Every so often I stumble across a drugstore formula that performs EXACTLY like a high end fav. From the ease of application, to the length of wear – it’s always exciting to find an affordable alternative to pricey products. Today’s find is an exciting dupe. In love with the YSL Rouge Volupte Shines? Then you will love L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine!
L’OREAL COLOUR RICHE SHINE
Available in 16 shades, and retailing for less than $10, these ultra shiny lipsticks are a must have for gloss lovers. They feel just as lightweight and provide a similar finish, but without the tackiness. The coverage is opaque, without being too intense (so you can apply quickly on the go), and there’s no need for a liner.
In just one stroke, experience a hydrating and lasting shine effect coupled with a rich color pay-off. This lipstick’s true color formula has 60% more oils, leaving lips comfortable and conditioned throughout the wear and for days after. High-performance color, radiant shine finish.” L’Oreal
Upon my very first application, these immediately reminded me of my all time favorite Rouge Volupte Shines. The formula glides on the same, feels creamy and hydrating, and leaves behind the same shiny wash of color. They don’t smell as good, but there is a very faint scent that’s pretty (you gotta really sniff it).
ONE MINOR DIFFERENCE…
Although the formula is a dupe, the packaging is not. YSL is known for their luxurious lipstick tubes. They are intricate, display worthy, and feel super sturdy. I plan to keep them long after the lipsticks are gone, because they are so timeless and elegant.
The clear tubes on the L’Oreal lippies aren’t bad, but they definitely don’t hold up at the bottom of a purse. I love to travel with my lipsticks, and each time I pulled this out the cap was missing. Which means the inside of your purse, and everything in it, is at the mercy of whatever shade you choose. Thankfully nothing got too marked up, but I wanted to mention it for the sake of your purse lining.
*The lipstick actually clicks when closed, but the cap still manages to fall off. Not sure how!
The shade range is less than twenty, but it’s got something for everyone. There’s nudes, pinks, reds, and a few vampy plums. Everything from the lightest nude, to the darkest purple applied the same, felt the same, and wore the same. I didn’t find any discrepancies in the formula. Each one is high shine, without any glitter or sparkle, and last the same amount of time on the lips as well (more on that later).
Perhaps the biggest downfall, and the reason some don’t like the YSL formula, is the wear time. Because they contain oils they feel great, but fade rather quickly (like a gloss). I personally don’t mind, but if you’re looking for a long wear, budge proof formula, don’t buy these. On the other hand, if you want a glossy finish with an amazingly creamy feel (and don’t mind shorter wear time), you’ll love these.
Aside from the packaging, everything about these scream YSL dupe. The formula, the finish, the wear time. Even better, YSL is owned by L’Oreal. Which means, there may be more similarities between the two than originally thought. After a quick glance at the ingredients, they aren’t quite the same, but they both contain oils, and the “shine” in the title may not be a coincidence either. It certainly seems L’Oreal made their beloved YSL lipsticks in an affordable formula.
You can purchase these at drugstores, mass retailers, and anywhere else L’Oreal is sold. What do you think of the L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine? Leave your thoughts below!
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