Loreal Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks

October 2, 2014

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)…

Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick

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.

Loreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipsticks

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

 

 

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Sydney October 2, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Hey Sarah! I had a coupon for this item from a recent Marie Claire magazine purchase, and went and bought the Fuchsia Drama for my upcoming trip. I tested it out this last weekend, and I have to agree: the claim does not live up to the product. However, for a great sheen on my lips and vibrant color, it takes the cake! It also did well for long-wear purposes compared to some of my other drugstore lip products. This product is good for a cheap alternative :)

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Sarah October 3, 2014 - 5:00 am

Yes the fuchsia and the ruby red were definitely more prominent in color and it’s great you had a coupon for it too. Where are you off to for your trip Sydney? you sound so excited, I hope you have a great time!! :) xx

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Sydney October 16, 2014 - 4:59 pm

I went to San Diego, and didn’t want to come back! It was about 40 degrees warmer there than in St. Louis!

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Sarah October 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm

how nice!! it’s always hard to get back to daily routine after a nice break. I love warmer weather too :)

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Melissa October 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm

lol your KFC example cracked me up

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Sarah October 3, 2014 - 5:01 am

hahahaa I can be quite dramatic at times :) xx

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Gina October 2, 2014 - 2:35 pm

Hi Sarah a bit off topic but I always admire your photos, they look so good. Can I ask what camera you use and if you have any tips when taking these pictures. Thank you!

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Sarah October 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Hi Gina, thank you so much!! I usually use an Olympus EMD-OM5 camera with standard lens but these particular pictures I took with the iPhone 6. I’m very impressed with the quality actually, definitely a big improvement compared to the previous models. My biggest tip for photography is good natural lighting. I know it can be restricting to take photos during daytime but but I take all my photos in front of the window where I know the products will look as clear as possible. Making sure the products are positioned well and centred also makes a big difference. I hope this helps somewhat :) xx

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Amanda Beckett October 2, 2014 - 1:17 pm

Shame about the formula. I would expect more coverage from a liquid lipstick too and maybe not so glossy like these. I bought the Too Faced Melted liquid lipstick after your review and love love love it! I think I’ll just get more colours of that lipstick instead. Great review.

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Sarah October 2, 2014 - 2:58 pm

Hi Amanda, the colors are definitely beautiful. I guess I was just expecting more from the formula. Too Faced just released a limited edition 4-pack of their Melted lipsticks for the holidays. It’s a great deal if you’re interested :) xx

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Trisha October 2, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Excellent review!! : )

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Sarah October 2, 2014 - 2:57 pm

Thank you Trisha!! xx

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Nicole October 2, 2014 - 9:44 am

Great review of these glosses. I say gloss cos I thought the same thing when I tried this. I have molto mauve and it’s just average. Thank you for an honest review!

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Sarah October 2, 2014 - 2:56 pm

Thank you Nicole!! xx

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