Christmas is coming! And what better occasion than this to buy a fire-engine red lipstick? I couldn’t think of any better occasion, and when I found this baby on sale, I knew.
After an unfortunate incident where I accidentally catapulted my default cool-red Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Cherry Ice into the trash (don’t ask how it happened – embarrassing and funny things happen in Klutz Land, where I hail from), I needed a replacement red lip anyway. And this time, I decided to go a bit bolder, steer away from the sheer for once, and voila.
This is L’Oreal Color Riche Made for Me Intense Lipstick in 297 Red Passion. This lippie is no stranger to the local blogsphere – the lovely Paris B has reviewed this lipstick before, and she wore it so beautifully.
L’Oreal claims that the Color Riche Made for Me collection is:
… enriched with a combination of Omega-3 oils and Vitamin E and helps to protect your lips from drying. It has a soft and creamy texture and it leaves lips feeling moisturised, smooth with a stunning finish.
Before we get to whether that claim is true, let’s talk a bit more generally about this lippie.
It’s housed in a simple, practical, no-nonsense light gold plastic tube that appears hardy enough to be knocked around a little bit in the bottom of a handbag: plus point number one.
Labeling is nice and clear, so no chance of colour confusion: plus point number two.
Here is what 297 Red Passion looks like against my skin (MAC NC20):
And here we have a closer look at the swatch in question:
Check out that pigment! On me, I would say that Red Passion swatches a true neutral red. It appears darker than it swatches when sitting in the tube, but ends up quite complimentary against the skin. (Note: it looks a bit warmer on Paris B than it does on me, simply due to skin tone differences, so swatch before you buy to make sure it works for you! )
It is quite bright and daring, but I figure if there is any time one can get away with pilot testing a red lip, Christmas has to be it. The finish is neither shimmery nor matte – it’s somewhere in that coveted space between, with a touch (but not too much) gloss to it.
I apply this lipstick with a brush for better control of pigment (I subscribe to the “it’s easier to layer colour on than to blot it off” principle), but if you’re not afraid of a real flash of red, applying straight from the tube works too.
So is it moisturising? Reasonably. Does the pigment cling? Yes – removal is a challenge, and even afterward, lips are still stained reddish pink. It can settle into lip lines a little bit, so a touch of balm before application is not a bad idea.
I purchased this lipstick at my local Watson’s on promotion at SGD 14.90 (regular price SGD 20.90), and will be wearing it loud and proud to a Christmas Eve party coming up soon. What will you be doing this Christmas?