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It seems to be turning into lipstick week – first the Chanel Jumbo Crayon and now the L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine – but it’s not often I find formulas that I want to wear again and again, so I’m passing on the recommendations while they’re fresh in my mind.
And I’ve mentioned L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Shine lipsticks loads over the past couple of months – unbelievably juicy, they have a surprising amount of pigment and a gorgeous, non-sticky sheen. I liked my peachy-coral one (247, Shot of Sun) so much that I went to Boots and bought three more shades and that is unheard of for me – I have dozens of lip things waiting to be tried and so doubling up on existing products just isn’t sensible!
But I loved the balm-like quality of the Colour Riche Shine lipsticks – the sort of texture that’s so soft and inviting you actually want to keep on applying it – along with the intensity of colour, which seemed unusual for such a shiny, slippery product.
This isn’t a lipstick for the Longevity Crew – those people needing four, eight, twelve hours of wear should skip to the next post. But if you like a low-key gloss without even the merest hint of stickiness or tackiness and you want a comfortable feel from your lipstick, you’ll love it.
The closest comparison I can think of in terms of similar products on the market would probably be YSL’s Rouge Volupté Shine; it has that kind of finish that’s almost like a very lightweight oil across the lips. Rouge Volupté Shine is obviously the luxury option – the packaging is a decadent little treat in itself – but the Colour Riche Shine isn’t far off. A lighter (plastic) casing, but it still looks chic and the lipsticks themselves come in some very similar shades.
In fact, my favourite shade in the Colour Riche Shine, 658 “Topless”, isn’t an entirely bad dupe for my favourite Volupté Shine shade, which is shade 47. You could probably get even closer – the L’Oreal one has a hint more mauve to it – but both are that lovely pinky-neutral that I tend to go for when I want an easy polished look.
You can find the Colour Riche Shine lipsticks online at Boots here* – they’re £8.99 each. If you want to see shade 247 in action then take a look at this video. It’s quite a sexy little summer shade – peachy with a bit of a golden glimmer.