First impression: L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Coral Encore

After seeing Bee wearing the L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color in Coral Encore, I knew I had to pick it up. It looked like the perfect spring gloss and of course, it looked gorgeous on her. I realize I’d just picked up the Rimmel Colour Rush in On Fire (review here), another coral gloss-like product, but I just couldn’t help it. I had to try it as soon as I got home and I wasn’t disappointed.

The Extraordinaire comes in a pretty gold tube with a window exposing its color. The applicator is flat compared to the standard doe foot and I found that it spread the color well. The pigmentation is actually quite good and the formula applies beautifully. No issues with patchiness. It also wasn’t overly sticky. I got about 2 hours of wear without reapplying, but if I had been eating or drinking I definitely would need to touch up. The colors is a beautiful coral leaning more on the pink side, at least on my lips.

Don’t worry, I didn’t go to Target with a full set of lashes. I found these in the bottom of my drawer, they’re an Asian brand from a friend, and was playing around with my eye makeup during Ava’s nap. They would be perfect for a night out though.

I’m still partial to my NYX Butter Glosses, but I think the L’Oreal Extraordinaire Lip Colors are definitely worth a try!


L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 Review

I was more excited to try the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 2 because I knew it was a palette different from all my others. When I first head about it, I thought it was going to be L’Oreal’s dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette, but it’s definitely not. It doesn’t even warrant comparison photos. This palette is definitely all its own. It has some purple tones, along with taupes and browns, and it’s really a beautiful combination of shades.

The packaging is identical to its counterpart, the La Palette Nude 1, a sleek black case with a window exposing the shadows. There is a mirror that spans the top half of the cover and on the back are some suggestions for eye makeup looks. There is a double-ended brush included with a sponge-tip applicator and a fluffy shading brush. Still haven’t used it so I can’t comment on its effectiveness. As I’d said in my review of Nude 1, the packaging is large and bulky, but the eye shadow pans are large as well.

I found the pigmentation of all the shadows here to be quite good, overall better than the Nude 1. Some of the shadows did take a little time to build up, but most I found applied well. The shadows are smooth, not super buttery, but I didn’t have problems with it being powdery either. This palette also differs from the first in that it has more mattes than shimmers, with 1, 2, 5, and 7 being shimmers. It has everything you need for a complete eye look, but I do have two minor issues. I wish 1 was a little less shimmery and more satin or matte for a brow highlight. Also 3 is the only transition shade and for me the color is just okay, I’m more of a MAC ‘Soft Brown’ kind of girl when it comes to that. I almost wish that one of the purples at the end of the palette was a shimmer, but they are all matte.

I used the palette on that Saturday date night with M, creating my usual soft smoky eye. I used 1 (pink champagne shimmer) as my brow and inner corner highlight and 2 (mauve shimmer) on my lid. I used 4 (dark taupe grey) and 6 (plummy brown) in the outer corner and on the lower lash line. I used 3 (light mauve grey) as a transition shade. Finally I used 10 (dark purple) to line my upper lash line.

I have to say I’m loving this palette way more than I thought! The shades are just so different than what I usually go for and I don’t have a lot of them among my eyeshadow palettes. I’m obsessed with 2, the mauve shimmer I used today and 5, a taupe shimmer. I just love how these are neutrals, but with color outside my typical earth-toned shades. Purple is one of the only colors I feel comfortable wearing and the only others I have are in the Tartelette palette. I recommend picking it up if you don’t have anything like it already!

What do you think of the La Palette Nude 2?

L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 Review

I saw this while browsing the makeup aisle at Target and I just could not resist it. I’d seen the display at another drugstore promoting the L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 & 2 ‘coming soon’, but I wasn’t phased. Until it was sitting right in front of my face just calling my name. Somehow I’ve been able to resist the Maybelline The Nudes Palette all this time, but L’Oreal got me.

From the brand:

Inspired by makeup designers ‘Must Have’ palettes, the La Palette Nude offers everything you need to master the art of nude eyeshadow. Makeup Designer Nude looks curated exclusively for each palette with step by step instructions and live tutorials. 10 highly pigmented shades range from light to dark to flatter every skin tone in 3 shadow finishes: shimmery satin, buttery matte & lustrous sheen.

