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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Swatches: L'oreal Colour Riche Lip Balm Part 1

Left to Right: 418 Caring Coral, 518 Tender Mauve, 818 Nourishing Nude, 819 Caramel Comfort

Alot of people have been comparing the L'oreal Colour Riche Balms to Revlon's ColorBurst Lip Butters; however, I find them to be very different from one another for one main reason. I only have 4 shades of the L'oreal lip balms, but from what I have and tested, I can tell you that these 4 particular shades are truly sheer, while the Revlon lip butters are more opaque. (I have swatched all 20 shades of the Revlon lip butters. Check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4 for the swatches.)

Left to Right: 418 Caring Coral, 518 Tender Mauve, 818 Nourishing Nude, 819 Caramel Comfort

Caring Coral and Nourishing Nude barely show a tint of color on my lips because both shades are really close to my lip color. Also, they're slightly similar to each other, except that Caring Coral leans more orange, while Nourishing Nude has a more brown tint to it.

Tender Mauve shows up as a mauvey pink on my lips and Caramel Comfort shows up as a nudish brown. Although they are slightly more pigmented than Caring Coral and Nourishing Nude, I still find them to be sheer and subtle compared to Revlon's lip butters.

L'oreal's lip balms apply like butter, feel slightly more moisturizing and are glossier than Revlon's lip butters; however, I still need to wear a lip balm underneath because my lips are extremely dry and get chapped easily. Other reviewers have mentioned that the L'oreal lip balms have a foul odor & taste; which I didn't experience at all. When I smelled the swatches on my arm, it had a light vanilla scent; however, when I wore them on my lips, I didn't taste any flavor or noticed any rancid scent. 

In order for the color to show up better, these shades have been swatched heavily.

Personally, I find the packaging of the L'oreal lip balms to be prettier, and I appreciate that they contain SPF 15. I also like that it doesn't have a sticky texture and that the packaging doesn't get messy when I'm twisting the product back into the tube. However, other people may not like the fact that they're paying around $6 for just a slightly tinted lip balm. I don't mind the price, especially since there are always sales and deals. Bottom line, if you prefer sheer lip products, then I recommend grabbing some L'oreal Colour Riche Balms.

In order for the color to show up better, these shades have been swatched heavily.

Note: L'oreal Colour Riche Balms contain 2.9g of product and are available at Target, Ulta and for around $6. 

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Do you prefer L'oreal's lip balms or Revlon's lip butters?


  1. Wow, all of those colors are really pretty! Perfect set of subtle colors for spring!!
    Great Post!

  2. THanks for the review. I like the moisturizing factor.

  3. Nice review :)
    From your swatches, it actually has better color payoff than I thought.
    Hehee waiting for this line to be released in australia :D

  4. Nope, it doesn't have good payoff when applied to the lips. I just swatch them heavily so that you can see the color much better. =)

  5. From your pictures I prefer L'Orèal...but I want to try them on...

  6. Thanks for sharing this with us, i am really interesting about this post.
    I have also find great collection on the site:

  7. I like the tender mauve colour a lot.

  8. I'm more of a neutral girl, so I prefer Caramel Comfort better. =)


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