L’Oréal Paris Rouge à Lèvres Shine Caresse Juliet
L’Oréal Paris Rouge à Lèvres Shine Caresse Juliet is a vivid red shade with a soft orange tone once applied. Those new gloss-stains are 30% water based, made in France. The texture is very balmy, almost waxy but not sticky, not runny, rather thick. Once applied, they give my lips a quite noticeable coat of product (aka, I feel that I am wearing a lip product). It’s not overly uncomfortable though. The formulation is kind of interesting, despite being not sticky during and short after the application, it won’t move (like it is the case with balmy lipsticks). After the product has set, it gets a bit sticky and I still feel the product. The only way I won’t have that feeling is, when I apply a very light layer (soft stain). The finish is very glossy (after two coats) but can be toned down with either one layer or just wait till the lip product has worn off. The staying power is about three hours for me (the glossy effect wears of after about an hour but the stain with this shade – Juliet – is quite strong, not as long-lasting and visible as with the YSL Glossy Stains though).
The packaging is very lightweight and the applicator is well made actually. It is not as fuzzy as the YSL one and not as pointy (I like the YSL one better for my lip shape). To me the Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stains and the L’Oréal Shine Caresse gloss-stains are totally different. The YSL ones are a true stain (or what I would consider as so), the L’Oréal ones are more high-tech glosses (to me), that may stain (yes, I tried them all and only the darker colours left a stain. I find Juliet leaves one of the more visible and long-lasting stains though). I wouldn’t consider them dupes. The scent is very chemical (with a hint of something fruity). Personally, I don’t like the YSL scent nor the L’Oréal one.
The application process is a bit tricky for me, I have dry lips (and I exfoliate and moisturize them regularly) but after two layers, I get an uneven result/finish. One coat is ok but I find those Shine Caresse glosses very hard to layer on my dry lips (they won’t dry them out though). I only got one Shine Caresse by now and I really like the colour of Juliet. Since I have a bunch of YSL Glossy Stains and the colours seem to be very similar, I may not be getting more.
Overall, if you are looking for some long-lasting glosses, that will leave a soft stain behind, L’Oréal Paris Rouge à Lèvres Shine Caresse are a good option. I find, that the lighter shades won’t leave any visible stain though (but still last longer than average glosses). If you are looking for a true stain, YSL is a better option with a large colour range. What are your thoughts on the new Shine Caresse glosses?