L’oreal L’Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick review

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:

Shiny tubes of wonder

Shiny tubes of wonder

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.

Yes please.

L-R Red Ruby Opera (304), Fuschia Drama (401), Rose Symphony (201)

L-R Red Ruby Opera (304), Fuschia Drama (401), Rose Symphony (201)

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:

swatched in natural light

swatched in natural light

 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.

wiped off -natural light

wiped off -natural light

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!):

Rose Symphony

Rose Symphony

Red Ruby Opera

Red Ruby Opera

Fuschia Drama

Fuschia Drama

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