Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain
Fan's of Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain by YSL (a L'Oreal brand) will be thrilled to discover that L'Oreal's Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is identical, and only a fraction of the price: This lightly fragranced lip stain feels pleasantly smooth on lips and delivers color that really lasts. Unlike many other lip stains, Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain doesn't feel drying, and it wears off evenly so you aren't left with strange-looking, ring of color around your lips.
This comes in hues of pink, nude, mauve, red and coral, each of which have a wet shine finish. Depending on the shade, the colors tend to go on somewhat differently than they appear in the package; for example, those that look milky go on sheerer. On the plus side, there are plenty of attractive options so you may just stumble upon a happy accident, even if it's not exactly the color you intended going for. The intensity depends on the color you select, but you can expect rich pigmentation for the deeper shades.
The teardrop-shaped, sponge-tip applicator makes application a breeze and offers precise, even distribution. If you're wary of lip glosses and stains that tends to bleed, this product will put that fear to rest with a finish that stays in place, without feeling like it's sucking the moisture out of your lips.
- Moisturizingly-smooth, shiny finish that stays in place.
- Attractive colors that last.
- Easy-to-use applicator offers precise, even application.
- Beauty bargain!
- Finding the right shade can be tricky.
L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance
Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.
Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.
L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minorif there are any at all.
L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up.
The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreals makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products.
Unfortunately, despite the brands enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line, they could be doing so much more. The good news is their makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstoreimagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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