The packaging is actually quite large for something from the drugstore, not quite as big as a Naked palette, but it’s probably not going into your daily makeup bag. There is a window in the cover to see all the shadows and a narrow mirror along it’s top length. It has a double ended brush, one side with a sponge applicator and the other a fluffy shader brush. The shadow pans are actually large as well.

The La Palette Nude 1 has mainly neutral earth-toned shades of brown and a couple of taupes. There are 3 matte shades, numbers 3, 5, and 6. The first two are good transition colors and 6 is good for adding more depth to the outer V or crease. The rest of the shades are a mix of satin and more shimmery finishes. The pigmentation varies, I had to work to build 2 and 4, but overall it’s good. Obviously not as good as a Naked Palette, but I found them easily buildable. Some of the shades are a little powdery, but I didn’t have a problem with fall out. They blended well and applied smoothly. I did not use the included brush to apply my makeup, but it actually worked well for doing my swatches. 🙂

I think the big question here is, “Do you hands-down absolutely need this palette?” If you already have the Naked palette, I’d say no, you’ll be fine without this. The Naked doesn’t have the more taupe shades this does (that are a bit reminiscent of the Naked 2), but I don’t think they’re special enough to get this whole palette. I do wish it had a matte black, but what else is new? It doesn’t have a matte brow highlight, but shade 1 is a satin and works fine for that. Shade 10 is more of a shimmer and I like it as an inner corner highlight. I’ve used the shadows with and without a primer and I do prefer using them with a primer. They do still have good lasting power on their own, but I feel like the color is stronger with a primer.

I did a basic gold and brown smoky eye with the shadows today, using 4 (gold satin) on the lid, 8 (dark taupe brown satin in the outer V, 6 (dark brown matte) to further deepen the outer corner and lower lash line. I used 10 (pale pink shimmer) in the inner corner and 1 (cream satin) on the brow bone. I used 5 (warm nutty brown) as a transition.

Although this isn’t a palette that I really needed, I’m still glad to have it. I think it will be good for travel because I do worry about my more expensive palettes when I travel and the eye shadows breaking. I’ll probably bring it with me when I go away in May. I don’t have another palette from the drugstore that’s as well rounded in terms of the range of neutrals and mix of matte and shimmers.

So the verdict is, don’t go rushing to the store to pick this up if you already have a good assortment of neutral eye shadows. But, if you’re just starting out with makeup, I think this is a good palette of basic neutrals that will get a lot of use.

What I’m really excited to try is this:

Did I mention I have no self-control?

L’Oreal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara Review


This isn’t my first go-around with the L’Oreal Shocking Extensions Mascara, I actually went through several tubes of the non-waterproof version when I was working because it gives a natural, lengthened look that was good for the setting I was in (an inpatient long-term acute care hospital if you’re curious). I wanted to try it again in the waterproof version, to see if it would layer well with my Covergirl Full Lash Bloom (to have both length and volume). I wanted to put it to the test on it’s own first. According to the brand, it’s supposed to lengthen lashes without flaking, smudging, or clumping.

It has a quite thin brush with short plastic bristles that is very slightly concave in the center. I like the formula, it’s not too wet or too dry. I like how the brush separates and defines my lashes and adds length. I had no problems with clumping. I did get minimal smudging by the end of the day towards the outer lower lash line. It also holds a curl well as it is waterproof. At least two coats is a must for this one as well.

From top to bottom: lashes curled, one coat, two coats, two coast with eyeliner and tight line

I love this mascara for ‘no makeup’ makeup days, but it’s not volumizing enough for heavy liner. I feel like my lashes faded into the background after applying some pencil liner and tight lining. If you already have super full, thick lashes, I think you’ll really like this.

I’ll update if this combined with the Full Lash Bloom is anything amazing!

