The Sample: NEW L’Oréal Colour Riche Colour Caresse Lipsticks (Review, Swatches & Photos)

9 Aug

So I’m positive that by now, it’s become quite apparent to all who frequent this blog that my lipstick preferences, up until very recently, could only be described as non-existent. I don’t ever wear lipstick–and if I do, it’s been treated as a stain and mixed with a healthy amount of Aquaphor or clear gloss. I much prefer tinted balms and glosses. But then, like many of you warned me would happen, I fell into the beauty blogging trap. Apparently it’s a common occurrence–you swear off lipstick and are perfectly contented with your collection of balms and glosses…until you become saturated in the world of beauty blogging. Then you constantly hear all your blogger friends raving about this gorgeous red color or that amazing fuchsia lippie–and inevitably, you get curious. For me, it all started with the Burberry Lip Mist….

Ok, ok–so I know I am constantly yammering on and on about my love for my Field Rose Lip Mist but truly, it awakened in me a ravenous appetite for lipstick. It might not count as a “real” lipstick to many of you, but let’s just go with it. Since then, I’ve been having a great time exploring new lip products and having fun with brighter pops of color on my lips. I was looking for something with the same sheer, moisturizing consistency that I love but with a tiny bit more color than I’m used to. When I saw these L’Oréal Colour Riche Colour Caresse Lipsticks (or you may also know them as Caresse Sticks) in the drugstore, I was lured in by the promise of glossy color and a “feather-light finish”. I picked up 4 of the 16 available shades: 172 Blushing Sequin, 174 Rose Taffeta, 176 Sunset Angora, and 181 Sheer Linen.

Blushing Sequin is a vibrant, medium azalea-pink with pink micro-shimmer. Rose Taffeta is a gorgeous mauvy-rose. Sunset Angora is a creamy, peachy-coral shade. Sheer Linen is the perfect shade of nude–really “my lips but better” (ugh–what is with me and that awful term?!?). It has the slightest touch of rosiness to it that keeps it from veering off into dreaded corpse-lip territory.

Indirect sunlight, L to R: Blushing Sequin, Rose Taffeta, Sunset Angora, and Sheer Linen

With flash

Taken in the shade


These come packaged in a metallic-gold plastic, square case. The lid clicks into place, so they stay quite secure when in your bag. These lipsticks have the same scent as the original Colour Riche lipsticks (can’t describe it at all, but it’s a very distinct smell. If you’ve ever tried them, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about), but are unflavored. Here is the list of ingredients:

Octyldodecanol, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Cera Microcristallina / Microcrystalline Wax / Cire microcrystalline, Simmondsia Chinensis Butter / Jojoba Butter, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, BHT, Benzyl Alcohol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Tin Oxide, Geraniol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Silica, Acrylates Copolymer, Fragrance, May Contain: CI 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Mica, CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499 / Iron Oxides, CI 45410 / Red 28 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7, CI 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, CI 45380 / Red 22 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 7 Lake, CI 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, CI 42090 / Blue 1 Lake, CI 15850 / Red 30 Lake, CI 175470 / Carmine

Compared to the Revlon Lip Butters, I find these to be a bit lighter in feel and glossier in finish. I loved the Lip Butters for different reasons. They feel more like a balm than the Colour Caresses, which feel more like a true lipstick to me. The Lip Butters are also a bit thicker and creamier in consistency and when applied, they seem to melt a thicker layer of product onto your lips. These Colour Caresses feel a little more “grown up”. Not only is the packaging sleeker, but the formula is a lot more refined and silky. L’Oréal hit the nail on the head when they described the formula as having a feather-light finish–it’s really so nice and comfortable on the lips. It’s exactly the texture I like for my lipsticks to be and the amount of pigmentation is right on the nose to what I was looking for. I will say though that pigmentation/opacity seems to vary from shade to shade. Blushing Sequin and Sheer Linen were a lot sheerer and had a thinner, slightly slicker feel. Rose Tafetta and Sunset Angora were just a touch thicker and more creamy. They were also the most pigmented, as you can hopefully see from the swatches.

