This is my very first ‘brand focus’ post, where I talk about all different kinds of products from just one brand. I figured L’Oreal was a pretty good place to start – I have pretty wide variety of their products, they’re very accessible, and I’ve generally had pretty good luck with the brand as a whole. Would you like to take a peek at some of the L’Oreal products I love?
I want to start out with a caveat: I strayed from the brand for bronzer, and went with my normal Too Faced Chocolate Soleil. I did my due diligence, but my nearby stores don’t carry any bronzers from L’Oreal. On the official website all I can see are a few bronzer/blush duos, but they’re not physically carried in the stores I frequent. I need a little something to warm up my face, especially in the winter, or else I can look a little ill. Beyond that, I also turned to Too Faced for their Shadow Insurance because I don’t have L’Oreal’s eye shadow primer.
I started right at the beginning of the whole thing with my L’Oreal daytime moisturizer, the Collagen Moisture Filler Day Lotion which includes an SPF 15 and is supposed to help plump and smooth skin. I really like this and previously mentioned it here. I think the only downside is it’s noticeable perfume, but it dies down after it’s applied and hasn’t irritated my skin.
Next, I turn to the Magic Perfecting Base, one of my favorite face primers. It helps smooth over texture flaws and also provides a bit of oil control. It has a silky mousse consistency and is transparent on skin. FULL REVIEW.
The True Match liquid foundation is one that I’ve been using for just about a year now and my little 1 oz. bottle is running pretty low! It’s a good one, and N2 is a wonderful shade match for me in the cooler months. It’s a light-medium coverage base with a natural demi-matte finish, and it comes in an adorable little glass bottle that looks like an old fashioned pharmacy potion. FULL REVIEW.
I have a couple of concealers from L’Oreal, and really enjoy both of them. The True Match Super Blendable Crayon Concealer (shade N1-2-3) is my main tool for concealing redness and other tone imperfections around my face, brand focus or no. I use it daily and at this point it only has one more twist of life left in it. I scribble this around my face and then blend it in. I can use my fingers to blend it in during the warmer months and prefer using a flat foundation brush during the cooler months when my skin is a little drier. I can use this under my eyes as long as my skin’s very well moisturized, and that’s what I’ve done here in this single-brand look. FULL REVIEW.
The Magic Lumi Highlighter found its way into my collection about two months ago, and I really enjoy it. It doesn’t provide a lot of coverage (and the name certainly doesn’t suggest that it would), but gives skin a brightened, subtly luminous and healthy look. This is in the format of a click-up pen, and it does take a lot of clicks to get the product out. I swipe it onto the areas I want to brighten … upper cheeks and under the eyes, sides of my nose, chin, lower forehead, bridge of my nose and cupid’s bow, and my jawline (which isn’t very strong, naturally). That sounds like a lot when written out like that. Anyways, it’s really lightweight and blends easily. I usually just lightly blend with my foundation brush.
The Translucide Naturally Luminous Loose Powder is one that I recently wrote about here, where I compared it to the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder. I think this powder is pretty great. It never looks heavy or dull, and does a nice job of smoothing over texture imperfections a bit. I often use the puff that comes with the powder to set my t-zone, and then lightly brush the powder over the rest of my face.
I have two types of blush from L’Oreal: the True Match powder blush and the Magic Smooth Soufflé whipped blush. The shades Cherubic (Soufflé) and Precious Peach (True Match) are actually quite harmonius, so I’ve used both for this look. I applied Cherubic with a stippling brush, and then layered Precious Peach on top, bringing it a little higher on my cheekbones since it’s a lighter color. These are nice blushes and are super easy to apply and blend, but they do have a tendency to fade during the day.
The Brow Stylist pencils come in a pack of two colors to give some natural dimension to brows. Following the suggestion on the packaging, I start by applying the darker blonde shade throughout my brows and then blending the color through with a spoolie. I then use the lighter blonde lightly and blend again. The two-color system is really nice, and I’ve never noticed any smudging or fading throughout the day when I use these. FULL REVIEW.
For the eyes, I grabbed a couple of permanent Infallible shades in Bronzed Taupe and Continuous Cocoa, as well as a new shade for Spring 2014 called Always Pearly Pink. I applied the pink all over the inner 2/3 of my lid and lower lash line, softly blended the bronze into the outer 1/3, into the crease, and on the outer portion of my lower lash line. The dark brown cocoa more precisely defined the outer corner. I didn’t have an Infallible shade that I wanted to use on my brow bone, so I grabbed my Colour Riche quad in What Happens in Vegas and used the lightest shade for highlighting under my brows.
Doesn’t this thing look like a weapon? Maybe something that’d kill a vampire? The Voluminous Smoldering liner is chubby and has an extra long sharpened tip, but I find it’s perfect for getting right in between lashes. I got this liner in a little kit with a mascara, and I like to use it when I’m going for a soft pencil liner look because I like how easily it blends. This is on my upper lash line, and I’ve smudged Continuous Cocoa over top to make the look even softer.
I received this mascara in the same kit as the Voluminous Smoldering liner. The Voluminous False Fiber Lashes mascara is nice and dark, and I’ve been enjoying it. It doesn’t curl lashes, so I do like to curl prior to applying and then give them another gentle squeeze after the mascara’s dried. FULL REVIEW.
L’Oreal’s Balms are some of my favorite, most-used products from the brand. These are sheer, shiny, and lightly hydrating lip colors that I find to be really flattering and super easy to apply on the go without a mirror. I always have one of them with me in my purse. Nourishing Nude is a shade that seems to go with just about everything.
Like I mentioned, I’ve generally had really great luck with L’Oreal products and I haven’t used anything here that I don’t like. Of the products I’ve used, my favorites that I love to reach for are the Infallible shadows, the two concealers, the brow pencils, and the Balms.
Do you have any favorites from L’Oreal?