Swept Away: L’Oreal Paris The One Sweep Sculpting Blush Duo

Is your face a big mess when you try to contour?  Just can’t get the hang of it?  Well, L’Oreal Paris has made it easier for you.

I first saw Kandee Johnson talking about these L’Oreal Paris The One Sweep Sculpting Blush Duos ($14.99 CDN) and was instantly intrigued. How could you get perfect contouring and colour all in one sweep?  Was it possible?  I had to try it.

I managed to get two colours, Flush, which is is red-based blush, similar to NARS’ Orgasm, and Poppy, a lighter pink.  I believe that the bronzer in the two is the same shade.  There is also two other shades: Nectar, which is a peach colour, and Posh, which looks like a mauve-type shade. So how does it work?  Well, in the bottom compartment (you flip the blush/bronzer part up) there is a V-shaped brush and mirror.  You are supposed to sweep the brush across the pan in a diagonal direction to pick up both the blush and bronzer.  You go back and forth about three to four times.  Then, starting at the apple of your cheek, you sweep the brush on your cheeks back and forth depositing the colour on your cheeks and cheekbones. So does it work?  Do you end up with a stripe of two colours on your face? Surprisingly, no.  The colour goes on your face quite smoothly and although I didn’t notice much contouring, it does leave a perfect application of the blush.

I did a demo of both colours to see how they turn out when you apply them. I started off with a basic face, just foundation, concealer, and lipstick.

Bare face. Makeup used: MAC Pro Longwear foundation in NC15, ELF undereye concealer, Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder, MAC Blankety lipstick

The first colour that I tested out was Flush.  It’s a rose coloured blush that reminds me a lot like Orgasm.

With Flush there is definitely a lot of colour payoff.  It is a bit too bold of a colour for me for daytime, maybe if I was going out at night to a dark place then I would wear this colour.  Of course, you can always apply it with a lighter hand and it won’t be this bold or you could grab your blush brush and blend it a bit more.  Like I mentioned earlier, I didn’t see much of the bronzer shade, I would probably have to contour my cheeks myself.

The other colour I got was Poppy, which is a lighter pink shade, very appropriate for day time or for a subtle look. Like I mentioned above, Poppy is much more subtle than Flush.  I would for sure wear this colour to work, to run errands, lazy days, etc.  Between the two, I like Poppy better.

So final thoughts?  I like this product, but not for contouring. L’Oreal had a really good idea, but I think that the bronzer part of the product should have been a lot more darker.  The blush was noticeable but that’s about it.  I would recommend this product to someone who is just starting out with makeup or for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time.  The brush is really cool and does apply the colour very well and in the right place.

Have you tried L’Oreal Paris’ The One Sweep Sculpting Blush Duo?  What were your thoughts?

Please note: I did receive this product for review, however, it did not affect my opinions on it.  All opinions are my honest own :).