Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen from L'Oreal Paris comes with claims that it provides high-impact color in easy-to-use packaging. The positive news is that it absolutely does that, which is why it earns a good rating from us! Its sole drawback is its fragrance, which is a bit of a shock at first—fortunately, it doesn't linger.
One of La Lacque Lip Pen's big selling points is its sleek packaging, and it is indeed convenient. It features a slim plastic tube with twist-up lip color that doesn't need sharpening. As for the product itself, it's labeled as a lip color stick and that's essentially what it is—a slightly creamy lipstick. It glides across lips with ease, imparting rich color in just a coat or two.
Though the name of the product, La Lacque, implies a lacquer-like appearance, the finish is actually a subtle, attractive shine—not as glossy as the marketing implies. Though this does have a creamy texture, it isn't exactly moisturizing—those with dry to very dry lips will definitely need to apply a balm underneath to give their lips the hydration they need.
As for wear, Colour Riche La Lacque Lip Pen holds up for about four hours (without eating) before fading to an even stain. It comes in a small but attractive range of shades that includes deep reds and a variety of pinks.
The only drawback is that this lipcolor does have an initially strong perfumey scent that's typical of L'Oreal's lip products. Though it dissipates quickly, it's something to keep in mind if you prefer your lip products to be unscented (or more subtly flavored). Otherwise, L'Oreal La Lacque Lipcolour Stick is a good lipstick option, and at a great price too!
Note: The marketing for La Lacque and its sister-product, Le Matte, is a bit confusing, as the marketing messaging for each mention being available in two finishes, "creamy matte" and "smooth lacquer." Just to be clear, the "creamy matte" refers to the Colour Riche Le Matte Lip Pen, while the "smooth lacquer" is the La Lacque Lip Pen. (We say, "La confusion.")
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 minor—if 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'Oreal’s 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 drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit.
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