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Navy Review

Since stepping away from a liquid liner cat eye as my usual look, I’ve been having fun experimenting with my eye makeup, from no liner, to gel, and just using eyeshadow to add a little definition. I was browsing the L’Oreal section and saw the L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Navy. I used to have a dark blue cream liner from e.l.f. and I remember really liking the look of it instead of the usual black. It’s dark enough where it doesn’t look overtly blue, but I think the subtle difference in color is really beautiful. And it’s another way to play with color! So I picked it up to try it out.

This liner claims smudge resistant, 16 hour wear with smooth application. It comes in the typical twist up liner tube with doe foot applicator, but also comes with a built-in sharpener which I love! I always hated getting these types of liners with no sharpener. So no complaints about the packaging.

I did find the formula to be a little drier and waxy compared to the L’Oreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil liner. It’s not a liner I’d try to use as a base because it would be a harder to blend. While it didn’t glide as smoothly as it’s counterpart, it also didn’t tug at my lash line. There are some liners that I think are too smooth (like the Milani Liquef’eye), so this wasn’t that bothersome to me. The other thing I like about this liner is that I can get a decent cat eye out of it. Since the formula isn’t too creamy, it’s easier for me to control. And the sharpener helps to get a thin tip to your flick. I did need to swipe a couple of times to build up pigmentation for my swatch, but on the lids it is easily buildable. The color of it is exactly what I wanted. I also used it to tight line. It did last well from noon to about 10 PM on my lash line and tightline with minimal, if any, fading. It did however transfer a bit to my lower lash line near the inner corners of my eyes by the very end of the night, but there was no transfer to my crease.

L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Navy

When I think of navy liner, I think of pairing it with gold & bronze shadows. Despite the fact that it transferred slightly and isn’t crazy smooth on application, I’m loving this liner. I can’t get enough of the color! The color stayed that nice deep blue til the end of the day, I feel like I’ll be using this quite often to switch it up from my usual daytime brown liner. Of note, I did use the Nars Pro-Prime with this.

I would recommend this liner if nothing else but to add a nice navy color to your arsenal! I’ll probably get this in black and brown once I run out of those colors.

Product rave: L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Gloss Review (and an OOTN)

2015/01/img_8427.jpg Another part of my little drugstore haul from last week were the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Glosses. I recently reviewed their Infallible 2-Step Lipsticks, so I wasn’t expecting to see another new lip product from them so soon. I almost didn’t pick them up, but I was so intrigued by the ‘Matte Gloss’ name, I had to see what they were all about. The shades I chose were Blushing Ambition, Nude Allure, and Rouge Envy.


L to R: Blushing Ambition, Rouge Allure, Nude Ambition

These come in the typical lipgloss tube with a doe foot applicator, except this one is more triangular in shape and seems to have a bit of an indent in the center which I assume is to catch more product. The ‘gloss’ is super pigmented and a little thicker, but more smooth in texture than a typical gloss. They kind of remind me of the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams, but beter. I love the formula and the applicator, I didn’t need a lip brush to get an even layer and it was easy to get close the edges of my lips without making a mess. They don’t feel drying on the lips, the finish is more semi-matte than full on matte to me. They also don’t emphasize any dry patches you might have. And when you press your lips together the only word I can use to describe the feeling is plush. My only gripe was that Blushing Ambition turned out to be a little brighter and cooler than I was expecting, I was expecting more of a rosy pink. Nude Allure is a more orangey nude and Rouge Allure a dark pink. I’m kind of awful at describing shades of things, but that’s my best shot.


L to R: Nude Allure, Rouge Envy, Blushing Ambition

I’m kind of in love with these glosses, I tried one of the Nyx lip creams and just hated the look and feel of it. These are what I would have wanted them to be. I wore Nude Allure today and found it to wear well, after lunch it faded, but not enough to touch up. But by 3 hours, I definitely needed another layer as most of the color towards the center had faded (there was a lot of eating and drinking happening during this time just so you know). There was no specific long wear claim on the packaging. That doesn’t bother me though, I want more of these! I think I’ve mentioned that I’ve been trying to sort through my closet and figure out what I need and what needs to go. It’s actually been helpful in figuring out what I’m missing as well. I stopped buying black clothes for awhile because I felt I had too much, but most of what I haven’t worn in forever (stuff I bought in college) and decided to give away. I really just needed a basic black sweater. I opted for this one from H&M.


