As many of you know, L’oreal has added new additions to its Colour Riche family by releasing the Colour Riche Caresse lipsticks in Europe. Every European beauty blogger and their grandmas have been raving about these little gems. I’ve been waiting patiently for L’oreal to launch the Caresse line in the US, and sure enough, just a couple months later, I stumbled across these at my local Walgreens.
If I remembered correctly (but most likely not), there were 10 colors in total. I currently have 3 colors: Fiery Veil, Blushing Sequin, and Sunset Angora. Theses three caught my eye the second I saw the display. Fiery Veil and Blushing Sequin are very bright and summery, while Sunset Angora seemed to be more of a wearable pink that I can rock on a daily basis. I wanted to test these out before making the invenstment of getting every single color (*cough* Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains *cough*)
After wearing them for a few times, I figured it was enough for me to come up with an informed opinion.
Packaging: 4 out of 5
While they still retained some characteristics of the original Colour Riche lipsticks, the reflective mirror-like packaging added a little more pizazz to the look. Unlike the original Color Riche lipsticks, a sample of the color is shown on packaging, making it easier for the user to differentiate all the colors. However, as shown in the picture, the packaging shows fingerprints quite easily. The cap snaps shut, so you don’t have to worry about it coming off when carrying it in your bag.
Pigmentation: 3.5 out of 5
Depending on what colors you go for, the pigmentation vary greatly. For example, Fiery Veil and Blushing Sequin are somewhat pigmented while Sunset Angora is more on the natural side. You can definitely still see your natural lips through the color, so it’s more like a gel-like color (I hope that makes sense). However, even they are pigmented, the color still come off less intense than appeared in the tube.
Fiery Veil appears to be an intense orange and shows up as a gorgeous coral that has a tinge more orange.
Blushing Sequin appears to be a bright hot pink and shows up a medium tone cool toned pink.
Sunset Angora appears to be neutral light pink with a tinge of beige and shows up as warm rosey pink.
Lasting power: 2 out of 5
These are moisturizing, shiny, and balmy. I went in knowing that they won’t last forever and a half on my lips, so it didn’t surprise me when they faded within 2 hours. C’mon, these are NOT balm stains (review coming up soon)
Texture: 5 out of 5
This is where these babies will rock your socks off. The texture is a-freakin’-mazing. I’ve heard that they are very comparable to YSL’s Rouge Volupte, and in my experience, they are really similar. These lipsticks are very balmy, but not in a thick, goopy, or waxy way. While very pigmented, they still impart an intense shine that last about half an hour. They feel extremely moisturizing and provide a great slip to the lips, almost reminding me of the texture of those Jack Black’s lip balms.
Conclusion: 4 out of 5
The lipsticks are great for people who put more emphasis on moisturization and comfort as opposed to intense color payoff and longevity. I personally really enjoy these because my perpetually dry lips need all the TLC they can get. The texture of the Caresse lipsticks makes it a dream to reapply and provide more than enough pigmentation for someone who’s in the in the office 24/7 (like me) or prefer something not so loud.
Hope that was helpful if you are looking to give these a try. Please let me know if you have any questions. :)