Colour Caresse by Colour Riche
Last Updated:06.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This creamy, glossy lipstick comes in a beautiful range of nude to vibrant shades and glides on smoothly with a lightweight, wet-shine finish. The medium-sheer pigmentation makes it easy to apply on the go (almost like a tinted lip balm) while imparting enough color to make an attractive impact.

If you tend to suffer from lip color feathering into lines, this lipstick will be too slick for you, but otherwise it is an ultra-smooth lipstick that provides a gorgeous pop of color.

Note: This lipstick contains fragrance (which can be potentially irritating), but the amount is low enough that it shouldn't be a problem.

  • Attractive shades to complement most skin tones.
  • Medium-sheer pigmentation makes it easy to apply on the go.
  • Creamy, glossy texture glides on for smooth coverage.
  • Can migrate into lines around the mouth.
  • Contains a small amount of potentially irritating fragrance.

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Brand Overview

L'Oreal Paris At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-friendly prices; good makeup removers; wide assortment of self-tanning options; one of the best, most comprehensive makeup collections at the drugstore, with superb options in almost every category; the mascaras are a tough act to follow.

Weaknesses: Jar packaging hinders some of the skincare formulas; many of their skincare formulas contain problematic amounts of fragrance and/or other irritants; exaggerated anti-aging claims.

L'Oreal's extensive makeup collection retains its stature as one of the better selections 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 there are any at all.

L'Oreal's displays in many drugstores 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.

Unfortunately, despite the brands’ enormous presence in the beauty industry, L'Oreal's moisturizers and treatment products are a nearly all unremarkable and repetitive. 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. The good news is their 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.

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

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LOVE this lipstick

I have always loved Loreal lipsticks and have used Color Riche for years. I have also liked the Loreal Balm for low effort days or days I want the "no makeup" look. Well, Loreal Color Caresse is a happy medium between those two products. It is creamy and hydrating but still has good color payoff. That "Loreal lipstick smell" does not bother me and I am someone who is sensitive to fragrance. If you like a lip product that is somewhere between lipstick and balm, you will enjoy this product.

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Jennifer M.
Good but

Feels nice when you apply it. But after a day of wearing it I get a feeling that my lips got dry. In the Netherlands it's pretty excpencive, this is anther reason why I give it a lower rate.

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A lipstick for those who don't like lipstick.

I love that this goes on super smooth and feels moisturizing on my lips. The nude/pink shades go on soft and beautifully- perfect for those of us who are scared by lipsticks!

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