My poor boyfriend was dragged to ULTA this past weekend
to do a bit of make up shopping with me. This little gem was on
sale, and since I seem to lack corals in my lip collection I thought
it would be nice to try. Long story short, when I rushed to apply this
outside the store my boyfriend took one look at me and said in the
gentlest way possible "it's strong".
If you want my thoughts on this stain gloss follow the jump.
The first thing I noticed was the color accuracy is way off. This is
not a coral, at all! On my pigmented lips this stain is a cool-toned red.
While I'm a bit disappointed about the color being different than
described, the upside is that this lipstick makes my teeth look SO
white! However, you simply cannot wear this in the day time. Looking
at myself in the mirror, talking to my boyfriend, all I could see was a pair
of lips moving. This stain reallys make your lips the sole focus of your
face, so if you want to wear this I would strongly suggest a neutral eye
to balance the strength of this stain.
Unfortunately, my lips haven't been extremely moisturized lately so
when I first applied this stain/gloss I could almost feel my lips drying
from the formula of this stain. First off, yes, it applies like a gloss but
unlike the L'Oreal Colour Caresse, this dries down completely to
a stain. It is drying, after wearing this twice within two days my lips
felt very parched and I felt the need to reapply lip balm throughout
the wear of the stain. Longevity of these are fabulous. They wear about
8 hours on me, unless I eat oily foods (namely, spaghetti, which completely
wiped this stain off my lips!)
Packaging is no frills, a little wider around the middle, but I can relate
to that! (Ha ha) One annoying thing is that the shade is only listed
on a sticker at the very bottom and the shade name is extremely tiny.
Overall: I'm not sure if I would have bought this shade, even on sale if
the color description been more accurate. I already own so many red lip
products so this was a disappointment. The color is also loud, and it will
emphasize dry patches on your lips and is a generally drying formula.
I would suggest L'Oreal's colour caresse gloss stains over this version.