I have the shade called "Blushing Harmony." It's gorgeous, the perfect pink-mauve for a fair-skinned woman. However, the smell is pretty strong, and never really goes away. It's weirdly fruity, probably most akin to the smell of apricots. The packages weren't sealed at all in the CVS where I bought mine. I've noticed some bloggers referred to the item as having a window on it; they don't, that's just a plastic piece representing the color. I'm kind of torn on this one - I love the color but that smell is pretty darned strong. I find that it lasts fairly well and does seem to leave a little color on when the gloss wears off.
I have this gloss in Plum Adagio, a deep purple with a small amount of glitter. I picked up a tube of this gloss after hearing that this was a close dupe for YSL's stains. YSL's color selection did not include a deep plum color, so I decided to give Loreal's version a try. I can't say I'm too impressed. The gloss itself is thick and stays sticky on the lips long after you apply it. The color is pretty on the applicator, but doesn't transfer well onto my lips. Some areas ended up very sheer while other areas were heavily covered in a thick, sticky layer of gloss.
I didn't find the staying power to be very impressive. I put the gloss on in the morning and found that it had nearly disappeared an hour or two later. There was hardly any hint of color or stain on my lips. You'd probably need to reapply this particular shade often to achieve a dark, long-lasting stain. I'm looking for something a little more low-maintenance with better color payoff.
I'm loving these! I started out with the (safe) mauve shade. After wearing it for a few days I knew I had to get more colors, and they have a nice range of vibrant shades. As it's been said, it is similar to the Maybelline Color Elixirs, which I have tried previously. However, this is far nicer quality. First of all, it isn't strongly fragranced like the Maybelline one. I don't usually care if a product has a fragrance or not, but the Maybelline is pungent. Something that goes literally right beneath your nose all day should be much more pleasant. That smells like that chemically "makeup" smell with additional fragrance added in an attempt to mask it, but only making it stronger. This L'oreal product has a very slight fragrance that isn't distracting.
This also has more pigmented shades and goes on the lips smoother. It will stay vibrant for hours, lasting longer than the Maybelline too.
I definitely will be purchasing the Extrodinaire over the Elixirs now on.
Also, some people seem to be confused as to what this is comparable to. This is NOT the dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains. That dupe is called Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain, another product line from L'oreal.
I am loving these lip colors! I was initially very curious about them but hesitant to purchase and then I watched some YouTube reviews. Took the plunge and bought Orange Tempo and Pink Tremolo. I fell head over heels, particularly for Orange Tempo! I will be rocking this one heavily, especially in the warmer months. I went back and bought Plum Adagio. There are some very beautiful colors in the line. This seems like one of those products that you will either love or hate. My only cons are that they could be a bit longer lasting and they are pricey. Other than that, I love the look and feel of the formula, and the colors.
I have two shades of this, Molto Mauve 500 and Rose Symphony 201 both colors are very similar because at least in the lighter shades there is not a lot of pigment but then I was not expecting there to be a lot. Neither of the ones I bought have any shimmer or smell or taste.
The texture is very smooth and kind of thick but not sticky in the least. The best thing about these is that the moist feeling stays for hours. The shine wears off in about 2 hours but there is still a slight stain. These are great lip glosses if you have dry lips and need extra moisture. If you re looking for dramatic shimmery high gloss shine, at least in the shades I have you will be disappointed.
Overall a very nice gloss, wears well and does not travel into the fine lines around the mouth. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a subtle long wearing lip gloss.
I bought plum adagio at a mall. I applied it in the bathroom and got all sorts of looks when I walked around the food court. It is hard to work with and does apply streaky. It has a weird chemical smell similar to the wet shine stains. I find the best way to use this is to apply it over Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Va-Va Violet. I then get a gorgeous vampy lip.
I chose the color Dancing Rose. I'm not sure what shimmer or scent people are talking about (there isn't any shimmer, and barely any scent at all), and these are nothing like the Maybelline Color Elixir range. Those are basically shiny glosses with not as much pigment as they advertise. The only thing they have in common is the balmy feel and how moisturizing they are over time. What makes the L'oreal version different is it contains oils and is extremely pigmented. You actually have to wipe the wand before applying or too much will go on. And since the formula is rich, these might stray outside of your lip line if you apply too much. The shade range is impressive. I've used this quite often since buying it because it gives more moisture than a lipstick or balm, and the oils in it protect my lips from the bitter cold weather.
I'm not sure if I got a defective product but I purchased this in Molto Mauve at my local Target and it's slightly gritty. The texture is pretty gross. When I first apply it it feels like an extremely thick and slippery gloss (good luck keeping this in place!) but if I rub my lips together it feels like there's very fine grit in it. To make matters worse the product only lasts for about an hour at which point it starts to cake up and dry which looks and feels bad too. The only positive thing I have to say about this product is the color was wonderful and I liked the applicator but that's it. I'll probably be returning this.
