Visible Lift Serum Inside Line Minimizing Makeup SPF 17 Normal to Dry Skin
Last Updated:06.20.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Visible Lift Serum Inside Line Minimizing Makeup is still without the UVA-protecting ingredients of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone, Tinosorb, or Mexoryl SX. Therefore, it is not recommended for sun protection. As for the touted Pro-Xylane and Hyaluronic, forget about it. Those ingredients are barely present and have no lifting effect on skin, visible or not. This foundation has great name but is without a formula to support its most tempting claims.

On the plus side, it does have a silky texture that melds with the skin and dries to a soft matte finish. You'll get light to medium coverage and, despite the fact that the target market for this is women with dry skin, the minimally-moist formula is best for normal to oily skin. Out of the shades offered, watch out for those with undertones of pink and peach.


Active: Octinoxate (6%) Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Nylon-12, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Isostearate, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Stearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Panthenol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Lanolin Alcohol, Methylparaben, Cellulose Gum, Butylparaben, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Acetyl Trifluoromethylphenyl Valylglycine, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Polycaprolactone, Oleyl Alcohol, Pisum Sativum Extract (Pea), Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxides

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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