L’Oréal New In & First Impressions

L'Oréal New In & First Impressions

L’Oréal is my number one go to brand in the drugstore, I love so many of their products. And it is extremely rare that I pick up a product from them and feel let down or disappointed with my purchase.

And L’Oréal cosmetics are currently 2 for £12 in Boots! As if I needed an excuse to finally pick up the False Lash Sculpt mascara and get a second product almost for free. Though this doesn’t include palettes or cushion products, which were the things that I wanted to try but never mind!

L'Oréal New In & First Impressions

Infallible Total Cover Concealer Palette – £12.99

I was pleasantly surprised with this palette. Overall the concealers are decent and at £12.99 for 5 shades it’s pretty good value.

Green & Lilac

The green and lilac shades in this palette are really great. They are pigmented enough that they do their colour correcting job, but not so much that they are tough to blend out and disguise.

The lilac shade is fantastic for correcting under eye circles. I actually prefer the colour and coverage of it to my Urban Decay Naked Skin Corrector in Peach. However, these concealers do settle into the fine lines under the eye quite a bit. This is especially noticeable when layering the lilac corrector and then a concealer shade. So while I love the lilac colour for correcting, for me the consistency of Urban Decay still wins.

Skin Tones

The consistency of the skin tone shades is not as great, but not terrible. They feel slightly greasy and slide-y to touch. In particular, I noticed that if you use them to conceal an area that typically gets oily, like around the nose. Then they begin to look greasy on the skin in those areas after a few hours wear. On other areas of the face they lasted much better.

Nude Magique Cushion Foundation – £14.99

I think this is probably the most disappointed i’ve ever been in a L’Oréal product. I just don’t get it.

First of all, from a cost point of view. This costs £14.99 and you get 15ml of product. True Match costs £9.99 and you get 30ml. You do the maths.


I’ve tried applying this with a brush and a sponge. A sponge really didn’t work, seeing as you’re essentially taking product from one sponge to another, so a lot was going to waste. As for applying with a brush, was slightly more successful in terms of picking up product but I just don’t like how this goes onto the skin.

Also the sponge thing that it comes with is terrible. Which probably goes without saying but I thought it worth mentioning.


The finish for me, is not glowy or dewy, it just looked really wet. The product felt as if it was all just sitting on top of the skin rather than blending in.

Honestly I’m really struggling to even think of one positive thing to say about this. I will give it a couple more goes. But considering how much I love other L’Oréal foundations I was seriously disappointed with this.

Also is it just me, but I just don’t understand the benefit to storing a foundation in a sponge!?

L'Oréal New In & First Impressions

False Lash Sculpt Mascara – £9.99

Moving on to a more positive review, the heavily hyped False Lash Sculpt mascara.

Application definitely took a little getting used to as the brush is so unusual. There are only two lines of bristles, on one side of the brush. I would say it took about 3 days for me to figure out the best application of this.

But now I seriously love it. It not only adds some serious volume, it’s jet black and adds great length to the lashes too. I would really highly recommend trying this if you haven’t already. Currently my favourite drugstore mascara by far.

Used alone, a couple of coats of this begins to clump my lashes together. This is the only downfall for me as I like my lashes to be really fanned out and defined. This is really easily solved by layering with another mascara, I have been laying with Gucci Infinite Length and I love it.

L'Oréal New In & First Impressions

True Match Liquid Glow Illuminator – Golden Glow – £6.99

I’d never heard anything about this before and just picked it up on a whim. Now I know why I research the products I buy first.

This is a very yellow toned, gold liquid highlighter. The Liquid Glow Illuminator is hard to blend out on top of foundation/concealer without it going patchy and clinging to some areas. While it blends out nicely on bare skin, this is not very helpful, as 99% of the time it’s going to be on top of some base products.

Also, once you have managed to blend this out, you can barely see it. I mean there’s subtle and then there’s subtle.

I’m going to try and make it work but I wouldn’t suggest that you rush out to buy it.  I feel like the only time I can really see this working, is on a beach holiday. Where maybe you want a little bit of glow but aren’t wearing any other make up on your skin.


By the way I also just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has followed! I’ve just reached my first 100 followers on Bloglovin’ – maybe a small milestone for some but I’m pretty chuffed! So thank you lovely people 🙂

  • Love the, dying to try some of these pieces!


  • Cushion foundations tend to be a bit more expensive that normal foundation, I don’t really understand why when they normally tend to last less.
    Great review!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • The total cover concealer looks great I’ve always wanted to try it!

    Lauren x Huggled

  • I’m dying to get my hands on the sculpt mascara, it looks amazing and I’ve heart so many good things about it!
    I was also tempted to try the cushion foundation because everyone’s raving about it so much but now I’m a bit nervous to try it, thank you for the heads up thought!

    Jessica Jade / jessicajadebeauty.com

    • You have to try it! It is so so incredible, the days where are found it slightly tricky to use are long gone! xx

  • I really want to try their cushion foundation. Great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

  • Nicole Hurst

    Your pictures are lovely!! I was going to true the cushion foundation, but after hearing your review i’m a bit put off it!
    Nicole xx

  • I am loving L’Oréal at the moment, particularly the 24 infallible matte foundation and primer. The golden glow illuminator is an amazing colour, might have to try this next! Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on these products.
    Jaz xoxo

  • Wow, such a lovely imagery! Absolutely loved the review!


  • Love this post, love your blog as well, thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next post!!!