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*As a side note: how on Earth do some people make such neat swatches? It’s so hard for me–mine are always all over the place and in varying sizes and shapes :P

On my lips, they lasted a little over 3 hours while the high-shine finish had mostly worn away after a hour and a half. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: when you have such a glossy, moisturizing formula with a lot of slip, you’re not going to get very much wear-time with them. It’s always going to be a trade-off, but it’s one I will gladly make. I can’t stand having dry lips and am constantly applying lip balm even if my lips aren’t dry. I’m just used to having product on my lips at all times, so frequent reapplication does not bother me in the slightest.

With 16 shades to choose from and a gorgeous, super shiny and moisturizing formula, you can’t go wrong with these Colour Caresses. I highly recommend you run to your nearest drugstore and pick at least one up–they’re seriously amazing and you cannot beat the price! I’m so, so happy with my purchases–I’m having so much fun with them! I think these were definitely good transition lipsticks for me. Bring on the color!! I’ll be wearing bright, tomato-red matte lips in no time! :P

Pros: great selection of colors available; lightweight and ultra-smooth texture; glides onto lips easily; moisturizing; pigmented; reasonably priced

Cons: a little inconsistent in pigmentation; can slightly emphasize dryness/flakiness on the lips

»»Pricing: $9.99/0.1 oz. *prices may vary from store to store

»»Availability:, CVS, Target, and other drugstores

»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a sheerer, more moisturizing lipstick for Summer–or anytime of the year, for that matter! :D

»»Overall Rating: A

64 Responses to “The Sample: NEW L’Oréal Colour Riche Colour Caresse Lipsticks (Review, Swatches & Photos)”

  1. Paris B August 9, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    I love lipsticks like these – glossy with slip and I never mind that they don’t last forever. At least I’d be able to use up my lipstick with reapplication eh? ;)

    I don’t know if we are getting these here though. I hope we do!

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 9:31 am #

      Exactly! When else would you have a chance to finish a lipstick?!? :P

      I hope you get them too, they’re very lovely. If not, I will see what I can do to help! They’re much too amazing to have you not try them :D

  2. Amelia (La Femme Éclectique) August 9, 2012 at 9:32 am #

    Great review, Becca. I’ve been following your blog on bloglovin for quite a while now and I must say, I’m always very impressed by your detailed reviews, photos and even just the general layout of your blog. Keep up the excellent work ♥ ps: I love the lipsticks – I really love the look of Rose Taffeta!

    Amelia xx

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Amelia! :) It really made my day!

      And Rose Taffeta is really, really lovely. Do you have these available where you are? If so, you definitely should check them out :D

  3. Memoiselle August 9, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    These items have not hit my local stores yet. Glad that these products are glossy! I love glossy lips :)
    I love Revlon Lip Butters too and yes they’re very creamy. I can’t wait till these products hit the local stores and swatching them :)

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      I can’t wait til you get them either–they’re fantastic! I’m definitely in love :D

  4. Sunny August 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    I saw these the other day but thought I’d do a little color research before buying any. After reading your post I know I’ll love Sunset Angora!

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm #

      Ooh Sunset Angora would look gorgeous on you Sunny–good choice!! :D Do you have the same version or is it the Rouge Caresse??

  5. Emi at Project Swatch August 9, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    I am exactly the opposite of you; I love lipstick, but didn’t like gloss at all, until I saw such lovely swatches of gloss and heard such raves. Now, I don’t wear gloss often, but I have a couple really nice ones that I wear occasionally, in very thin layers!

  6. dani@callitbeauty August 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

    Despite the fact that my lips have been AWFULLY dry lately (it’s been particularly bad this week >_<), I still cannot swear off lipsticks and I cannot wait til these are available in Canada! Great review, Becca! And I love the shades you chose, too. :)

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      How perfect, these would be great on dry lips!!! Of course, you’d have to be sure to exfoliate really well prior to application…

      I think all these shades would look great on you too, Dani! Particularly Blushing Sequin–you always look amazing in a bright pink lip :)

  7. Toya August 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    These look lovely Becca!! I really like the texture – glossy and semi-sheer. I know what you mean about lipsticks and blogging; I had the EXACT same feeling about first blush, then lipstick. I used to care very little about either, but everything has flipped since I started blogging! LOL

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Haha I know it’s so surprising how much things change huh? What what your favorite makeup product prior to blogging?

