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.

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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.

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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.

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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):

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And here we have a closer look at the swatch in question:

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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? 🙂

One thought on “Review: L’Oreal Color Riche Made for Me Intense Lipstick in 297 Red Passion

  1. Thanks for this review, was skeptical abt Red passion 297…

    I have got whitish complexion and its like a killer combo along with this lipstick.. Indeed its a daring color….

    Keep us updating on other shades what abt Loreal 293 ??

    Thanks a Ton again 🙂

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