H&M lightweight V-neck sweater, Forever 21 black pants, grey suede boots, Chanel 2.55

Saturday night was date night, which hasn’t happened in awhile due to the holidays and other gatherings. We went to dinner in the city so I decided to wear it with black pants and grey knee high boots. I love the sweater, it’s a perfectly slouchy light weight knit that I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of. And when you don’t have much time to pick out an outfit, you can’t go wrong with black. We’re already thinking about our next date night since Grandma and Grandpa are going home to the Philippines next month and they are our primary babysitters. We’re trying to maximize our opportunities to get out of the house sans-baby while we can!

First impression review: L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner


I’ve been in need of a new brown eyeliner for awhile, I had one by Stila that I really liked, but was hoping to find a drugstore alternative. I also have the Milani Liquefy Eyeliner Pencil in the brown shade, but they’re almost too creamy and the brown isn’t as dark as I’d like. It also has a shimmer to it that, while pretty, I don’t always want.


L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Brown

I decided to try the L’Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner as the shade of brown was just what I was looking for and I didn’t see a hint of shimmer. It also has a smudge tip on the other end which I do find convenient at times. The brand describes it as smudge-proof and has a 16 hour wear time. It’s also supposed to glide on smoothly.


I did find the pencil to glide on easily with no tugging at my eyelid. The smudger works as any other does, but when I can I prefer to use a brush. The color was exactly what I wanted, dark brown almost black. I found that the product does smudge easily on initial application, but definitely work fast before it sets. I usually use a powder eyeshadow to set any pencil liners either way though. I also used this to tightline, it didn’t take a million swipes to get it to stick and it didn’t rub off on my bottom waterline. All in all, I think it’s pretty good.

The one thing I found perplexing is that I assumed it was a twist up product. It doesn’t look like a typical pencil that you can sharpen either. I actually had to go read other reviews because the packaging said nothing about it and apparently you can sharpen it. I don’t need to yet, but I’ll be interested to see how it holds up in a sharpener. The wood seems almost plasticky to me.

By the end if the day it was still going strong and hadn’t smudged off into my crease which tends to happen when I use pencil liners. It was also still on my waterline. Honestly, I thought it was just as good as my black Makeup Forever Aqua Eyes in terms of staying power and pigmentation. If it sharpens well, I’ll probably just buy this liner in black too and save myself some cash.

L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation Review


The second I heard about the L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation, I knew I had to try it. I’ve been on a major drugstore foundation kick lately and after trying the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation I didn’t really think I needed anymore. But, again a matte foundation draws in an oily-skinned girl like nothing else. According to L’Oreal, this foundation provides:

  • Long-lasting, buildable coverage that lasts for 24 hours
  • Air-light, barely there feel
  • Flawless, demi-matte finish

I’d been waiting for this to pop up at my local CVS, just incase I didn’t like it or needed another shade I could easily return it, but it was taking forever to show up. Then I saw it at Target and decided to just take the plunge despite the risk of either hating it or getting the wrong shade. I don’t mind the packaging of this foundation, it comes in a squeeze tube, but the window for showing the shade is kind of frosted so it’s hard to see clearly what’s inside. There’s also a metal tab covering the tip of the dispenser which is great because you know it’s never been used or touched, but you can’t actually see what the color looks like. I used the little pictures of the shades most brands typically give to decide on mine. I chose 104 Golden Beige.


