Yesterday I shared the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect cosmetics that I recently purchased through Walgreens‘ curbside pickup online shopping feature. In that post I focused on the skin care products and foundations I used. So if you’re just dropping in, you might want to begin there or at least check out that post next. But today I’m excited to share with you the “look” I created with those products plus the blush, lip color and eye products I used from L’Oreal Paris. Let’s get started!
At the conclusion of yesterday’s post, I had applied the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal* Rosy Tone Moisturizer, the Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener, the Blurring Face Primer Infused with Caring Serum, the Radiant Concealer with Hydrating Serum and the Radiant Serum Foundation with SPF 50 in #25 Cream Beige. Then I used the original BeautyBlender to set and blend my foundation.
But in today’s post you’ll notice I don’t have those products on yet. I do my eye makeup first.
That leads nicely into what I want to do here today. While I’m not an expert in this area of beauty, I have learned a few tips from makeup pros that I’d like to pass on to you. So I’ll be doing that as I continue to review the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect products, too.
Remember, these are drugstore brand beauty products. So when I offer my review, I’m assuming that you know that you generally give up a little something-something when you purchase lower-priced products, but not always. In fact, did you realize that L’Oreal also owns Lancome, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl’s, Urban Decay and IT Cosmetics, to name just a few of their other holdings? So you’re not paying less for drugstore brands because they’re made with less know-how. But formulations are based on final prices. So you’ll often notice that the lower priced cosmetics go on a little less smoothly, have less staying power and perhaps have less refined scents.
So as I review these L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect products, I’m trying to let you know how they feel, wear and smell. That way you’ll know how they stack up to the pricier counterparts.
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Eye Makeup
Well, they don’t actually have an eyeshadow palette that is specifically Age Perfect. Instead, I used the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eye Shadow. I appreciate that this palette contains ten shades from a soft cream to amber to taupe to deep chocolate browns. Most of them do contain a little shimmer, but only a few really glitter. And while I prefer all matte shadows I’m experimenting with adding just a touch of shimmer on the lid right above my iris.
The shadows go on very velvety smooth and have a good bit of pigment, so you don’t have to apply much at a time. However, when you go in to blend, you do lose a good bit of that pigment quickly. So I sometimes had to reapply product to get the intensity I desired.
It’s hard to take photos that really show how I applied my eye color. But the good news is that the Colour Riche La Palette has detailed diagrams on the back of it that show you how to do four different eye shadow looks from soft and natural to dramatic.
The individual shadows don’t appear to be named, so I’ll just refer to them by the number position they hold in the palette.
First, I applied the #1 shadow (see photo above) to my entire eye lid using my It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Dual Eyeshadow All-Over brush #5. I believe the Love Beauty Fully All-Over Shadow Brush #216 is the same thing, just without the smudge brush I have at the other end of mine. Either would work well. You want to use a good all-over brush that will pick up plenty of powder and then deposit it smoothly on your lid. Not all of my brushes are by It Cosmetics, but I have had good luck with them and highly recommend them.
Second, I used my Estee Lauder Contour Shadow Brush #30 to apply the creamy brown #4 shadow. It has a bit of sparkle, so I only applied this shadow to my lid from the lash line to the crease.
Here you want to use a contoured brush like mine that is slightly tapered but still picks up and deposits product well. The L’Oreal eyeshadow goes on very soft, so it’s easy to apply without it flaking or dusting all over your face.
This is where things will start looking strange. But hang with me!
I used the small Eye Crease Brush to apply the #5 shadow from the crease toward the brow bone in a sort of boomerang shape, going to just under the bone and not all the way to the brow. You can’t really see it here, but I also swooped the shadow down toward the outer corner of my eye. At this point I wasn’t concerned about blending.
You’ll notice that when I was applying my eyeshadow, I actually didn’t have my foundation on yet. I’ve gotten to where I prefer to apply my moisturizer and then go ahead and do my eye makeup. That way I can come along and clean up any residue before applying my foundation. And it makes it easier to extend my eye shadow out and then neaten it up when applying foundation.
At this point I didn’t feel like I had enough intensity in the crease of my eye for my taste, so I used the same Eye Crease Brush to apply shadow #6 in the Colour Riche La Palette. It’s the darkest brown and it’s a soft matte shadow.
I applied it in that same boomerang shape, this time creating a bit more of an upward sweeping motion at the outer corners for a little lift. You don’t ever want to pull this darker color down at the corners of your eyes. You want there to be some lift, like I’m showing above. Remember, I’m still going to blend this in.
After I got the amount of product on that I wanted, I used a blending crease brush in soft, circular motions to gently blend in the darker shadow, being careful not to extend it over the rest of my eye. I don’t just rub it in. As I’m blending, I’m shaping the shadow. I want the color to extend up and out toward the end tips of my brows (which aren’t even there yet, ha!).
I don’t think I quite have a photo of the finished product, but you’ll see it in the next closeup. Do I recommend the L’Oreal Pairs Colour Riche La Palette ? Yes, I like it.
At this point, once I had my shadow somewhat how I want it, I applied the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Lash Magnifying Mascara in black. It’s also available in brown.
I appreciate that the Lash Magnifying Mascara is also a serum formula with conditioners that leave your lashes feeling soft rather than brittle and crumby. I HATE crumby mascara. I apply three coats of mascara to my upper lashes and one scant coat to my lower lashes, but I don’t dip my wand into the tube but the once. That way you get less air into the tube and the product lasts much longer. And really, if you work the wand into the lashes sufficiently, you can get plenty of product on your lashes with just the one dip.
I also like that the applicator is a nice basic, soft bristle wand. I’m not much for fancy wands. They take too much practice to learn how to use them. I really like that this one is basic and gets the job done without a lot of bells and whistles.
