Color Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain

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Fan's of Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain by YSL (a L'Oreal brand) will be thrilled to discover that L'Oreal's Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain is identical, and only a fraction of the price: This lightly fragranced lip stain feels pleasantly smooth on lips and delivers color that really lasts. Unlike many other lip stains, Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain doesn't feel drying, and it wears off evenly so you aren't left with strange-looking, ring of color around your lips.

This comes in hues of pink, nude, mauve, red and coral, each of which have a wet shine finish. Depending on the shade, the colors tend to go on somewhat differently than they appear in the package; for example, those that look milky go on sheerer. On the plus side, there are plenty of attractive options so you may just stumble upon a happy accident, even if it's not exactly the color you intended going for. The intensity depends on the color you select, but you can expect rich pigmentation for the deeper shades.

The teardrop-shaped, sponge-tip applicator makes application a breeze and offers precise, even distribution. If you're wary of lip glosses and stains that tends to bleed, this product will put that fear to rest with a finish that stays in place, without feeling like it's sucking the moisture out of your lips.

Pros:
  • Moisturizingly-smooth, shiny finish that stays in place.
  • Attractive colors that last.
  • Easy-to-use applicator offers precise, even application.
  • Beauty bargain!
Cons:
  • Finding the right shade can be tricky.

Just like its sister company Lancome, L'Oreal doesn't have its act together when it comes to skin-care products. For all their talk of advanced formulas, fancy double-page ads in fashion magazines, and impressive-sounding quotes from scientists at their research and development facilities, most of what L'Oreal offers for skin care is a whole lot of nothing—or at least nothing tremendously helpful for helping skin look and feel its best.

An ongoing issue with L'Oreal (at least in the United States) is the lack of sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients in their daytime moisturizers with sunscreen. Very few of them contain the actives that provide as much UVA protection as you can get from a sunscreen. Yet this major oversight (and it’s not just with the older products—several newer sunscreens launched with this deficiency) didn't stop L'Oreal from heralding the FDA's approval of their patented ecamsule (Mexoryl SX) sunscreen for use in the United States. (Mexoryl SX has been approved for years in Europe, and L'Oreal routinely uses it in the sunscreens they sell there.) The attention-getting headline was that Mexoryl SX provides "the best" and "most stable" UVA protection, but that's not entirely true; there are other options. Why didn't anyone in the media point out to L'Oreal that while Mexoryl SX may be great, that doesn't explain why the majority of their other sunscreens leave the consumers who use them vulnerable to UVA damage… Sigh… Inadequate UVA protection is not only unhealthy for your skin, it severely damages L'Oreal's credibility as an international skin-care authority.

Aside from the sunscreen frustrations, L'Oreal's moisturizers are a yawn-inducing, fairly repetitive bunch. A cursory review of their formulas demonstrates that L'Oreal is simply not keeping pace with the competition, just as Lancome isn't at the department-store level. When it comes to moisturizers or serums, just about anything from Dove, Olay, Neutrogena, or Aveeno is preferred. L'Oreal does well with most of their cleansers, along with scrubs and self-tanning products, but given the widespread availability and financial resources of this line they could be doing so much more. (You have to wonder if they're more interested in advertising and public relations than in advancing skin-care expertise.) The makeup has made major strides and now ranks as the best overall color collection at the drugstore—imagine the results if their skin care followed suit!

Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all L'Oreal skin-care products contain fragrance.

For more information about L'Oreal, call (800) 322-2036 or visit www.loreal.com or www.lorealparisusa.com.

L’Oreal Paris Makeup

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as the overall best at the drugstore, though they have stiff competition from Revlon and, in some cases, sister company Maybelline New York. In recent years L'Oreal has made significant strides with foundation shades, powder textures, concealers, and, of course, superlative mascaras that rarely fail to impress. Their lipsticks are excellent and you will find many L'Oreal makeup products have a Lancome counterpart, and that the differences are minor, if they exist at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores have been updated to reflect better-organized products and shade categories (though testers are still scarce). Given the number of lipsticks they sell, it only makes sense to put them in color families so consumers have a better shopping experience. Their True Match products are also sensibly laid out, but the rest of the foundations aren't as organized, likely due to the smaller selection of shades. Speaking of foundations, L'Oreal has made further strides by offering more that provide sufficient UVA protection. Revlon still has the edge for consistently launching impressive foundations with sunscreen, but at least L'Oreal is (finally) catching up. The bottom line is that every category of L'Oreal’s makeup has some winning (and in some cases, benchmark-setting) products. They fall short with their powder eyeshadows, but not enough to warrant avoiding them, especially if you prefer sheer eye makeup. Still, with only minor tweaking and consistent adherence to the importance of UVA protection in their cosmetic products with sunscreen, L'Oreal could pull ahead to be the hands-down winner when it comes to shopping for makeup at the drugstore.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. ANISA N.
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 02, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    color darkened after application
    • I purchased "eternally nude" and was disappointed. It goes on just as it looks in the tube but within seconds it starts to darken to a orangy red. The result is very different and it happens within 30 seconds. I do like the level of shine and minimal gooiness of the product but the drastic change in color left me disappointed. I did use the product on a clean, unlined lip so there were no other products for it to react with.

