L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh foundation

L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh foundation

This past year, testing out new foundations have been my thing. I was never much of a foundation girl. My skin was fussy and most of the time didn’t like it. It cause itching and breakouts most of the time, but as my skincare routine improved, I found I could wear more and more different foundations. So that prompted me to find a great foundation and as you do, I started off trying some drugstore foundations. One such foundation I tried out is the L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh foundation.
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L’Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation 120 Vanilla

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Brand Bites | L’Oreal

Brand Bites | L’Oreal

It’s time to explore some more brands in my make up collection. The brand I’d like to talk to you about next is L’Oreal. This behemoth in the beauty industry is a brand that has its hits and misses for me in the make up department. Products I love, I truly love. Products I dislike, I truly despise. There is just no middle ground with them for me. Watch the video below to hear me tell you about the L’Oreal make up products in my make up collection: from holy grails to absolute duds.

All of my L’Oreal products in one video!

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L’Oreal True Match foundation US

L’Oreal True Match foundation US

Two years ago I reviewed the L’Oreal True Match foundation. I really liked it at the time. I also knew however that in the US, this product looks differently and is available in many more shades. In the past two years I stopped being super duper pale for most of the year and so the shade I own in the European version of this product is a tad light. Since I did really like this foundation I decided to try this in the US version in a slightly darker shade.

L'Oreal True Match foundation N2 Classic Ivory

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable makeup N2 Classic Ivory

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L’Oreal Color Infallible eye shadows

L’Oreal Color Infallible eye shadows

When it comes to beauty staples, I think many people will list the L’Oreal Color Infallible eye shadows. These pressed pigments come in a wide shade range, with great pigmentation and super easy blendability. Unfortunately, these have been discontinued at my local drugstore, but I know that these are still available in the US, UK and online. In any case, it was about time I showed you my little stash of the L’Oreal Color Infallible eye shadows.

L’Oreal Color Infallible eye shadows

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L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 (incl. comparison)

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 (incl. comparison)

In the US drugstore I spotted the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 and 2. Now, I already purchased and reviewed the European drugstore version of one of these and I hadn’t put these on my wishlist, thinking they were the same thing. However, once I took a good look at the US versions of these palette, I figured they looked different from the UK version I bought last May. I picked up the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 to see whether I was right.

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2

The US version of this palette contains 17.5 grams of product and retails for 19.95 dollars. With the exchange rate being dreadful at the moment I bought this, the price for this palette is roughly the same amount in euros or in pounds. But for that same price the US does get 10 grams more product! That’s right: the European version of these palettes contains a mere 7 grams of product for the same amount of money. The US shadows are bigger, the palette is bigger and therefore the question is: Is bigger, better?

The L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 is comparable to the L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rosé when it comes to the color selection. However, I feel that the US version does look a bit more samey samey in the color selection than the European version. The version you see here, seems more muted in tone, there are more browns and plums and isn’t as rosy toned. So the shades definitely look different in the pan.

I already mentioned the palettes looking different packaging wise. This US La Palette Nude has sturdier packaging which is thicker and comes with a see through window in the lid so you can actually tell the palettes apart if you were to own both. Each palette comes with the same applicator that has a sponge tip on the one end and a fluffy brush on the other. Could work if you are on the go, but I prefer using my own brushes anyway.

The palette in all its glory. The mirror of this version is smaller than the European version, which has a mirror which covers the entire lid.

The shade selection goes form roses and taupes to light browns and plums. In the pan these all look pretty similar, whereas the European version looked much more distinct in the pan, ranging from rose and taupes to burgundy and a shimmery golden peach shade. Here’s a break down of each shade in this palette. The shades do not have names, so I have numbered them 1 – 10.

01 – 02 – 03 – 04

01: Shimmery beige
02: Shimmery rose toned taupe
03: Matte mauve toned grey
04: Matte medium taupe

05 – 06 – 07 – 08

05: Shimmery taupe
06: Matte soft brown
07: Shimmery light brown
08: Matte rose toned cream

09 – 10

09: Matte rose toned purple
10: Matte plum

In total this palette contains 6 mattes and 4 shimmers. The European La Palette Nude Rosé has 4 mattes and 6 shimmers. Where the European version features more rose tones, this US version has a little bit of everything. I prefer this when it comes to the different textures as there are more mattes and I love a good matte eye shadow. Let’s have a look at the swatches.

01 – 02 – 03 – 04 – 05 – 06 – 07 – 08 – 09 – 10

As you can see these shadows are nicely pigmented and intense. There is a good variation of mattes and shimmers, and light and dark shades. My eye is drawn immediately to that intense plum (10) at the end, as well as the rose toned purple (09)  right next to it. Other shades that draw my attention are the shimmery taupe (05)  in the middle and the matte taupe (04) to the left of it.

