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The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is upon us all again and so I spent a leisurely afternoon browsing the shops with Mom, hoping to score.
To the initiated, the GSS is an eight-week sale experience which usually happens between the months of June and July where shoppers enjoy good deals on just about everything, everywhere in Singapore – from fashion to watches, jewelry, electronics, toys and more. Naturally, being a bargain hunter, I was hoping to do some damage and I found myself lurking in the beauty section swatching products. I ended up picking up quite a few items, of which, one of the items was the L’Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colour in #603 (Milady) and #702 (Juliette).
Yes, I know I am over a year late in trying these out since they launched in February 2013 but I have been on a lippie kick lately and therefore more open to trying out varying lip prodcuts (in a variety of formats, no doubt).
From what I understand, this product has various names in various parts of the world. In the US, it is known as the Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain while in Singapore, it is known as Shine Caresse. Before I get into more details, here are some product claims taken from the L’Oreal US website –
“Discover a stain that thinks it’s a gloss. Now hydration & shine meet lasting, lightweight color. Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain combines the power of a lip stain with lip-gloss luster. This next generation lip stain, formulated with a blend of light hydrating oils & concentrated pigments, delivers lasting color with a glossy finish. Packed with 30% water, Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to 6 hours.
Lipstain Power: Fresh color feels barely there
Lipgloss Shine: Lacquer shine + Non-Sticky feel
Caring Color: 6HR continuous hydration” – L’Oreal website
The packaging of the product is fairly simple – it comes in a plastic tube finished with a slight gold hue. There is a small window displaying the product shade and it comes with an angled sponge tip doe foot applicator.
I find the packaging rather attractive and functional because it is slim and fits neatly into most average-sized makeup pouch. Also, I love that the window displays the true shade of the product, so there is no need to fuss with opening the tube to check for colours. I particularly enjoy that the packaging is light-weight and generally fuss-free. Also, the sponge tip applicator has a tiny hole which forces excess product out of the applicator when it is being removed from the tube, making application less messy.
Next comes the product itself. Most people do not enjoy the scent of L’Oreal lip products given its inherent trace of chemical mix. Unfortunately, it is the same of this product where I find it smells almost like a mix of wall paint and metal – rather unpleasant. But, the scent dissipates the moment the product is applied onto the lips. Here are swatches of the two shades I got – #702 Juliette is an orangey-red while #602 Milday is a lilac. I understand there are up to eight shades available in this range.
Evidently, the product leaves a stain (shown in the following image) when I used a makeup wipe to remove the swatches.
Here’s a quick look at the colours swatched on my lips.
The product isn’t overly liquid-ey or goopy. Upon application, there is rich colour pigmentation with just a single swipe and feels light on the lips and isn’t sticky or heavy. There is a rather interesting cool, jelly-like feel to it whilst it is still wet but once the product sets, that feeling disappears and the product doesn’t set into fine lines. In fact, I have enjoyed using this product. Here’s how the two shades look on me.
Overall, I would only recommend this lip product to users who aren’t terribly sensitive to scented products as the chemical trace can be rather off-putting for some. However, scent aside, I think this product gives very good colour payoff, leaves a light stain and is good value for its price (retails for S$18). It is also a great size to tote around for touch ups. I paid S$11 each after all the discounts so I am rather pleased with my purchase.
Have you tried this product? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below! Once again, thanks for reading!