L.A. Colors is a "budget-friendly"* cruelty-free makeup brand owned by Beauty 21 Cosmetics Inc. It was established in 1985 in California and is currently distributed worldwide. *Source: Company website

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Recent L.A. COLORS Reviews

Liquid -L.A. COLORS -Truly Matte Foundation

on 12/16/2018 1:47:00 PM


By all accounts this foundation should have been perfect on my oily skin because one its super matte and second its full coverage. Unfortunately because of my skin texture which is flaky in my t-zone despite being oily, this foundation caked up real bad on me. It dries to a heavy powder finish and it just looked like a mask. I tried different methods of application too. I used a brush and I also tried a beauty sponge. No matter what I did I still got the cakey look every time.

Another thing I was bummed out about was the shade selection. I bought 3 different shades which all managed to look orangey on me. For reference I bought Warm Honey for summer and then Golden Beige and Soft Beige. I tried to mix and match but soft beige was the least orange on me and even then it still oxidized a bit.

I'm really sad it didn't work for me seeing as so many people liked it. I personally liked their Radiant Foundation better than this one. That one worked really well on my skin. Nonetheless I don't completely hate this foundation and I'll try it again when my skin gets better.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Polishes -L.A. COLORS -Color Craze Nail Polish - Energy Source


I wanted it for french manicure but this requires 3 coats to full color or does not look well applied on, uneven might work just for a index finder but I wouldn't fuss with it for french or for full polish.

Lipstick -L.A. COLORS -Matte Lipstick-All Shades

on 12/4/2018 2:50:00 PM


This is a review of the L.A. Colors Matte Lipsticks in the packaging with a black band around the middle that says “LAC” and a clear square cap. OMG these are fantastic! They’re not drying, they go on smoothly and precisely, and they last a long time. They are a true matte finish, but without that wrinkly, clay-like look that some matte lippies can have (ie, MAC classic mattes).

I got a couple of Xmas gift sets of these at my local Walgreens. The “berry shades” 3-pack was disappointing when I got it out of the box, as all 3 colors were basically different intensities of the same harsh bluish-purple/fuchsia. (Those types of shades just don’t work with my yellow-toned skin.) However I loved all 3 shades in the “nude shades” 3-pack. “Classy” is a rich warm brown nude; “Tender” is a pretty medium pink nude; and “Mysterious” is a deep neutral brownish red that is a perfect dupe for MAC Viva Glam I, but it feels better on the lips!

These are like $1-2 a piece, so what have you got to lose? They’re beautiful and they outperform more expensice brands. Yes, there are some garish colors in the lineup, but also some really sophisticated and nice ones. Plus, they blend easily with one another so you can create multiple looks.

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Liquid -L.A. COLORS -Radiant Liquid Makeup

on 11/27/2018 11:25:00 AM


This little four dollar gem has actually become my favorite (and most reached-for) foundation. Just to give you a little background for comparison sake, I typically go for light, natural coverage. Most often, I use a tiny bit of Bare Minerals Original Foundation, or some type of light BB Cream. I ran out of foundation and I was in between paydays so I picked this up at Family Dollar...And now I keep coming back to it. I can't stop using it. The coverage is light so if you prefer full coverage or a flawless finish, you may want to skip this one. I am 43 years old with moderately dry skin, and softer, lighter formulas tend to look the best on me. The coverage is about the same as a tinted moisturizer. It evens out my skin tone with maybe slightly less coverage than Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue -- for about twenty-two dollars less. It looks like skin and leaves me with a fresh faced supple appearance. I don't find this formula to be TOO glowy. I feel like L.A. Colors found the sweet spot with this foundation and it just looks very healthy and fresh. It wore beautifully all summer with a little bronzer and peachy blush. Now that it's colder, I've been wearing it with a berry toned blush and I just love it. For four dollars, it was a steal and I am on my second bottle. Honestly, the price is just the icing on the cake for me. I'd buy this if it cost forty bucks. And it's cruelty free!

I am NC 20 in MAC and I use Fairly Light in Bare Minerals Original. Ivory is the shade I am using right now in the L.A. Colors foundation, and I used one shade darker over the summer. There are thirteen shades offered in all.

The formula is so lightweight that I *think* using a Beauty Blender might dab it away to nothing-ness. I use an old Elf foundation brush to blend it in, and I think any dense foundation brush would work just fine.

There is no sunscreen in this. Not an issue for me because I slather on a separate sunscreen every day, but it's something to keep in mind if you're looking for an alternative to Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue or some other BB Cream. I'm also willing to bet that the ingredients in this aren't as alluring as Bare Minerals, but luckily my skin isn't all that sensitive and my pocketbook loves the twenty-two dollar difference.

The only other caveat I'll mention is that no matter how lightly you press on the pump of this foundation, a huge glob comes out -- which is great if you want full coverage, but I just use a few dots so product gets wiped away and wasted. It's a little annoying, but I'm willing to overlook it because I really do love this formula.

I will definitely repurchase.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -L.A. COLORS -16 Color Eyeshadow Palette - Haute

on 11/24/2018 3:25:00 AM


This is a nice affordable palette if you want to add color to your collection. It's considered a dupe for Urban Decay's Electric Palette but I never owned the UD palette so I can't compare the two. I can say the shades are very similar. I picked this palette up because I loved the selection of colors. It looks like a rainbow. I wasn't disappointed.
Pigmentation is great. The colors are buttery and creamy. They're so soft sometimes they can crumble a little if you press too hard. Nonetheless the only shade that was disappointing in terms of pigmentation was the pretty bronze olive shade (third color left from top row). It's not as pigmented as I would like. Also the orange shade is more of a pale sherbet. I wish it was a brighter orange. Nonetheless the rest of the colors perform really good though and I have no complaints. It's fun to wear bright shadows once in a while instead of doing neutral looks day after day.

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