Colour Riche Mono
L'Oreal is a brand that has an extensive offering of makeup products, including a number of worthwhile single powder eyeshadows. It adds to these options with its fragrance-free Colour Riche Mono shadows, which, despite one minor flaw, are among the better options for shadow singles at the drugstore!
Colour Riche Monos come in sleek, slim black compacts with flip-top lids. The shadows themselves have a buttery texture that's almost cream-like, and they're easy to pick up on a brush. While the texture is smooth, there can be some crumbling when you swipe your brush across the shadow, which is why this doesn't earn our highest rating. We recommend dabbing your brush onto the shadow instead, and making sure to tap off any excess to prevent any crumbles from ending up on your cheeks.
Colour Riche Monos apply smoothly, with (true to the name) rich color that's buildable. They blend remarkably well and, once blended, do not flake (which is true even for the shimmery shades). They also wore well throughout a workday with minimal fading or creasing, and were easy to take off with a standard makeup remover.
Another aspect to love—L'Oreal offers a variety of shades and finishes in these shadows, meaning there are options ranging from true matte neutrals to shimmery bold colors (like teal and cobalt blue). Best of all, they're a beauty bargain!
Aside from the potential for the shadow to be crumbly initially (an issue you can control based on how you use your brush to pick up the powder), L'Oreal Colour Riche Monos have a lot going for them, and are certainly worth a look the next time you're in the drugstore makeup aisle.
- Smooth, buttery texture.
- Rich, buildable color.
- Blends well and doesn't flake throughout the day.
- Wears well with minimal creasing or fading.
- Fragrance free.
- Can crumble a bit when picking it up on a shadow brush.
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 minorif 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'Oreals 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 drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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