L’Oreal Color Riche Serum #S501, #S502, #S104: Swatches & Review

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I’ve seen several posts about 2-in-1 lipsticks in my subscriptions recently. The first was about Dolce & Gabbana and it’s Passion Duo Gloss Fusion (you can find swatches and review by Best Things in Beauty.) Later I’ve found new lipstick line by Avon — these don’t look the same as D&G, but the idea is somehow similar (Cherrymess has swatched all shades, please find one of the reviews). This is not brand new idea in makeup, I’ve seen this already in Avon long time ago (and they didn’t impress me by the way). The last year there was a launch of L’Oreal Color Riche Serum, I’m going to tell more about them today.

L’Oreal Color Riche Serum — 2-in-1 lipstick-and-balm that should take care of your lips with the help of collagen and hyaluronic acid and make you lips not only feel, but look better. In reality the lipstick is just average in terms of lip care, I haven’t noticed any. But it has very nice creamy formula that doesn’t dry your lips. The coverage is from light to medium depending on the shade, you can easily add layer to make bright shades look bolder. This lipstick has tender glowy finish, with shimmer in particular shades. Depending on the particular shade it lasts from 2 to 5 hours (it can survive a coffee break, but not your lunch). The color disappear starting from the middle of your lips, so watch yourself during the day.

I didn’t like the packaging. It is simple plastic, but because of the goldish color it looks cheap. Also if you hold the cap in wrong way you will not close it because of the lock.

Ingredients: Pentaerythrityl Isostearate/Caprate/Caprylate/Adipate, Sesamum Indicum Oil/Sesame Seed Oil, Oleyl Erucate, Cera Microcristallina/Microcrystalline Wax/Cire, Microcristalline, PEG-45/Dodecyl Glycol Copolymer, Cera Alba/Beeswax/ Cire Dabeille, Bis-Diglyceryl POLYACYLADIPATE-2, Hydrogenated Castor Oil Dimer Dilinoleate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Alumina, Parfum / Fragrance, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Geraniol, Citronellol, Linalool, Tin Oxide, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Acrylates Copolymer, [+/- May Contain / Peut Contenir, Mica, Ci 77891 / Titanium Dioxide, Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Ci 15850 / Red 7, Ci 15985 / Yellow 6 Lake, Ci 19140 / Yellow 5 Lake, Ci 45410 / Red 28 Lake, Ci 45380 / Red 22 Lake, Ci 75470 / Carmine, Ci 42090 / Blue 1 Lake

It was interesting to notice that different lipstick has different quality depending on the color — it’s mostly related to color payoff and finish, but in one case to feeling on the lips too. I’ll start from the worst to finish my review with positive sentence.

The colors reviewed in this post are from European range. In states you should be able to find more color. I think similar reds will be available, but under other names perhaps.

#S104 Bright Fuchsia — it should be fuchsia according to its name, but it is a kind of barbie-pink with big shimmer. I was unpleasantly surprised with this shade and lipstick itself, because it was the last I’ve tried from this trio and the first ones were much better. It doesn’t applies easily (ok, the photo is good, but it take a while as I had to go out with this lipstick and I couldn’t afford to look ugly), color payoff is not that good and texture is rather watery than creamy. Shimmer tends to gather around drier areas of your lips. The color doesn’t lasts for long, up to two hours only.

#S501 Luminous Scarlet — I thought it will be blue-based red as most of the «scarlet» named reds are, but it is more pink, even bright raspberry. I don’t usually wear such colors myself, but this one is beautiful and I do wear it from time to time. It has tender, a bit wet glow in finish and you should better wear it with only one layer. It will look only really nice — somehow translucent, but still with a good pigmentation. The color lasts up to 3-4 hours.

I thought initially it will look alike to Maybelline Colorsensational #630 Red Revolution. And it is alike in texture and feeling, but the color itself is lighter and more tender, not as bright and overall quality score goes to one from L’Oreal.

#S502 True Red — yes, it is real red, no shimmer (though you can see blue base), light glow in finish. It has creamy texture, the best from all three shades and I really enjoyed it. I prefer to apply to layers of this shade for maximum coverage and color payoff (one layer will also do). It also last longer than other to — up to 5 hours.

I looked through my collection of reds to find similar color and picked three of them. Clinique High Impact #12 Red-y to Wear and Bobbi Brown Lipstick #10 Red looks alike. Rouge d’Armani #400, which I thought will be also very close, goes more in raspberry-pink when you start to compare it on the arm. Any way all three has considerably better coverage in one layer than L’Oreal Color Rich Serum. I won’t consider this as a disadvantage because it was rather promised that the color will be light. And you can add layers after all 🙂

Availability: your nearest drugstore, colors may vary depending on country.
Price: 10$ for 4.5 ml.
Limited Edition? No.

Final Thoughts: I liked these lipsticks — they have nice creamy texture, you can actually vary the coverage during application adding layers. I don’t think that the balm really influences on lip condition, but it feels like it makes the lipstick formula softer and pleasant for your lips. I don’t believe a lot in 2-in-1 products, and this time color has bigger advantage than lip care effect.

I was confused that color payoff and quality varies depending on the color. I didn’t like one with shimmer — it’s too big and lipstick feels drier, lasts only few hours. And I didn’t like the packaging, it looks cheap. I don’t expect a lot from drugstore brands in this area, still L’Oreal can do better (and it actually does, but in either products).

*Item reviewed in this post was sent for consideration by my PR-contact in L’Oreal.

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