Want create site? Find Free WordPress Themes and plugins.I’ve recently received a beautiful set of Asia-exclusive lipsticks by L’Oreal called the Collection Star* by Colour Riche. Each shade is inspired by 5 beautiful ladies who are L’Oreal Beauty Ambassadors namely Doutzen Kroes, Jennifer Lopez, Fan Bingbing, Gong Li and Sonam Kapoor. The box states that it’s specially designed for Asia, yet I was a bit perplexed for a moment as to why Doutzen Kroes and Jennifer Lopez were chosen as inspirations. I realized that they probably wanted to illustrate the diversity of skin tones all over Asia. While both of Chinese descent, Fan Bingbing is pale almost paper white and Gong Li is fair with slight yellow undertone. Jennifer Lopez who is of Puerto Rican descent is still fair but with golden undertones. Sonam Kapoor is Indian with yellow-to-olive medium skin tone. And Victoria’s Secret Angel, Doutzen Kroes is pure Dutch and has fair skin with pink undertones — probably representative of the mixed Eurasian beauties all over Asia. So yes, I love that all the undertones were represented but 4/5 of them are really quite fair. Sonam Kapoor is probably closest to my skintone, although I lean a bit more yellow than golden. If I were two shades up the MAC foundation system, I’d probably be close to Gong Li.. but I’m not. Anyway, with that alone, I was already quite hesitant in finding the perfect nude for me in this kit. But, I still pursued the challenge!
The Lowdown on the FormulaL’Oreal Collection Star lipsticks are part of the Colour Riche lipstick range. I’ve personally never tried any Colour Riche lipsticks yet but they are supposed to be luxuriously rich in color with intensely rich hydration for a creamy, moisturizing, and pigmented lipstick formula. Well these aren’t super pigmented in one go — most of them take two-three swipes on the lips to show up opaque, but even then most are still quite sheer in coverage. They are creamy, but sadly to the point where they accentuate lip lines and dry patches. They go on very lightweight though and not at all heavy in feel like those Revlon Lip Butters of yesterday. These don’t bleed or feather at all either, so applying without a mirror is doable. In fact, these lipsticks do quite feel a bit like balms, as they actually feel quite hydrating on the lips despite how they look like on. I swear, my lips aren’t cracking, it’s just that the lipstick tends to sit atop the cracks, hence the (not-so-desirable) illusion. Wear time for a cream lipstick is above average. Usually creams don’t last 2-3 hours on me, but this lasted a good 3-4 hours. When the initial sheen has been wiped off — there is still a bit of staining left on the lips, even after a light snack and water in between.
The ShadesBarely Coral — inspired by Fan Bingbing — is a light coral, peach sorbet shade that looks beautiful in tube and on the lips. Not particularly a nude shade on me, but I find it wearable especially on bright, sunny days. I don’t know why I feel indifferent with this shade out of all the five, when it actually doesn’t look that bad on me as compared to this next one. Barely Greige — inspired by Jenny from the Block — is a sheer light beige. I was particularly excited to try this among all the shades just ‘cos I don’t think I’ve ever found a shade like this to match my skintone before. However, I think this is better off on J.Lo than on me and will leave her to rock this shade instead. For some reason, I think this washes me out. Maybe I just didn’t pair it with the right eye makeup (ain’t nobody got time to switch makeup when swatching 5 lipsticks!) . Barely Moka — inspired by Gong Li — is a brown, mocha shade that I was least excited about in this set. Whaddayknow, it turns out to be my favorite shade from the bunch (Barely Plum is only second). Fine, maybe because I’ve never thought that I could pull off brown lipstick before thinking it had the tendency to ‘mature’ anyone wearing it. Also, because brown lipsticks are soooo 90s! Well, Barely Moka changed all those feels with just one swipe. Well, two. It’s the more pigmented of the bunch, as well as the most forgiving on lip lines. Yup, Iove this. I paired it with Chanel blush in Accent and ummm, match made in heaven these two! Barely Plum — inspired by Sonam Kapoor — is a muted pink with lilac tones. Ugh, I didn’t think I would love this… but I do! It’s not at all a nude shade on me, but it’s a lilac-toned lipstick I can actually pull off! I don’t think I’ve any shade like this in my stash save for Benefit Lollitint (which is doh, a lip tint). The shade reminds me of MAC’s Pink Nouveau, only Barely Plum is much more suited to my skintone. Barely Pink — inspired by Victoria’s Secret Angel Doutzen Kroes — is a pale baby pink. This is definitely a brightening kind of pink best paired with flushed baby pink cheeks, in my opinion. I didn’t think my skintone could pull this off but I think it looks okay on, not too chalky or ashy. But I would reserve this shade for the lighter-skinned mestizas, definitely. Hey Doutzen, I may not have your wings or your body, but I’ve got your lipstick on and I already feel half the Victoria’s Secret Angel (I only want to be because of Adam Levine).
Final ThoughtsDid I find my perfect nude? When I say nude though, I pertain to the shade that cancels out the color in my lips but must be complementary to my skintone so it doesn’t totally wash me out or make me look like I’m from the Walking Dead. The shades in this collection are beautiful, but they’re not at all nude on me. So no, I didn’t find my perfect nude or even MLBB shade. But I did, however, find a brown lipstick I may be quite in love with in Barely Moka — and if only because it’s the first brown-based lipstick I feel comfortable wearing – so be it. I also like Barely Plum, which is a lilac-tinged muted pink that’s very reminiscent of MAC Pink Nouveau, only much more suitable to my skintone. The formula could be better, though.
Any shade that caught your fancy?
The L’Oreal Collection Star was sent for editorial consideration. No compensation was given to write this review, nor was I required to write it. All thoughts and feels are purely my own.
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