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The product I am reviewing is a lipstick which is made by L'Oreal Paris. I only ever wear lipstick on a night out on the town and I prefer wearing lighter shades of pink lipstick that look slightly shimmery. I don't like matt coloured lipsticks. My lipstick was very old so I thought I would go on the hunt for a new one. The previous lipstick I was using was a cheap brand so I thought I might treat myself to a slightly more expensive brand depending on if I could find the right colour. When wearing lipstick I don't like anything that feels too heavy on my lips and I want something that's going to keep them moisturised whilst wearing it. After looking at the shades of different lipsticks in various ranges I finally found a gorgeous shade that I liked the look of. This particular lipstick is part of the Rouge Caresse range which contains a range of different colours and shades of lipsticks suitable for any occasion whether it is work or a night out. This lipstick has a melting heart of Mother of Pearl particles and is enrobed in poppy colours. The lipstick claims to give you iridescent, vibrant colour with a sheer, light finish. It has a meltingly soft application and a weightless sensation which gives your lips a gorgeous pearlescent pop of colour.
Although the lipstick is available in a great range of shades I chose a very subtle pink colour which is called 'Nude and Cute'. This was the lightest pink colour I could see and it looked the shade I was looking for after trying the tester on the back of my hand. The lipstick itself comes in what I would describe as pricey looking packaging. The main colour of the packaging is silver and it has L'Oreal on the side of the lipstick which joins the lid and the bottom of the lipstick together. The lid pulls off easily which then allows you to twist the lipstick up and down to apply it. The lid simply makes a large click sound when placing back on the lipstick. The lid on the lipstick feels quite safe and doesn't look or feel as though it would fall off when placed in a make-up or handbag. On the bottom of the lipstick is a round circle which represents the colour of the shade it also tells you the colour and number of the shade. For example the one I purchased is 504 'Nude & Cute'. This means I know which one to purchase again in the future if I decide to buy this product again. The lipstick itself is a nice light pink colour and has a circle of white in the middle of the lipstick which I presume is something to do with the 'melting heart of Mother of Pearl particles'. This looks as though it could be quite moisturising to the lips which is great as my lips often get dry.
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I purchased this from Boots for £7.99; how-ever you can also purchase this from Superdrug as well. The lipstick comes in a total of 16 different shades which mainly includes different shades of pinks, red and purples. Some of these look totally different to the actual colours on the bottom of the packaging so it's best to try the tester before purchasing a shade. On the boots website they only have 4 shades available for purchase which I presume may be the most popular shades.
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When applying the lipstick I found it very easy to apply and it glided onto my lips easily. The lipstick felt smooth against my lips and gave my lips a nice splash of colour. I have to admit that the pink did look a lot pinker than it did on the back of my hand when testing it in the shop and I wasn't too sure if I actually liked this or not. Despite this I kept the lipstick on to see how it lasted during the night. My lips felt moisturised and they look moisturised and shiny. I found the lipstick to be rather sparkly which is what I wasn't too sure about as I thought it was maybe a little too sparkly for my liking. I normally go for slightly more subtle lipsticks so this was a bit of a change for me. During the night when the lipstick was on my lips it felt moisturising and my lips didn't feel dry or chapped. The lipstick lasted a good amount of time before I had to re-apply it but obviously this depends on what you are doing. I just went out with a few friends and had a few drinks which made the lipstick wear off a little each time I took a mouthful of drink from my glass.
The lipstick is definitely iridescent as claimed and it does make your lips noticeable so if you are looking for a more subtle colour or shade then I wouldn't personally recommend this range. I did have to re-apply the lipstick a few times during the night but this was expected anyway. With some lipsticks I like to put some clear lip gloss over the top but because this lipstick was iridescent I didn't need to apply any gloss over the top of this lipstick, if I had I think it would have looked a little too much with the iridescent and the gloss together. Although the shade I chose was lighter than I thought it was I actually got used to wearing the colour and it actually looked nice with my blonde hair and the rest of my make-up. I was out for at least 4hrs over which period I did have to re-apply the lipstick a few times when popping to the ladies. At the end of the night I removed the remaining lipstick with a slightly wet tissue. I was surprised that my lips still felt reasonably moisturised and soft despite having to apply the lipstick a few times during the night. This lipstick definitely kept my lips feeling and looking moisturised all night.
