L’Oreal has always been the drugstore brand for me. I’ve always gravitated towards their products first, before trying any other brands. L’Oreal’s True Match foundation is the only drugstore foundation that gave me a good colour match, which spurred me on to try more base products from the drugstore. Funnily enough, I’ve never tried much from their lip range. Except for the new Infallible Lip Gloss range (swatches here); I haven’t tried their actual lipsticks. So I was really keen when L'Oreal La Vie en Rose collection exclusive was released.
L’Oreal has previously released similar exclusive collection of red and nude lipsticks customised to match their ambassadors. I think this is a great idea, as we all know not all shades of nude lipsticks are nude for everyone. Similarly the new exclusive La Vie En Rose collection i.e. pink lipsticks are suited to the ambassadors too. I’ve never really thought about what kind of pink lipsticks suit me. However just looking through my collection, I’ve always opted for pink lipsticks with blue undertones. Warmer pinks doesn’t look good on me, and I’ve obviously subconsciously excluded them! Anyway, the collection exclusive L’Oreal La Vie En Rose Lipstick (£5.99) comes in 5 shades. The shades are Eva, a peachy pink; Liya, a Grenadian pink (exclusive to Superdrug); Blake, an orangey pink; Naomi, a mauve tea pink and Helen, an iridescent pale nude pink.
Straightaway, I fell in love with Eva’s pink – it was that muted pink shade that was feminine yet not too girly. The packaging is a really chic with matte black casing with a gold band in the middle, the spokesperson’s name written in gold, adds elegance to the packaging. The formula of the lipsticks are velvety smooth, they glide on so well on the lips. I love the sheen they give without looking too glossy. Although the formula feels smooth, they’re not moisturising and doesn’t keep my lips moisturised. So definitely wear lip balm underneath to ensure you don’t end up with dry lips. The lipsticks last around 3 hours before signs of fading – which is what I’d expect from creamy drugstore lipsticks. I’m really quite impressed with the shades and the pigmentation. Such vibrancy in the colour! I was really in awe of Blake’s pink, sadly it’s quite warm and looks odd on me, it’s stunning! Helen's shade is almost an iridescent sheen on me, on its own it doesn't show up - but layered on top of another looks amazing! I've used it as a highlight on my lids and cheekbones too!
Are these must haves? No, but if you love pink lipsticks – definitely! If you’ve been unsure of pink lipsticks previously, I’d say definitely try this range out as it has a wide choice there to cater for various undertones. I’m really enjoying wearing Eva’s pink lipstick, the muted shade makes it the perfect pink for autumn for me!