The Budget All-In-One Lippie

L'Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in Ruby Opera
2014 has definitely been the year of the all-in-one lippie. Combining the moisturising properties of a lip balm, the colour intensity of a lipstick and the gloss of a lipgloss; these kind of hybrid lip products have proven to be a true hit for both beauty aficionado’s and the casual makeup lover. I’ve already tried out Lancôme’s Lip Lover (review here) and Dior’s Fluid Sticks (review here), so I naturally had to give this budget version by L’Oréal a whirl. The L’Oreal Colour Riche L’Extraordinaire Lipsticks are very pigmented and feel moisturising too, so they tick all boxes of the lip lacquer hype that’s been going on. I’ve got the true red Ruby Opera (shade 304), which is a little out of my daytime comfort zone but very classy for evening events.

L'Oréal Colour Riche Extraordinaire Lipstick in Ruby Opera
Application is rather easy with a bended applicator that fits right onto your lips. The texture is rather nice and doesn’t feel sticky - a huge pro as it’s my number one pet peeve with lip glosses. Pigment is spot on from the first layer on and stays put for a couple of hours, with a little bit of fading going on depending on your drinking/eating habits. I’d say this one resides right in between Lip Lover and Fluid Sticks: it’s less moisturising and more glossy than Lip Lovers, and on it’s turn more moisturising and less glossy than Fluid Sticks. Depending on what you look for in a lip lacquer and your budget options, these might be your perfect pick for this hype. I think I’d like to use these more for daytime looks, so I’d opt for more natural shades such as Blushing Harmony or Caramel Solo. Yep, I know.. I’m a total wuss when it comes to lip colour.
At €15.99/£8.99/$9.99 these are half the price of a Lancôme Lip Lover, and a third of the price of a Dior Fluid Stick. In my preference list for the hybrid lippies this one gets a well deserved second spot, with Lancôme’s Lip Lover still ranking number one. And there’s no running to the counter for these - all 16 shades are a part of the permanent collection.

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