REVIEW: Glam Up In Seconds With L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky, True Match Crayon Concealer & Superstar Duo Liner
My biggest trick when it comes to eyeshadow application is blending! It is the most underrated skill taught in makeup schools but is SO IMPORTANT when it comes to perfecting your makeup. On top of using the right tools, it actually takes quite a bit of skill and patience to get that perfect smoky look. Even for a frequent makeup wearer like myself, I sometimes do find it a chore especially when I am working with products that are really chalky and difficult to blend, or simply, have terrible pigmentation to begin with.
With my recent discovery of L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky, my daily eyeshadow routine is now a piece of cake. This super cool 2-in-1 product has a retractable ultra-gliding eyeshadow stick on one end and a handy kabuki brush on the other. Oh, and did I mention that the shadow stick is extremely pigmented as well? Yup, tell me about it, the Le Stylo Smoky is my new best friend and is gonna be yours too! ;)
Le Stylo Smoky - SGD$21.90
I am sure we all relish that extra 10 minutes of snooze-button sleep every morning. Being a frequent traveller & avid night owl, I completely know how it feels to snooze my alarm for a good half an hour every day. The panic sets in only when you have to deal with that half-awake canvas of yours and struggle with sleepy hands to blend that eyeshadow. With the aid of Le Stylo Smoky, perhaps we might even save ourselves an extra 10 more minutes and still look fabulous because it is so fuss-free & easy to use!
Let the picture do the talking! Now you know I am not kidding when I say the Le Stylo Smoky packs a load of pigment compared to your average eyeshadow palette. Check out that colour payoff with just one swipe! I absolutely love how it glides on seamlessly, you need not worry about tugging on your eyelids which will cause premature ageing!
What intrigues me most about the Le Stylo Smoky is that it is the FIRST to include a kabuki brush as part of its construction. The kabuki brush features ultra-fine fibres that helps to blend the shadow smoothly without tugging on your lids. The use of synthetic fibres is perfect when it comes to blending its cream-to-powder shadow stick counterpart. Touching up or changing your look on the go can be easily achieved with just a swipe.
Personally, I find that the kabuki brush works really well with the metallic shades. As for the matte shades, it tends to pick up slightly more product. Will recommending blending with your fingers when it comes to the matte shades, it is free and it works beautifully!
Available in 8 fashionable shades with two finishes, matte & metallic, you can easily change up your makeup from a basic neutral matte into a fun glamorous MATTE-LLIC look! The shadow sticks feature a retractable function so you never have to worry about sharpening these darlings!
#TeamMetallic packs a punch with 5 dramatic shades that is super trendy in the runway now. You can wear it alone as an all over wash of colour or even mix it up to create something fun! My favourite combination is Almond Pink, Le Grand Or & Taupe Lady for a touch of romanticism.
There are 3 stunning shades for #TeamMatte to help add more depth into your look. Always wanted those deep-set eyes? You can now achieve them with just one swipe and a good hand at blending. If you are a makeup junkie, you would understand the hassle of finding a good matte shadow especially at a drugstore level. I exceptionally enjoy the Le Stylo Smoky for its mattes as they are one of the most pigmented matte shadows in the market. It even beats some other eye crayons from big luxury labels and the best thing? It costs only a fraction of the luxury price tag!
How To Use
It is literally as easy as 1,2,3! With the shadow side, simply apply all over your lids and flip over to the kabuki side to blend. With Le Stylo Smoky, you will never experience chalky application or uncomfortable tugging on your lids while you blend.
Oh and did I mention that the Le Smoky Stylo is multi-functional too? How awesome is that! With the right shades, you can either use it as highlight/blush and even as a lippie! Your metallic lippie dreams is now a step away in your nearby drugstore!
Let's Put It To The Test!
Of course, we need proof for everything so I have decided to put the L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky through a series of stringent tests! We shall see how this little versatile crayon hold up.
Check out how well the Le Stylo Smoky fare under a running tap! Waterproof test? Checked and pass with flying colours! The next time when you are on a movie date watching a sad film, you know who is going to leave the cinema looking gorgeous while everyone is bawling their eyes out with bleeding eyeshadows! ;)
Say yes to being smudge proof! The formula is SO smudge proof that if you do not blend your shadows within 15 seconds, it will literally lock in all the goodness and stay budge-proof throughout the day! Due to its budge-proof nature, I would recommend applying and blending immediately so as to prevent any unnecessary makeup blunders.
Well, after going through all that, it is safe to say L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky can definitely go through thick and thin with you, whether you are travelling across the state or simply having a fun day out in the sun. You need not worry about your eyeshadow smudging midday anymore!
Get The Look!
So tell me, which of these two looks do you like? #Matte or #Metallic? Overall, L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky has definitely found a spot in my heart with the intense colour payoff and superb functionality. Getting ready in the day has never felt so quick and easy.
