L'Oreal's Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer is a product that promises all kinds of good things - like "rolling away fatigue and dark circles" - but in the end doesn't deliver on most of them, and there are problems along the way.
Before we get to the heart of this review, a note about the term "CC" in this product: It doesn't mean anything. With most products labeled "CC," the letters indicate "color and care" or "color and correction," but putting aside what the initials are supposed to mean, it's all just marketing hype, and in a major way. In this circumstance, L'Oreal doesn't even go on to explain what CC is supposed to mean! The name slapped on this concealer is just an attempt to hop on the BB/CC creams bandwagon.
As for the product itself, this concealer is housed in a tube with a metal rollerball applicator. The cool feeling of the rollerball on a tired undereye area is nice, but this does nothing as far as concealing or treating dark circles. The formula itself is quite thin and sheer, and while it does brighten up the undereye area a bit with cosmetic pigment and shine, it offers very little coverage! Even after piling it on, dark circles remain visible, and nothing about this concealer will lift skin, around the eyes or anywhere else.
The biggest problem with Visible Lift CC Eye Concealer, though, is its formula. It's supposed to have anti-aging properties, but one of the main ingredients is alcohol, which is just bad news all the way around because it actually triggers free-radical damage. See More Info for details on why alcohol in skin-care and makeup products is the opposite of what healthy, young-looking skin needs!
Pass on this one and choose an option from our list of Best Concealers instead.
More Info: Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410-1419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
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.
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