Today, I will be reviewing the L’Oreal Star Collection lipstick in Sonam Kapoor’s shade “Pure Garnet.” This shade has totally got me confused and so I took a long time to review this one. This lipstick, I feel, is an extreme at all counts. Extremely beautiful shade and extreme pigmentation are the good ones, but a few other extremes have got me a bit worried. It is extreme matte, extremely difficult shade to apply, and extremely patchy removal considering the brand, the price and the comparison with the other shades. I have spent a few days just thinking about what to write in this review and I have now decided. A lipstick should not be difficult to live with. If a lipstick is making my life so very difficult, it is not a good one to own.
L’Oreal Paris starts the new year painting 2015 RED! Presenting the the Color Riche Collection Star range. A rouge for every woman. Discover a shade of red that is as unique as you are! The range includes 7 exquisite matte shades that are chosen by 7 ionic L’Oréal Paris ambassadors. The Collection is created with a revolutionary and innovative formula that delivers bold, luscious color that lasts for a full 6 hours, making it the ultimate beauty indulgence. The range is enriched with new Light Illum complex that delivers a rich matte effect. The Velvet Fusion capsules and Ultra Gliding Shine Oils provide smooth and silky application. Pure pigments deliver intense color and Jojoba oil gives perfect hydration up to 4 hours.
The 7 shades are:
- Pure Garnet – Deep Wine shade Red picked by Sonam Kapoor (very close to MAC Diva).
- Pure Scarleto – A warm-toned bright red picked by Blake Lively.
- Pure Rouge – Cool Tone based Red picked by Frieda Pinto( very close to MAC Ruby Woo).
- Pure Vermeil – Coral Based Red picked by Fan Bingbing.
- Pure Brick – Brown based Red picked by Aishwarya Rai.
- Pure Amaranthe – Pink Based Red picked by Gong Li.
- Pure Fire – Orange-based red picked by Li Bing Bing.
Rs. 995/- for 4.2 g product.
My Experience with L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Garnet Lipstick:
Packaging: The lipstick comes in a very glamorous black plastic body, wrapped in a transparent sheet. The body is good, scratch free and tamper proof. It has a color coded button to help in identification. It has the autograph of L’Oreal ambassador Sonam Kapoor on the lipstick case.
Shade: The bullet looks a deep brown shade on first appearance, but it swatches a pretty dark wine shade. It is an extremely pretty color, reminding me of MAC Diva. You are bound to fall in love with the shade, it is so suitable for winter or party evenings.
Texture: The lipstick bullet glides on the lips initially, but after 3-4 uses, it starts becoming a bit matte in texture, and a bit difficult to apply. That is true of almost all matte lipsticks, but I found this shade to be the most matte in the entire collection. Of course, it never turns as matte as MAC Retro Mattes. It does have a tendency to feather a bit. This shade tends to really dry out my lips, making my lips parched and uncomfortable, even when I have exfoliated my lips quite well before use.
Pigmentation: Since this lipstick is very matte, it is the most pigmented lipstick of the collection. It deposits 100% color in one swipe. Application of dark lipsticks always needs practice, and reds and wines are one of the most difficult shades to carry. Even with expert practice, this one is a difficult shade to handle. A lip brush is very much indicated when going in for a perfect pout with this one.
Staying Power: It stays on for 5-6 hours easily without meals. However, even a small snack will lead to patchy removal of the lipsticks. It almost always leaves a rind of color on the outside of the lips, and the inner lips look very very bare. I like staining lipsticks, but this one does not stain as much as it ought to, so as to provide a uniform color.
Pros of L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Garnet Lipstick:
- Glamorous and sturdy packaging.
- Autograph of the brand ambassador.
- Color-coded button helps in easy identification.
- The shade is a beautiful deep wine shade.
- Fragrance is very mild, floral, which does not linger.
- Perfect for winters.
- Finish is matte.
- Full color deposit in one swipe.
- Lasts on the lips for 5-6 hours.
- Easily available.
Cons of L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Garnet Lipstick:
- Tugs a bit on the lips.
- Dries out the lips.
- Transfers a lot.
- Leaves a ring of color after meals…looks patchy.
I have loved the entire Star collection range of L’Oreal lipsticks, but until you actually try out a shade, you should not blindly buy it. The other shades did not give me problem, but this shade really gives one food for thought. The shade is indeed gorgeous, the drying out and patchy transfer part really did not go down very well in my book.
L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Scarleto Lipstick
L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Vermeil Lipstick
L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Amaranthe Lipstick
L’Oreal Color Riche Pure Reds Star Collection Pure Fire Lipstick
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