  2. DANA M.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 23, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Great in the Winter if the long wearing lip color dries lips out
    • I hate traditional lipstick. I enjoy this product during the winter months as it doesn’t dry my lips out. It stays on surprisingly well & I found that I have almost every color & I am fair skinned. No funny scent or texture. In the summer I wear a Paula's Best pick that wears slightly longer but dry my lips out in the winter Cover Girl Outlast # 621 Natural Blush.

  3. Linda W.
    Reviewed on Friday, November 08, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    My Favorite lip product!
    • I used Rimmel's Lasting Finish Lipstick for years, but this is my new favorite lip product. I get lasting shine and color without drying. I use a double coat in the morning and it lasts even through lunch, perhaps needing renewal later in the day. I can also modify the colors using a different color for each layer. I smooth out my lips with a moist washcloth and apply the product to dry lips. I have not experienced the uneven application or wear that some other reviewers have mentioned.

  4. Tanya H
    Reviewed on Saturday, August 10, 2013
    • Value
      1 / 4
    • Recommend
      1 / 4
    • Results
      1 / 4
    Not a dupe for YSL
    • If you are looking for a YSL dupe, it is NOT. The colours are absolutely unpredictable, what you see in the tube is not what you get. Pink Perseverance looked bright fuchsia on me and Rose On & On was too pale for me which I corrected with brighter lip pencil. At first your lips feel nice and moisturized but after 2 days of wear my lips started to peel so badly. I switched to a regular lip stick and the peeling went away. I tried the stain again and got the same peeling painful lips.

  5. Teasha S
    Reviewed on Friday, July 26, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    Somethings different.
    • I own YSL&l'oreal. Closest dupe, but not the same thing. I can wear YSL comfortably all day, not l drying, even stain, nice pigmentation. The l'oreal dries me out terribly, uneven staining, and sketchy pigmentation because you don't know what your going to get. Something must be different, in a bad way, can't believe this got a best. The light pink l'oreal are sheer, but if I apply them according to the YSL directions, 3 layers, let each layer dry, they do stain as they wear, but not evenly.

  6. Pauline G.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 23, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    A Real Stain - But Not In A Good Way!
    • Couldn't find "Wet Shine"; only C.R. Caresse Lip Stain, it was confusing. Wasn't that glossy or shiny, but did stain my lips - I couldn't get it off! Biggest gripe is application - unless your lips are smooth as glass w/ no groves at ALL, this will not go on evenly. The sponge combined with the tacky liquid grabs onto your lips as you move it across. Left chunky drops that set fast and couldn't be blended/smoothed out. Colors are NOT subtle. "Infinite Fuschia" was garish; much brighter once on.

  7. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 23, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    L'Oreal Color Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain
    • Purchased in 2 colors, Rose On & On & Endless Red. The former is a sheer pink & the other is a more intense pink-red. Both have excellent staying power; however, to increase this apply, blot, and re-apply immediately. Neither color is prone to bleeding & both can be re-applied later in the day with no problem (if desired; the color persisted long after the gloss). I wanted a slightly sheer alternative to my usual long-wearing liquids, non-goopy, & priced reasonable. This fits the bill all around

  8. olivia
    Reviewed on Monday, February 11, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    alright
    • The colors are awesome and the packaging is beautiful. I also agree that it is a great dupe for the YSL stains. I am just not sure that I like how it feels on my lips. It's hard to explain but it feels slightly sticky or plastic-y. Not my thing. I'll just stick to wearing lipstick with a lipgloss.

  9. KATHRYN T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, February 03, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Darker colors are a Stain!
    • While lighter colors do not offer much stain, the darker colors do! I bought the coral( OK, not a dark shade but it has loads of pigment!), the red, and the berry purple(sorry, I always remove stickers so I'm not sure of the names but there are only a few colors). All three lasted for 5 hrs. w/o a retouch. With a long wearing product it's best to remove and start fresh so there's no build up. Formula is lightly scented and fairly moisturizing. Wore it on a 2 mile walk in 25 degrees and my lips were not dry. A nice dupe for the YSL!

  10. Mia
    Reviewed on Monday, January 28, 2013
    • Results
      2 / 4
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      2 / 4
    Not a Stain!
    • This product is not a stain. I bought 2 in shades of pink. Pink Perseverance is a shiny lipgloss with very sheer pigmentation. The second one was a shade darker, it still had loads of gloss but very limited pigmentation. If you are looking for a stain, don't buy this your simply getting a lipgloss. I bought this because Paula rated it as a BEST product and because the pigmentation in the tubes looks much more comprehensive then it is.

  11. Jane B.
    Reviewed on Monday, January 21, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    My favorite
    • The packaging on this product rivals that of some higher priced glosses. The color I purchased was pink perseverance. It gave me a nice glossy shine without shimmer. The pink looks very dark in the tube but it goes on very sheer. My lips felt moisturized without feeling sticky.

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