Due to my excitement, I cannot possibly wait to do a "proper" haul before showing you swatches and my preliminary thoughts on the new L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lipglosses. I spotted a separate display for these glosses at my local CVS and pounced on two bright shades, Endless Red and Coral Tattoo. In this post I will only be focusing on Endless Red as it seems most appropriate for the holiday season but swatches of Coral Tattoo will be following shortly.
These new drugstore glosses are supposedly dupes for the famous YSL Glossy Stains which I've had on my wishlist for ages but the high end price tag has scared me away. It is interesting to note that L'Oreal owns the beauty division of YSL. At CVS the L'Oreal glosses retail for $10.49 which is quite pricey for a drugstore offering. After using a few coupons I picked up each gloss for about $7 and got $3 extrabucks back for my purchase. Still, $7 is a lot better than $32 for a lip color and the quality of L'Oreal's gloss is nothing to scoff at. Each tube contains .21 fluid ounces of product which is standard.
The tube is sleek and made a reflective golden packaging that attracts fingerprints like no other. The packaging feels very lightweight and there is no indicator of how much product you have left in the tube. The applicator wand is unique in that it resembles a bent leaf. The applicator picks up just the right amount of product for one layer of gloss and makes applying a breeze. There is a faint scent to the lipgloss that I cannot quite put my finger on. It smells like pears to me and neither adds to nor detracts from my feelings about the product.
Above is one layer of the glossy stain applied to bare, unmoisturized lips. Endless Red is a blue toned red that will look flattering on a variety of skin tones. The blue tone makes my skin and teeth appear brighter which is a huge plus. The color is definitely bold and almost opaque. For a regular gloss, this might even be considered high coverage.
Then I went ahead and applied a second coat as most people suggest for the YSL Glossy Stains. The second layer of gloss did not disturb the first layer at all and really amplified the color and shine of the lip. The coverage is like that of a liquid lipstick without the heavy or sticky feeling. This gloss is simply a dream to wear.
Above is what my lips looked like after eating breakfast, an hour after initial application. The color is still there although the glossiness wore off to an extent. In real life the color looks less patchy and more like a lipstick. Continuing to wear the gloss, the red seemed to turn a bit darker as the glossiness subsided but the color was still vibrant. I did a blot test on the back of my hand and amazingly, only a tiny bit of glossy residue transferred to my hand but absolutely no red pigment! With this gloss, you can eat, drink and kiss with no worries of losing your lip color or staining anything (or anybody)! There is still a noticeable shine and moist look to my lips after two hours of wear and my lips are very comfortable. Three hours later and the color resembles a sheer to medium lipstick.
Endless Red is a beautiful red, especially for this time of year, that is low maintenance and easy to wear. A lot of people seem to be intimidated by a red lip due to fears of smudging and bleeding lines but this gloss makes a bold, glossy lip incredibly easy to rock. I know I will be sporting Endless Red a lot in the weeks to come!
L'Oreal did an outstanding job with the Shine Caresse line and really show the potential of drugstore beauty. Although I have not tried the YSL Glossy Stains, I don't really feel the need to anymore. The L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lipglosses are perfect for you if you want a highly pigmented, lightweight gloss without a hint of stickyness. Are you excited about the release of the L'Oreal Shine Caresse Lipglosses? What shades are you looking forward to the most?