L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Boosting Serum Lipsticks

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 10 - 2010

For Autumn/Winter, L’Oreal have released some new shades to join their Color Riche Boosting Serum Lipsticks lineup.  Titled the “Nude Collection”, the four new shades are (as you would expect) wearable and flattering for most skintones.

Marketed as “having the power of a serum at it’s heart (with) powerful active indredients… …to restore moisture and definition to the lips” and boasting some pretty good ingredients to back up these claims.  Among these ingredients, I was pleased to see Hyaluronic Acid listed and had a quick google on another ingredient “Pro-Xylane”… which appears to have originally been developed by Lancome back in 2006 and is used in many of L’Oreal’s more expensive anti-aging facial products.

On paper, if there’s one thing these lipsticks should achieve… it’s a non-drying formula.

I have to say, I’m not a fan of the packaging.  Yes, it’s useful to be able to see the exact shade of the lipstick by looking through the little window… but these feel cheap.  They’re very lightweight, overwhelmingly plasticky and they damage easily.  I spent an afternoon with one of them in my handbag and as you can see from the below photo, the casing is already starting to show wear and tear (lipstick on the left).

I guess the overall design is pleasing, but the materials used are a let down.

While I’m discussing what I dislike… I’m also going to mention the scent.  For me, it’s not appealing… the lipsticks are quite heavily violet-scented and it just conjures up the old lady lipstick smell.  Something a little fresher or unscented would have been preferable.  Thankfully, the scent doesn’t linger too long once applied, but it’s a point to note.

I was sent two of the new shades shown above by L’Oreal: S106 – Freshly Rosy and S204 Beamy Plum

Of the two, Freshly Rosy is paler and a little frostier whilst Beamy Plum applies creamier whilst still carrying a sheen.

That different coloured core is cute right?

Both apply like a dream.  They’re smooth and glide on with no effort at all.  Pigmentation is best with Beamy Plum but buildable for both lipsticks.  They don’t stick to any dry patches on my lips and neither do they accentuate the furrows and grooves.  So far, so good!

Hand swatches…

For my colouring, I was expecting to prefer Freshly Rosy… but my lips must be more pigmented than I thought as I struggled to cover my natural pigmentation with this shade.  I got there eventually, but it took a few swipes from the tube to do it.

You can see that they’re both completely wearable for fair skin tones and have a glossy appearance.  Despite how moisturising these are, they don’t feel at all sticky or thick on the lips.

In context… (please excuse the pyjamas *blush*)

Beamy Plum is a great choice for those of us who want to indulge in slightly darker lips for A/W but are scared of vamping it up too much.  In other words, if you’re a bit of a wimp like me… you need to try this shade!

The lipsticks lasted fairly well throughout the morning, both could have benefited from a touch up after my mid-morning coffee but neither *really* needed it.  After my soup though?  Forget about it… they were gone!  To be fair, I fully expected this considering how moisturising I found the formula.

Pros: Moisturising Formula, Wearable Shades, Smooth Finish, Easy to Apply

Cons: Violet Scent, Cheap Packaging

L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Boosting Serum Lipsticks are priced at £8.49 each and the Nude Collection will be available from this month onwards.

21 Responses to “L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Boosting Serum Lipsticks”

  1. Shifa says:

    the plum colored one looks so pretty and fresh on you :)

  2. sherrie says:

    Great Review! These defo look worthy of a try.
    I love their Colour Riche Fairest Nude which is only in US which is annoying BUT after seeing your swatches I think Freshly Rosy looks like a dupe contender? I agree that both colours look lovely for fair skin and the Plum looks lovely on you. As for packaging, you should see the state of my Colour Riche lipstick the casing is all scratched and marked so I guess they haven’t changed then :(
    Sher x

  3. Shortiee31 says:

    Will pass as I’m not keen on wierd/cheap scents in lipsticks! *Looks over adoringly at her MAC lippies*

  4. Sinead says:

    I NEED to get my mits on these!!!

  5. Sabah says:

    I liked the Beamy plum one. It’s looking good on you than the other one and has that nice warm effect that will suit darker complexions too.
    Oh and your lashes are looking stunning! 😀

  6. Sylvie says:

    Ooh I like Freshly Rosy but all I can focus on are your amazing eyelashes! I’m definitely going to have a look at this range though.
    Sylvie xx

  7. Tamara says:

    I always wanted to try these, but never really got to it. Now next time I visit Boots, im so buying at least one, as they look amazing on you. xoxo

  8. Shay says:

    You look fab in both!

  9. liloo says:

    beamy plum is to die for, suits you nicely.
    love the look of the lipstick, feels like it’s containing a very rich nectar of good stuff in the heart of it and love love LOVE the outside packaging, that engraved text on the red steel thingy. what a gorgeous product.

  10. rhamnousia says:

    I like the look of them both, the darker one looks like it owuld work well with my skintone.

    In other news, which mascara are you wearing because your lashes are LONG.

  11. Lauren says:

    These are so gorgeous!
    They look really pretty on you xx

  12. Those are amazing colours! I’ll have to check the whole collection!
    I don’t think the packaging looks cheap… I think they look great!

  13. nichola ward says:

    I agree with you on the scent of these.. I have a nice Loreal one, but knowing that scent is there just puts me off using it, Id just rather it was completely unscented!

    Both of them look pretty.. but the smell, urgh :0/

  14. vonnie says:

    the plum one looks soooo good on you!! very pretty and I want to try some, love the core


  15. Phyrra says:

    Beamy Plum looks pretty on you.

  16. Alexia says:

    I totally agree with you on the scent of these, very Yardley-esque and for the price (under a tenner) they have some nice ingredients and colours. But I found they didn’t really do the job they are focused on, I do have quite dry skin but I found I needed to re-apply after an hour just to keep my lips feeling nice. Definitely not a buy again product for me unfortunately.

  17. Natalie says:

    OMG I thought the exact same thing! Love the look on my lips but the smell reminds me of cheap, old-school lipsticks from my teen years!! Why would they make the smell so vile?! x

  18. Rachael says:

    That berry looks lovely on you.

  19. AS says:

    You look lovely in these photos! The PJs pass for a vintage 40s look (not in an old lady, violet-lipsticky way of course!). Too bad you have to pay in pounds what those cost in dollars in the U. S.

  20. Resha says:

    you are so gorgeous in both colors

  21. Tina says:

    Beamy Plum is very pretty on you and the formula looks great – creamy & moisturising!!! x

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