I honestly cannot remember the last time I bought a L’Oreal lipstick, however when the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick collection dropped I knew I needed to try at least one shade as I love a good shiny lip product. Does anyone remember the L’Oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks?! They were crazy popular the same time the Revlon Lip Butters were, and they had a bullet format with colour on the outside, and a shimmery shiny core which were so balm-like on the lips. I was gutted when they were discontinued, but the new Color Riche Shine Lipsticks looked like a promising replacement for those like me, prefer a glossy lip colour over a super intense matte. The L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick collection consists of nineteen different shades, are £8.99 each and I chose the shade MLBB 642 which stands for ‘my lips but better’.
L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick
“Turn on your shine with new L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Shine Lipstick, for statement shine and saturated colour, which is as addictive to apply as it is to wear. Enriched with vivid pigments, the lipstick is encased in our most enviable crystal-cut inspired packaging. Oil-infused formula for a high-shine look, smooth-glide application and hydrating feel.
Apply Color Riche Shine Lipstick from the cupid’s bow to the corners of your lips. Take your shine to the next-level with one of our color riche shine lip topcoats to create a completely customised lip look. Wear it on bare lips for a pure holographic finish, over lipstick or in the centre of lips as iridescent lip highlighter.“
The packaging is visually very similar to the rest of the L’Oreal lipstick range, yet the Color Riche Shine Lipsticks have a crystal cut inspired clear casing and I think it’s one of the more luxe packaging designs on a lipstick I’ve seen from the drugstore.
What I really liked about this launch, is how L’Oreal included a lip swatch of every single shade on three different skintones on their website so you can see how different it looks on different skintones. A nude lip colour for me might give a concealer lip effect to those with a deeper skintone so I think it’s fab they allow us to see how the colours look on the lips, so we can choose our perfect shade.
From the 19 shades on offer, the L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick in MLBB 642 is perhaps the most raved about shade so it was an easy choice for me as there are so many swatches online, so I had a good idea what it’d look like on my skintone. This swatch is three swipes and as you can see, it’s still not fully opaque but on the lips it does look more opaque as the natural colour of your lips is a complementary shade and not almost bright white like my skin.
It feels like a lip butter or balm to apply, gliding effortlessly and it’s extremely comfortable to wear with an amazing glossy finish too. This is essentially my perfect lipstick formula – you don’t have to prep the lips prior to application, it’s quick and easy to apply, it feels comfortable on the lips, it looks beautifully glossy, it wears decently well for a balmy formula at around two to three hours and it doesn’t bleed or feather during wear either. The MLBB shade is a really pretty beige toned nude that goes with any makeup look, and I’m so pleased I chose it as my first shade as I love it so much.
I’m a massive fan and whilst £8.99 may seem pricey for a drugstore lipstick, L’Oreal always have an offer of some kind at Boots and Superdrug and I’d actually go as far to say that the formula of L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick is almost identical to the YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Lipsticks (which I love) and they are £29 each. To find a YSL Lipstick dupe for £9 is pretty amazing!
Have you tried any of the Color Riche Shine Lipsticks yet?
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