    • Oh thankyou lovely! This means a lot, I’ve been seriously struggling to find my feet with blogging while I’m travelling! Xx

  • Shelise Saddul

    I love the illuminating bronze glow, I’ve never seen it before but I would really consider buying it! I love a radiant glow, I’ve never seen a concealer palette tbh but it looks really handy, I like your photography 🙂


    • Thankyou lovely! If you like a glow over fresh skin it should work for you! Xx

  • Yiotou_La

    The glow illuminator is gorgeous, perfect for summer when you have a tan, it would look amazing 🙂


  • Charlotte

    Everyone seems to love the cushion foundations and I’ve still not tired them as I just don’t see the hype towards them. I’d hate to have a wet look and feel to my skin it’s so unpleasant! As you can tell I’m on a splurge on your posts at the moment so I’ve followed you on bloglovin as I cannot wait for your new posts. Congrats on 100 btw!!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • Ohh thankyou lovely! I really don’t get them at the moment either, though this is the first cushion product I’ve tried so maybe I just had bad luck! Xx

  • i really want to try the l’oréal sculpt mascara. it sounds amazing. i quite liked the cushion foundation but it dries out so quickly. not good.


    • Oh no 🙁 I haven’t got to the drying out point yet but sounds like another reason to add to why I don’t like it sadly! Xx

  • marblebeauty

    I just discovered your blog and I can’t stop reading! Such a helpful post, gives such a good idea of your genuine impressions ☺️ Gorgeous photos too! Chloe xxx


  • Best mascara EVER! I bought the cushion foundation just before leaving for travels, as I was so intrigued – but never got round to trying it. One to give to my Sister I think! X

    • It is!! I can’t say you’re missing much with that one haha xx

  • Sam

    So disappointing to hear the cushion foundation didn’t work out! I had my eye on the L’Oreal’s Lumi cushion since a friend recommended to me, but I haven’t tried any cushion foundations yet. The False Lash sounds amazing though so once I finish off mine I’ll have to pick this up!

    Sam | My Beauty Cloud

    • Yes you must try it, it’s incredible! Maybe the Lumi would be better, but as the packaging looks the same you might find the same issue with getting the product out 🙁 xx

  • I see what you mean about the liquid highlighter, I imagine it would be nice on a beach holiday though!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

  • Amazing product of loreal. Love this.

  • That concealer for under the eyes sounds brilliant!!! Need to get my hands on it 😀

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

  • Ouch, what a mixed experience but thank you for taking a bullet so I know what to avoid. Personally I love L’Oreal mascara and the False Lash is one of my favourite. Yes, it does get clumpy after two coats but usually one coat is enough for me.

    ps: I’m new to your blog but I love the way you write so am following on BlogLovin. Looking forward to more posts from you. xx

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Yes totally agree, I have tried so many of the L’Oreal mascaras and there are so many good ones but false Lash is my favourite by far!

      Awh thank you so much! I want my writing to be as digestible as possible so this is such a lovely compliment 🙂 xx

  • Oh no, I’m so sad that you had such a bad experience with the cushion foundation! It’s been on my wishlist for a while as I’ve heard great things about it.. You have me thinking twice now!

    Nicole | The Glam Surge

    • I’ve been playing around with it for a couple more days so I might add an edit into the post. I still don’t like it but it is VERY sheer and lightweight and it is slightly luminous on the skin, if you try and build it up at all it just looks wet. And I still hate the cushion thing, I’ve only been using it about a week and I’m seriously struggling to get product out! Xx

  • I think the cushion foundation is a waste of money too, as you get very little coverage as well so that 15ml won’t last a long time. I am eager to try the new Maybelline cushion foundation though as I hear it has better coverage. Love True Match! Congratulations on your first 100, I love your blog so much, I am sure it is the start of many more. Need to try that mascara! Thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Yes! It’s so so sheer! And so hard to get out of the sponge too. I really can’t see it lasting more than a couple of weeks. True match is THE BEST and False Lash is amazing too- you must try when you can!

      Thank you so much Kiran 🙂 xx

  • Francisca

    I’ve heard so many great things about the L’Oreal cushion foundation and I just don’t get the hype either! Your review just solidified my opinion on it haha.

    Francisca | Francisca May

    • Haha it is so hyped! Hence why I was so confused and disappointed when I didn’t like it xx

  • Bernadette

    I am keen on trying the L’Oreal paris liquid highlighters but i definitely need to get the lighter shade so i can wear it on the face.


    • Maybe the lighter shade will work better, I haven’t tried it yet 🙂 xx

  • Strange: I actually really like the Nude Magique Cushion, thanks to the packaging and formulation, you actually need less product to do the entire face which might explain the huge price difference between the cushion and the other L’Oréal foundations. It’s such a shame for the Infaillible Total Cover Concealer Palette: I really wanted to try it, but now I believe the consistency isn’t really for me! Thanks for sharing!


    • This is so interesting! I love hearing how other people get on with products and why, and I hope your comment will be useful to readers too for a varying opinion! Maybe that does explain the price difference, but can I just ask how you are applying it? xx

      • I agree and your opinion is really interesting to me as well! I actually apply it with the sponge that comes with it (my only issue is that it is very hard to wash) and then I use my foundation brush to make sure it is well blended

        • Maybe I will try this today! I hated the way it was going on with the sponge at first but I might give it another chance. I was really disappointed when I was trying it out as I knew how many people love it! xx

  • 2 for £12 on Loreal is a HUGE bargain! It’s a shame the nude magique cushion foundation didn’t deliver though.

    Beckie xo // The Pale Tails

    • It’s so great isn’t it!! I think they’ve got 2 for £25 on palettes at the moment as well which is pretty decent too! xx