How’s it going, you guys!? I’ve been having such a blast doing these posts and getting to chat with some of you. I am so glad to put a face to the beautiful people I’m writing to.
Oh, how is my day going, you ask? Well, let me tell ya. I accidentally fell asleep on the couch in the middle of the day while my son Kai was hanging out in the living room with me (I promise, that is a very rare occurrence).
He knows when to take advantage of people, like when his mom is too tired to function, so he found a blue marker somewhere, somehow, and scribbled all over our beige microfiber couch…
Not cool, Kai, not cool.
Get ready, Karen, because Connor will destroy everything you hold dear! 🙂
So, in light of today’s events, I am locking myself in the bedroom while my dear husband takes his turn at scrubbing the couch, and I’m going to chat with you guys about L’Oréal. That should cheer me up!
I have a theory about L’Oréal…
Let me explain. Did you know that they actually own tons of different brands, including a bunch of high end brands like YSL, Lancome, Georgio Armani, and Urban Decay?
Cool huh? But back to my theory.
I think because they’re involved with so many high quality brands, their makeup is actually comparable quality, just at a much cheaper price.
That would make sense, right? Again, just a theory.
Another great thing about the brand is that they do absolutely no testing on animals, and they haven’t since 1989. That is such a cool accomplishment in my eyes.
OK, let’s get to the makeup.
Using (mostly) L’Oréal makeup, I created this look here…
First I tried L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, and if you haven’t heard of these new cushion foundations, they’re basically sponges soaked in foundation and put into a compact.
Weird, right? I’m a little confused by the whole concept myself, but tons of brands have been doing them, so there must be some perk!
I actually thought it was super convenient. It comes with a little puff that you dip into the product, then pat on your face. I like it because you don’t need a separate brush. Everything you need is right there, although you totally could use another brush or sponge if you like the application better. Just make sure anything you dip in there is super clean. It seems like this product could be a playground for nasty bacteria.
The coverage is pretty light but does build up to be about a medium coverage. I don’t think you’d be able to get up to full coverage with this one. As you can see below, it won’t cover any massive creatures chillin’ on your chin.
As the name suggests, it also gives you the most gaw-geous luminous glow, and I’m all about dat glow. This one is a real winner for me!
Next up is this cute little brow kit, the L’Oréal Brow Stylist Prep & Shape Pro Kit. This one here is in shade “medium to dark”.
How great would this be just to chuck in your bag and have for touch-ups?! It comes with a wax, a powder, a little angled brush with a spoolie on the end, and a pair of little tweezers.
I think the product itself is excellent, but it’s just not for me, just like every other powder brow product I’ve tried. I think that powders don’t work for my brows because, let’s be honest, they’re kind of massive.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my full brows, but I feel like powders just make them look too huge and fuzzy. That probably makes no sense, but pencils just work so much better for me.
If you love using powders and waxes on your brows, get this. I really think you’ll love it.
Ugh, great. I’ve discovered more great eye shadows, which means that I have to buy every shade, and I really don’t need any more.
“Why not just show some restraint and not get more, Jen?” you may ask. Well, because I am an addict, so I don’t have a choice. At least that’s the story I’m going with.
The shadows I’m talking about are the L’Oréal Colour Riche Monos Eye Shadows. I’m regretting ever using the descriptive word “buttery” for another eye shadow because I really need to use that word for these.
They’re just so buttery! — like literal butter. It’s actually a little bit trippy. They’re a powder, but they almost feel like a cream. The pigmentation is amaze-balls (also wishing I saved that word for these), too, as is the blendability.
I used the shade called “Green Promenade” all over the lid, “Little Beige Dress” as a transition shade, and “Cafe Au Late” to deepen the outer corner.
Then I wanted to try out the L’Oréal Voluminous Superstar Red Carpet Black Flash Reflecting Mascara. This one has two steps — a priming step, then the actual black mascara. When I applied the primer I had super high hopes for how my lashes were going to turn out, and after putting on the white primer, my lashes looked super long and separated, so I thought, “Perfect! Now I’ll just put on the second step, and that’ll add some volume. Then my lashes will look perfect! Woo!”
Sadly, my dreams were shattered. When I put on the second step, it was like Clump City all up in my lashes. It took a lot of work to even get them to look decent, so I’m going to have to give this one a thumbs down.
Now let’s contour! My favorite step. Nothing feels better than going from a circle face to looking like you have real life cheek bones. The L’Oréal Infallible Pro Contour Palette will give you those cheek bones we all see in our dreams. I used the “light” one, and the contour color was just perfect. Not too orange, so it mimics how a shadow would look. I used this literally every day since I tried it, and I haven’t even thought about some of my more expensive options.
The highlight, I don’t use as much. It’s nice though — just a light, semi shimmery powder that looks good on top of the cheek bones. I still use another hardcore highlight on top because I’m just so hardcore. The little brush it came with went strait in the garbage because it was just weird, so I’d use whatever brush you already love for contouring.
Last, but most definitely not least, I tried the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss. These are unlike any other lip product I’ve tried. The consistency reminds me of — now I know this is super weird, but bare with me — mashed potatoes.
Not in a nasty, gritty way, but a delightfully frothy (?) way… Honestly, just ignore my bizarre descriptive words, and try it for yourself.
They’re moisturizing and comfortable, but matte. They don’t settle into the dry patches or lines on your lips, which make them look super smooth and kissable. Two thumbs up.
Phew! That was a long one. If you guys have made it this far with me, let me know what your favorite drugstore brand is and why!