Product Type: L'Oreal makeup
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L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash
Member Name: missrarr
L'Oreal Glam Shine Stain Splash
Advantages: Hydrating, subtle polished colour, no "gloopy" feel, nice packaging, and affordable
Disadvantages: Slight packaging problem in that brush leaves some product behind trapped but it's a small problem
I may not be the glossiest female alive but any opportunity to try a new product from a brand I really like for the princely sum of sod all appeals to something very deep rooted in my psyche. So I promptly had her arm off (metaphorically speaking).
This is a L'Oreal lip product - marketed as "a gloss that acts like a stain". Presumably, they don't mean when I get gravy down my top.
Okay, the inevitable marketing claims are thus:
What they claim to have produced is a 30% water-based formula which will hydrate lips whilst offering up to 6 hours of coverage without drying out the lips at all.
Also they like to rate their "feather soft wand" which is meant to perfectly contoured to your lips
I was excited to find my product had arrived - not least because of its beautiful packaging.
Retailing at £7.99, this product has been made to look very polished, admittedly in plastic. You have a gold vial-type container, with a screw-top lid which reveals a black plastic wand which ends in a very contoured, heart-shaped soft wand.
In between the body of the "gold" vial and the lid you have a gap through which you can clearly see the exact shade of your gloss, or stain, or tint, or...oh sod knows what these products are any more. The lines between "balm" and "lipstick" are well and truly blurred and there's no going back.
But the point is you can see the colour in a small clear compartment that goes around the holder. And it works nicely - this range has eight shades, each given a female character. I was sent Romy, a soft pink which happened to be an ideal match for me.
On opening I saw that the contoured brush has not just rounded and sharpened edges to match the shapes of the lip as you apply, but also dips in the centre of the brush - these catch a certain amount of product which I find perfectly coats the lips. This brush is a bloody revelation - they should patent it and live off every other cosmetic brand for the rest of time. It is soft, tilted just right, and has enough product to make you feel happy with one sweep with no wastage or feeling that your lips are loaded with rubbish.
You do get the slightly sticky feeling of a gloss but this is a nice product so it is not cloying and irritating. It just feels professional.
Now I have two problems with the product: first of all when your product drops down through use you can see that the mechanism that leaves a certain amount of product on the wand leaves a lot wedged under a lip in the lid - ie wasted. This is frustrating, but you never know how much the vial design is wasting anyway because of the gold finish - which, by the way, is lasting up well against the abuse it receives daily in my bag.
The other is that I don't think it delivers on the six hour of colour claim - yes it lasts quite nicely, but it doesn't "stain" and whilst it holds up much better than lipstick and gloss when eating and drinking (remarkably so in fact), it does not last that long for me.
But on to the positives: the packaging looks nice, and stays that way despite feeling a bit cheap. There has never been any leakage from the lid, despite this feeling quite wet on application. The feeling after application is a little gloss-like stickiness but no gloopiness and this has, as claimed, never dried my lips out - quite the opposite. I really enjoy wearing this because it offers that slight polish of a definite hint of natural-looking colour without gloss, fuss or faff.
Also, my tube of product is lasting really well. The brush is so soft and is tilted perfectly to apply a full covering in one go - unless you are La Jolie - and the colour resulting from application is subtle yet polished. It never has that teenage shiny look and the tones throughout the range look really natural and tactful - just what I look for in a lip product.
So in short, I really am taken by this product, far more than I anticipated. I'm amazed the light-feeling packaging has held up so well and the overall experience of using it suggests that it can aspire to rival the better-dressed beauty equivalents that it is so obviously aiming to emulate.
Summary: A really nice new product with great, natural shades