L’Oreal x Balmain Lipsticks

L’Oreal x Balmain Lipsticks

Last week we had Woman Day, which is a bit like Black Friday and I went a little bit trigger happy on lipsticks. Ahem.
This month saw the release of a collaboration between L’Oreal and fashion house Balmain, resulting in a lipstick collection of 3×4 lipsticks. There’s a black, blue and a green set, although I’m not sure what that’s supposed to signify. I bought three of the green ones, as they had the prettiest packaging and two of the most unusual colors, and one blue and one black lipstick:

left to right: Confession, Legend, Glamazone, Balmain Instinct and Fever. I only really wanted Balmain Instinct as it was the most unusual color (I’m at the point where I just have so many reds, pinks, nudes that I’m just meh at seeing them although the Balmain collection has a very pretty red so if you’re in the market for that check it out), but then I thought you’ll also have to take Fever as they’re so pretty together and then… idk I took the others as well. What I left was a very light and very glittery nude (too light, too gritty), two purples (didn’t seem to be swatching evenly and I have a few purples already), a red (soooo pretty), a blue (pretty color but seemed to swatch unevenly) and a dark brown with red undertone (very dark on my too pale skin but will probably look great on others).

Have swatches of what I did take home with me:

Same order as above: first Confession, which is a satiny coral nude. It is darker than MAC Nicki’s Nude and also darker than Givenchy’s Beige Plume. It’s certainly the most normal color of the whole bunch and among the most wearable ones. I suspect it will sell very well. It should suit more skin tones than the linked MAC lipstick since it’s not so pastel. On me it pulls very corally, but I believe it will pull less coral and more pinkish on darker skintones. Confession applies easily and feels almost hydrating, in the long term it was neither hydrating nor drying. Sadly the creamier finish affected the wear time. It only made it to the three hour mark. Eating destroys it, but with a normal color like that it’s not so huge a problem. Just slap it on again.

Next is Legend from the blue part. Legend is a cool, dark taupe. I was very much on the fence, since I also took Glamazone which seemed so similar. But now that I wore it I am convinced. I think it looks really good when worn and is very wearable for light skin tones, because it is so cool toned. The color is in the realm of MAC Flesh Stone, but so much darker. The finish is matte, which makes it a bit drying long term, but also makes it last better. I got five hours wear time with eating. It wears off with eating though, and sadly more visible on the inside of the lips, so this isn’t what I’d wear to a business lunch or something. Still, really cool color and since I don’t really do business lunches I simply reapply after food.

Glamazone is also a taupe, but lighter and also more transparent. The finish is creamy and it feels hydrating all through the wear. So it is different enough from Legend I guess (the eternal blogger’s song: but this is a different shade of red, don’t you see?). While it seems a bit transparent at first a second coat makes it opaque. The cream finish sacrifices longevity: I got about three hours out of it. It wears off most visibly on the inside of the lip, a lot worse than Legend. Maybe best applied lightly and not opaque and crisp.

Lets go to the pièce de résistance: Balmain Instinct. It’s green, but not any green. It’s olive with golden shimmer and a matte finish. This makes it actually the most wearable green I have ever seen. Despite what it looks like in the bullet you won’t look like a pea. It looks a bit darker on the lips than in the swatch and that makes it more wearable. From far away you could almost mistake it for taupe, but it’s not. This is one of my favorite eye colors and so I own not one, but two eyeliners in this color, which I reappropriated as a lip liner. With lip liner worn all over the lip and then the lisptick added on top it lasts until you take it off again. Worn alone it also lasts well, I got almost five hours out of it! It wore off evenly which helped a lot there (why can’t the other colors do this?) I would have bought this one even if the quality were bad, but luckily it isn’t.

Lastly, Fever: This is a sorta carrotty orange, but it has a good bit of brown which you can see if you put it next to a really orange orange. This one is such an autumnal color. The finish is matte and again, this one was lasting pretty well on my lips, five hours and going. Eating reduced it but didn’t wipe it off competely. If you’re looking for such an orange I can recommend this one.

Now, the reason I bought Fever at all was that it looked so lovely next two Balmain Instinct. At home I was like, oh but how do I wear both at the same time? My lips are too small for such an intense gradient, so I put Fever on the lips… and Balmain Instinct on the eyes. It applied pretty much like any cream shadow of the drier variant. I blended it out with my finger which worked fairly well. On the lid the color was transparent. Then I decided to also use it as an eyeliner and applied it as such straight from the bullet with the tip and it worked so well! (Yes I am aware I own two real eyeliners in this color as well, thank you very much.) The lipstick eyeliner lasted all day and did not smudge either. On my lids it did crease and fade some but my eyelids are notoriously bad with creasing. While this isn’t going to be something I do every day I do like the results of my experiment. And it’s sort of useful to know when I want to do touch ups, as those are far easier done from a bullet than from a pot.