There is at least one good shimmery and one matte highlight (01 & 08), a matte color to blend out the crease (03) and some darker tones to darken things up (04, 06, 10) as well as some good overall lid shades (02, 05, 09). The only shade here that seems a little lackluster is 07, but that could be a great basic for a neutral look.

Look 1:
08, 02, 01, 06

Full face
On my lips: NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Wine & Dine

Look 2:
09, 10, 05, 01, 04

Full face
On my lips: Anastasia liquid lipstick in Carina

Look 3:
02, 03, 01
I used a Maybelline Color Tattoo in Black Orchid as a base and a black eye pencil do to darken it up

Full face
On my lips: Essence liquid lipstick in Peach Party

I found it very easy to create 3 distinctly different looks with this palette. The texture is soft, but doesn’t cause too much fall out. The plum shade, being the darkest, suffers from that the most, but it was easy to wipe away. The shadows blend easily but not into nothingness. The colors are easy to build up: one or two swipes of your brush will allow you to get the desired intensity in color.

Top: L’Oreal La Palette Nude Rosé (Europe)
Bottom: L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 (US)

On to the comparison and an answer to the question: which one is better? To substantiate my verdict, I decided to add the swatches of both palettes. As you can see the US palette is much more intense and diverse in its shade range. It instantly makes the palette more versatile. Because the European palette features so many shades that are similar and that blend into nothingness a lot more easily, I feel that palette is subordinate to its twin from across the pond.

In short, I would pick the US over the European version. The color intensity is much better, as is the usability and blendability of the shades. Add the fact that I like the shade selection of L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 a lot better and that you get more bang for your buck and I think it is safe to conclude that sometimes bigger does indeed mean better.

Stay tuned as this afternoon I will post a give away featuring a product very similar to the one you’ve read about here.

L’Oreal Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks

L’Oreal Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks

It seems that summer time for me has been all about rounding up some reviews of older products that I do really enjoy but just never got round to review. Today I am showing you two products that have been around for some time, but the buzz around these has most definitely died down. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be great products. That is why I present to you the L’Oreal Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks.

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire lipsticks Nude Vibrato & Tangerine Sonate

The reason why this long overdue review is posted now, is because I a) wanted to get a good enough idea of how these work and b) these babies are expensive. So I picked up these colors when there was a deal at the drugstore. At €15.99 a pop, you don’t just end up randomly buying a ton of these in one go. Especially not since these are drugstore products, paying nearly 16 euros for one lipstick is then quite expensive I think.

I ended up picking two different shades which I bought at separate occasions. I decided to pick up 204 Tangerine Sonate to try out the whole orange lip thing last year and then I picked up 600 Nude Vibrato a little bit later because I liked the first one so much. Because yes, these are great lipsticks and I will be showing you why below.

L’Oreal Color Riche L’Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks 600 Nude Vibrato

We’re starting with my favorite. Even though I bought this secondly, this is my favorite of the two. In fact, this is what made me realize that a nude lip CAN look nice as long as you pick the right shade and it isn’t fully matte. These lipsticks have a very fluffy doe foot applicator which holds quite a bit of product. Packaging is rather nice and simple but I think the fact that the swab of color on the side of the tube, would have been even nicer if it had been clear to show you the product that’s inside.

L’Oreal Color Riche L’Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks 204 Tangerine Sonate

I bought Tangerine Sonate because it seemed like a fun bright orange shade. The packaging is the same, save for the hint of orange to show what color you’re buying. This is a bright orange shade and even though L’Oreal calls these products liquid lipsticks, they are not a liquid lipstick as most brands have been releasing them lately. Most liquid lipsticks start wet and then dry and stay put. These liquid lipsticks are more like super pigmented lipglosses that work like a lipstick. Hybrid lipstick would have been better suited.

Nude Vibrato & Tangerine Sonate

Swatched, Nude Vibrato look like a pinky nude and Tangerine Sonate like the vibrant orange. They match the packaging nicely so if you go by the stickers on the packaging I think you can guestimate which colors you’d like from the range. As you can see these liquid lipsticks are super glossy and the formula is quite tacky. I personally find these very comfortable on the lips, but if you don’t like that sticky feel then these are not for you.

On my lips, Nude Vibrato comes off as the perfect my lips but better shade. It makes my lips look more even and glossy. It’s a very healthy looking nude too, mainly because of the glossy finish. Tangerine Sonate is a lot more vibrant, but because of my natural lip color it is a bit more muted. It is a great orange shade if you like to wear orange on your lips, but are a tad afraid of those boom in your face oranges.

