True Match Crayon Concealer
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This twist-up, stick-form concealer has a creamy, wax-based texture that blends smoothly, offering full coverage for disguising imperfections such as red marks or brown spots. Despite setting to a powder-like finish, this isn't as tenacious as a matte-finish liquid concealer, and it can gradually rub off and fade throughout the day.

On the plus side, slippage into fine lines and creases is minimal. The shade range consists of neutrally flattering options for light to medium-deep skin tones.

This concealer's creamy wax formula isn't recommended for blemish-prone areas because these ingredients can make breakouts worse. A liquid concealer is the best option for concealing breakouts or breakout-prone areas.

  • Creamy texture blends on smoothly.
  • Full coverage from neutrally flattering shades.
  • Convenient, twist-up packaging (no sharpening!).
  • Minimal slippage into fine lines.
  • Fades gradually throughout the day.
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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A dream come true

I saw at his product on youtube. A woman was giving her first impression of this product. I was in love once I found out it was twisted able. I hate things that require sharpening. Too much product gets wasted, plus u can't get a perfect point. This product is so perfect. If you have oily skin u can just apply a setting powder on top of the concealer.

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