L’Oreal and Maybelline: Drugstore Collections Fall 2014

This week I browsed 2 of the major drugstores here in Toronto — Rexall and Shopper’s Drug Mart to see the newly released Fall Collections for 2014 and here’s what I found to share with you all. But first, how much do you spend (on average) on beauty products for 1-4months:

Maybelline Eye Studio Kajal Liner

Most of you have probably seen Maybelline’s Smoky Longwearing Shadow Shadow-Pencil all over, but more recently they’ve released a kajal liner — this means it’ll be softer, and therefore easier to blend. When I saw these, I immediately thought of Carrie Bradshaw darkening her eyes with liner before she went to meet Aidan for dinner in SATC2. I have to say though, I’m not entirely sure how I feel about the very big pointy end of these pencils.

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Maybelline Leather Color Tattoo

I’ve already raved about Maybelline’s Color Tattoo Metals — I did a review on the shade Electric Blue here. As the name suggests, expect shades that’ll remind you of leather; there are no bright colours in this collection. Think dark brown, greys and taupes.

I'm unsure of how many shades are actually in the Color Tattoo Leather  collection, but at Shopper's I only saw 3.

I’m unsure of how many shades are actually in the Color Tattoo Leather collection, but at Shopper’s I only saw 3.

Maybelline Color Show 

To be perfectly honest…I really don’t paint my nails that often. I know that may sound a bit weird coming from a beauty aficionado but it’s because I always (read: ALWAYS) end up smudging my nails. That being said, I do enjoy looking at new collections by brands such as Essie and OPI.

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I didn’t have enough time to get the name of each shade, and they’re not on Maybelline’s website. However the pinky-lilac shade in the middle really caught my eye — and it’s definitely spot-on with the current Radiant Orchid trend.

L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream in Anti-Fatigue and Anti-Redness

These didn’t really appeal to me, because I didn’t entirely feel as though they were being marketed towards my age group. Though the packaging is nice, I’m currently not a BB Cream fanatic. If you’re new to the world of makeup then I would say go ahead and try these because L’Oreal hardly disappoints with regards to quality.

For those of knew to color correction, the general rule is that green counteracts redness and orange functions to brighten the skin.

For those of  you who are new to color correction, the general rule is that green counteracts redness and orange functions to brighten the skin.

 

L’Oreal Visible Lift BLUR Foundation

I think it’s…interesting? That L’Oreal packaged a liquid foundation this way. But the limited color range does not sit well with me one bit, because I couldn’t even use the darkest shade here to highlight under my eyes. That being said, the formula may actually be nice (but again I may never know because I cannot use any of these colours).

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According to the packaging this claims to have Opti-Blur Technology. Therefore I think it’s safe to assume that L’Oreal was probably trying to formulate a foundation that feels light and still blurs imperfections.

 

L’Oreal Visible Lift BLUR Blush

Gel blushes are not something that I usually gravitate towards, and again I didn’t feel like this was being marketed to my age group. That being said, I think this will be best suited for those of you who don’t wear much makeup, or those who prefer and understated ‘no makeup’ appearance from your application.

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Based on the gel-like texture, this will best be applied with your fingers or a duo-fibre stippling brush.

 

L’Oreal Miss Manga Mascara

For those of you in the U.S. you’ve probably already formed an opinion on this fairly new product. If you had received a press sample/package from L’Oreal you too have already formed an opinion on this mascara. I’ve yet to try it, but I do think the packaging is nice and I like a wide-eyed look from my mascaras.

For those of you in the U.S. or for those of you who received press samples/packages from L'Oreal you've probably already formed an opinion on this product. I've yet to try it, so I don't have much to say. But I do think the packaging is nice and I love a wide-eyed from my mascara.

At Shopper’s Drug Mart this is about 7CDN when it’s on sale and I’ve been reading pretty good things about it.

 

L’Oreal Infallible (La Couleur Infallible) Eye Shadows

The Infallible Shadow Collection is nothing new…but that doesn’t mean it’s unimpressive. I’ve swatched these in store before and they remind me so much MAC’s Pressed Pigment — the color payoff is amazing even without a primer. The swatches lasted on my hand for a few hours without fading, and even after washing with soap.

Rexall only had 3 colours on display. Again I apologize for not having the names, but according to the website I think the purple one is the shade Purple Obsession and the beige might be Coconut Grove.

Rexall only had 3 colours on display and again I apologize for not having the names. I think the purple one is the shade Purple Obsession and the beige might be Coconut Grove.

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This would be perfect for doing a quick smokey eye, especially if dampened and then applied to the lids.

 

L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Shadow 

Similar to the Infallible Shadows, these are not exactly new. I saw these and I had to a double take. I passed them at first because they simply looked the original Color Riche shadows. Then I went back and took a look simply because the packaging was different, but it wasn’t enough to keep me at the display for more than about 2 minutes.

