L’Oreal Shine Caresse – Stains / Wet Stains / Wet Shine Stains / Glossy Stains / Lipglosses / *insert name* – yes, for some bizarre reason, there isn’t a universal name for the hotly anticipated new lip products from L’Oreal Paris. And from the swatches I have seen on beauty blogs, there appears to be different shade names from US, Asia (I bought mine in Hong Kong), Europe – and gawd knows how long they will take to be launched here in Australia?? (I am going to a L’Oreal blogging event next week so I will ask and get back to you!)
Anyway, I picked up 5 L’Oreal Shine Caresse Stains (it doesn’t say ‘Stain’ on the packaging, but I am going to use Stain to describe them anyway because it is easier to pluralise Stain to Stains than Caresse to Caresses because that word just turns me on 😛 *jokes*) in Hong Kong for $99 HKD each which is around $12.50 AUD. There are only 4 pictured because I am saving one for a future giveaway because I am nice like that 🙂
The packaging is a chic slimline gold metallic plastic casing which unfortunately, is a fingerprint party. I like how there is a window to show off the colour but the design bugs me because for them to stand up straight, they have to be placed upside down with the lid on the bottom as the actual base is too small and is almost like a stiletto heel. You’ll understand when you see it. It is not a dealbreaker and it is not as if I line up all my lipglosses like bowling pins so I have no idea why it even bothers me.
L’Oreal Shine Caresse Stains have a teardrop-shaped applicator with an indent in the centre which is where the stain likes to gather and ooze out of. I like the shape of the teardrop as it is great to apply around my cupid’s bow on my lips and helps accentuate them.
These L’Oreal Shine Caresse Stain swatches are HEAVILY swatched on my NC-30-ish arm in shaded daylight :-
- Bella 604 – rosy pink with subtle pink microshimmer
- Eve 605 – bright fuchsia pink with corresponding microshimmer
- Lolita 606 – appears cool pink almost lilac, but when swatched, it’s one shade cooler than Bella
- Juliette 702 – bright orange-red with no shimmer
When lightly applied, they are actually more sheer than shown. But the colour is buildable which is a big plus. Once the stain dries, it leaves behind a non-sticky, yet glossy finish and it does stain!!! The lasting power is great.
One more thing to note – there is a light flowery scent which I actually really like because it doesn’t linger and it tastes okay.
Do I love the L’Oreal Shine Caresse Stains? The answer is a big resounding YES!!! It looks more expensive than it actually is and the formula is beautiful.
Which leads me onto YSL Glossy Stain.
Is L’Oreal Shine Caresse a dupe* of YSL Glossy Stain? YES (*for those who don’t speak beauty jargon, dupe is beauty product which is a less expensive duplicate of a high-end version)
Which one do I prefer – YSL Glossy Stain or L’Oreal Shine Caresse? *suspenseful music please* L’Oreal Shine Caresse!!! I’ll list my reasons another day as I have a Husband to entertain.
As for the L’Oreal Shine Caresse giveaway, make sure you are stalking me on my other beauty blog, Lip Stalker. The shade you could potentially win is 900 Pretty Woman – see what I did there? Yes, a Pretty Woman will win Pretty Woman 🙂
Okay…back to the Husband…and my weekend… Enjoy yours whatever you get up to 🙂
♥ Ling xxx