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