L’Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush is a contouring and illuminating blush created in six shades for Spring 2013.
These have a lightweight, mousse-like texture much like Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush. The lighter texture is supposed to give skin a more youthful, healthy “lifted” look with a texture that doesn’t settle into fine lines. There’s irony in the “doesn’t settle into fine lines” because the formula made me look like I have monstrously huge pores when in fact my pores are so tiny you’d need a magifying mirror to actually see them so I can just imagine what they’d do on a finely lined face.
Take a look!
I have a huge love/hate relationship with these. On one hand I’m in lust with the color selection. The blushes all impart a glowing healthy sheen on my cheek bones. They have considerably more pigment than Maybelline’s version and the formula is really easy to work with.
However, they have hiccups and quirks that make me dislike them in a major way.
At $12.99 each for 0.14 oz of blush these don’t come entirely cheap. There are a million blushes you can indulge in at the drugstore for a better price that offer you more product. I find I hit pan on a shade with three uses since I had to build so much to get the best color pay off (some shades are sheer, others pigmented, depends really!).
The blushes have a mousse-like, spongy texture just like Maybelline’s version. This is the type of sponge-y product that feels like molding clay….unlike Maybelline’s version they have a knack for sliding around the compact and separating into tiny chunks when a finger or brushed is swatched in them.
Peach Gold Lift, Pink Lift, Coral Lift
Berry Lift, Rose Gold Lift
The texture is a cream to silky powder blush. I find some shades wore better than others. For the most part you do have to avoid certain shades which have a heaping healthy dose of shimmer. These shades are possibly the prettiest ones but the problem is they literally make you light up like a discoball and will make your pores glaringly obvious. The key here is to blend, blend, blend to avoid shimmer overload.
The texture is actually very easy to work with. It’s simply a matter of smiling, dabbing on cheek bones, and blending outwards. Application is a breeze and the blush applies perfectly and flawlessly each time. Now the shimmer is an issue, this has to be dealt with carefully. A light hand and a fibre brush will prove helpful tools as not to over do your look.
I find the shades all produce a healthy glowing effect that’s VERY pretty. Shades vary but for the most part are quite pigmented when compared to Maybelline’s sheerer Dream Bouncy Blush. If these were powder I’d be inclined to rave them hard…! But due to the cream formula I find they have a shorter wear time plus other quirks like the sparkle I spoke of above prevents me from raving them too hard.
Rose Gold Lift
Peach Gold Lift
Overall, L’Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush ARE worth looking into but I’d suggest grabbing them on sale. The colors are unique and pretty enough to warrant a purchase, the formula is very easy to work with, and the pigment is fairly good. On the downside the wear time is quite short (perhaps three hours before fading but it really depends on your skin type), the sparkle is heavy, the price a little expensive for drugstore blush, and the finish utterly unforgiving on dry, flaky, larger pores, or finely lined skin.
They have quirks yes….but if you can get past all that they give skin a beautiful glow that I can’t honestly say I’ve experienced in my HUGE blush collection.
You decide and tell me your thoughts.
Available now at drugstores.