L'Oreal products are sooooo overpriced..... Plus, they almost never have samples to try out, and even if they do, it's like in one shade that would never match my skin anayway. That being said, this blush ain't that bad. I got the w3-4 & w5-6, but have mostly used the w3-4. It comes with a large mirror, and the cutest angled brush, which allows for perfect application! It can be applied super sheer, or layered on for more intense color, and has very little frost, unlike many powder blushes.
Blush is one of the hardest things to buy, next to foundation being the first.
I noticed that some of these shades are ruddy and too dark...If you know that normally your skin looks great with a true peach or pink shade, buy that one anyway. Even if it doesn't match up with the W,N, or C shade of your choice.
The safest way to go is a shade that says rose, usually a neutral for any skintone.
Very pigmented, a light hand is necessary. You get a lot in one pan (.21 oz) so I don't see myself hitting bottom within this decade. The color W3-4 is pretty, absolutely not something I would ever have picked on my own. A little brownish, I think it would look better when I'm more tan, but I think I prefer a little more pink.
I don't have the exact color I purchased, but it was the peach shade. It is fabulous. I heard brunettes should wear peach in the winter to avoid looking pale and this does the trick. Gives me a warm look without putting too much color on and glides beautifully over my makeup. As with the True Match line, the mirror and brush open from underneath the compact and I didn't figure it out for awhile, but I don't like to brushes that come with blush anyway.
I purchased C5-6, and it's a very natural flushed look for my darker skin (before I was using Chanel and Cover Girl which looked too "pink"). I really don't like the two-sided packaging but the brush applicator is pretty decent for its size. All in all i'd purchase it again because it's affordable and blends nicely.
I am very cool toned, and I selected C3-4, Tender Rose. *This* is cool? It's basically a brown rose. (It was hard to tell in the store lighting, so I really couldn't tell untill I had bought it and unwrapped it.) It would have been much more appropriate to market this as a neutral tone. Interestingly, I picked up one of the neutral blushes on the display to see the color, and there was nothing neutral about it: it was warm.
So for cool-toned ladies, this blush is not very useful. I want a true rose or pink blush without brown tones. This just makes me look drab.
Edited to add: I see that a reviewer below (geminiatwain) bought this color and said "The shade is difficult to describe, a neutral type of colour, not pink, not peach, somewhere in the middle. " Yup! I also read more reviews and noted that a number of people called the lightest "cool" blush a warm pink, or a peachy pink, and one said that she wouldn't purchase again until they added more pinks. Ditto! continued >>
The blush isn't bad, I guess, although the "Cool" I purchased is hardly visible on my PPP skin. That's fine, and I might consider purchasing this again, in a different color, if it weren't for the ULTRA-CRAPPY packaging. First, the hinge on the mirror side disintegrated (and I had never dropped or damaged the packaging!). Then, a few days later, the plastic handle on the brush crushed the little plastic nubs that are supposed to hold it to the packaging. So now, the only way I can keep the brush from falling out is to set the package with the blush side down and brush side exposed. What a mess! I definitely will not purchase this product again until the flawed packaging is fixed. I have bought much cheaper blushes that came in packaging that lasted forever - there's just no excuse.
Ugh, this is horrible! I got "True Matched" on the L'Oreal website, so it's not as if I went to the counter blind. The blush they matched me with had a hideous burnt orange/ dead autumn leaf look on my cheeks. After seeing it in natural light just once, I went home and threw it away.
Save your money, this is a waste of it.
I went crazy on a buy one get one free frenzy and had coupons and am now regretting it. These colors are so bland they make Bobbi Brown look wild. All the colors are very pigmented and have tons of shimmer. They fall all over the face and look rediculous. Plus the shimmer is multicolored, I mean blue pink and purple. Who needs christmas lights just wear this outside in daylight. I have rosy outlook, subtle sable, apricot and a very pale pink color. The only one I would recommend is the pale pink one because it is a soft color like benefit dandelion and would be nice for evening with red lips and this used as a wash, but otherwise overpriced bad packaged blush with a crappy brush and mirror. Get rimmel if you want a great drugstore blush.
I bought two of these blushes on a whim when I saw them on sale buy one get one. I'm so glad I did...they're gorgeous. Ignore the warm/neutral/cool guidelines with the display...misleading. The packaging is okay, but the mirror and attached brush in the underside of the case is odd to me. However, the powder is finely milled and beautifully pigmented. I have Baby Blossom and Barely Blushing and both are so pretty! I might give up my love for Arden Cheekcolor...these are a bargain!