Name: Color Riche Shine Gelee
From L’Oreal’s website:
The first lipstick containing Royal Jelly. It hydrates like a balm. It shines like a gloss.
What I liked:
– very shiny
– hydrates lips and leaves them soft
– nice scent
– tastes delicious
What I didn’t like:
– not very pigmented
– not longlasting
– the packaging
It’s been a while since a product from L’Oreal has caught my eye, esp since lately the prices have been increasing way too much for a drugstore brand. But when L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Gelee was released a few months ago, it seemed like every magazine came with a free sample of it, so I had a chance to try it.
The lipstick comes in a yellow tube which is bulky and not really appealing. It is available in 12 shades. I managed to get quite a few samples, all of the same shade: pretty peach. It is a sheer shade of pink with some very subtle peach undertones and lots of shimmers. It provides just a hint of color and lots of shine.
It has a nice fruity scent and tastes delicious! Like most lip products, it doesn’t last long and needs to be reapplied frequently throughout the day. The texture is hydrating, which makes application very easy and leaves lips feeling very soft and not dry at all.
L’Oreal claims this is because of Royal Jelly, a substance secreted by worker bees. However most of the claims made about royal jelly, including the fact it can help prevent wrinkles, aren’t backed up by any substantial proof. Royal Jelly can, instead, cause allergic reactions. In any case, the ingredient is at the bottom of the ingredient list, so it doesn’t really do much, if anything in this product.
Instead, it is the synthetic chemicals that do all the work. The first three ingredients are all emollients. Diisostearyl Malate is a skin conditioning agent mostly used in lip products. Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, a synthetic oil, is a great moisturizer and prevents water loss too.
Phenyl Trimethicone is a silicone that functions as a skin conditioning agent. It has a drier finish than dimethicone, which is also present in the product. Both ingredients form a barrier on the skin’s surface that slows down water loss.
Overall, I like the lipstick. It’s not very pigmented but it gives a nice hint of color and is very shiny. It doesn’t dry lips, but hydrates and leaves them feeling soft. However, it doesn’t last long and the packaging is a real turn off for me.