Since my beloved YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat has been running out slowly but surely and, on top of that, has been reformulated in the meantime, I turned to the drugstore to get an adequate replacement.
Of course, while there, I fell prey to the current cushion foundation trend and picked up the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation in the shade 01 Porcelain. To be fair, this ticked all of the boxes of being a natural-finish light to medium-coverage foundation, so I think I did good.
The packaging is very cute and well thought-through, with a little plastic lid protecting the actual cushion from too much air and germs. It also comes with a little applicator pad that, in all honesty, I have never used. It is easy enough to dip a sponge or buffing brush into the cushion and apply that way.
Application itself is easy as the cushion is nicely saturated and the product itself is light and blendable with a surprising amount of coverage that isn’t to heavy or flat. I usually dip my brush in two to three times to get an even, light layer of foundation all over me face and jawline.
On the face, it looks great, natural enough to let my freckles shine through but definitely perfecting and glowy. It is by no means greasy looking but fresh and natural. I also set it with a light layer of powder through my oilier parts, but I have noticed the foundation breaking up a little around my nose and around the mouth, where I am not that dry. That, really, is my only point of contention as it inhibits lasting power a little bit, but even so, my face still looks even and reasonably fresh after a few hours, so all in all, it’s a winner for me.
Since washing my hair is one of the most tedious chores ever, I rely heavily on dry shampoo to keep my hair looking nice throughout the week.
I tried a lot of different dry shampoos and I have found that I usually prefer the sprinkle types over the spray kind – with one exception. The L’Oréal Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo has worked wonders on my fine, limp hair recently.
It injects a fair amount of volume into my roots, but most of all, it works amazingly well at soaking up residual oil on my scalp and making my hair actually look almost freshly washed. I think it might be the clay that makes it so effective, but whatever it is, it does its job.
The gripe I have with most spray dry shampoos is the smell. I loved the Aussie version but hated the scent, same with most Batiste dry shampoos. But this one just smells like shampoo, fresh and unobstrusive, just like clean hair. So if you have similar issues, make sure to give this one a go.
PS: Confusingly enough, the L’Oréal lines are named differently throughout the world. As you can see, this line is called Elvital here in mainland Europe, whereas in most English speaking countries, it seems to go by Elvive. Luckily, the range is pretty discernible by its lovely mint green packaging, so be sure to look out for that if you’re not sure about the name.
Since glowy remains to be the operative word when it comes to base products, setting sprays have been on the upswing as well, seeing as the claim to provide longevity and a fresh look without the need for powder formulas.
There are many high end offerings in this category such as MAC Fix+ and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, but the drugstore is catching up as well.
Case in point – the L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Much like the rest of the Infallible range, this spray is geared towards creating a fresh and long-lasting face.
Not wanting to commit to another make-up setting spray, I decided to try the travel sized version in order to see if the rave reviews are justified.
The spray is delivered in a fine, even mist and the pump works great as well, something that is often neglected in smaller versions of products. It disperses nicely without much of a heavy fragrance or sting to it and dries down considerably quickly.
Over powder and more matte bases, it actually manages to take away a good amount of cake and heaviness and gives a bit of dew back to the skin without making it look greasy.
My make-up lasts through a whole working day with this, but I do also use primers before my foundation that help with longevity as well. As always, there is some creasing under the eyes and around my dehydrated forehead area, but I didn’t think that a spray would rectify that anyway.
If you’re dipping your toes in the setting spray pool, this is a great option in my opinion. After all, make-up setting sprays are much of the same – it either works or it doesn’t.
Lately, the beauty section of the drugstore has really been stepping it up with stellar releases that don’t break the bank.
Case in point – the L’Oréal L’Ombre Pure Eyeshadows. These are buttery soft and highly pigmented shades that rival a lot of the higher end releases.
I picked up the shade 106 Breaking Nude from the Matte range (they also do other finishes which look equally as amazing) and I really love it. It’s a matte taupe-y brown that makes for a great crease color or subtle shading all over the lid.
Seeing as these are so soft and almost creamy, they do have a tiny amount of fallout, but that’s nothing a quick swipe of the powder brush can’t remedy. Other than that, I think these shadows are amazing quality and I’ll be sure to pick up a couple more of them soon.
Have you guys tried this range of shadows? If so, what did you think and do you have some favorite colors to recommend?