Question: When does one part lipstick plus one part lip liner equal 100% pure awesome (or close to it)? Answer: When we’re talking about one of L’Oreal’s new Colour Riche La Laque and Le Matte Lipsticks.
To me, the La Laque and Le Mattes are among the most exciting drugstore lippie launches this fall, mainly because of how much crazypants pigment they pack.
That and — holy cannoli! — they’re only $8 a pop.
I snagged two of them at Rite Aid last weekend on BOGO sale (buy one, get one 50% off) and now wish I’d gotten more.
They actually remind me of Tom Ford lipsticks…which is freaky, considering the difference in price. Similar texture, smooth formula and uber-high levels of pigment.
Sure, you might not get the same thrill holding one of these that you get from holding one of Tom’s lipsticks in your paw, but then there’s the savings.
L’Oreal divides the line into two different finishes — the shiny La Laques and the matte Le Mattes — and bills them as all-in-one lipsticks and liners.
They’re opaque enough to completely cover my lips in a single, intensely colorful layer, and apply without caking or feathering.
Just so, so smooth…
The texture’s on the thicker side, which I like, because it seems to lock the color to my lips for a good 4-5 hours, and as far as flavors and scents, they have both. It’s a faint light rose that fades over about 10 minutes.
The rounded tip precisely applies color without straying outside of my natural lip line, although I do wish that L’Oreal had included some sort of sharpener with them…since I’m sure the tips will eventually lose their shape after repeated use.
I also wish they were a little better built, as in better affixed to their packaging. The coral color I have, She’s So Matte, actually falls out of the pencil when I hold it upside down.
Oh, well. They aren’t perfect then, but I think they get pretty close (and they’re only $8!). Totally worth hoarding, I think.
Which reminds me (uh…), I need to pick up some more toilet paper, a task I cannot entrust to El Hub because he always gets the cheapest sandpaper-y stuff. If a few more of these twist-up pencils happen to fall into my basket, c’est la vie .
PRICE: $8 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Rite Aid, Walgreens and other drugstores (I can’t seem to find them online, though, which is kind of a pain)
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,