  8. Larie August 9, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Thank you for being so thorough! Ingredient lists, woohoo! And I think your photos and swatches are always beautiful. My eye shadow swatches are always crooked and awful and I hate doing them ._.

    I really want to pick up a few of these now. They look really lovely!

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 8:25 pm #

      I’ll admit, I *almost* forgot to put the ingredients list in because it wasn’t on the label of the stickers (I don’t think..), but then I stopped by your blog and it reminded me of your paraben sensitivity. Oh the things I do for you Larie!! :P

      • Larie August 12, 2012 at 5:03 am #

        Ahaha, that’s so sweet! Thank you, darling!

  9. Sukie August 9, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    I haven’t seen these in store over in the UK too (or maybe I haven’t been looking hard enoug!) I think your swatch photos are lovely enough and even though I really do not need another lipstick I’m especially taken by Blushing Sequin! Yikes!

    • becca August 9, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      Hm…in the UK I think you have what’s called the Rouge Caresse. The packaging is different–the cap is clear and instead of a square case, the edges are rounded. I believe they are the same formula though

  10. Tracy@Beauty Reflections August 10, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    I want to try one of these! I hope they get here soon! They look great!

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 2:26 am #

      I am just imagining the shade Fiery Veil or Cherry Tulle on you–both would look amazing!! :D

  11. Liz August 10, 2012 at 2:00 am #

    What the hell, woman? Your swatches are amazing!

    I was tempted by these but they seemed really sheer in other reviews. And if they emphasize dryness, no thanks for me though I love L’Oreal and balmy stains in general.

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 2:31 am #

      hahaha thanks Liz :D

      I think some shades are sheerer than others, but all of them provide more color than your average tinted lip balm. I also don’t think they’re the worst offenders when it comes to lippies that emphasize dryness–plus you can’t beat the price–so I’m quite happy! I am in LOVE with Sheer Linen!

  12. Yessie August 10, 2012 at 4:25 am #

    I’ve been tempted to get these but has heard they were sheer- for that price I want some color, but they look lovely! so most likely they add some color? May have to pick one up!

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 6:16 am #

      I think they definitely do–but I’m not used to wearing lipstick at all, so it’s pigmented for me but you might not feel the same. Still, I would definitely say it’s a lipstick and not more of a tinted balm like other sheer lipsticks can be. I would call this semi-sheer. Sheer Linen is definitely looking pretty sheer in my swatches, but hopefully you can tell how much pigment Blushing Sequin and especially Rose Taffeta and Sunset Angora have. I think they’d look gorgeous on you!

  13. Shivani August 10, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    I love these Bec! I’m obsessed with lipsticks – high end/drugstore/whatever. I’m a lipstick junkie and these look like they are worth it ;) haha and your swatches are so awesome!!!

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      lol thanks hon! We’ll just pretend like that like swatch of Sheer Linen isn’t all large and uneven :P

      You definitely should check these out–they’re perfect for summer or anytime of the year and for the price, it can’t be beat!

  14. trishie August 10, 2012 at 5:20 am #

    I love these colours! They look like something I would wear.

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 6:18 am #

      I think they’d look beautiful on you, Trishie! Definitely check them out and let me know what you think :)

  15. Emi at Project Swatch August 10, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I thought I commented on this post, either I am imagining things or it didn’t go through!

    I am the opposite of you with lipstick/ gloss – I’ve always been a lipstick girl, and it’s swatches (like yours!) that made me gradually start wearing gloss, occasionally and in thin layers :)

    • becca August 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

      Sorry again about that weird Spamming thing Emi!

      And thanks for the sweet compliment–I’m surprised you were never really interested in glosses before! You seem like such a lippie girl in general–glosses included! :P I’m glad you do now though, Troublant looks AMAZING on you!

  16. Grace@Amabelmakeup August 11, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    All the shades look Fab! I am not a lippy person I lean more towards the lip-gloss side, but the packaging of these shades looks gorgeous , nice to stick in the hand bag, to give as a present and most importantly perhaps try out myself as they are reasonably priced.

