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La Vie En Rose Issue Lip Collection
L'Oreal have just launched their new iconic lipstick collection which is said to embody beauty and love. Inspired by one of the most iconic women of all time Edith Piaf, the La Vie en Rose collecting is coming to all L'oreal stockists for €11.99. Each of the four new colours are a various shade of pink, each designed to work with different skin tones and complexions. And as with the precious red collection, there are four glamourous spokeswomen in the form of Eva Longoria, Helen Mirren, Naomi Watts and Blake Lively.
A pink for each type of complexion is the idea behind this collection. I already like the sound of it. I think everyone has a space for pink in their lives one way or another.
So here are my thoughts.
Color Riche: Helen's Delicate Rose
Helen's nude pink is the most disappointing of all.
Initially when I put it on, it just created the effect of highlighting my chapped and dry lips. Honestly, I hadn't even realized they were all that dry. The pigment in the lipstick was extremely sheer, so I needed a lot of it to make it wearable.
I also felt it was very pale, which can be draining on a lot of people unless it's teamed up with an extremely smokey eye. And even the texture is difficult to work with. Applying a light sheer layer, leaves your lips look like you were standing out in a snow storm for three days without lip balm. And layering it on is rather draining to your face.
Maybe I'm just way off Helen's colouring but this won't make it into my pro make up kit. If Helen rocks up to my studio, I'll think of a Plan B. Possibly involving me sending her out into a snow storm.
Color Riche: Naomi's Delicate Rose
Described as "Tea Pink" this one is said to have a mauve tone. Personally I found this one being more of a yellowish under tone and Eva's being more mauve to be perfectly honest.
I find this one a hard colour to wear for most skin types. Generally, the less blue tone in a lipstick the harder it is to wear. It's very sheer. And I found it stuck to the dry patches on my lips*.
*Note to self: Must do a lip scrub to sort out my dry patches this evening.
Color Riche: Blake's Delicate Rose
Out of all of them, this is the most dramatic. It's an orangey pink tone, which is designed to bring the appearance of a healthy glow to fair skin tones.
I liked the colour and I felt like it did brighten up my skin. It took a few layers to build it up but this one was worth it.
Color Riche: Eva's Delicate Rose
Eva's pink was last (but not least) for inspection in my Beaut lab. And out of all four, I found hers to be the most wearable for most women. Being a huge Desperate Housewives fan, I wanted this one to blow me out of the park.
Again, I found the pigment a bit too sheer and it gathered in the dry patches on my lips.
The concept behind the collection is different. For me, the words 'La Vie en Rose' always hit a chord with me. My Granny was a big Edith Piaf fan, and me, well I was a big fan of Gran. I have fond memories of her singing either "La Vie en Rose" or "Je ne Regrette Rien" at any opportunity; she loved to be the center of attention.
So with these words holding a place in my heart, I loved the concept that L'Oreal had here. But did I feel the lipsticks met my high expectations?
Sadly, no is the answer. First of all the perfume in the product is quite strong which I really don't enjoy. Secondly, although I know the description on the product is delicate, I felt all of the colours were too sheer, and you needed a lot of product in your application. And with that type of application, I can already tell it won't be a lip stick that wears off well.
I really wanted to love it because the marketing, the photo shoot and the concept are so lovely; and the right shade of pink lipstick is something we all need. But I don't feel there is a pink tone for everyone with this selection.
Personally, I would be spending my €11.99 elsewhere. But if you have super smooth lips all year round, and you don't like a lot of pigment in your lipstick, maybe this is the one for you.
Are you liking the look of any of these? Are you a fan of sheer?