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Although I am not a lipstick person I do like to wear something on my lips on a night out other than just a clear lip gloss. I do tend to go for subtle and gentle shades of lipstick that look quite natural and aren't too over the top. I liked shimmery/pearlised shades of lipstick rather than matte ones. The range of colours in this particular lipstick was good and I found there were a good amount of lipsticks to choose from. Although I tested the lipstick on the back of my hand before buying the lipstick I purchased did look slightly pinker on my lips anyway so bear this in mind if you think of purchasing a lipstick from this range. I found this lipstick very easy to apply and found that it glides onto your lips easily without having to apply much pressure at all to the lipstick. You could use a lip gloss over the top of the lipstick but I really don't think it's necessary as the lipstick is glossy and very shimmery anyway. Although I chose the lightest pink shade available, this was still a lot lighter on my lips than it looked on the back of my hand.
Although I didn't think this lipstick was as subtle as some of the others I have worn it still looked nice and went well with my natural make-up and hair colour. The lipstick didn't look too over the top although I wasn't too sure about the shimmer from the lipstick as it seemed very shimmery. The lipstick didn't last any longer than what I would expect from any other lipstick and I did have to re-apply it a few time during the night which is expected with most lipsticks. I like that the lipstick kept my lips feeling moisturised all night and they didn't feel or look dry at all. In terms of value I think the product is reasonable value as it does look nice and it's the only really good moisturising lipstick I have come across. I have actually worn the lipstick a few times since writing this review and I have now got used to the slightly lighter pink colour than what I would normally go for. Due to the shimmer of the lipstick I would personally only wear this for a night out on the town as I think some of the shimmery colours may look a bit too much for the day. I would recommend this lipstick to others but ensure that you test some of the colours well before purchasing it as the colours tend to be pinker than what they look.
(review may also appear on ciao)
The L'oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks retail at £7.99 in Boots and come in 12 shades-
I personally own Dating Coral and Rebel Red but have been meaning to pick up some more for the longest time.
The formula of these is absolutely beautiful. They glide on so easily, and feel so creamy and moisturising. They have a nice amount of shine to them but aren't too over the top glossy either.
They feel beautiful on the lips and I sometimes wear them if my lips are a little dry and I don't have a lip balm to hand.
The lipsticks are semi-sheer. I would describe them as a lip butter. They are buildable so you can achieve the colour in the bullet with a few coats. I like that they aren't so full on though because it means you can wear lipstick more subtly. I like them for day time wear but I think they would be perfect for someone wanting to wear a bright colour, it's a way of easing yourself in.
They last for around three hours so it's a good idea to carry it round with you, but they do fade nicely so you're not going to be left with that annoying line around your lips.
The packaging also deserves an honorable mention- it's gold and just really beautiful. It looks a lot more expensive than it is and looks gorgeous displayed in a lipstick holder.
You also get quite a lot of product in the bullet which is always a good thing.
All in all, really great lipsticks that I will be adding more of to my collection.
I first saw this lipstick in a magazine in the shade 'cheeky magenta' it's a very vibrant fuchsia shade with a blue undertone which is perfect for me so I decided to purchase one the next time I was in Boots.
Loreal is a drug store brand with a wide range of products available including cosmetics, skincare, self tan, haircare, hair dye etc. It is available in Boots, Superdrug and sometimes in supermarkets and smaller pharmacies. I'm usually pretty impressed with Loreal as a brand and find there products to be of high-quality with a reasonable price tag.
* A flutter of kissably soft light-weight feeling colour. Its delicate texture glides onto lips creating a veil of colour with a lumious shine.
* Weightless sensation
* Luminous and fresh colour
* Meltingly soft application
This lipstick is AMAZING! The best thing about it for me is the fact that it stains the lips without drying them out. The colour stays vibrant and the lips feel moisturised. I've had so many balm stain type products and have been disappointed with how dry my lips feel when using them. The product goes on smoothly and feels so light on the lips. It really feels like a lip balm and I love that. So basically you get strong colour that stays put with a nice shine finish that also feels light and moisturising on the lips! I couldn't ask for anything more! I decided to buy another one in the shade 'Fashionista Pink' which was nice but maybe a little too pale for me, it would maybe look better on a blonde. I'd love to try 'Rebel Red' next!
There are 12 shades available in the range and I feel there's something for everyone there.
I like the packaging for the simple fact the lid is see-through and allows you to see the colour so you know which one your picking up. Great when your in a rush in the morning!
VALUE FOR MONEY:
The lipstick retails at £7.99 which is great value for money! It's worth keeping an eye out for the 3 for 2 offers in Boots aswell which is even better value for money!
I highly recommend this product and wouldn't hesitate to repurchase. It's an amazing lipstick, very high quality, long-lasting with a gorgeous finish!
I don't often make impulse purchases when buying cosmetics - I much prefer to think about how I am spending my money, and doing some thorough online research to make sure that a product is right for me and that I have found the best deal. Either that, or I buy something I know has worked really well for me in the past. However, I recently broke my rule when I bought L'Oreal's Rouge Caresse lipstick from Superdrug, having seen a television ad for this lipstick and also having seen it recommended in one of my favourite glossy magazines.