So that was my experience with the new LE from L’Oreal. I’d also like to add that all of the lipsticks have the typical L’Oreal smell and taste which many people hate, so be aware of that. Also while the packaging looks pretty from afar, you can tell that it was cheaply made. The gold coloring is simply not evenly applied and scratches off easily, revealing the color part underneath. The color parts (blue, green, black) also scratch off easily, revealing gold underneath. How does that work? I don’t know but don’t buy these if you want your pretty lipstick packaging unscratched. I never have this sort of problem but I swear I bought them looking mostly good and when I took these pictures a mere half an hour later, they were scratched.

Availability in Austria: you can get the whole collection at Müller. My local Bipa drugstore only had a reduced collection of three colors and none of the really interesting ones. I don’t know if other drugstores get more than that. Also make sure to compare prices because the prices of L’Oreal vary wildly! We’re talking a price difference of up to 33%.

All in all, this is probably the most interesting collection I’ve seen in the drugstore all year. I hope the brands keep up and with some luck, we’ll get similar colors from cheaper brands with less smelly lipsticks.

This post is neither sponsored nor a PR sample – I was actually crazy enough to buy all these. °^°

If you are so inclined, please tune back in on Friday for a review of Sisley Izia.

L’Oreal Orange Magique

L’Oreal Orange Magique

L'Oreal Orange Magique

I did a bit of stash shopping lately and discovered some interesting things I had not shown you yet. For example this orange colored lipstick from L’Oreal, Orange Magique/Magic Orange 163. This color is non limited, from the regular range and still available.

L Orange M1

Orange Magique is a bright juicy orange with red undertones and strong yellow golden shimmer.

L Orange M2

Swatch. I have no other similar color.

Orange Magique has a creamy finish and the color is not quite as scary as it looks in the swatch because it is not completely opaque. So on people with naturally strong lipcolor the color will change some.

Because the lipstick is very creamy it never sets and keeps moving around. The shimmer creeps into lines, but pressing the lips together and moving a bit gets it out again. On me lipstick never bleeds out of the lipline, but if you have problems with that his might not be your favorite finish. Lasting power is low, three hours max without eating or drinking. Eating and drinking reduces it to nothing but a light gold shimmer. The good news is it wears off evenly, so it doesn’t look too terrible even when faded.

On me the color pulls more coral than I expected, but it looks a little different on everybody. I took about a thousand selfies to catch the color on my lips, but they were all terrible. The color likes to escape the camera.

L Orange M3

This was my best catch. 😦 Zoomed in from afar. Really couldn’t see the color on the close ups. Luckily, I’m not the only blogger in the world and I found better pictures here at Jenny’s.

Overall, this is a nice lipstick for those who want to try bright and orange but aren’t quite ready to commit to neon and matte. Note that it comes with the typical L’Oreal lipstick smell.

The Lipstick Tag

The Lipstick Tag

Annie asked me to do the Lipstick Tag. I’ve been meaning to do this forever and forgot, so finally, here it is!

1. How many lipsticks do you own?

55 XD


2. What was your first ever lipstick?

Probably the light pink L’Oréal I threw away in this post. Before that, I had hand me downs from my mum. XD


3. What is your most worn lipstick?

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Chic. It’s such a weird cold brown/taupe, but since it’s sheer, it makes such a useful nude. Pity it was limited edition. Should it ever be repromoted I will buy another.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Chic

This is all that is left of it. 😦


4. What is your favourite brand for lipsticks?

Judging by the owned number, Chanel. But I also love Estee Lauder and MAC and Givenchy and I own a lot of Maybelline, too.


5. What is your favourite finish?

I never thought I’d say this, but matte! There’s just something about a matte lip and the staying power is useful, too.

MAC Silly vs Candy Yum Yum

Symbolic picture: my latest matte purchases.


6. What is the last lipstick you bought?

MAC Viva Glam II

MAC Viva Glam II



7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag?

Only one, the highly beloved Rouge Coco Shine Chic.

When I wear a strong lip, I’ll sometimes take that with me for touch ups.


8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip?

Let’s have a swatch of one I wear a lot, L’Oréal Blake:

kiko liner blake lipstick

But also Estee Lauder Vengeful Red, L’Oréal Liya and MAC Victoriana.



