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L’oreal Miss Candy Gellie Nail Polish Swatches & Review

Purchased
L'oreal Miss Candy Gellie Nail Polish

Jolly Lolly // Mango Mamma // Creme de Mint // Miss Pixie // Lilac Coolers // Berry Nice

I spotted L’Oreal’s new Miss Candy limited edition Gellie / jelly nail polishes a little while ago and purchased/reviewed two of them. I wanted more right away, but held out for a sale! They’re BOGO half off this week at Rite Aid, which has the best prices in my area, so I bought four more.

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L’oreal Miss Candy Gellie Nail Polish Swatches & Display Pictures

Purchased

L'oreal Miss Candy Gellie Nail Polish - Miss Pixie Berry Nice

As I mentioned, there are a lot of new drugstore collections out right now, and I found one of them today – L’oreal’s new Miss Candy Gellie nail polishes (display pictures at the end of the post). I purchased two of them, and I’ll definitely be going back for more – they’re even better than I had hoped!

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L’oreal True Match Crayon Concealer Review & Swatches

L'oreal True Match crayon concealers - N1-2-3, N4-5

L’oreal True Match crayon concealers – N1-2-3, N4-5

Today, I have yet another new 2013 drugstore product review for you – L’oreal’s new true match crayon concealers.   If you haven’t yet seen these around, they’re already available online at Drugstore.com, and should show up at other online retailers soon.

These are jumbo crayons, and packaged just like jumbo lip or eye pencils. They are twist up and do not need to be sharpened. You can twist them up and back down again.  I like this packaging for a concealer to keep in my bag – it’s very portable, just dab on, blend with fingers, and done!

The display I purchased from had six shades, and they are the same shades currently available online:

W1-2-3 (fair/ light warm)
N1-2-3 (fair / light neutral)
W4-5 (light / medium warm)
N4-5 (light / medium neutral)
W6-7-8 (medium/ deep warm)
N6-7-8 (medium/ deep neutral)

It seems odd to me that there are no cool shades, and that there are only three depths — hopefully L’oreal will eventually expand the range!  I had a feeling that I was between the light and medium shades, so I purchased both the lightest and the medium of the neutral shades.

Here are the swatches – first unblended, then blended:

L'oreal True Match Crayon Concealer N1-2-3 (fair/light neutral), N4-5 (light/medium neutral)

L’oreal True Match Crayon Concealer
N1-2-3 (fair/light neutral), N4-5 (light/medium neutral)

L'oreal True Match Crayon Concealer N1-2-3 (fair/light neutral), N4-5 (light/medium neutral)

L’oreal True Match Crayon Concealer
N1-2-3 (fair/light neutral), N4-5 (light/medium neutral)

As you can see, I am indeed between shades. The light is closer, but definitely too light, and the medium is significantly too dark.  Blended together, the two crayons are a good match.

I like the texture of the concealer crayons – they are firm enough to hold their shape as crayons, but soft enough to apply easily, without any tugging. When first applied, they are very creamy and blendable, but after about a minute, they set and don’t smudge with light pressure (they will, like any concealer, smudge if you try hard enough!).

The texture seems better suited to covering blemishes than undereyes – it’s on the thicker side, and I find that a thinner texture works better for me in the eye area (though I don’t have prominent bags and often skip undereye concealer entirely).  Wear time seems average; the concealer lasts until I remove it at the end of the day, but I haven’t tried it on a long, hot summer day.

Overall, I would recommend these if you happen to find a match – they’re a nice, ultra-portable choice for a concealer to keep with you in your bag.

L’oreal Shine Caresse Gloss Stain Swatches, Review, Photos

All of the L'oreal Shine Caresse shades

All of the L’oreal Shine Caresse shades

This is Part Two of my review of the USA L’oreal Shine Caresse / Color Caresse gloss stains. For Part One (an overview of the product and a comparison to the YSL Glossy Stains), please click here.  This post has swatches of all twelve currently available shades.