    • becca August 11, 2012 at 9:06 pm #

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, Grace! :D Even though I’m usually not a lipstick person either, they’re affordable and I can experiment without breaking the bank. I’m really glad I decided to go for them–they’re super comfortable and have a nice shine to them, so it might be a nice product for you, being a gloss lover, to try?

  17. Popblush August 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm #

    I don’t think I have seen this yet – they looks so moisturising and glossy! My favourite would have to be #172 and #176. Thanks for the swatches!

    • becca August 12, 2012 at 12:01 am #

      No problem hon! I’m glad you found it useful. I’m not sure these are available in Australia yet, but I sure hope so! They’re amazing and I know you will love them. #176 would look beautiful with your complexion and dark hair! :)

  18. Tina @ My Highest Self August 12, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

    I have Plush Plum which seems like it would be dark but totally isn’t! I love the feel of it. From these swatches, I am going to need Blushing Sequin, love brighter pinks!

    • becca August 12, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

      Ooh you should post swatches on your blog Tina!!! I can’t find any swatches of Plush Plum online but I’m curious now :D

  19. Angie August 12, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

    OH I’m loving your swatches of Blushing Sequin and I think I need to pick that one up for sure! I can’t really choose my favorites so far that I’ve picked up, because I almost love them all the same! I agree about Sheer Linen. It is currently one of my favorite nudes by far! :)

    • becca August 13, 2012 at 12:05 am #

      YAY–thanks for stopping by Angie! :D I think you definitely need to pick up Blushing Sequin too–it would look amazing on you! I can’t wait til you post your review of Merino Mauve–I can’t find any other reviews or swatches of it online! I was going to just go pick it up without seeing swatches, but then I watched a Youtube video where someone described it as a pale pinky-nude. Those kinds of shades have a tendency to really wash me out, so I’ll just have to wait for your review :)

  20. Dovey August 13, 2012 at 3:31 am #

    These looks so beautiful lined up! I can see why you’d say they’re a bit more grown up than the lip butters. The swatch textures look so smooth and creamy!

    • becca August 13, 2012 at 7:48 am #

      Oh they really are Dovey–I think they’re soo much smoother! Because they’re a bit firmer than the Lip Butters, they don’t melt as much onto your lips so you get a really silky smooth glide and even, glossy finish. You really have to check them out! :)

  21. Mamavalveeta03 August 14, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    How do you think these compare to the Lip Balms by L’Oreal? I like those, but I don’t think they have the pigment, nor the number of shades to choose from.

    • becca August 14, 2012 at 6:29 am #

      I’ve never purchased any of the Colour Riche Balms before–but I DID try a friend’s a while back. From what I remember, I didn’t think it was particularly moisturizing–nor did it provide that much color. I think it’s fine if you want just a super light tinted balm, but it better do a good job moisturizing otherwise what’s the point? I like these Colour Caresses because they do a pretty decent job of moisturizing on their own…AND they provide a really nice hit of color. I really like these and I highly recommend them. I hope that was helpful!

  22. Makeup Morsels August 14, 2012 at 6:26 am #

    I’ll be waiting for those bright-red tomato lips :P I figured they were more or less the same than the Lip Butters, now that you’ve reviewed them, I feel like I need to check these out…LOL. Omg I know, Arianne and Rae (for example) do the most uniform swatches. It’s mind boggling.

    • becca August 14, 2012 at 6:39 am #

      YES–you are very right about their swatches. It’s kind of freakish actually. How?!? grrr….

  23. Lulle August 14, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I’ve been reading so much about these Caresse lipsticks that I HAVE to try them.
    I love both Sunset Angora and Sheer Linen, and your swatches are great :)

    • becca August 14, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Thanks Lulle! Those two are definitely my favorite shades of the bunch–you’ll have to check them out and let me know what you think! :D

  24. Joyce August 16, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Wooo lipstick! Yeah I have just kept collecting lipsticks this year ahhhh. These shades are pretty, i think i would consider rose taffeta for sure – i got cotton pink (i think 170) and it can be a bit frosty looking on me, especially when my lips are dry. Sad, because it is a great baby pink, i guess just not perfect for my complexion! I agree, perfect swatches are crazy – yours are great anyhow. Mine are ridiculous but i sort of like them? haha

    • becca August 16, 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Oooh yeah…I’m not a big fan of frosty lips, so Cotton Candy will be a no go for me. I think Rose Taffeta would look gorgeous on you–as would Sunset Angora!