True Match Crayon Concealer - SGD$19.90
Finally!!!! You guys saw a glimpse of this in my brow tutorial here and it has finally reached our sunny shores! Made in Canada but a TOP favourite in USA, the True Match Crayon Concealer is super creamy, pigmented and blends like a dream. You will probably never find a crayon concealer that glides as easily as this!
Available in 4 shades, the True Match Crayon Concealer comes in a chubby stick form but has a good round pointed tip for precise application. It comes in 2 neutral shades and 2 warm toned shades, finding a suitable colour for your skin tone should be much easier. I particularly enjoy using N1-2-3 Fair/Light to clean up my brows for a super sharp clean edge with an added touch of highlight!
There are two ways to use this concealer crayon. For larger areas, simply use the side of the crayon to swipe. Personally, I would use the side to swipe along my dark eye circles and blend everything in with my fingers. For precise spot concealing or defining, use the round pointed tip.
As a cream concealer addict, I never expected to love the True Match Crayon Concealer as most crayon concealer that I have tried are either too "soft" or too dry for my skin. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how well this concealer worked! Even with it being ultra gliding, the crayon has a good stiffness to it which makes application so much easier. You do not need to worry about applying on too much or it running out on you because a little goes a long way with this one!
See how pigmented this concealer is? It managed to cover up my unsightly pimple (omg why are you right smack at the middle of my cheeks btw) without looking cakey or unnatural! The retractable format is a major plus point as well, touching up on-the-go while maintaining the hygiene of your makeup is now possible with the True Match Crayon Concealer.
How To Use
Again, this concealer is another versatile keeper! On top of your basic concealing for blemishes, you can also use it as an all over lid primer before your shadows to conceal any broken capillaries and create a neutral canvas. Also, if you have seen my previous video on how to achieve fleek brows, (I'll link it here if you haven't!) this True Match Crayon Concealer is a dream when it comes to shaping em' arches!
My favourite way to use this concealer crayon is on the under eyes! Simply flip it to the side and swipe! This concealer is so long lasting, it did not crease or smudge on me even when I was out the entire day. Was pleasantly surprised by how well it held up in humid Singapore without any touch ups in the day. 10 points for the True Match Crayon Concealer!
Last but not least, another great way to use the True Match Concealer is to outline your lips for an illusion of plumper lips! Want those Kylie puckers? You know the trick now! It is also a great trick to prevent your bold lippie from bleeding! ;)
Superstar Duo Liner Metallics - SGD$24.90
Fans of the Superstar Duo Liner would be aware that the original Black shade was launched in October 2016. This time round, L'Oreal dropped 2 more additional shades that are bound to spice up your liner game! Introducing both Gold & Silver alongside its Black felt tip side kick, your eyeliner game will definitely raise a notch and stand out in the crowd!
Just look at how pigmented they are! Have you ever seen any drugstore liner that does metallics so well? Trust me, as a makeup junkie myself, this is the first drugstore liner that I have came across with such intense colour payoff and ultra gliding application! It literally feels like a luxury product that only costs a fraction of a designer price tag.
Featuring a Black felt tip liquid liner on one end and an intense creamy kajal pencil liner on the other, the Superstar Duo Liner is extremely versatile and can jazz up your look with just one swipe! The felt tip liquid liner has a pretty stiff brush which is ideal for beginners who are trying out liquid liners for the first time. However, I prefer my liner brush to be just a tad softer so that I can create the perfect flick in just one motion. This is more of a habitual thing for me. I do love the felt tip liquid liner side in terms of its immaculate precision and easy control.
The Superstar Duo Liner has a 24 hour smudge-proof staying power and has a waterproof formula as well. Living in sunny Singapore, this is extremely important for me as most eyeliner tend to bleed on me in the middle of the day. Tried and tested, the Superstar Duo Liner has passed the climate test and managed to stay budge-proof on my lids for 12 hours of outdoor fun!
The stiffer felt tip allows precision hence creating a sharp wing liner is going to be a piece of cake! I love, love, LOVE the intense black, it is so difficult to find a black liner that is true to colour and L'Oreal definitely nailed it with this one!
If you are wondering how to differentiate the liners since they all look almost identical, well, homegurl here is gonna teach you a trick! The metallics, Gold & Silver, have an iridescent body as pictured above. The plain ol' basic black comes in a silver body. Easy peasy huh? Now there is no reason to not nail all those fleek eyeliner looks!
Pick your side darlings, are you Team #Matte or #Metallic? I am on the fence though, I love both of the vibes as they exude different personalities. This is why I love makeup, you can easily change up your look from a sweet day look to a bronzed bombshell with just one product!
Here is a quick video to showcase how I use the above mentioned products to create two fabulous looks! Get your glam on with just one swipe!
Ending off with a final check-in selfie after a day of wearing L'Oreal Le Stylo Smoky, True Match Crayon Concealer and Superstar Duo Liner. Cheers to long-lasting makeup, makeup that will not let you down be it rain or shine (literally!) You can learn more about all the products mentioned above over at L'Oreal here. Thank you for reading and have a lovely one!