L’Oreal Paris Magic Smooth Souffle Makeup

I’ve read several reviews of this foundation with varying degrees of affection. According to some users, the jury’s still out … 

My experience, however, has been quite different.  I found love at first application!  Magic Smooth Souffle Foundation wooed me with it’s flawless coverage, without having to use a lot of product.  It’s not like other foundations, with it’s unique texture, like mousse (jello, really).  The formula is dreamy-soft and gives an overall natural, lightweight, matte finish. 

I simply apply it with my fingertips, but a sponge or foundation brush can be used.  I have normal-to-dry skin and found I didn’t need powder to finish the look (it’s fairly matte on it’s own).  There are 12 shades, I used #522 Natural Beige (a nice mid-tone shade, not too warm~not too pink).  Oilier skins may not appreciate this formula, as it’s got a silicone base, which can feel too slick for that skin type.  This foundation does NOT contain an SPF, so make sure to use one underneath! 

The packaging is pretty, too.  L’Oreal spared no expense on the weighty, square-shaped glass jar and fuschia-colored lid (though kind of heavy in a suitcase for travelers like myself).  I found it fairly easy to match my skin tone to the foundation shade and got the right color the first time!  Buy it at Target for $13.99.

Compare to – It seems this is a unique foundation formula.  I can’t find a ‘prestige’ or department store equivalent. Let me know if you can suggest one.

The Bottom Line – A little pricier than other drugstore foundations, but as L’Oreal says, “I’m worth it!”

CoverGirl’s Outlast Lip Stain

This morning I was pleased to see a segment on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about ‘cheap beauty buys’.  Apparently Diane Sawyer’s makeup artist has just discovered how to make Diane look her best AND spend less!  She must read my blog…Anyway, she referenced 10 products (all color cosmetics) under $10.00.  I promise, I’ll check them out and let you know my thoughts.

Now, for my review on CoverGirl’s Outlast Lip Stain.  I just used it to do demonstrations at a women’s conference this past weekend (and wore it myself).  Interesting product.  It looks and feels like a magic marker.  A challenge to work with, though I love the wearability—meaning, it does last.  It’s transfer resistant!  CoverGirl touts, “pen-like precision”.  Because the tip is like a pen (fine-tipped marker), you will get precision.  I bought 2 shades, both of which are pretty bright (“Plum Pout” and Everbloom Kiss”).  The company says you can appy once for a “flush of color”, twice for more intensity.  This is where it can get tricky.  The color is so intense, even on the first application, it can look garish.  I recommend applying it to the bottom lip first, then press your lips together.  Then apply more on the top lip, if needed (before it dries).  You must wear gloss over this product!  CG suggests this a ‘tip’ on their website, as though it’s an option.  It’s not an option!!!  You’d be miserable without some sort of gloss over it.  I’d really like to try 2 other shades, “Flirty Nude” and “Teasing Blush” to get a better feel for this product.  Both shades were sold-out at the Target near my house, and are also “unavailable” on Target’s website.  I’d love to hear your experience withOutlast, if you’ve tried it.  $7.29 at most drugstores!

The Bottom Line–I’m having a hard time committing to ‘yay’ or ‘nay’.  Could be difficult to use for the lipstick challenged!!  May need a little practice…