I’m very confused about the name for these – Target is calling them  L’oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer, and Drugstore.com is calling them L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. The good news is that if you can’t find them locally – you can currently buy them online at Target.com  for $7.99 each, or at Drugstore.com (which has a lower free ship minimum) for $9.99!

I photographed the swatches both with flash and in natural light. Then, I wiped off the gloss with a damp tissue, to see the stain it left behind, and photographed the stain in natural light.  You will see that the darker shades leave a significant stain, and the lighter shades do not – this is true on the lips as well as the skin.  You can click to enlarge the swatch photos.

L'oreal 183 Pink Perseverance shine caresse swatch

183 Pink Perseverance
natural light, with flash, stain in natural light

183 Pink Perseverance shine caresse lip swatch

182 Pink Perseverance

Pink Perseverance is a pale baby pink with microshimmer. Applied on the lips, it is basically clear. It does not leave a stain.  I do not recommend this one unless you really love the texture of these and want one to use as a clear gloss.

183 Pink Resistance shine caresse swatch

183 Pink Resistance
natural light, with flash, stain in natural light

183 Pink Resistance shine caresse lip swatch

183 Pink Resistance

Pink Resistance is a soft pink-coral with microshimmer. This is a good everyday shade – it’s quite subtle on my pigmented lips, but would be more noticeable on others.  It is much softer in color than YSL Glossy Stain 12 Corail Fauve, which is brigher.

184 Rose On and On shine caresse swatch

184 Rose On and On
with flash, natural light, stain in natural light

184 Rose On and On shine caresse lip swatch

184 Rose On and On

Rose On and On has microshimmer. I am not familiar with any of the pink YSL Glossy Stains, so I’m not sure how this compares – but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a similar shade. I’m not much of a pink lip person or a shimmer lip person, but this is surprisingly lovely.

185 Lilac Ever After shine caresse swatch

185 Lilac Ever After
natural light, with flash, stain in natural light

185 Lilac Ever After shine caresse lip swatch

185 Lilac Ever After

Lilac Ever After looks more pink to me than lilac, but I don’t mind – it’s lovely, very natural. It has microshimmer which is easily visible when swatched, but seems to disappear on the lips.  I would definitely recommend this one as a great everyday my lips but better shade!

186 Berry Persistent shine caresse swatch

186 Berry Persistent
with flash; natural light; stain in natural light

186 Berry Persistent shine caresse lip swatch

186 Berry Persistent

Berry Persistent is a purple / berry shade. It reminds me of Wet n Wild D-Vinely Chilled and MAC Rebel.  It’s brighter than YSL Glossy Stain 1 Violet Edition (swatched here). This one is my favorite!

187 Infinite Fuchsia shine caresse swatch

187 Infinite Fuchsia
with flash, natural light, stain in natural light

187 Infinite Fuchsia shine caresse lip swatch

187 Infinite Fuchsia

Infinite Fuchsia is a gorgeous deep pink that leaves a vibrant, very long lasting stain.  I don’t own a similar Glossy Stain, but I wouldn’t be surprised if one existed.

188 Coral Tattoo shine caresse swatch

188 Coral Tattoo
with flash, natural light; stain in natural light

188 Coral Tattoo shine caresse lip swatch

188 Coral Tattoo

Coral Tattoo is very bright, and very orange – it isn’t coral on me, just straight up orange.  I bet it’s similar to YSL Glossy Stain 8 Orange de Chine (reviewed here on Delicate Hummingbird), which I don’t own, though the YSL may be redder.

189 Pink Rebellion shine caresse swatch

189 Pink Rebellion
natural light, flash, stain in natural light

shine caresse lip swatch

189 Pink Rebellion

Pink Rebellion is a blue based pink – not usually my type of color, but this is bright and pretty. It has no shimmer, and leaves a lingering stain.  I think it might be similar to YSL Glossy Stain 15 Rose Vinyl, but I’m not sure (I used to own that one, but no longer do).