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The packaging feels sturdy but the colours weren’t enough for me. Almost every cosmetic brand sold in drugstores has eye palettes identical to the ones seen here.

L’Oreal Color Riche Eye Primer

This appealed to me because here in Toronto we don’t have much — if any good drugstore eye primers. If you’re in the U.S. you can luck out by using Milani’s Eye Primer. I do like that L’Oreal made this in the form of a chubby pencil stick, which immediately made me think of how many people use NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk to make their colours show better.

Lightweight and easily blended on the back of my hand, I found these to be a fairly impressive.

Lightweight and easily blended on the back of my hand, I found these to be  fairly impressive for about 12CDN.

It almost reminded me of Urban Decay's Primer Potion. The beige appearance didn't really sit well with me at first, but as you can see I blended it out. For that reason I think may actually work for darker skin tones as well.

It almost reminded me of Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. The beige appearance didn’t really sit well with me at first, but as you can see I blended it out. For that reason I think may actually work for darker skin tones as well.

 

So that’s what I found at Rexall and Shopper’s Drug Mart and to sum it up I wasn’t exactly blown away. As a beauty blogger I couldn’t just walk pass the displays and not stop for pictures and swatches. Lastly, I know that Maybelline has also released a NUDES eye shadow palette and based on further research there’s also a BRIGHTS palette.

Have you read my post on these affordable brushes that can be found in Wal Mart’s here in Toronto?

xo,

Tal.

 

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3 thoughts on “L’Oreal and Maybelline: Drugstore Collections Fall 2014

  1. This post is amazing!! I literally have a comment about everything you mentioned so here it is:
    1. I love that scene in SATC2! Yes, these look to pointy and messy for my taste. The only things I have tried from the range are the eye studio gel liners. I have three colours and love them all.
    2. These colour tattoos look interesting. Tati (glamlifeguru) reviewed them and said all but the green one were great. I think their are 5 in the range.
    3. I have been eyeing those colourshow polishes all season! I am on a nail polish no buy because, like you, I rarely paint my nails.
    4. Idk about these… Love the original but I find it hard to buy into the new formulas of things…. I usually just feel like they are th same or worse but I might cave when I finish my current bb creams.
    5 & 6: the whole visible lift range is supposed to be amazing!!! Too bad about your shade. I feel like I will have the same issue because everything will be to dark for me 😦 but I will definitely check out th blushes!
    7: need to try this mascara ASAP! People’s lashes look amazing with this but i fear that bendy wand because I feel that not enough product gets on the lashes and I have trouble distributing it around.
    8. Obsessed with those shadows! I have died latte and amber such which (to my knowledge) are US exclusives but if you are there definitely get them…. They would look amazing on you Tal! In the UK they now have a pressed version and new colours that ar even more stunning…. I hope they come to canada soon!
    9. The loreal shadow quads are actually new! They revamped the packaging, formulation and shades so you may have been drawn to them because of that. These are definitely going on my need to check out list!
    10. I fear drugstore eye primers…. Don’t think I will be trying this one but it is nice to have an option. Loreal also has a decrease eyelid primer and I think NYX had one in a tube with doe foot applicatio. PS…. Have you seen the new NYX infinite shadow sticks yet…. Apparently they are the new jumbo shadow sticks are are great! People are finding them at target!

    Also, have you seen the Maybelline The Nudes palette swatched yet?! I think since I have naked1 I won’t get it but am still super intrigued….

    Sorry for th ramble! I just lov talking about new stuff!! Xoxo

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    • Hahah you are THE BEST! I actually haven’t tried anything from that collection — well except for the liquid liner which lasted for a few months (this was back in 2012).
      I was looking at blogs on Saturday as well, and I think they’re 5 too, but the blogger had said a few of them weren’t too great. I REALLY want them to do some Color Tattoo: Brights or Neons or maybe even just specifically devoted to Radiant Orchid haha
      Yes I decided not to grab the polishes for that very reason, but when they go on sale for 2.99 I may very well reconsider
      I totally agree, for Visible Lift BB Creams they’re gonna need to work on the shades — too light for some, and too dark for others.
      People’s lashes really have been looking amazing! But the thing is, with me I’m not a big fan of the flexi-wand either, you know? Idk, I need something that just kinda stays in place because I feel too much movement will be an issue lol
      OMG yesss! I am so ready to try these Infallible Shadows, like I can see myself having fun w/them for fall.
      The L’Oreal quads look nice but the thing is I think I’m gonna continue holding out, because I REALLY need the Lorac Unzipped Palette or one of the NAKED palettes haha
      Yeah I agree w/you about the drugstore primers…mixed feelings man. I know they have a De Crease Primer, but I can’t find it here 😦 I haven’t seen the NYX Primer or the new NYX Shadow sticks actually. I’ve seen the Maybelline Nudes palette, but not any swatches and to be honest I’m not entirely blown away by the color selection.
      Haha no worries! I love your comments — they’re always so in-depth! xo 🙂

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