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Monday, 26 December 2016

L'ORÉAL True Match Highlight Vs Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Illuminator

I know I wasn't supposed to be blogging until 2017, but I really couldn't help myself and I think this will be super helpful for those that are maybe thinking of getting a new highlighter with that Christmas money.Speaking of Christmas, I hope you all had a lovely day and if you don't celebrate it, I hope you're enjoying the holidays :) Anyway, so I wanted to do a review on both of these products because the colour of them are very similar and would be a good dupe too.Whilst the Cover FX is worth every penny, its also very hard to get hold of in the UK, and if you're worried on how the shade will look on you, going for the cheaper alternative by L'Oréal might be a good idea.I'm going to show you some swatches of them first, then go into detail of the differences between them and application.Both of these products were purchased by myself.
The top shade by L'Oréal is called Icy Glow and the Cover FX is Celestial.There wasn't much of a description about the shade of icy glow, however celestials shade is described as glistening pearl.Both of them have a little hint of pink in them, but the silver shine that it gives off mostly counters it out.Icy glow has a little bit of a scent thats nice but doesn't last too long, whereas celestial doesn't have a scent at all.Even though there is quite a price difference between the two, with L'Oréal ranging between £4.99-£6.99 and Cover FX between £28.99-£34.99, there are a lot of pro's and cons, depending on what you're looking for.
The packaging of them both are completely different and with Icy Glow you get 30ml worth of product.It can be used as a primer and can be mixed in with your foundation to give your skin a radiant complexion.I've trialled it with three different foundations: NARS Luminious Weightless Foundation, Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation and L'Oréal True Match foundation.Using it as a primer or to mix it in with your foundation didn't have much of an effect with the NARS and Kat foundation, but it worked great with True Match which was expected.It could be down to the formula for it to be working with the True Match as they're part of the same range.

The application is pretty easy, as the small pierced hole on the end makes it really easy to get the product out and to not waste any product either.You have to squeeze the bottle with only a little bit of pressure to get it out and you can either apply it directly to the face or put it on the back of your hand and apply with your fingers.I prefer to use the finger method as I don't want the highlight to be too intense for my skin tone and it can be easily blended out using my fingers without it leaving them sticky.The texture comes out like a cream but as soon as you start blending it into the skin it turns into a liquid.It gives off more of a matte finish and lasts approximately 5-6hours, which isn't bad for a £6.99 highlighter.

The packaging of this highlighter is still very pretty, however you get 15ml worth of product, compared to the 30ml by L'Oréal above.This can also be added to your primer or foundation, but also states it can be used along with a serum and moisturiser.I've only tried this as a highlighter on top of my foundation, because this highlight is SUPER intense and I think it would of left my face (or head) like below if I mixed it with my foundation or formula.
The application is surprisingly easy and I honestly thought that I would have a struggle with the applicator in general.I practiced before hand with it above the bottle, to stop myself from wasting any product, but it doesn't seem to drip at all.Where the lid goes, it can get a little bit messy, especially when you take the applicator out every time and its all left on the outside of the bottle, but it can easily be put back in or can be used to apply on the face.I like using both methods of putting it on the back of my hand (habit) or applying 3 small dots to the face to then blend out using my fingers.You literally only need a small drop for this highlighter to go a long way, because it is one of the most intense highlighters I have ever used and the pigmentation is amazing.I like to use it mainly on my collarbone if I'm going for an intense look and also my cupids bow or brow bone to highlight them features.The texture is more thick but is really easy to blend like I said with my fingers and it gives off more of a dewy finish.It lasted approximately 7-8hours for being INTENSE, but around 11-12hours it started to completely fade.
Out of the two, I personally favour the Cover FX one, because of how intense it is.I also love that its Paraben, Mineral Oil, Gluten free too.I also forgot to mention that icy glow tends to get patchy after the 6+ hours (depending on how much you apply) compared to celestial that just gradually begins to fade.Although its quite pricy, I would highly recommend the enhancer drops out of the two and think its 100% worth the price.By trying to get icy glow as intense as celestial, I would have to use a lot of product  and saying that I have about 60%-70% remaining of it, where as I have about 97-98% remaining of celestial.I've provided links to where you can get them from, with the sites that regularly have deals on them

L'Oréal True Match Highlight: 
£6.99 or 3 for 2 at Superdrug
£6.99 & free gift if you spend £12.99 or more on selected L'Oréal products at Boots
£6.99 at Feelunique

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops Illuminator:
£28.90 (15% off) at House Of Fraser 
£34 at BeautyBay