Wear time on these is quite surprising. For a product so much like a lipgloss they stay on quite a long time. They can survive a small meal and maybe a drink or two, but after 4 hours these do need reapplying. Which is not bad for a drugstore lipstick as I get the same results with a Catrice lipstick.

In short, I like the texture of these, they look nice, they feel comfortable and they have a decent amount of wear time. I choose these over lipgloss as glosses are too sheer for my lip color, plus they don’t wear as long. Yes, these L’Oreal Color Riche L’Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks are worth every penny. Just be careful that you pick a shade that you truly like to justify paying almost as much as a MAC lipstick for these.

Do you like liquid lipsticks?

L’Oreal Butterfly False Lash Effect mascara

L’Oreal Butterfly False Lash Effect mascara

Talking about a long overdue review! I have been using this mascara for 2 years I believe and not once did I mention it in a review. Shame on me, and so I am here to turn the tide and introduce you to one of my favorite mascaras: the L’Oreal False Lash Wings Midnight Blacks with Butterfly Effect Fibers mascara in Extra Black.

L’Oreal False Lash Wings Midnight Blacks with Butterfly Effect Fibers mascara in Extra Black

In the US this mascara is known under as slightly different name: the Voluminous Butterfly mascara. A tad shorter and also a lot cheaper. Where this retails for €16.99 at my Dutch drugstores, in the US this retails for 8.99 dollars. I swear by the Extra Black version as I find it works just a little bit better than the regular black edition.

In case you are wondering what my other favorite mascaras are, then I can say it’s only one: the Maybelline Falsies Flared mascara. Which I reviewed in 2012, ***cue old blog post*** and that is also the last time I reviewed a mascara. If you read the blog post you may see why. What I tend to do though, is go between these two. I use the Falsies Flared until it’s gone and then I pick up this and so I rotate ever 3 – 4 months.

What L’Oreal says:

Stretch and extend your lashes like wings! Introducing Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, one of our most-exciting mascara innovations, yet. Its revolutionary Butterfly Brush with asymmetrical lash line shape extends and lifts outer corner lashes to give you a winged-out effect, instantly volumizing lashes at the roots and stretching lashes outward. The unique Cocoon Fibers instantly wrap lashes in a soft, delicate veil to create silky, spectacular lashes that flutter.

Check, check double check. I find that if there is one beauty product that always comes with the most exaggerated claims is mascara. So I always take them with a grain of salt. But for this mascara I have to say they are right on the money. I find this lengthens my lashes while at the same time giving them a bit of volume: exactly what I am looking for in a mascara.

What makes this mascara unique is its brush. It is shaped like a butter fly wing (if you use your imagination) and the theory is that the longer spikes should push out your outer lashes for a flared out, false lash effect. That of course only works if you swop around the brush for you other eye and since I cannot for the life of me achieve that, I’d thought it wouldn’t work for me. However, it does. I just use the brush as it and then use the tip to coat my outer lashes on my other eye. Problem solved!

The shorter bristles at the bottom are perfect for the lower lash line. So what I do, is I use the curved edge for my top lashes, and dip the wand back into the tube in between eyes. I then move on to my lower lashes, without dipping the wand back, and use the short bristles to coat those lashes. All I do is tap the mascara on. If I do much of a stroking motion on my bottom lashes I end up with too much of a doll like effect as I have fairly long lower lashes.

Left: before, Right: after

This is the effect you get. I did NOT curl my lashes or do anything but apply mascara. I am not wearing any other eye make up either so you can see the full effect. As you can see, the mascara lengthens, thickens and separates my lashes. Separation is not always full proof: if I have a lucky day, I will get this effect, but as the formula dries I find I that this applies best. When it’s brand new, the formula is a lot wetter and then I find I need a spooly to brush through my lashes to make sure they are separated.

Full face

Now mind you, I have fairly long lashes to begin with, but about half of them are blonde or the tips are blond. So putting on black mascara makes for a huge difference, no matter what mascara I am wearing. However, I find that this mascara works really well for me. It does not transfer from my lower lashes onto my skin, nor does it smudge throughout the day and this isn’t even waterproof. I like the formula after it dries a little bit. With this mascara I can always count on great looking lashes, no matter what.

Would you like to see this mascara on in some different make up looks? I am also wearing it here:

30 Day Make Up Challenge #18 Extreme

1920s Flapper Girl look

MAC Objects of Affection Pigments & Glitter

Cool spring lookbook make up

4x Vice 2 eye look

What is your favorite mascara?