HiP Studio Secrets Professional The One Sweep Eye Shadow
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This single flip-top container has three strips of eyeshadows arranged exactly as they would look on the eye: a neutral color for the lid, a deeper hue for the crease and a dark shade for lining. But even if they are arranged perfectly in their package, applying an entire eye design with “one sweep” just doesn’t work. An all-in-one eye compact designed this way is a convenient idea, in theory, but it’s impossible to use in practice.

First, there’s just no way you can use the large curved applicator (or any applicator for that matter) to accurately apply color to three different areas of the eye at once. Every time we tried we ended up with a messy lid area that blended into one blah shade. Even with professional-size brushes, this product proved tricky to use because the strips of shadow are too narrow (and oddly wavy) to be used without transferring color from one to the other. Ultimately, this product is more frustration than it’s worth, especially when you consider the waxen texture and the poor color pickup, regardless of the applicator.

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor—if there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.

The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

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There are 3 colors and a sponge applicator. I agree, the sponge applicator doesn't work that well. But, I use a couple of smaller makeup brushes and get a great application. The quality of the shadows are wonderful and there are some nice matte shades as well as shimmer. I use (NATURAL FOR ALL EYES). Give it a try, you can always return it at a drugstore if it doesn't work for you!

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