I’ve been dicking about recently and wondering if I needed a YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Levres, because they look freaking gorgeous and come in about a trillion colours. I had one of the previous formulations a couple of years ago which was a glossy balm/stain thing and didn’t do much for me (although I did choose a very discreet coral shade, which probably didn’t help). As I understand it they’ve reformulated and amped up the colour range, so I got sucked back in.
But, you know. Twenty six quid. *Oof*.
So I played around with them a bit in John Lewis until I ran out of space on my arm for swatches and the SA was giving me the skunk eye, so I decided against it. There were too many gorgeous colours and I was indecisive and would probably end up either with a too-safe shade which I would resent, or a Whatever happened to Baby Jane nightmare, so, as I often do under these circumstances, I went to Boots.
Where I saw these babies:
Somewhat similar packaging to the YSL, wouldn’t you agree? And with an equally daft name: L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick by Color Riche.
Well, I have to say- they are amazing. Amazing. They cost £8.99 each (they were on 3 for 2) meaning that they worked out at £6 each. Theoretically I could have 5 for just over the price of one YSL gloss.
The pigment (just like in the YSL) is held in oil, and they apply in one hyper-pigmented swipe. They feel like an oily balm going on -the doe foot applicator (which is flatter and a bit wider than a normal lipgloss wand) just about gets the right amount on in one go. The colour payoff is great -I chose a true orangey-red, a fuschia and a soft raspberry for variation:
You can see from the image just how glossy they are, and this does translate to the lips in a certain amount of stickyness. When on, the colour has a certain amount of dimension, so that your natural lip colour shows through a little, which I like, as it means I don’t feel like I have shouty plastic looking lips (always a worry for me with lipgloss). The amazing thing is just how much they stain -when I reapply I can see that the colour has already settled into my lips, but without drying or flaking.
I can’t detect a flavour of any kind, but they do have quite a strong scent. Somewhat lemony and rosy at the same time, which I find quite pleasant. Thankfully it’s not the Palma Violet smell that puts me off so many L’Oreal lipsticks –why do they do that? I can’t be the only person who doesn’t buy their products because I don’t want my face smelling like an old woman’s underwear drawer. Far better to not have a scent at all. But in this case, it’s all to the good.
Here’s the colours on my lips in natural light and no other make up (but some smudging!):
I can definitely see myself loading up on some other colours while they’re on offer…
Available here ( or at Superdrug, if you can bear wrestling 17 layers of sellotape and security tags off them)
Disclaimer: Bought with cold, hard Cash