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

Colour Riche Lipcolour is rich in every way except price, which is a boon for you and your lips! This decadently creamy lipstick offers intense colors that have admirable staying power, although it is creamy enough to slip into lines around the mouth. L’Oreal’s in-store displays nicely divide this large collection of lipsticks into color families, making it easy to find the type of shades you like.

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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Once My Favorite Lipstick, But No More

I had a whole collection of these, because they have some of the best colors for my Soft Summer complexion. They were my go-to's. Unfortunately, the love affair ended about three years ago when I developed an allergy to sesame, which is the second ingredient in this lipstick.

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Cathy O.
Love it

This is the same lipstick as Lancôme's only about eight times cheaper and with a better color selection! I like pink shades and there are a couple of new ones that are one of a kind. I am in love with Wisteria Rose! I also like the fragrance because it is exactly like Lancôme lipsticks which I used to use before I discovered these. They stay on the lips OK, but they are creamy and moisturizing, so I would not expect them to be super long wearing.

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Love the fragrance!

There's a good color selection. The lipstick is creamy. I especially love the fragrance though! I usually go for fragrance-free lipsticks as that is my preference. Fragrance-free is better, and, anyways, I don't like the fragrance of a lot of lip products. These lipsticks smell so good though! They smell just like the Lancome lipsticks and remind me of my childhood. My mom used Lancome lipsticks. Of course, L'Oreal owns Lancome, so that's probably why the fragrances are so familiar.

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