I started holiday shopping at the end of August this year. When Jeff went to visit his older daughter in Atlanta, I drove up to Newburyport, a beautiful seaside city north of Boston, that’s a great place for boutique shopping. It was a lovely warm but not hot Sunday, and I thought I was so smart for getting a jump on my holiday shopping. In retrospect, when I look at what I came home with, I wonder what was I thinking? Now I’m doing Holiday Shopping Phase 2!
A terrific holiday gift for makeup lovers came across my desk recently. An exclusive at Ulta Beauty, L’Oreal Paris Holiday Makeup Kit.
As a totality, the kit is well suited for a glam night out. I think it’s perfect for a New Year’s Eve look if you add one or two of your own matte shadows. The individual pieces in the set are so versatile, they can be used in conjunction with the rest of your stash for an everyday or any day or night look.
Here’s what comes in the kit:
- Infallible Paints Metallic Shadow in Brass Knuckles (bronze) and Rose Chrome (pink) (0.09 oz each)
- Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black (0.008 oz)
- Voluminous Original Mascara in Blackest Black (0.28 oz)
- Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Devil’s Matte-Vocate Red that’s also called Blake’s Red (0.13 oz).
IMO, the Rose Chrome eye shadow can do double-duty as a highlighter. It’s the perfect shade of pink to wash onto cheeks, cupid’s bow and temples for a little extra glow at night. As an eye shadow, I like it on its own swept across my lid for nighttime, or during the day, I often dab a little in the middle of my lid over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly for some extra pop.
I’m a fan of L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Black because it’s so soft and easy to apply.
Though L’Oreal’s Voluminous Butterfly Intenza remains my favorite mascara from L’Oreal because of the wacky wand that’s perfect for my down-turned eyes, I must say I am impressed with Voluminous Original Mascara. The wand is a traditional shape, and it works very well. I get both length and volume from this mascara with no flaking or clumping.
The Color Riche Matte Lipstick in Blake’s Red is a classic blue-red shade, a Hollywood-starlet red named after Blake Lively. It’s the type of red lip that looks good on everybody. It’ll add some serious va-va-va-voom to any outfit or look. It’s super-smooth, highly pigmented and easy to apply (dimethicone is the first ingredient in the list!). Although it’s matte, even my dry lips can wear it. My only nitpick is that it’s noticeably scented with a traditional “lipstick rose” scent, though it fades once it’s on my lips.
Here are the swatches. They are over bare skin because I forgot to put primer on my arm, and I think even without primer they look good. The shadows are more impressive with primer. Don’t you think the Rose Chrome shadow makes a pretty terrific highlighter as well?
L’Oreal Paris Holiday Makeup Kit is a steal at $29.99. All the items are full-sized. If you bought them separately, it would cost you $43.95. Plus there’s a special gift with purchase: FREE deluxe Micellar Water with any $15 L’Oreal Makeup purchase (offer valid 11/5/17-11/25/17 or while supplies last).
As you work on your holiday list, consider L’Oreal Paris Holiday Makeup Kit for the makeup lovers you’re shopping for or for yourself as a good way to build your stash with both staples and treats. Happy shopping!
Eyeshadow: Oryza Sativa Bran Oil / Rice Bran Oil, Magnesium Myristate, Boron Nitride, Lauroyl Lysine, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Silica, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Alumina, Tin Oxide, Stearic Acid. May Contain: Mica, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77400 / Bronze Powder, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77400 / Copper Powder, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77000 / Aluminum Powder, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake.
Eyeliner: Cyclopentasiloxane, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Stearyl Esters, Polyethylene, Polybutene, Silica Silylate, Candelilla Cera / Candelilla Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire Microcristalline, Octyldodecanol, Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Nicotinate, Zinc Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Magnesium Aspartate, Aqua / Water / Eau, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables / Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Cardiospermum Halicacabum Flower / Leaf / Vine Extract, Copper Gluconate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin. May Contain: CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 77007 / Ultramarines, Mica, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 77510 / Ferric Ferrocyanide, CI 77288 / Chromium Oxide Greens, CI 75470 / Carmine, CI 77266 / Black 2.
Mascara: Water, Paraffin, Cyclomethicone, Stearic Acid, Beeswax, Triethanolamine, Acacia, Carnauba Wax, Dimethiconol, 2-Oleamido-1, 3-Octadecanediol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Panthenol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylparaben, Simethicone, Polyquaternium-10. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Ultramarines.
Lipstick: Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2 Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Ozokerite, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isostearyl Isostearate, Kaolin, Isohexadecane, Vinyl Dimethicone / Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Nylon-12, Polyethylene, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Geraniol, Aluminum Hydroxide, BHT, Colophonium / Rosin / Colophane, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal, Tin Oxide, Magnesium Silicate, Methyl-2-Octynoate, Tocopherol, Propylene Glycol, Propyl Gallate, Citric Acid, Parfum / Fragrance. May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Mica, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 77742 / Manganese Violet, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 77120 / Barium Sulfate, CI 15850 / Red 6, CI 17200 / Red 33 Lake, CI 75470 / Carmine.