190 Endless Red shine caresse swatch

190 Endless Red
with flash, natural light, stain in natural light

190 Endless Red shine caresse lip swatch

190 Endless Red

Endless Red is a true ruby red, similar to many red lipsticks.  I don’t own any of the red YSL Glossy Stains, but I think it’s similar to 9 Rouge Laque (swatched here on Karla Sugar).

191 Stubborn Plum shine caresse swatch

191 Stubborn Plum
with flash, natural light, stain in natural light

191 Stubborn Plum shine caresse lip swatch

191 Stubborn Plum

Next up, Stubborn Plum. Any visible shimmer is because I swatched this after On and On rose – this has no shimmer. It’s cooler, more purple, and lighter than On and On Rose in swatches, but they do look similar on the lips.  I thought it might be similar to YSL Glossy Stain 4, but it is much pinker and lighter.

192 Everlasting Caramel swatch

192 Everlasting Caramel
natural light, with flash, stain

192 Everlasting Caramel shine caresse lip swatch

192 Everlasting Caramel

Everlasting Caramel is a red based brown. It is definitely quite brown, and not a shade I ever wear.  It might be more suitable for someone of a different skintone than I am. I’ve also heard that brown lipsticks are making a comeback! It also layers very well with the other Shine Caresse glosses – here, I’ve layered it with Endless Red to make a warm reddish brown which is very wearable:

everlasting caramel / both layered / endless red

And finally:

193 Eternally Nude shine caresse swatch

193 Eternally Nude
with flash, natural light, stain in natural light

193 Eternally Nude shine caresse lip swatch

193 Eternally Nude

Eternally Nude is a sort of orangey nude – I don’t think I like this one.  I don’t think any of the YSL Glossy Stains are similar.

And, here are all twelve gloss stains (or Aqua Lip Laquers perhaps) together – the swatches are in the correct numbered order.

L'oreal Shine Caresse Stain Gloss Swatches - All Shades

L’oreal Shine Caresse Swatches – click to enlarge

If you are planning to swatch these , beware of staining – the staining on my arms took several rounds oil then scrubbing to remove!  The most vibrant and long lasting stains are from Berry Persistant, Endless Red, and Infinite Fuchsia.

Again, I absolutely recommend these both as a dupe to the YSL Glossy Stains and as a fantastic product in their own right! My favorites are Berry Persistent, Endless Red, and Infinite Fuchsia – but really, they’re all lovely.

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L’oreal Shine Caresse Gloss Stain Review and Comparison to YSL Glossy Stains

L’oreal Shine Caresse / Color Caresse Gloss Stains

Some of my favorite lip products of all time are the YSL Glossy Stains (I have reviews of two and swatches of two more here — scroll down), so I was very excited to hear that L’oreal was releasing a new lip product called Shine Caresse, which is very similar to the Glossy Stains.  After trying out the Shine Caresse glosses, I can confirm that they are indeed very similar.  I started to write a review post that also compared the L’oreal product to the YSL product, but it was so long that I decided to split it into two parts: this is a review of the overall product and a comparison to the YSL Glossy stains, and I will post swatches separately (update: swatches are here).

A note about names: I have heard these referred to as Shine Caresse glosses (that’s what they are called in Europe, where they have been available for a while), but the L’oreal display I saw said Color Caresse instead – perhaps that is the US name? I’m not sure.

An update: I’m very confused about the name for these – Target is calling them  L’oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lip Lacquer, and Drugstore.com is calling them L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Wet Shine Stain. The good news is that if you can’t find them locally – you can currently buy them online at Target.com  for $7.99 each, or at Drugstore.com (which has a lower free ship minimum) for $9.99!

The packaging of the Shine Caresse / Color Caresse glosses is fine – I don’t really like gold (I prefer black), but I’m sure some other do.  They’re very lightweight (especially compared the the Glossy Stain packaging), and the tops attach securely.  The applicator is very similar to the Glossy Stain applicator, but not identical.

Glossy Stain applicator / Shine Caresse applicator
Glossy Stain applicator / Shine Caresse applicator

The texture of the two products is also similar – both are very thin and easy to apply, but quickly dry down to a transfer – resistant finish.  I find that the Glossy Stain is a bit more tacky feeling as it dries down, but the difference is minimal.  I think the L’oreal product transfers just a bit less, but it’s quite hard to say – and it may depend on the shade.