L’Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation in 104 Golden Beige

This foundation is pretty thin and lightweight as described by L’Oreal. They recommend using a “rolling motion for flawless coverage” so I used my beautyblender to apply this to my face with only moisturizer on, no primer, to really test out the 24 hour claim. I felt that it applied easily using the beautyblender and I do really like the “demi-matte” finish. It also is one of those foundations that dries down pretty quickly, even faster than the Maybelline Matte + Poreless that I recently review here. It felt smooth and I didn’t feel the need to powder. In terms of coverage, I would say it is a good medium-I went over the areas that needed more coverage with another light layer. I didn’t feel like it completely wiped out every single blemish, but my skin tone was evened out and the lighter areas of hyperpigmentation were covered. FYI, I’ve also applied this using a brush and I really do recommend the beautyblender. I found that it accentuated any dry areas when using a brush and wasn’t as easy to blend.


L to R: bare face, L side covered, both sides covered, an extra layer just on places that needed it, full face

I agree that this foundation has an air-light feel, it’s probably the one of the lightest foundations I’ve ever tried. I do think moisturizing well before application is important here, as my face felt kind of dry after putting it on. Not in an uncomfortable, my skin feels tight kind of way, but I think the extra hydration would help to combat that feeling. After 3 hours of wear, it still looked awesome, pretty much just as good as when I first put it on. There was the slightest hint of oil around my nose, but just barely. By 6 hours, it was maybe a little shinier in the same area. The overall coverage was still there and I still didn’t really feel like I needed to touch up, but on closer inspection the foundation was starting to emphasize the areas of dryness on my cheeks & the sides of my mouth. Eight hours later and it actually looked slightly better in the dryness department, I think because I was getting a steam facial from cooking dinner! The coverage was still there and I was super impressed by how much my oil was controlled. With primer and setting powder I think this foundation would do even better.


L to R: 3 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours after application. Please excuse the terrible lighting in the last two pictures.

The verdict is that I do like this foundation, but more so for the warmer months of summer. This is also good for long days when you don’t want to touch up a ton. The oil control was probably the best part of this foundation. It did emphasize some of my dry areas as the day went on when looking up close, but unless someone is really examining your face up close it’s not noticeable. So this is a pretty good buy in my book. I’m not sure how this would fare for someone with dry skin, I think it would accentuate the dryness more.

And I have to say I’ve been pretty impressed by the drugstore foundation offerings as of late! I kind of gave up on them after trying the Revlon PhotoReady of past years (did not like the glitter particles no matter how small) and the Neutrogena Healthy Skin (ironically broke me out). I’m eager to see what they come out with next!

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Setting Spray


I was running low on my Urban Decay All Nighter and De-slick Makeup Setting Sprays (I prefer the former, but was trying to use both up), so when I heard that L’Oreal had come out with it’s own version I was pretty excited. Setting sprays aren’t cheap, but I really do like having them around for special occasions.

This one comes in a black spray bottle, nothing super out of the ordinary. There is an instructional card that says to hold the bottle 8-10 inches away from your face and spray in a ‘T’ and ‘X’ configuration after applying your makeup. It also boasts “all day makeup lock-in without touch ups”.

I tried this product on several occasions, with foundation, CC cream, or just powder foundation and some concealer. I also have used it with and without primer. I do like how fine the mist came out, at the time I was comparing it to the old packaging of the UD setting sprays which seemed to spray too heavily. I did not like that the spray seemed to give my face a shine that is no bueno for a girl with an oily T-zone. I waited til it dried down a little more, but I still had a little shine going and it kind of messed with the initial finish of my makeup. In this instance I had set my It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. After about 6 hours I could definitely see the fade in my base makeup, but my blush and eyeshadow seemed to be doing okay. I left it alone, but by 8 hours I was touching up because I didn’t want to go out to dinner with my face looking like a grease ball and I needed to touch up some areas where my coverage had faded. I didn’t feel like I had to touch up my blush or eye shadow (I did end up cleaning up my mascara smudges).