I picked this up in #104 Dancing Rose.
Like others have mentioned it is similar to Maybelline's Color Elixirs, a liquid lipstick or pigmented gloss type lip colour. It has a strong smell like fruits, apricot/peach or jam but not in an "edible" type way if that makes sense? Very perfumed. Whatever it is, I'm not a big fan and prefer products to be unscented or very lightly scented. The scent does linger and some days I have just had to wipe it off because it was too annoying. The feel is kind of thick/gooey and sticky, almost like a heavier gel-cream consistency. Like many liquid lip colours the wear time isn't the best, it lasts about an hour if I don't eat and have coffee or something to sip. I also noticed my lips were a bit dry when it wore off, to the point of being flaking. Lastly - it did not adhere well to the lips, and kind of slid around and sometimes outside of the lips, even with lip liner. I noticed as I would talk or drink I could feel what I can only describe as "gelatinous stuff smearing around" my lips more so than with any other lip product I have ever used.
Pigmentation is decent - not as much as lipstick but pretty close. With the Dancing Rose colour it allows some of my lip to show through but enhances it with the nice pink tones. The colour on the tube seemed more nude and dull, but when I opened it up and applied it was a much brighter, pinker plummier colour. There is a hint of shimmer which I was not expecting as the plastic part of the packaging should represent the colour inside and it looked like it would be a cream, non-shimmer but turned out more sheer, bright and shimmery so I recommend testing this out on your hands if possible to really see the colour before purchasing.
Overall - I prefer cream lipsticks in general, but having tried the Maybelline Color Sensational and Color Elixir glosses - I must say the Maybelline is much better, a creamier more pigmented formula that did not dry my lips out either, and have since purchased more of the Maybelline. The smell, formula, applicator, feel on lips and shimmer are a bit of a turn off for me with the L'oreal Lip Color. I just threw it out because the smell started to make me feel nauseated and I wondered if the smell was strong enough to annoy others as well. Gave this a 2 because I would have probably used it, if not for the smell and feel.
Picked one of these up today in the shade Molto Mauve, a nude-toned mauve with very subtle shimmer. I concur with the other two reviewers that the formula on these is a lot like Maybelline Color Elixirs, but I wouldn't go as far as to say they're identical. While I love my Color Elixirs, the formula feels almost too slippery on my lips like I'm wearing a heavy coat of Vaseline. This one doesn't feel that way, or at least not as much. The texture is still non-sticky and gel-like, but it feels a little heavier (though not necessarily thicker) and more anchored to my lips. I find it a little more comfortable to wear. They're moisturizing too, though maybe not quite as much as the Maybelline Color Elixirs.
The wear time isn't great. Maybe 60-90 minutes if I'm not eating or drinking, but it does fade evenly. I don't see any stain left behind, but I really wouldn't expect that from a soft shade like this one anyway. It does apply very evenly, with plenty of pigment (not completely opaque, but close) and a lot of shine. The particular shade does have some shimmer to it, but it's very subtle and didn't leave my lips looking glittery after the gloss wore off. The applicator is that fuzzy tear-dropped shaped applicator that people either seem to love or hate. I personally like them a lot, as I think the shape of the applicator fits really well of the lips and the fuzzy materials picks up a lot of product from the tube so that you can get a lot of coverage from just one swipe.
The thing I really don't like about this product is its scent. One of the other reviewers mentioned that she thought this smelled like apricots, which sounds about right as I was thinking peach. It's strong and fruity, and I just don't enjoy the scent at all. It's strong enough that you can still smell it even after you apply it. My nose seems to block out the scent after 5 minutes or so, but the scent lingers for much longer than that.
I'm also not wild about the packaging. I know most people think high-end when they see gold, but I think gold (especially metallic gold) can look kind of tacky when it's not used sparingly. IMO the cleaner shape of the Color Elixir tube looks more classy! The shape of it makes me think more of nail polish than of lip gloss. The handle for the wand applicator is slimmer than the rest of the tube, which I think looks kind of weird. Also, it really annoys me that you can't see the actual product through the packaging. There's a squoval window on the tube, but instead of having the product peek through, the window is covered with painted plastic. The plastic is supposed to match the color of the lip gloss inside but at least in the case of the shade I got, it's not a perfect match. The real lip gloss looks noticeably warmer than plastic insert would have had me believe! Plus, you can't see what finish the product is from looking at the plastic which is a pretty big deal to me. Who wants to buy what they think is a cream finish and come home with something metallic?
If these didn't smell the way they do (and weren't more expensive!), I might prefer these to the Maybelline Color Elixirs. The packaging isn't as pretty (IMO anyway!), but my lipglosses stay hidden away in my purse or pocket most of the time so I don't care that much. They're definitely similar enough though that I wouldn't recommend buying similar shades in each formula.