get a friend to pamper you. Hahaha!

  • Twinory

    Hey !
    Thanks for the swatches, I found your blog looking for swatches of green Infaillibre on google. It’s perfectly what I want, a green with flecks of gold to suit my brown eyes.
    I’m french and just so you know, Infaillible isn’t about fallout but means that it can never get wrong, I think it means that it’s budge proof and won’t fade at all.
    Your makeup is beautiful !

    • Bun Bun

      OHHHHH!!! Thanks for the revelation, Twinory! Like ‘unable to fail’, right? No wonder…. You really can’t go wrong with this! It works perfect anywhere – on the lid, lower lash line, contour, outer v…

      Thanks for liking my makeup! =)

  • Becca

    hey, i live in the US and I can’t find this color anywhere and was wondering if they probably have it under a different name. the only green they have over here is called “golden sage” can u please please please do me a favor and take a look at pictures and tell me if they are the same or similar?
    i absolutely love this look and wanna copy but I’m a complete newbie to makeup.
    and i know u said u wouldn’t wanna do a video tutorial on yourself but what about doing it on someone?

    • Bun Bun

      Hi Becca,

      I tried my best to look through as many pictures of Golden Sage to compare with Emerald Lame. From what I see, they might be the same shade, under different names. Then again, I can’t be 100% sure coz the pictures are not consistent from different blogs – different camera, difference lighting… Some even look bronze!

      Haha, regarding the video tutorial on someone… probably… but… not in the near future I guess. Heh heh. But thanks for the suggestion! That’s more probable than filming myself. Lol.

  • emmabovary

    I am going to start using Darkhorse for my outer V shade, too 😀 I have a few of these, and was just sighing over emerald lame when I realised I already own it! yay! Your amazing eye looks are inspiring me to get creative with my makeup, thank you

    • Bun Bun

      Haha you’re so cute! So how come you ‘realized’ you own it? You hauled a lot and forgot you bought it?

      And thanks for saying my eye makeup looks are inspiring! I love to make everyday makeup looks more fun and outstanding, without crossing the line to being too Editorial or unwearable (you know, like blue brows and black lipstick).

  • chloe

    Whee~~ I just grabbed Emerald Lame and Bronze Goddess today at Compass Point’s Metro (still a few more left)! Been hunting around for Emerald Lame since I saw this review and when I saw EL and BG at the counter, I just grabbed without thinking of my poor wallet!! Can’t stop staring at the swatches on my hand right now, hahaha!

    By the way, your eye looks are beautiful and I always look forward to new entries 😀

    • Bun Bun

      YAYYYYYY!!! I’m so happy for you! You must be really lucky to have spotted them. Share with me your thoughts on them, ya? Thanks for your encouraging words, dear! :)

  • trishtenwa

    I love your makeup! Can you please do a tutorial! =)

  • trishtenway

    I love your makeup here! Can you please do a tutorial! =)

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks! I’ll try! =)

    • BunBunMakeupTips

       @trishtenway Thanks! I’ll try! =)

  • rpauline2826

    Your style is simple yet pretty, I want to learn from you.
    Do some tuts please! 😀
    ~Pauline @