My skin: Combo, clog-prone, and sensitive to many fragrance ingredients. Warm golden yellow and olive complexion, NC40 in MAC/5.0 in MatchMaster.
I picked up 3 shades (which is what was available in my area. . not sure if they have more) #503 Soft Berry which is a bright medium raspberry shade and probably best suited for light to medium deep complexions; #502 Soft Pink, a bright Barbie pink with gold shimmer flecks which looks very odd on my skin but will likely suit fair to lighter medium complexions; and #501 Soft Peach, a very sheer pinky coral shade with slight nude tones, leans warm, suitable for very fair to lighter medium complexions.
The blushes all feel like applying primer, very silicone-heavy, so beware if your skin is sensitive to cones. I'm not a fan of that silicone feel in general, though it doesn't bother my skin. They blend easily but almost too easily - as in, they slip around on your face and can even roll off/pill a bit (depending on what's on your skin prior to application), plus come out uneven depending on how you apply them. When I used a sheer setting powder on top, most of the colour was gone. I find patting them on with fingers or a small stippling brush works best, and if you need to apply powder on top- use a sponge or extremely soft brush to very lightly pat it on. This stuff can move around for a while till it "sets". Once dry it looks nice, and quite natural. The blush dries to a powdery finish in feel though it does not appear dusty or dry looking at all. It applies smoothly even over drier patches and does not accentuate pores.
All the shades are sheer with varying intensity, #502 Soft Pink and ##501 Soft Peach are almost undetectable on my skin colour, but I will try it out when my skin gets lighter in the winter and possibly update then. My favourite is #503 Soft Berry - looks great on my olive skin, very natural and pretty when applied with a light hand. They are good if you are looking for a more soft blush, if you want something more pigmented I would recommend ELF HD cream blushes or MUFE's cream blushes instead. Becca's Beach Tints also have better pigmentation in a lighter more fluid consistency with better, more sophisticated shades overall.
Longevity is poor. This barely lasted through a day of work for me, and started to fade after only 4 hours. To be fair, I work long hours in a busy hospital and most products don't last a full work day on me, but other blushes (MAC, ELF HD) do last at least 8 or more hours without fading. I would only wear the L'Oreal for a short trip to the store or something, but I wouldn't rely on it for a night out or a work day.
- should last a long time as you only need a small amount per use
- non drying
- dries to a powdery non-sticky or greasy finish
- lack complexity/wearable range of shades for various skintones
- silicone heavy (this may or may not bother some)
- has more slip than any other cream/gel/etc blush I've used and therefore can go on patchy or be blended away to nothing easily
- not long-lasting (maybe it will wear better on drier skin. .?)
- a bit pricey for drugstore
- IMO, I would have liked the shimmer to be more subtle
Repurchase/Recommend? Nothing about this blush makes me feel like I can't live without it. I won't repurchase as I didn't find the colour selection interesting nor flattering and longevity is poor. I would only recommend this if you like a sheer, natural (well, aside from the bit of shimmer) look and are willing to touch-up during the day.