L’Oreal Color Riche Lipsticks

I think L’Oreal are having a moment, lipstick wise. I used to associate them almost entirely with glossy looking Kim Kardashian-like nudes in shades of taupe and honey and pass them by thinking “Meh…” but now I can barely walk past a stand without being drawn in by the gorgeous jewel tones currently on display. The nudes are very much taking a back seat at the moment it seems.

I’ve already written about their L’Extraordinaire Liquid lipsticks here which I haven’t stopped using, and like an addict looking for another fix I was back salivating over some more gem like shades.

Check out these beauties!

Check out these beauties!

The Color Riche shades this year are something else. Helpfully sorted into different colour families -reds and corals, pinks, nudes and plums, there surely must be something for everyone in this lot. Naturally I went straight for the clear bright shades: 229 -Cliche Mania-, which is a bright Tomatoey orange-red, 132 -Magnolia Irreverent- which is a definite fuschia and 228 -VIP- which is a gorgeous matte coral.

They are very densely pigmented -the tester swatches I tried on the back of my hand were still visible after a few hand washings, and as with any lipstick that has a lot of pigment -the colour does cling to any dry skin so exfoliated, moisturised lips are a must before using these.

L-R Cliche Mania, Magnolia Irreverent, VIP

L-R Cliche Mania, Magnolia Irreverent, VIP

The Matte shades -228 and 229- have a velvety texture. To me they are not truly matte in a suck-every-ounce-of-moisture-from-your-body way but have the same feel on application as something like Revlon Ultimate Suede (which personally I’m not a fan of). I was suckered in by the colour rather than the formulation, to be honest. With a good slick of lip balm underneath you can up the moisture content of the matte lipsticks by 100%. You can see from the picture below that there isn’t a lot of difference between the consistency of the matte (on either end) and the regular formulation in the middle.

Swatches

Swatches

Applied and blotted a couple of times and the colour isn’t going anywhere.

Magnolia Irreverent

Magnolia Irreverent

You can see that this colour (Magnolia Irreverent) has a slightly more glossy finish. It’s a punchy clear fuschia that lifts my wintery colouring brilliantly.

VIP

VIP

VIP is a rosy coral shade -very much a springy, daytime, let’s-have-a-picnic-in-a-meadow colour.

Cliche Mania

Cliche Mania

Cliche Mania is a proper grown-up tomatoey don’t-mess-with-me Boardroom red -on me the nearest colour I have is MAC’s Lady Danger.

I had to go in with a cleansing oil to clean my lips between photos: that’s how much they stain.

For me, L’oreal lipsticks consistently punch above their weight in terms of colour payoff, lipfeel (is that a word?), longevity and value for money. The only thing I hope in vain that they give up is the smelling like Palma Violets thing they have going on. I’m really not keen. On a more expensive lipstick it would be enough to put me off a repurchase, but at £6.99 each (or less if you find a 3-for-2), I’m prepared to put up with it.

L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks can be found -well, frankly if you can’t find a L’Oreal concession you must live in the back of beyond- and cost £6.99.

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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