COMPARISON BETWEEN L'OREAL COLOUR RICHE CARESSE & REVLON LIP BUTTERS
Like Lydia07 said, these lipsticks are treading that middle ground between a balm, stick and gloss but have more color than the L'oreal Balms do/
The Caresse lippies are comparable to Revlon's Lip Butter, and as I have both, the main differences are in texture, feel and intensity.
These new L'oreal lippies are totally weightless and less balmy feeling than Revlon's Lip Butters.
Unlike Revlon's, L'oreal's may bleed
It is not as shiny.
Like Revlon's SS, I need to apply it in layers to get a colour.
Both products do not last long and I wish that that could be corrected.
In all, I prefer the Revlon Lip Butters over the L'Oreal Caresse because of slightly better intensity
cuter packaging (fishnet stockings pattern on lippie case);
they are also easier to open and close
have a thicker stick making application more speedy,
have what appears to be more product
have more shine.
I also enjoy the balmy feel of the Lip Butter.
If you do not want to feel your lip product, go for L'oreal Caresse.
I don't regret my purchase to try it out. I'm glad to have both in my arsenal.
If Revlon's was discontinued, I'd buy Cotton Pink again.
P.S. These may not be around for part of the permanent line -
so if you find a colour you love, best stock up! ;)
(I got it in the shade Sunset Angora). If I have to custom-made a lipstick, this would be the shade! its the perfect combination of Peach and Pink. Most of the time Pink will be too cool for me and Peach will be too Orange for me, but this is just perfect, my HG shade for sure.
In terms of moisturization, if you lips are not in their perfect condition, this can be a little drying, just very very little, I find that this is not as moisturizing as their ColorRiche Balm. But its ok, nothing I cannot stand. When I feel dry, I will put a heavy duty lip balm on TOP of the colour, like Carmex and problem solved! Definately will re-buy, but I am not very interested in the other shades they have...Price wise, I got it for CAD$13, quite steep for a drugstore lipstick, but I really love the color so i suck it up. I suspect these won't be in L'oreal's permanent line, they will be discontinued later, don't understand why they always do that to their good products, makes me mad! I Love their colourRiche Balm too, but I suspect those will be discontinued soon as I started to realize some drugstores stop carrying them.
These lipsticks are treading that middle ground between a balm, stick and gloss but have more color than the l'oreal balms did. I bought the shades merino mauve and angora sunset. Merino Mauve is really just a very soft nude cool toned pink. Angora sunset is a pinky coral. I was hoping angora sunset would be similiar in shade to coral reef lipgloss by revlon but it is pinker on me and doesn't do as much for my complexion. It is like a more pigmented version of the l'oreal caring coral balm. The lipsticks both smell and even slightly taste like sherbet. The mauve lipstick seems oddly to be thinner and more silky on while the angora one is creamier. The mauve one sinks into lips and I really had to work to build color. The angora is fairly pigmented. Both feel moisturizing, have a tendency to cling to lines and chapped skin (though merino mauve is worse at this) and would likely wear off quickly though I haven't tested that yet. On paper they both sound really nice but in real life I'm kind of meh about them. Neither shade was very flattering on. The mauve is so sheer that to build it to what I want it starts to get a bit milky which drains my face of colour and makes my lips look small. May apply it over a neautral color and see if that helps. The angora is too pink for me. I love corals but they have to be a balance between too pink and too orange and this one just isn't that flattering on me and I thought made my teeth look a bit yellow. (It was wrong in the same way Revlons lip butter in Sweet Tart was wrong, hard to describe though) Could be it would look lovely on someone else. I plan to use it under a gloss. EDIT: I added another star cause with a fake tan I find the angora color to be more flattering on and because of the consistency being so wearable I have been reaching for it lately.
This review is for 501 Nude Ingenue and 503 Seductive Beige. I bought mine in Germany; the formula is the same, the packaging different than in the US.
I guess I'm in the minority here, but I actually found these to be overall drying on my lips, and the color return was poor, although this is probbly due to the nude colors I chose to test. It's an okay lipgloss but for a glossy effect I prefer actual lipgloss, and for a moisturizing effect I prefer actual lipbalm. For a tinted lipbalm I think the soothing properties of the colored Neutrogena balms are much better, although the color selection with Neutrogena is much more limited and the packaging isn't nearly as sexy as L'Oreal.
First of all the international difference: in Germany, the packaging is silver with a clear plastic top. It looks cheap to me, so that's a minus point, considering it cost about 10€ which is expensive for a drugstore lipstick, let alone a lip balm. On the other hand, unlike most tinted lipbalms the color range is fantastic, there really is something for everyone here.
