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Sunday, June 12, 2016

L'Oréal Collection Star by Liya (Fuchsia) Lipstick Review and Swatches


Hello everyone! So welcome back to Mari's dream! Yes, you're still inside my dream because if I were to create a lipstick collection, this would be it. You guys know hoooow much I love pink lipsticks that when L'Oréal released their Velvet Pinks collection I just went wild with giddiness. I wear pink lipsticks everyday, save for like the 0.1% of the year when I'm in a red lipstick. But the 99.9% really goes to a pink lipstick or lip balm or lip gloss. I think the feelings of giddiness were intensified by the fact that these lipsticks were sent with super beautiful (and expensive oh my goodness) Ecuadorian roses of Petalier

You may have already seen the press release for L'Oréal's La Vie En Rose Velvet Pinks Collection Star Color Riche Lipstcks collection (whew what a mouthful!), with the campaign being hashtagged #IChoosePinks because this whole collection is meant to cover all kinds of pinks to make sure that every Pinay has a pink that she can relate to and would be comfortable rocking out. L'Oréal knows that deep inside, every girl wants to wear pink lipsticks, but sometimes the fear of looking childish or the fear of looking weird with pink gets in the way of getting tickled pink. 

So this post in specific is about Collection Star Liya, or Fuchsia. 



So this is how the packaging looks like. Since this came in a pretty box with the six other lipsticks in a fancy manner, this unfortunately came unsealed and therefore I have no ingredients lists for this collection. But well, in exchange for the ingredients list I got Ecuadorian roses for the first time in my life (and they're now potpourri in our living room), so that's fair. 

In our territory its other name is Fuchsia, but I think in other territories even the bottom of the lipstick will say Liya, too. 

I already own 11 of these lipsticks and I can really say that the packaging is a lifesaver. In real life, L'Oréal is very good in making these plastic squares in colors that are very true to the actual lipstick. So even if they're side by side, you can still tell by the plastic tile as to which shade is which. It's relatively easy to look for what you're looking for in a short amount of time. The signature of the celebrity on the packaging also helps so much because when I am rushing to get somewhere, simply knowing which celebrity made which shade is already enough because I just look for what I want based on the signature. 

In photos, and when you look at it only and not use it, you will initially get the impression that this is a jellybean shade for flavors like strawberry or raspberry. It looks a bit translucent, or to really say it better, it looks "jellybean" like in real life, but in the whole collection, this is the only one that literally reflects the alternative name. This really looks fuchsia.

When you swatch it, the jellybean-ness disappears, and though it's vibrant, it's not thaaat vibrant.

This is how it looks like on the lips. So this, and all the other shades in the Color Riche collection, have the ability to be so buildable. You can use this as thinly as tint, or you can pile it on as thickly as you want to make it emulate the effect of a liquid lipstick. For this photo, I have it put on relatively thickly for it to be opaque enough, but not too thickly for it to behave as liquid lipstick altogether. In real life, (since you guys technically will not look at my lips like this), this goes on quite matte-ly.

This is yet another shade that helps to create an illusion of whiter teeth thanks to the purples and blues working in this shade.

On me, it's a shade that looks really obvious. You really would be able to tell that I have a lippie on when I use this. This looks a lot like the classic pinks of L'Oréal, the kinds of pinks that a lot of shades were hinged on a decade ago. I wouldn't say that this is outdated as the pink trend is only about to reboot itself after we already got over reds (remember when everyone was alll about red?) and more or less are about to be over super brownish mauves in due time. But what I can say is that this will be a nostalgic shade for many loyal L'Oréal users, and for those who buy just one lipstick at a time, I think this will be the perfect replacement lipstick if you've just used up a L'Oréal lipstick from awhile back.





I also forgot to say that this shade is a tiny bit metallic, which is why it didn't end up being jellybean kind of sheer on my lips. It has a little bit more body to it. Liya herself has a very beautiful and creamy cocoa skintone, which is why this will look super good on medium and morena skintones.

According to Verna Marin, chief makeup artist of L'Oréal Paris Philippines, this will work best on medium skintones. According to Marilene Perez, writer of this blog, you need this and all the other shades in the collection because every shade is too pretty to not buy.

This collection of L'Oréal has always been consistent in having great quality throughout the years, but if you need the different properties broken down, here goes: 

Color Payoff- This collection ALWAYS has the best color payoff. Lipsticks are always as vivid on me as how vivid they are on the tube, and the color is more or less accurate relative to the tube. I've also enjoyed how vivid the colors are that most, if not all, of my lipsticks from this collection leave very good stains and tints. 

Texture- These lipsticks have a silky texture, and presumably have a powdered formula in order to make them matte and silky. So like when you use these, they're not as slippery as using lip balm, but they do not resemble the formulae of liquid lipsticks or matte creams as they are much more emollient and spreadable. These later generation ones are less wispy than the old L'Oréal lipsticks, but the structure in the formula is perhaps what helps to make it buildable. You can pat this on and the color will be able to stick on and look like a tint. You can add more, apply it more liberally, or go back and forth several times in order to get a much more opaque look. 

Comfort- These lipsticks are less wispy and less spreadable (spread as in how slippery it is when you smack your lips, not to be confused with blendability) than the old generation ones, so they feel less like lip balms now. However, compared to matte lipsticks of other brands, or the high vivacity color formulae of other brands, this is more spreadable and more comfortable. One key feature of this is that it does not weigh the lips down by having an opaque formula, so it doesn't feel heavy on the lips, which helps to make things more comfy. 

Longevity- As a lipstick, you'd need to reapply this every few hours or so depending on how much oily food you are eating. If you want to keep up the opacity, you need to be committed to doing retouches ever so often. But if you want to just have a little color on the lips the whole day, you can slather this on and leave it be because the tint it leaves can stay on the whole day. In a typical jam packed day, I'd more or less reach out for vivid shades of this collection like 3-5 times, and for the less vivid shades, like every hour or so (there are near nude shades from this collection so those types really need to be reapplied or else my natural lip pinkness will override the lightness of the shade) 

You can get this (or any other ones in the collection for that matter) for Php400. BUT! L'Oréal often has a lot of flash sales for this product line so be sure to stalk them on social media so you're the first to know when the deal's a steal! (Yes there was once that they sold this for Php200 only for a weekend, so when they say flash sale, they really mean flash sale!!)



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