MAC Toledo Victoriana

MAC Victoriana

Swatch of Victoriana


9. How do you store your lipsticks?

Like so:


But in more than one…


10. What lip products are you currently lusting over?

Oh dear. I want them all! Haha, but I’ve got some more MAC mattes and retro mattes on my list. Also wouldn’t say no to more YSL (their mattes are still the best I know), Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy (amazing creamy ones) and Givenchy (lovely creamy ones and sheer ones).


I tag…

Everyone who wants do do it! Please do the tag and leave me a link so I can read it! 😀

Most Used Makeup Items February & March 2015

Most Used Makeup Items February & March 2015

After finishing my series of seasonal favorites I thought I’d make a bimonthly series showing the items I reached for the most, excluding base products. Because even when I think a particular lipstick is my favorite, I find I’m not wearing it as often as others. So this is not a ‘favorites’ post, it’s a tally of ‘most reached for’. 🙂


And these are the makeup heroes of the last two months.


MAC Brow Set in Beguile: This has completely replaced my routine of brow powder and wax. Review upcoming; I was just so busy using it that it took me forever to take pics. From now on this counts as a base product staple!

Lipstick in front is L’Oreal Blake’s Red.

The powder in the back is MAC Powder Blush in Easy Manner. I use this so much and it’s not even dented!

The pencil is MAC Chromagraphic in Process Magenta. I’ve been using this as a lip liner for various bright pink lipsticks. I think it’s funny that a pink liner and a red lipstick made it into the list, but I used Blake without and with varying liners and I somehow never used the same pink lipstick…

The lipstick on top is actually a lip balm, Lancome Baume in Love A la folie, cherry. It goes on almost transparent and as such is very wearable.

Last one is a MAC Paintpot in the universal color Painterly. I used this sometimes as base underneath other shadows but often on its own for a bare look. I have two paintpots and I think I never talked about them before. Reason is that I never used them as they crease terribly. I’m always awed when people say, oh I use a paintpot as my makeup base, it holds forever. On me it holds about one hour. However, since I have the wonderful Primer Potion by Urban Decay (not pictured, because total base staple) now, the paintpots stay in place and almost don’t crease! Huzzah! So I went from never using Painterly to using it lots. Thank you, Urban Decay!

So these were the products I used the most the last two months. Do you keep track of what you use?

L’Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Collection Reds: Blake, Liya, Freida

L’Oreal Color Riche Exclusive Collection Reds: Blake, Liya, Freida


… what can I say, L’Oreal was having 25% off everything and I had just finished watching Agent Carter. So I went home with three lovely girls, Blake, Freida and Liya. Or at least their red lipsticks, called Blake’s Pure Red, Freida’s Pure Red and Liya’s Pure Red.

I don’t know why Blake has a different packaging texture than the other two. Get yourself some consistency, L’Oreal!


The stickers at the bottom show the color. The top of the cap shows a stylized “R”; I forgot to snap a pic of that. That’ll be useful in keeping them apart from the nudes I guess. I don’t know why but Freida’s R looks different from the others.


The lippies themselves. The whole thing looks very elegant. The smell is the typical L’Oreal lipstick smell. It hasn’t changed in decades. Alright, from left to right: Freida, Blake, Liya.


Swatch time in the shade: first Freida, then Blake, last Liya. Yep, Freida is clearly pink. I don’t know why it was included in a red collection, but on the other hand, people can’t even tell a black and blue dress from white and gold, so I guess we can let it slide. 😉


Same swatches in direct sunlight.

So, Freida is bright magenta, Blake is a strong blue-leaning red and Liya is a pure red, leaning neither pink nor orange.

Texture-wise, these are like YSL‘s the Mats. That means they are matte and long lasting, but more on the light silky matte side, not like a MAC retro matte.

And colorwise, Freida is a dupe for YSL Fuchsia Fetiche, a reddish leaning magenta. I didn’t even bother swatching them together, they look so much alike it was pointless. A mantis shrimp might be able to tell them apart, but a human won’t. I made sure by wearing Freida on one half of my mouth and Fuchsia Fetiche on the other. Dupes. The only difference is that the YSL is more pigmented. I needed two swipes of Freida to get the same coverage as one swipe of Fuchsia Fetiche. Apart from that, they are identical. They have the same wear time and wear off the same. Again, this is with 1:2 swipes. So anyone who wanted Fuchsia Fetiche and couldn’t get it or wasn’t willing to spend quite that much, this is your chance.

