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.
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.
*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
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!
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
»»Recommended for: anyone looking for a sheerer, more moisturizing lipstick for Summer–or anytime of the year, for that matter!
»»Overall Rating: A