If there’s one collection I’m always excited for every season when it comes to beauty…it’s L’Oreal, without a doubt. My love affair with L’Oreal really kicked up a notch way back when whilst I was doing my degree, when little ol’ me (yes, me!) got the chance to visit their HQ in London to present a marketing strategy I had created for their brand, Shu Uemura. The excitement as I picked up my visitor’s pass, the goosebumps on my arms as I walked through the office halls, the wall of pick ‘n’ mix in the cafeteria…lets just say 19-year-old me had died and gone to heaven by this point!
You can always count on L’Oreal for excitement, innovation and quality at affordable prices, and their Spring 2017 Collection does not disappoint.
Skincare is where it all begins.
If you’re already familiar with the L’Oreal Pure Clay Masks that were released this time last year and adore them as much as I do, then you are going to be snapping these up too!
The L’Oreal Pure Clay Face Washes, (£3.95) follow suit of the clay masks so they are available in the three corresponding variations: The Detox Wash to clarify, The Purity Wash to mattify and The Glow Scrub, to brighten. These are designed similarly to the masks so you have the flexibility to use just one over your entire face or all three on the areas you need. With my oily skin, I’m using the Detox Face Wash to help clear out my pores but I have to say after trying out all three I do find these drying on the skin afterwards so I make sure to pack the moisturiser on. I would recommend using a cleanser first of all that’s going to remove the make up from your skin, then use the L’Oreal Face Washes as your second cleanse.
The Hydra Genius Aloe Water, (£10) is due out soon and the product I was most excited to try as it falls under a recent trend that I have fallen in love with. Ever since trying Lancome’s Energie De Vie Liquid Moiturisier, I have been wanting to find a more affordable option. Now the L’Oreal formula is cooling and smoothing but more like a gel texture, so no where near as liquidy as the Lancome moisturisier. Unfortunately, it’s also no where near as hydrating. Instead of being hydrating enough to replace your moisturiser, I have found that it acts more like a either a serum or primer that you would either follow up with moisturiser or apply with/after your moisturiser. So it may not be the drugstore dupe I was hoping for but none the less it’s a quality product for the price point which I will definitely continue to use. Just beware it is heavily scented as is pretty much everything from L’Oreal, which I love, but I know it’s not for everyone. I have a feeling this is going to be one of those marmite products.
The Infallible Blush Paint (£14.99) is a palette of 5 blushes that are pretty pigmented for the price and blend really easily onto the cheeks. Perfect for spring with these two shade offerings – Amber for peachy-pinky tones and Pink for the more pinky-rosy shades. Whilst I have adored using these I have to say that there’s those couple of shades that are more suited for eyeshadow than blush!
The Infallible Total Cover Foundation, (£9.99) is a full coverage foundation with a matte finish that I know isn’t going to be to everyone’s taste but it can be sheered out with a dampened beauty blender to give more of a medium coverage. Whilst this is very matte, it does keep my oil at bay throughout the day but can feel slightly drying, so when I use this foundation I like to use the Becca Backlight Priming Filter to just put some of that dewiness back into my skin. Whilst this claims to be lightweight, it definitely feels like I have something on my skin but overall I would say this is a solid dupe for the Kat Von D Lock It Foundation so it’s a great quality, affordable foundation.
L’Oreal’s False Lash Superstar X-Fiber Mascara, (£10.99) is once again another innovative product, a double ended mascara with on one side a volumising lash primer designed to thicken, and the other side designed to lengthen by adding fibers to your lashes for a dramatic look. The chunky packaging and thick wands does make application a little difficult and messy, but it’s worth it once you see the finished look. The only thing I was disappointed in, is that it doesn’t separate and comb through my lashes so I make sure to comb mine through before applying this mascara.