As a lip balm, it goes on lightly, soothing and moisturizing. It doesn't feel heavy or "fatty" on the lips at all, which is a nice plus. Unfortunately, I have dry lips which tend to peel easily. The soothing balm properties of this gloss wear off in under half an hour, and what's left is a gradually tightening, drying feeling on my lips that leaves them ultimately just as chapped, if not moreso, than when I first put this on. Constant reapplication helps keep the problem at bay, but by that I mean every hour, if not less. If I start with less than perfectly healthy lips - any bit of peeling or cracking , no matter how minor, for example, these only make the problem worse by the end of the day - the exact opposite effect of what I experienced with the tinted Neutrogena balms. So while it is a good temporary soother, I would classify it a failure as a moisturizing lip treatment or balm. In fact even my Max Factor Colour Elixir lipsticks leave my lips much more moisturized and treated than these do, at the end of the day.
As a colour treatment, these are very subtle and light. I bought these in nudes because I was looking for a good nude lipstick; now I regret it a bit because you can barely see them on my relatively pigmented lips. Still, for people who want a natural look or just a hint of tint without the stickiness and mess and overly obvious shine or glitter of a gloss, the colors and formula on these are unbeatable. In hindsight I would have really enjoyed testing a more vibrant color to see how it looked, but the prohibitive price versus the balm effect on my lips will keep me from experimenting.
In terms of wear, these don't last long at all. I noticed (what little color I could see) fading very rapidly after about an hour, even without eating or drinking. The color effect did stay longer than the balm effect, which is probably what gave my lips the drying out sensation towards the end of an hour. Constant reapplication means you go through the product relatively quickly, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how tempermental you may be about changing your lipstick colors. ;-)
As a last note, the first one I purchased, Nude Ingenue, had a production failure in the lipstick. Somehow the pigments were not blended into the formula correctly, and I found myself running into small, deep pinprick wells of pure silver, pure black and pure red pigment in the stick which also showed clearly as colored streaks on my lips. I was able to return and replace the "damaged" product without any issues at my drugstore, so it wasn't a problem; still, for such an "expensive" drugstore brand I was expecting better quality control.
I would not purchase these again mainly because of the price - Neutrogena or Max Factor perform better for me, for less cost - but also because of the drying effect on my relatively sensitive lips.
Heavier than a gloss, lighter than a lipstick.. VERY MOISTURIZING.. plumping effect.. sheer but pigmented..
*edit* these wear off SO fast. not that moisturizing, actually. looks good for the first 5 mins that you wear it. continued >>
I have both 178 Cardinal Plume and 173 Velvet Fuchsia. I purchased the brighter colors wanting more pigmentation. They are non-sticky, they are more moisturizing than the Revlon Lipbutters. On my Asian lips it looks more like a really pigmented glossy lip gloss rather than a lipstick. Both lipsticks are build-able, leave a nice stain after it wears off. It does require reapplication as the "glossiness" wears off quickly. The lipsticks have a nice faint sweet smell and the packaging is cute ( I don't like seeing my fingerprints all over the packaging though).
For $11 Canadian I wouldn't mind trying the other colors.
I have tried Revlon lip butters but L'oreal seems to offer more vibrant summer colors in this collection. I have sunset angora, velvety fuchsia, rose taffeta, and silky java. They are smooth, moisturizing (works amazingly well for my perpetually dry lips), and good color pay-off. It does require constant application but that's not a problem because I always carry my lipsticks. Overall, a great introduction by L'oreal.
I bought this in Sunset Angora. I LOVE this lipstick. It's goes on light and smooth and I barely feel it on my lips. I rarely wear lip color because other lipsticks I've tried felt heavy and drying while many glosses were sticky and just made me want to lick them off. This feels like something I can wear comfortably on a regular basis. I'm going to go back for a few more shades.
I finally found the best lipstick, at an affordable price. I bought this from Walgreens a month ago in Fiery Veil. The texture and the finish are wonderful. It goes on my lips smoothly, and it is very light. It's heavier than a gloss, and lighter than a lipstick-- this is just right. The buttery texture is wonderful and it doesn't stick. This is an excellent lipstick if you want to have younger lips. I find myself using this product more often than the Colour Riche Lip Gloss.
I just ordered more shades from Drugstore.com since Walgreens have sold out on those shades. This lipstick is the best!
Bought one in Violet Chiffon. Love love love! It's a fushia/purple, more on the pinkier side as it wears off. Very moisturizing, pigmented and has a night sweet scent. My only gripe is that it doesn't last very long. You can wear it sheered out or layered for more a bright punch. Overall a great lipstick!!
EDIT 8/17/12: Just purchase another one in Sunset Angora. It's a little unforgiving then Violet Chiffon. If your lips aren't exfoliated enough it can bring out the dryness and dry skin. It's a beautiful color though. Pretty coral pink. Thinking about picking up some more!
EDIT 9/7/12: Bought anothe in Fiery Viel. Orange red. Once again, did not disappoint. These things are great!!! continued >>