When I see L’Oreal’s products at the drugstore, sometimes I almost feel as if they’re out of place. I see them as being — for lack of a better phrase, “an affordable luxury”. If you liked Maybelline’s Color Elixir, you’ll love these!
Two brands that fueled my love of makeup were L’Oreal and Maybelline. In my teenage mind I saw them as being ‘fancy’. L’Oreal especially — I think it’s the packaging to be quite honest. But more importantly I was drawn to L’Oreal because their products are advertised by women of colour and that really hit home with me.
The first shade, which is Scarlet Concerto, is one that many would think is more night time appropriate — which I totally understand. But I love a bold lip, so this is something I’ve been wearing in the day time. This deep red shade is perfect for fall, and is reminiscent of the fallen leaves. You know those leaves that look like a burnt red? And they mix in with the leaves that are more mustard coloured? That’s Scarlet Concerto.
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this previously but…I dislike wearing pink lip colours. Personally, when I wear a pink lip colour I always feel as though it looks juvenile — it essentially makes me feel like 13 (Hint: I’m not 13). Personal preferences aside, Pink Tremolo is a lovely colour and when put over a purple lip pencil it provides a pretty fuchsia. If you’re afraid of it appearing too “Barbie pink”, try just one coat — this gives a lighter wash of colour, as opposed to a pink that’s borderline obnoxious.
Ruby Opera is my favourite of the bunch. A glossy, rich, cherry red that I really think would be perfect for all skin tones. This is appropriate for both daytime and night time and I can already see where I’ll be wearing this on Christmas Day (yes, I am that excited).
These liquid lipsticks are so pigmented and creamy that I think everyone should try at least one colour. The best part is, the shades are buildable — one coat for a wash of colour, two coats for more intensity. If for some reason you don’t like the way in which the colour reads on your lips, you can simply put a lip liner under the gloss, or simply swipe the gloss over a lipstick. Long-wearing and not sticky at all, they dry down to a stain so these are definitely worth a try.