When you have glistening packaging with candy coloured lip products winking at you, it’s hard to just walk past and pretend they don’t exist. At least it’s impossible for me to refrain myself. But as with anything in life, first impressions may not always match the expectations. I feel it’s my duty to share with you the ‘so-so’ products as well as the good and let you decide…
I’m talking about Loreal’s Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick line (and tips on how you can test such products)…
Just a disclaimer: the color range and even the names of these lipsticks may vary depending on the store and even the country you’re in. I was able to swatch 10 of the 16 colors that are lurking in the retail world so I hope the swatches will be a good indication of the shade range.
As the name of the product suggests, these babies are marketed as ‘liquid lipsticks’. I think for me personally, this is where expectation and reality didn’t quite match.
Usually when I swatch lip products, I’ll apply a generous amount on the back of my hand, let it sit for a few minutes and then smudge it. This gives me an idea of whether the product has stain/long wearing properties, how intense the pigment is, the texture (whether it’s smooth or sticky), and whether the product will hold its color or wear right off. All these factors will show whether the formula is closer to a lipstick or a lip gloss. Unfortunately, these ‘liquid lipsticks’ swatched and smudged more like a lip gloss consistency.
Lighter colors are also a good way to test the formula. Due to the fact that they don’t have as much pigment as the brighter shades, you can really test opacity and color payoff which will be a good indication of what to expect from the rest of the line.
So I tried on Nude Ballet being the ‘nudest color’ and because of the formula, it practically disappeared. I applied another 2 coats just to get some opacity but because of the high gloss finish, it started to look like I tucked into a bucket of KFC and didn’t wipe the oil off my mouth…you get my drift :)
Of the 10 colors swatched, Ruby Opera and Fucshia Drama were the closest to be considered a liquid lipstick but…they also wore more like a lipgloss would.
There are very pretty colors within the Loreal Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick line and if there’s a particular color you absolutely ‘must have’ (or you prefer such formulas), then these would be good to have in your makeup stash. But, if like me, you take the marketing of a product seriously and expect the claims match the actual performance, you might want to give these a miss and stick to your favorite lip glosses instead.
Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks are available at drugstores from $9.99 – though availability of colors may vary from store to store.
Do you have any colors from this line? What are your thoughts on it? xx
Couple of weeks ago, I announced the upcoming launch of Gucci Cosmetics on my Facebook page. Well…the wait is over as the products are now available to purchase on the Gucci website here; Neiman Marcus here and Saks stores here. *Neiman Marcus and Saks offer international shipping options on certain products, check their shipping section for details.
I must admit, I was very surprised with the number of products Gucci has released at their very first introduction into the cosmetics world. Usually high end designer brands will start off with a select capsule of beauty products and expand the range from there but Gucci practically launched ‘everything’ all at once.
Here’s a sneak peak of the line that I categorised to make it a tad bit easier for you guys…
Charlotte Casirgahi as face of Gucci Cosmetics
Inspired by Gucci’s fashion archives and runway shows, the color palette in general is very glamorous. Sparkling eyeshadows and eyeliners with rich hues of browns, golds and teals; countless shades of creamy red lipsticks and nail polish and even colored mascaras make up this very luxurious collection. They haven’t stopped there and also released skincare, primers and brushes to complement the full range of foundation, powder and concealers. It’s a ‘big’ line.
Magnetic Color Shadow Mono (10 colors) $37 ♦ Magnetic Color Shadow Duo (7 colors) $49 ♦ Magnetic Color Shadow Quad (10 colors) $65
PENCILS & MASCARA
Power Liquid Liner (Black) $37 ♦ Impact Long Wear Eye Pencil (5 colors) $32 ♦ Precise Sculpting Brow Pencil (3 colors) $32
Opulent Volume Mascara (Black, Cocoa, Midnight Blue, Iconic Ottanio) $33
BRONZER & BLUSH
Golden Glow Bronzer (4 colors) $59 ♦ Sheer Blushing Powder (7 colors) $49
Audacious Color Intense Lipstick (25 colors) $39 ♦ Luxurious Moisture Rick Lipstick (25 colors) $39 ♦ Vibrant Demi Glaze Lip Lacquer (13 colors) $32 Sleek Contouring Lip Pencil (8 colors) $32
Silk Priming Serum $59 ♦ Lustrous Glow Foundation (18 shades) $65 ♦ Luxe Finishing Powder (6 shades) $55 ♦ Luminous Perfecting Concealer (6 shades) $44
Bold High Gloss Smoothing Lacquer Base Coat $29 ♦ Bold High Gloss Lacquer Top Coat $29 ♦ Bold High Gloss Lacquer (25 colors) $29
Purifying Cleansing Water $49 ♦ Gentle Refining Toner $49 ♦ Perfecting Lightweight Moisturiser $69
Brush range from $42 – $79
Wheww!! As you can see, without even going into each and every single color option, Gucci has pretty much covered everything we could need in a cosmetics line. The prices aren’t too unreasonable considering the name. Packaging is just enough with the famous Gucci logo embossed into the powder products which is a nice touch.
I haven’t personally had a chance to test the products myself but I’ve read the initial reviews and the feedback is quite positive in terms of texture, quality and color payoff of the products featured. The rest is all about deciding what to get…oh and what color ;)
What do you guys think of the new Gucci Cosmetics line? Would you purchase any items?
From the prettiest boho dresses to the most amazing couture pieces, I love fashion in all its glory. BUT…my personal preference always takes me back to…comfort. Especially on days where I may not be feeling too glamorous, I prefer pieces that will wrap me up like a soft blanket- without looking too shabby of course :)
This particular set is an example of what I mean by the comfort factor. A soft knit sweater paired with boyfriend jeans; comfortable booties to match and a hint of the designer touch with your favourite bag is enough to take you through a whole day of running around. Adding hints of the nude color family into this mix highlights the natural elements of a relaxed comfortable style.
If you have any questions regarding the pieces in this set, please leave a message in the comments section below ;) xx
TOP: Jarbo – Poncho sweater in natural
JEANS: J.Crew – Broken in boyfriend jeans in harbor wash
SHOES: BC Footwear – Trip To Remember bootie
BAG: Michael Kors – Jet Set Travel cross body bag
***All the fashion sets I publish are my own work from page layout to design, to styling. I create my sets to be of inspiration to carry into your own closets; whether you’re interested in the brands I feature or find alternatives to replicate the look.
You can find an archive of my previous sets HERE