Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color
Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color is supposed to provide the smoothness of a balm, color impact of a lipstick and high shine of gloss, so does it deliver? It does indeed!
The hybrid texture really is somewhere between a lipstick, balm, and gloss, coating lips with an unbelievably plush feel. You only get two-to-three hours of wear, but Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color feels amazingly smooth while it lasts.
There are several attractive shades to choose from including an impressive range of pink and nudes, as well as brighter, deeper, and trendier tones. Pigmentation varies with the lighter shades imparting softer hues versus the ultra-rich punch of color that deeper/more vibrant shades deliver. Either way you get opaque color with a high shine finish. Color may bleed if you're prone to that sort of thing, but otherwise you get super-smooth coverage.
For added convenience the sponge-tip applicator is flexible to the touch which allows it to more easily contour to the curves of your lips.
The downside to the formula is the fact that it's fragranced (enough to smell and taste). Fragrant ingredients are never good for skin, and that goes for lips as well (it can lead to chapping and the breakdown of collagen with prolonged use). However, if that doesn't deter you, Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color certainly lives up to its claims.
- Plush, moisturizingly-smooth feel.
- Gorgeous shade range with a mix of trendy and classics.
- Opaque color with high-shine finish.
- Flexible applicator helps contour to lips.
- Strongly fragranced.
- Color can bleed if you have fine lines around the mouth.
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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