Someone recently expressed surprise when she saw the contents of my makeup case. "It's all drugstore stuff," she exclaimed. One day I'll show you exactly what's in there (I've geeked out about several of my favourites already, via Twitter and other mediums, and I'm wearing them in this photo), but today is about three (or four) new non-spendy drugstore makeup items I think you need to have in your kit too.
L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse by Color Riche Lipstick ($12.99, drugstores). Love. Love. Color Caresse is everything a former gloss-addict could want in a lipstick. The formula is smooth, weightless, hydrating, semi-sheer, and lightly glossy. Twelve L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse hues range from sweet to sultry, and the more vibrant shades, when applied in a couple of layers, are arresting in their impact yet utterly wearable. As in, not too bold. *grin*
This is a selection of colours from the preview, before final packaging was available. From left: L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse in Velvety Fuchsia, Pink Cashmere, Rose Taffeta, Cherry Tulle, and Violet Chiffon. Below, from left: Cherry Tulle, Violet Chiffon, Sunset Angora, and Blushing Sequin.
Beautygeek Liza Herz and I are both addicted to L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse in Velvety Fuchsia, a perfect perky-bright pink with just a hint of shimmer to pop the shade without looking shimmery. As well, notes Liza, "it deposits just the right amount of stain so you can eat without worrying." I love it for a simple polished face (groomed brows, defined lashes, soft cheeks and a sleek ponytail, topknot, or loose, swingy hair) -- I'm wearing Velvety Fuchsia in the opening photo. I just plain feel good when I wear it. And when Liza wears hers, I gush about how fabulous she looks. See why you need one of these? (Note to self: get one for Cranky Beauty Pants. And maybe Staff.)
This is the outfit Color Caresse wears now, at your nearest drugstore.
L'Oréal Paris Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner in Carbon Black ($11.99, drugstores, $10.19 at well.ca). I cannot live without this pencil's saturated, inky finish, and don't know how I did before I tried it. (Liza has had to listen to me gush about Extra-Intense for days.) The formula glides on with the lightest touch and in a deep, dark swath, blacker than most pencil liners, certainly blacker than any I've used so far. I line my upper inner rim with Extra-Intense (see opening photo, in which I have done exactly that) and if I let it set properly for a few seconds, it stays put for hours without smudging into my lower lashlines. Blinking firmly right after I apply it creates a smoky-ish transfer to my lower waterline; love that, too. And at the end of the day, the colour along my upper inner rim is as fresh-looking as it was when I put it on.
The pencil's finish really is liquid-liner like, a genius alternative for anyone wary of actual liquid liner. If you're in the market for a black eye pencil, this is the one you want -- and I say that with full appreciation of all the other excellent eye pencils I love.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H Eyeliner ($12.99, drugstores). For a second, forget that this is a creamy liner with a black-lacquer finish, killer staying power and an accompanying compact-bristle brush that delivers the control you need for a perfect kitten or cat eye. Think of it instead as a transformer for creating the most gorgeous, smudge-proof smoky shadow looks ever.
Here's how you want to use it: apply in short strokes along the base of the upper lashes of one eye. Before the liner has a chance to set, dip a small eye shadow brush into, say, L'Oréal Paris Infallible Colour Dual-Pigment Iridescent Eyeshadow in Innocent Turquoise (above, $10.99 at drugstores), and use it to blend the cream liner out onto your lid. (Repeat on the other eye, of course.) You'll get the coolest iridescent blackened turquoise -- makes me think of dragonflies. Try it on the back of your hand first; you'll see. And you'll also see that it won't budge, so you can swan through your evening without worrying about wonky shadow migration.
By the way, Innocent Turquoise is one of six new crease-and-smudgeproof dual-pigment Infallible shadow shades (similar to the L'Oréal-owned Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill eyeshadows). From top left: Tender Caramel, Magnetic Coral, Sassy Marshmallow, Pepsy Coral, Innocent Turquoise and Metallic Lilac. If you're tempted, but haven't strayed from pressed or baked shadows yet, here's how to apply loose eyeshadow without making a mess.
Have you tried the new L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse lipsticks? Aren't they amazing? And the Extra-Intense liner, or the Lacquer Liner -- either of those calling to you?
Most photos via Fujifilm Finepix F770EXR. L'Oréal Paris Color Caresse by Color Riche packaging photo, courtesy of L'Oréal Paris.