Designed to create a bronzy French Riviera glow (yes, please!), the L’Oréal Summer Belle Collection is a Walmart exclusive consisting of four lip glosses, a bronzer, two blushes and a face and body luminizer. It’s a huge bummer that this collection is only available at Walmart because I don’t shop there or have a store in my area. So on a recent trip to my parents’ house in the world of suburbia, I dragged my Mom to two nearby Walmarts in order to pick up the entire collection. Let’s see if it was worth it (L’Oréal pun intended).
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Tested July-August 2019
Bronze Please! La Terra Sun Powder for Face & Body ($14.98)
It’s great when a drugstore bronzer is released in multiple shades, and there are three to choose from here: Light, Medium and Deep. I picked up the Light shade, called Portofino, and feel that it worked pretty well on my fair skin. This is a very warm toned bronzer, and although it claims to be matte, I think it’s more appropriate to call it a satin finish than a true matte. There’s no glitter to speak of, but it had the slightest sheen on the skin. The pan size is ginormous, which I love because even the biggest, fluffiest brushes will have enough surface area to pick up product. Way more hits than misses with this one, and I think it’s a great drugstore bronzer option.
Glowing Lip Gloss ($9.99)
Anyone else remember the Camila Cabello Lip Dews that L’Oréal released a while back? Well, if you loved those as I did, rejoice, because the Glowing Lip Gloss is pretty much identical. The scent is slightly fruitier, and the words on the tube and color of the caps are different, but the really big doe-foot applicator remains the same, as does the finish and feel of the gloss. Released in four shades with cute names (my personal favorite is Tropic Like It’s Hot), these have an amazing gel-balm texture that is NOT sticky at all. I really love how these feel on the lips, juicy and hydrated with no stringiness or grit, even with the shimmer shade. The texture alone is worth giving them a shot. The only thing that really disappointed me here is that, although the shades look pretty different in the tube, they all look so, so similar on the lips. In fact, Sea You Soon and Tropic Like It’s Hot are basically a clear gloss when applied so you definitely don’t need both of them. Shell We Dance has a light golden glimmer to it, and Sun-Day Funday is my favorite because it has the most color payoff (which is still not a lot). None of these are going to stick around very long once applied, but they fade evenly and leave behind a light balmy finish. I wish these were more pigmented because I really do love them, so save your cash and pick up just one of the four if you’re interested.
Blush Please! Shimmering Blush ($9.99)
If you don’t like a glittery blush, STOP reading this right now, because she’s glittery, folks! No way around it. Blushin In Riviera, a bright pink, and Blushin In Saint-Tropez, a nude-coral, are bold, bright and pack a real shimmery punch. To be honest, these are too deep for my very fair skin. I had to use an incredibly light hand and kept them high on the cheekbones and back further on the face in order to make them more wearable. I also skipped highlighter with these because, as I said, glitter.
When I applied each of them, my first thought was “Whoa, this is way too much”, but I found that after two days wearing Blushin In Riviera, the shade had grown on me quite a bit. I would catch a flash of pinky shimmer when I looked in the mirror, and was shocked at how long the shade lasted on the skin (I did use a setting spray). I applied the blush in the morning, and came home from a work event at 10:30pm and could still see it loud and clear. So points for staying power. I had more trouble getting Blushin In Saint-Tropez to work for me, but I think this would be killer on medium to tan skin tones. On me, it was more reminiscent of a glitter sunburn, but I’ll keep Blushin In Riviera around for bold blush looks.
Beach Bae Face & Body Luminizer ($14.98)
Clocking in at 3.8 fl. oz. with a pump applicator, this luminizer comes in Light to Medium (the shade I tried) and Medium to Deep. I used it three different ways: as a highlighter on the face, mixed into a liquid foundation, and on the collarbones and shoulders as a body luminizer. As a regular highlighter, this was nothing special at all and I barely noticed it once it was blended out on the cheekbones. As a body luminizer, it created a pretty, soft glow that wasn’t overwhelming and gave the skin a nice healthy sheen. Mixed it with my favorite liquid foundation, it really impressed me.
I used one small pump with one to two pumps of foundation and thought this made a big difference in the finish of my foundation, adding just the right amount of glow without looking like I put highlighter all over my face. I don’t think it makes this product something we can’t live without, but if you have a matte or natural finish foundation that you’d like to make a bit dewier, this will get the job done.