I purchased four shades, and all four have good pigmentation when swatches and freshly applied.  I found that the darkest two colors leave a significant stain; the one leaves a medium stain, and the lightest barely stains at all. This is similar to the YSL Glossy Stains – the darker shades stain and the lighter shades do not.

Both products are fragranced.  I’ve heard that that others find them heavily fragranced, especially the L’oreal, but I tend not to notice scents (and I also have a cold right now).  They smell fairly similar to me – sort of perfumey and floral.

Wear time also seems similar between the two products – it varies from about 3 hours with the lighter shades to 5-6 hours with the darker shades, with the stain lasting even longer.   I find both products very comfortable to wear, though I’ve heard some say that they find the YSL Glossy Stains to be drying, especially when worn multiple days in a row.

As an update: I’ve now worn the L’oreal Shine Caresse glosses several times, and overall I find that they are a touch more drying, but a touch longer lasting, than the YSL Glossy Stains on me. As always, your mileage may vary!

I also have photos of the display, with all the US shade names – there appear to be twelve shades:

Pink Perseverance, Pink Resistance, Rose On and On
Lilac Ever After, Berry Persistent, Infinite Fuchsia
Coral Tattoo, Pink Rebellion, Endless Red
Stubborn Plum, Everlasting Caramel, Eternally Nude

Overall, I am loving the L’oreal Shine Caresse gloss stains – they are not identical to the YSL glossy stains, but they are very similar, and they are a lovely product in their own right as well! I will definitely be buying more.

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Spotted at CVS & A Preview

Coming soon: Many Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Lip Color swatches & reviews

I have been going to drugstore a lot lately in the hopes of finding the new L’oreal Shine Caresse glosses, which are YSL Glossy Stain dupes (that’s how I found the Walgreens Look Boutique I posted about), and today I hit the jackpot at CVS! Not only did I find the Shine Caresse gloss stains, I also found several other new drugstore products, some I had heard about and some I hadn’t.

Here are some of the things I spotted, and a preview of what’s coming up! Please leave a comment if there’s something you’d like to see swatched or reviewed sooner rather than later.

I saw a huge L’oreal display with new concealer pencils, eyeshadow palettes, Shine Caresse gloss stains, eyeshadow primer, new nail polish shades a new eyeliner, and two new mascaras.

I purchased four of the Shine Caresse glosses to swatch and review:

You can find my overview review here, and my swatches here.

I saw a display of Maybelline Volum’ Express Rocket Mascara and a display of Maybelline Master Duo liquid eyeliner:

I purchased the mascara in Very Black (waterproof) and the liquid liner in Navy Gleam (review):

I also saw some new-to-me L’oreal Lift blushes in an oddly empty display:

Some new Maybelline The Lifter Instant Age Rewind Foundation (I’m not exactly sure what’s in the front – it seems to say a primer in a powder?)

I saw some Essie nail strips, called “sleek sticks” – they appear to be gel nail polish strips, since they say they need to be UV cured. On closer examination, they are gel strips, but pre-cured – you do not need a lamp to use them.

You can see why I was overwhelmed by the new products!

The next day I went back & saw these additional new products:

Maybelline Metal Color Tattoos (I purchased all five – review here)

Lumene BB Cream

Kate Moss for Rimmel Matte Lipstick

I saw this display of Physician’s Formula BB cream at Rite Aid (review here):

I also went back to the Walgreens with the new Wet n Wild, and bought several more items to play with – I was most excited about the Perfect Pout lipsticks, as you can tell – I am really loving the formula thus far!  I also bought another Fergie eyeshadow quad to see if the first one was just a dud, or if the quality really is lacking; a Fergie highlighter, and another Mega Last liquid lipstick just so I can do a more thorough review.

More new Wet n Wild!

Again, let me know if there’s anything you want to see swatched right away, and I’ll do my best!