Boots' website shows a range of thirteen shades, although not all shades are available in store. My small local branch only had a disappointing four shades. After careful study of the product page on boots.com, and also on L'Oreal's own website - which shows Tempting Lilac as a delicate plum shade - I decided that this would suit me best. I've recently found myself veering slightly more towards pinky/plum shades as opposed to my traditional soft browns - perhaps my colouring is changing as I get older.
Boots describes this lipstick as having a 'delicate texture' that 'glides onto lips creating a veil of colour with luminous shine'. The lipstick comes in a traditionally-shaped case, although the top half is see-through, so that you can see the smaller tube of colour within. The base of the lipstick carries the word 'Caresse', together with the number and name of your chosen shade - in my case, '101 Tempting Lilac'. The top of the case is bright purple, and I don't know whether that is particular to Tempting Lilac or whether it's the same on all the shades.
I am not able to go shopping on the high street on a regular basis, and tend to purchase most of my cosmetics and skincare online. So while I was out and about one day, I decided to take a look at L'Oreal's Rouge Caresse and see what I thought of it. Boots only stocked four shades, and the one I wanted wasn't included. On the other hand, Superdrug had quite a few more shades available, including Tempting Lilac, but there was no tester for that shade. I took the cover off to take a quick look at the lipstick, thought the shade looked lovely, made a quick decision and bought it on the spot.
Once I got home, I was excited to try out my new purchase - and was disappointed. I first tried a swatch on the back on my hand, and it looked as nice as the colour in the tube, and it also looked soft, subtle and glossy. However, once I applied it to my lips, I found that the colour was much too pink for me, not at all the soft lilac shade I had anticipated. And it looked a bit 'chalky' on my lips. However, I loved the feel of it. Rouge Caresse has been described as a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm, and the texture certainly fits this description. I thought perhaps it looked a bit flat because I am so used to wearing lip gloss rather than lipstick, and decided to leave it on my lips and see how it coped with eating and drinking. I was pleased with the results of this - even after the lipstick had worn away I could still see a hint of colour on my lips.
One of the reasons I had been attracted to this product was because it sounded as if it would have a moisturising effect, and this is where I think it falls down slightly. It has a very pleasant texture on application, but I found that after some time my lips began to feel a bit dry.
I absolutely hate thinking that I've wasted my money, and having spent £7.99 on this lipstick, I was annoyed that it didn't look as good as I had hoped. I loved the initial feel of the balm-like texture on my lips, and I appreciated the longevity of the lip stain. But the colour I'd picked wasn't right for me - although it had seemed as though it would suit me perfectly.
After my initial disappointment with this purchase, I then had a cunning plan. I experimented with some of my (many) lip glosses, and found that by applying Rimmel's Vinyl Gloss in 'Take a Chance' (which had been a competition win), over the lipstick, this added a subtle extra layer of shine and neutralised the pinky-pink to a more subtle shade. Result! The combination gives me exactly what I wanted - a deeper coverage, with the feel of a lip balm, but still with the gloss I love so much. But it shouldn't have taken two products to do this.
So, would I recommend L'Oreal's Rouge Caresse? To be honest, I'm not sure. My lips didn't look anywhere near as beautifully moisturised as the model in the tv ad. The slightly chalky finish was definitely off-putting, and I think that would have been the same with any of the colours on offer.
I'm giving this lipstick three stars because I don't think it delivers the beautiful sheen it promises, and because it doesn't deliver the moisturising effect it claims. On the other hand, it does come in a nice range of shades, and the colour lasts on your lips for some hours.
Both Boots and Superdrug sell this lipstick for £7.99, and Boots currently (as of 23rd August) have a special offer of a free gift when you spend £15 or more on selected L'Oreal cosmetics. You can find a few shades slightly cheaper if you search online.
The television ad for L'Oreal's Rouge Caresse makes it look wonderfully attractive. The colour shown on the model looks more like a lip gloss than a lipstick - it had lots of colour, but also had a beautiful glossy finish. It certainly didn't resemble the finish of my own shade, but then I hadn't spent two hours being attended to by a team of make-up artists whose attentions had rendered my lips beautifully soft and glossy!
When I see the advert now, I find myself saying 'Humph!' in a cross sort of way. I am so worth it, but this lipstick just didn't deliver on its promises for me.
(This review is also on Ciao, under the same user name.)
Don't just stroke your lips, Caresse ; them / Lips say yes to this Caresse / a flutter of kissably soft light-weight feeling colour / Its delicate texture glides onto lips creating a veil of colour with a lumious shine / Available in 4 bright and eye catching colours.