Today, I have yet another new 2013 drugstore product review for you – L’oreal’s new true match crayon concealers. If you haven’t yet seen these around, they’re already available online at Drugstore.com, and should show up at other online retailers soon.
These are jumbo crayons, and packaged just like jumbo lip or eye pencils. They are twist up and do not need to be sharpened. You can twist them up and back down again. I like this packaging for a concealer to keep in my bag – it’s very portable, just dab on, blend with fingers, and done!
The display I purchased from had six shades, and they are the same shades currently available online:
W1-2-3 (fair/ light warm)
N1-2-3 (fair / light neutral)
W4-5 (light / medium warm)
N4-5 (light / medium neutral)
W6-7-8 (medium/ deep warm)
N6-7-8 (medium/ deep neutral)
It seems odd to me that there are no cool shades, and that there are only three depths — hopefully L’oreal will eventually expand the range! I had a feeling that I was between the light and medium shades, so I purchased both the lightest and the medium of the neutral shades.
Here are the swatches – first unblended, then blended:
As you can see, I am indeed between shades. The light is closer, but definitely too light, and the medium is significantly too dark. Blended together, the two crayons are a good match.
I like the texture of the concealer crayons – they are firm enough to hold their shape as crayons, but soft enough to apply easily, without any tugging. When first applied, they are very creamy and blendable, but after about a minute, they set and don’t smudge with light pressure (they will, like any concealer, smudge if you try hard enough!).
The texture seems better suited to covering blemishes than undereyes – it’s on the thicker side, and I find that a thinner texture works better for me in the eye area (though I don’t have prominent bags and often skip undereye concealer entirely). Wear time seems average; the concealer lasts until I remove it at the end of the day, but I haven’t tried it on a long, hot summer day.
Overall, I would recommend these if you happen to find a match – they’re a nice, ultra-portable choice for a concealer to keep with you in your bag.