By the way, the Lash Magnifying Mascara stays on my lashes all day without crumbling off. And it comes off nicely with makeup remover and a gentle cleanser. Do I recommend it? Absolutely!
I’m assuming that many of my readers are like me and can’t see very well as they’re applying their makeup. Even with a magnifying mirror, I can’t see perfectly what I’m doing. And even if I can see, I tend to smudge a little mascara here and there as I’m applying it. I’ve learned that if you let that dry and then use a clean, dry cotton swab you can easily dab away any mistakes without smudging and further messing things up. I always do this step before I apply my eyebrows.
Did I say apply my eyebrows? LOL! Yes, I did! Y’all. I hardly have any eyebrows at all. I’ve never had any to speak of. So I definitely have to apply them! I prefer a powder eyebrow liner these days, but I was game to try the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Brow Magnifying Pencil. They have four shades to choose from; I went with blonde.
I will say that at the rate that I have to apply eyebrow pencil, this pencil will be gone in no time. It is a very soft pencil. So that’s nice. It doesn’t tug at my few brows or scratch. It feels nice and applies smoothly. But it also uses up the crayon fast. It sharpens easily with a makeup pencil sharpener. But I’ve already sharpened mine twice in less than a week, so it’s going to be gone soon.
Shaping and filling in your brows can make such a difference in your appearance. They frame the eyes. But they also can lift your face and brighten your appearance. Make sure you extend your eyebrows out so that they dissect at the angle created when you hold a pencil from the base of your nose, past the corner of your eye and out toward your hairline. Any further and they’ll cause your face to droop. Any higher up and you’ll look unfinished.
Also, if you create an angle with your brows, make sure the peak is out past the middle of your brows. If you peak at the center of your brows you’ll look perpetually “surprised.”
Do I recommend the eye brow pencil? Yeah, if you like a pencil and understand that it will not last long.
I used the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lip Liner in nude pink. The pencil applies very soft and feels moist. But the nude pink is also very light. Maybe that’s a good thing though. I certainly don’t want to have a noticeable line around my lips. The purpose of a lip pencil is simply to do what this one claims: prevent feathering of your lipstick. Do I recommend it? Yes!
By the way, a reader asked if I had any trouble sharpening it. I didn’t. But I used a really good makeup pencil sharpener that I received with a Dior product. So I think you do need a good makeup quality sharpener.
Application Tip: Apply your top lip liner from the bottom up. That will help you to draw a fuller lip. It may seem counterintuitive, but start from the corner of your mouth and go up toward the peak of your lip and then down into bow.
L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Lipsticks
The L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect collection has two different lipsticks to choose from. I purchased some of both. I like the moisturizing feeling of the Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum (I got the Sublime Red and wore it yesterday). But here I applied the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Satin Lipstick with Precious Oils in soft mauve (which doesn’t really look like mauve to me, more like a deep, dusty rose).
I always apply lipstick fully to my lips and then blot with a clean tissue. I’m especially careful to blot my inner lips, so that I don’t wind up with lipstick on my teeth. Then I apply a second coat just to the middle to outer edges of my lips.
I think both the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Satin Lipstick with Precious Oils, shown above in soft mauve, and the Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum apply beautifully and smoothly. And they feel great on your lips for a long time. Do I recommend them? Heartily! I’ll be wearing these a lot!
Finally, I completed my look with the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil in Rosewood. This very soft blush is nicely pigmented and loads well on a soft brush without getting excessively powdery. It doesn’t apply dark…unless you want it to. And it blends in nicely without leaving streaks or residue.
Application tip: Keep your blush just on your cheek bones and only from just outside of the iris of your eye to your hairline. You don’t want to bring cheek color too far down on your face or too close to your nose because it will create a sagging look. You can use cheek color to lift your face if you apply it toward the outer portion of your cheeks only and don’t bring it down into your face too much.
Do I recommend the L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Satin Blush with Camellia Oil? Yes. I’ll be using this!
So there you have it! Thanks for sticking with me. I generally reserve my beauty posts for February for some reason. But I’m thinking about doing shorter ones more frequently, maybe trying different products occasionally. What do you think? Is that something you would like here at Dressed for My Day?
Thanks so much for dropping in today. Let me know if you have questions about anything I’ve shared. Again, I’m linking predominantly to Walmart for the L’Oreal products, but I’m providing links to additional sources below.
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But you can also shop the products at these retailers:
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect at Walmart
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect at Amazon
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect at Walgreens
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect at CVS
- L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect at Target (My Target had none of these products in store.)
Shopping Tip: While you may be able to get these products at your local store, I do suggest shopping online and using the curbside pickup option that all of these stores offer right now. To me it is so much easier to shop online for beauty products rather than squatting down in a store aisle with a mask on and bumping into other shoppers. I ordered my products through Walgreens and my order was ready in less than 30 minutes.
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Blessed for My Day
Yesterday I uploaded the new video for the Dressed for My Day February 2021 Challenge. I’d love for you to take the challenge. The theme is Love is in the Air. You can learn more about it here. But part of the challenge, for the inner beauty component, is to “learn to love more deeply.”
Are you challenged to love well in a difficult relationship? That can be a tough situation, huh. Sometimes the people we are the closest to are actually the hardest to love. But we know that we are called to love them well. And of course, that may look different in various situations, depending on what that person really needs. But today I would like to challenge all of us to take up the biblical challenge to love well, even when it isn’t easy at all.
If I speak with the tongues of mankind and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and know all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give away all my possessions to charity, and if I surrender my body so that I may glory, but do not have love, it does me no good. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1-3