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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
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.
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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