Blake is a classic blue leaning deep red. There might be tons of dupes, but I don’t know any that has the same texture as well (however I don’t have any of the red YSL Mats).

Edit: here’s a lip swatch of Blake, haven’t yet managed to do one of the others, sorry.

kiko liner blake lipstick


Liya is a red with no undertones. I don’t have any dupes. This one is my biggest recommendation out of the three. It works for any and all skin tones and gives a perfect Agent Carter finish. 🙂

I like all three, but had I realised the similarities of Freida and Fuchsia Fetiche I would have left that one at the store… The quality of all of them is great; as usual matte lips need nourishing balms underneath or afterwards. But I still don’t find them as drying as MAC.

(And now I should really put a ban on buying reds and berries.)

L’Oreal Beige Trench

L’Oreal Beige Trench


Today I have a drugstore eyeshadow quad for you: L’Oreal Beige Trench. I’m honestly surprised I haven’t written about it before, I’ve had it for quite a while.


It’s a quad with sort of neutral colors, but since they are all high in shimmer, I wouldn’t call them nude.


Swatch. There’s a dark brown, a goldenish beige, a bronze and a beige so light it looks almost white. The colors can be used in many combinations, but again, they are all very shimmery.


For comparison, here’s the YSL Palette Fetiche again.


Fetiche swatches on their own.


And Fetiche as dots next to the Beige Trench swatches. Three colors are pretty similar. The biggest difference is in the dark brown, since L’Oreal is so shimmery it looks lighter. Still, I think for those three colors Beige Trench is an okay dupe. Qualitywise it can’t keep up with Fetiche, of course. The L’Oreal quad applies okay, but the glitter feels gritty on my lids, there is fall out, and it only lasts a few hours without creasing on me. But if you’re looking for a nice bronze and some additional colors, this palette is a good start.

OPI Dating A Royal & L’Oreal Confettis

OPI Dating A Royal & L’Oreal Confettis


These are two coats of OPI Dating a Royal, a blue jelly, plus one coat of L’Oreal Confettis Top Coat plus one coat of Essie Good to Go.


The same deal on the other hand.

Dating a Royal is a wonderful jelly. On its own it would have needed three coats. I meant to do a jelly sandwich, but after I applied Confettis I didn’t want to cover the white.

Confettis is smaller and bigger white and black hex glitter in a clear base that also has very small sparkly gitter in. I had to dab it on where I wanted it, because when dragging the brush across the nail I would lose all the glitter at the beginning. It works well like that, you get lots of glitter on the brush. The big downside of this top coat is that it dries matte. While I like matte finish in general, it didn’t work out so well here. Since I didn’t drag the polish over the whole nail, but dabbed it in places, my manicure was spotty – high shine gloss from Dating a Royal in some places, and matte in others. This is why I had to add another glossy top coat.

Chanel Summer Collection: Rouge Coco Shine, Stylo Eyeshadow

Chanel Summer Collection: Rouge Coco Shine, Stylo Eyeshadow

The ways in which I get sidetracked: I went to buy “Django Unchained.” I still do not have Django Unchained, but now I have a Rouge Coco Shine:


Pictured: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Pygmalion (467) and Stylo Eyeshadow in Moon River (07). The whole summer collection is so very gorgeous it was hard limiting myself to just two items. But I stayed strong – for now.


Swatched: On top Moon River, brown with great shimmer, exactly my type of color. The other colors in the collection are wonderful, too. Underneath: Pygmalion, a strong pink coral that goes on shiny and sheer, like all Rouge Coco Shines (this is my first Rouge Coco Shine, though). I wouldn’t dare wear this color if it was strongly pigmented I think but like this it’s perfect.


Comparison: Chanel Stylo Eyeshadow and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Chanel contains 1,4 g product, Bobbi Brown 1,6 g. The price depends on where you buy it, but Chanel is about 4 € cheaper.


Bobbi Brown comes with a straight tip and a rounded stick, Chanel’s product has a slope. You can see I wore my Bobbi Brown stick down to a similar slope, so I think Chanel’s is going to be easy to use.

I haven’t worn the eye shadow yet so I can’t tell you how well it lasts.

What are your thoughts on Chanel’s Summer Collection? Any must-haves?


The last thing I picked up today is not by Chanel, but L’oréal: Confetti Top Coat. A black and white glitter top, omg! It looks so indies! But with this polish I put a nail polish spending ban on myself: I am not allowed to buy anymore polish until I at least managed to swatch most of my stash for this blog.