      And you have nothing to worry about with your swatches–I like them too ;)

  25. Kumiko Mae August 16, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    So surreal to stumble upon a beauty blog that doesnt do much lipstick! esp bec i love lipsticks! :D im so curious to know how you tick so i tagged you for this award :D hope you’d accept

    • becca August 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

      Thank you so much Kumiko–you are incredibly sweet and I am honored to be nominated again! Now I just need to hurry and post the questions :P

  26. Lola August 16, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Yet more things to want!!!!!!!! Excellent review!

    • becca August 16, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

      Haha thanks Lola ;)

  27. Fairytalesandcoffee August 18, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    I actually recently checked this out before I read your reviews….wish I’d since this before. Picked up Cherry Ice and it was literally the way your lips look after eating cherry ice, blah, returned, but the Silky Java I picked up was an excellent match for an enhanced version of my lip. It looks very similar to Sheer Linen, perhaps a bit deeper version. Blushing Sequins look’s excellent. Sunset Angora looks great, but it doesn’t match my lips undertone so it would clash. This lip line is great if you want to enhance your lips natural undertone with something in the same shade family…but as a contrast, it looks bad.

    • becca August 18, 2012 at 7:21 am #

      Aw I’m sorry Cherry Ice didn’t work out for you, but I’m glad Silky Java did! I was curious about that one, but I’m so happy with how Sheer Linen looks on me that I probably won’t bother.

      I actually think the sheerer shades (like Sheer Linen and Blushing Sequin) are good for enhancing natural lip color, but more opaque shades like Sunset Angora and Rose Taffeta act like true lipstick. Sadly, if they don’t go well with your skin tone then what can you do?! :/

  28. Coco August 19, 2012 at 6:49 am #

    They all look very pretty. I am not very into high street lipsticks as I am a sucker for package. For this sheer moisturizing formula, I will try them once. Thanks for sharing.

    • becca August 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm #

      Of course–thanks for stopping by!! :D

      …and don’t worry–I’m SUCH a sucker for packaging too and I usually am not too excited about drugstore products (sorry, but it’s the truth :P), but I have been loving sheer lipsticks so much lately and I had heard so many good things about this one (the UK version, though) that I decided to pick up a few. SO glad I did–you should really grab at least one. They’re lovely!

  29. JoanneP @ The Convenient Beauty August 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    I never understand the big deal behind Revlon Lip Butter. I tried 3 in 3 totally different shades but all vibrant colors. They dry my lips, feel waxy and the colors ain’t flattering. Now that I see you love L’Oreal, I need to try them. Thanks for the great review! xx

    • becca August 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      I’m glad it was helpful Joanne! I’m surprised that so many people found the Lip Butters to be drying–it was so moisturizing for me, and I have very dry lips. But I do think these Colour Caresses are moisturizing–for a lipstick. For me, they weren’t as moisturizing as the Lip Butters, so I’m not sure how you’ll feel about them–but I would still try one of them out just in case. Thankfully, drugstores have pretty good return policies these days :)

  30. karyn August 21, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    What color is model wearing in commercial

    • becca August 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

      Sorry Karyn–I have no idea as I haven’t seen the commercial yet. I looked it up on Youtube and can only find the UK commercial, so as soon as I found out I’ll update this comment. Sorry!

      • becca August 22, 2012 at 8:32 am #

        Hi Karyn–I think I’ve figured it out. I’m pretty sure the model Barbara Palvin is wearing the shade Blushing Sequin in the commercial. Hope that helps!

  31. Rads August 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm #

    Should never ever read your blog!!!!! My wish list just gets longer and longer :D :D

    • becca August 24, 2012 at 7:32 am #

      LOL–but at least indulging in these won’t break the bank!!! :D

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