L to R: makeup applied; with setting spray; 6 hours later; 8 hours later

In all instances of using this product, I didn’t find that my makeup lasted any longer than without a setting spray and I was not crazy about the shine it left after application. It wasn’t as bothersome with powder foundation, but my makeup wear did not look significantly extended. With the UD All Nighter, I find that after the product dries down it doesn’t alter the finish of my makeup. I’ve been dragging my feet in getting to this review because I really wanted to like this product, but after today I decided I might as well just get it over with because it just wasn’t going to work for me. If my skin was more on the drier side it actually might work better and I might not mind the extra shine so much. I know that the fact that I have combo/oily skin doesn’t help matters and this doesn’t claim to keep your face mattified. Maybe I was expecting too much? Regardless, I’m going to stick with the All Nighter for those occasions where I really need my makeup to stay put. And although not as pricey at $16.99 versus the Urban Decay, I’m likely going to be returning this one.

Have you tried this yet? What were your thoughts?

Product rave: the NEW(ish) L’Oreal Infallible 2-Step Lipstick Review


I saw the L’Oreal Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipsticks at Target and had to give them a try. They boast ’24 hour wear’ and for someone who doesn’t get a chance to reapply all the time, I was intrigued.

Apparently these have been available overseas for quite some time and have finally come stateside. I did notice one of the colors I bought wasn’t part of the original release (at least from what I saw online). The colors I chose were Everlasting Mocha (the new color, a cool toned brown nude), Permanent Blush (pinky nude), and Violet Parfait (deep purple).


L to R: Violet Parfait/Everlasting Mocha/Permanent Blush in the tube; doe foot applicator; twist-up balm

The product comes in a double sided tube, one holding the lip color and a doe foot applicator and the other side being a twist up tube holding the balm. I didn’t read the instructions initially because it seemed pretty self-explanatory which ended up with me loading on the lip color and being left with a cakey mess on my lips. I actually had to wipe it off and start again. At that point I lifted the sticker on the side of the tube which revealed I should first apply a THIN layer of color, wait 2 minutes (for best results), then apply the balm. I actually applied my Tony Moly lip balm before the lip color and it made it hard to get an even coating which is why I ended up layering it on. With this product I’d recommend applying your lip balm at the start of your makeup routine, then prior to applying the color wipe off any excess balm so that the color can adhere to your lips. Or just make sure you’re lips are flake-free and you can skip the balm. The second go around went much better than the first.


L to R: Violet Parfait, Everlasting Mocha, & Permanent Blush swatched

First off, the lip color has good pigmentation-I was able to get a good even coating with one layer as instructed once the balm was off my lips. I had no trouble applying with the doe foot applicator. It looks like a gloss when first applied then starts to dry and get a bit tacky feeling, leaving a kind of satin finish. It’s not comfortable and I was eager to put the gloss on after 2 minutes. The balm adds a nice shine to the lips, but it’s not super glossy. You do need to keep reapplying the balm to maintain the shine. Also, make sure you get a nice even layer, if you don’t you won’t be able to just blend it away later.


Top to bottom (on the left is just the lip color & on the right is lip color with balm on top): Permanent Blush, Everlasting Mocha, Violet Parfait

After the balm, my lips felt quite comfortable and I thought it really enhanced the lip color. I had lunch and had some water and it really didn’t seem to transfer to the glass. There looked to be a very light transfer when I kissed the back of my hand. Three hours after initial application it still looked good. I reapplied the gloss, only to get the shine back, my lips didn’t feel overly uncomfortable. Six hours later the color may have dulled a bit, but honestly still looked good and was even. I again reapplied the balm and it seemed to bump the color back up again. And finally 8 hours later I took my last picture and it still was going strong. Surprisingly, I didn’t find these to be drying at all, whatever is in that balm works.

It really didn’t start to fade until about 10 hours in and by that point I’d eaten dinner, had snacks, drank more water, etc. I will say that I find the lighter shades to fade faster than the darker shade. Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this product and I want to pick up more colors next time I’m at Target.


Top to bottom: 3 hours later, 6 hours later, 6 hours later with gloss reapplied, 10 hours later (sorry for all the lighting changes, I just took the picture wherever I was at the time)

BTW, those little hidden instructions say to use an oil-based makeup remover to get these off and they aren’t kidding. I don’t have any makeup remover with oil and I had a hard time getting these off my lips.


L to R: Permanent Blush, Everlasting Mocha, Violet Parfait

For sure give these a try if you see them in the drugstore! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.