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L'Oreal Paris

Infallible Longwear Highlighting Shaping Stick

0.30 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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L’Oreal’s Infallible Longwear Highlighting Shaping Stick is an excellent way to add subtle to more obvious highlights anywhere you choose, and it works beautifully on its own or applied over makeup (for best results, do so before setting with powder).

The fragrance-free twist-up stick formula is suitable for all skin types except acne-prone, because the waxes and thickeners that keep this in stick form could trigger breakouts.

It couldn’t be easier to apply: twist up a small amount and dab on skin wherever a highlight effect is desired. The cream-to-powder formula blends easily using a sponge, brush, or a clean fingertip. Once set, this stays in place and resists fading.

Regardless of format, most highlighters come in a wide variety of shades, but that’s not the case here. L’Oreal only offers two colors, Slay-in Rose and Gold is Cold, but both are sheer, attractive, and workable for most skin tones. Given that both shades offered are good, we’re not coming down too hard on L’Oreal. By every other standard, Infallible Longwear Highlighting Shaping Stick passes with flying colors!

Pros:
  • Great way to add subtle to more obvious highlights.
  • Works well alone or applied over makeup.
  • Smooths over skin and blends beautifully.
  • Results stay true, no fading or streaking.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Only two shades offered.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Get a long lasting glow with Infallible® Highlighter Sticks from L’Oréal Paris. Apply directly to high points of the face for a highlighted look that doesn’t fade or transfer. The shimmery pigments in the Infallible Highlight Sticks deliver a naturally glowing look that will flatter any complexion. This take-anywhere tool is perfect for glow on the go that will last from day to night.

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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.

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

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