L’Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colour (Australia) L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain (America) L’Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash (England) are all the same product, very confusing I know but L’Oreal have marketed them differently in every country.
These are one of the most hyped up products in the blogosphere and whenever a product gets a lot of hype - I am skeptical. You see; people seem to fall head over heels for new drugstore releases but I always seem to be the one who ends up hating them or thinking that they aren’t as great as they are cracked up to be. Take the Revlon Lip Butters or Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains; sure they are nice but they didn’t exactly make me jump with joy, neither were extraordinary but they weren’t bad either. Since many people claim these are an “exact dupe” for the YSL Glossy Stains I got a little excited, I tried one once and fell in love. They could maybe even be classed as my favourite lip product of all time but the expensive price tag? Not so much.
L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stains from left to right: *186 Berry Persistent, 187 Intense Fuchsia, *188 Coral Tattoo, 183 Pink Resistance, 182 Pink Perseverance, *185 Lilac Ever After, 193 Eternally Nude.
The lipstick/gloss hybrid really feels nice on the lips. Silky, smooth, hydrating and soft. Perhaps a bit stickier than the YSL and resemble more of a gloss than a shiny lipstick but it still works and they still feel great on the lips
Generally speaking I am not a fan of glossy lip products. Give me a matte, satin or cream finish any day but not glossy. I have preferred lipstick over glosses for as long as I can remember; but for some reason I actually really love the finish of these. Not gross and tacky looking but healthy and shiny, I feel the finish could be enjoyed by anyone A+
L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain applicators from left to right: *186 Berry Persistent, 187 Intense Fuchsia, *188 Coral Tattoo, 183 Pink Resistance, 182 Pink Perseverance, *185 Lilac Ever After, 193 Eternally Nude.
The packaging really goes above and beyond what I would expect from a drugstore brand. These are sleek and look super luxurious with their rose gold packaging. I also really like the applicator of the product. The small hole in the center means you don’t constantly need to dip the wand back into the product which to me is a plus. Not to mention the “tear drop” shape means you can get a precision application. Overall though I still prefer YSL in terms of the packaging and applicator.
Yucky, plastic smelling lip products aren’t my favourite (are they anyone’s?) so the fact that these smell quite pleasant is great. The scent is in my opinion identical to the YSL Glossy stains (a sort of wine, rich scent) but maybe a touch less strong.
L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain swatches from left to right: *186 Berry Persistent, 187 Intense Fuchsia, *188 Coral Tattoo, 183 Pink Resistance, 182 Pink Perseverance, *185 Lilac Ever After, 193 Eternally Nude.
Pigmentation wise they could be better. The more natural, nude coloured shades are very sheer. The brighter/deeper shades are better but still on the sheer side which to me is a bit disappointing. *There are a total of 12 shades in the range (6 for UK and AUS customers) YSL easily wins again with full pigmentation and a great shade range.
The staying power of these is fantastic. They last around 6+ hours straight, the glossy effect does fade a little and the colour wears down to a stain. After eating the colour goes uneven and removal and re-application is necessary. The longevity of this product unfortunately makes it extremely difficult to remove and has previously made my lips peel and also become sore and irritated. Not good.
My issue with these is how they apply, if you are someone who likes to put on your lip colour in a quick second and then walk out the door I can guarantee that these aren’t for you. They apply really unevenly; the colour is all over the place, bright in one place and sheer in another. You need to apply around 4 good coats so that the uneven colour isn’t so obvious. I have found the key to application with these is that you need to smile whilst you are applying them. Overall I don’t want to spend 10 minutes carefully applying it so that it doesn’t look terrible and YSL easily wins again.
L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain in *186 Berry Persistent on the lips. Note the uneven colour and the very dark patches where the colour has clung onto the dry patches.
Next of all my other gripe is that although these aren’t necessarily drying; they cling onto dry patches on the lips like mad, even ones you didn’t know you had. Even if you exfoliate + apply lip balm before it still manages to find a dry patch to cling to. I am not a fan at all on how they apply and look on the lips so this is the real deal breaker for me.
Whilst there are a few similarities between the YSL Glossy stains and the Shine Caresse glosses they are far from being dupes. The YSL may be more expensive but I would rather pay the hefty price tag for something I know I will use almost every day than something I’m not going to use as often (or at all)
L’Oreal Shine Caresse Lip Colours retail for $23.95 at Priceline, Select Pharmacies and most major department stores in Australia. $10 in the United States (trades under L’Oreal Color Caresse Wet Shine Stain) at most drugstores and £7.99 in the United Kingdom (trades under L’Oreal GlamShine Stain Splash)
*The shades 186 Berry Persistent, 188 Coral Tattoo and 185 Lilac Ever After were sent to me for consideration, other shades were purchased by me. The three shades mentioned trade under Australian and British names: 402 Milady, 200 Princess and Lolita 101. The other shades mentioned are to my knowledge not available on the Australian or British market.
This post contains a product/sample which was sent to me for editorial consideration (products are marked with *) in accordance with my disclosure policy, this does not alter the honesty of this review or the blog, all opinions stated are honest and my own.