L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipsticks: Review and Swatches

I recently finished up a YSL rouge volupte shine lipstick – a lovely shiny lipstick with just the right amount of color for everyday that has, sadly, been discontinued. YSL replaced this line with the tint in balm range. Before spending $34 on a tinted balm I thought I would look elsewhere for a replacement. Since L’Oreal owns YSL I wondered if L’Oreal had anything similar for a fraction of the price. Enter their new colour riche shine lipsticks!


I picked up four of them. Although I didn’t find a color match for my old YSL lipstick, I have been enjoying these. I chose three more neutral shades and then a red. There are quite a few bright and bold choices in the line, which features 16 colors.  The formula is creamy and the finish is shiny, as the name says.


(Top to Bottom: 918 Polished Tango, 908 Sparkling Rose, 906 Burnished Blush, 924 Enamel Red)

Sparkling Rose is particularly subtle on my lips, whereas Enamel Red packs a punch and even left a stain (both on my lips and on my arm). thumb_IMG_8153_1024

(From top L going clockwise: Sparkling Rose, Burnished Blush, Enamel Red, Polished Tango)

Burnished Blush is more mauve and Polished Tango is more pink, but as you can see, those two shades are particularly similar on my lips — more so than I would’ve guessed from the bullets.


These obviously don’t have the luxe packaging of the YSL lipstick or that wonderful YSL scent. They also have more saturated color than the YSL tint in balms, so I can’t call them dupes. These are, nevertheless, a good drug store find.  Do you have any suggestions for a less expensive version of the YSL tint in balms?

I purchased my L’Oreal lipsticks from Ulta, but I’m sure Target and drug stores have them, too. The retail price is $9.99 but you can always find a promo or coupon to get them cheaper. Ulta was doing a buy 2 get 1 free promo on L’Oreal makeup plus a $3.50 off a $15 purchase coupon when I got mine.


Pixi vs. Aerin: Rose Cream Cleansers

Let’s have a battle of the rose cream cleansers, shall we?


I’ve been on a cream cleanser kick lately. A cream cleanser feels so soothing and refreshing on dry or sensitized skin. Thanks to the Minnesota winter, my skin has been both. I also love rose. A rose cream cleanser is perfect for me! I have two options to share with you from Pixi and Aerin.

First, the Pixi: $18 for 4.57 ounces. This is currently sold out on Pixi’s site, but I picked mine up at Target.

This feels like a mud cream cleanser; although I have not tried Pixi’s glow mud cleanser, I imagine this is a similar texture. This does not smell like rose. It has an earthier scent that I cannot really compare to anything else. It is pleasant, though, and not overpowering. The cleanser feels nice and not drying, as mud cleansers can sometimes be. The texture is too thick to spread on dry skin, but with a little water, it works beautifully.

Kudos to Pixi for including the full ingredients list on the website, but here it is for ease of reference:

Aloe Barbadenis Leaf Juice, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower Seed Oil), Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Water/Aqua/Eau, Diatomaceous Earth/Solum Diatomeae/Terre de Diatomees, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Montmorillonite, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Squalene, Xanthan Gum, Kaolin, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Disodium EDTA, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flowers Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens Leaf/Nut/Stem Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Mica, BHT, Linalool.



(Pixi rose cream cleanser on the left; Aerin rose cream cleanser on the right)

The second option is from Aerin: $35 for 4.2 ounces. This is available from Aerin’s website and several department stores. I purchased mine from Nordstrom.

The texture of the Aerin cleanser is thinner and more silky. It is thin enough to apply  directly to dry skin. It does smell like rose, but the scent is sort of powdery and light.

Consistent with my experience with Estee Lauder companies, the Aerin website gives no information about ingredients. They are also not listed on the cleansers itself, only on the box. The ingredients are:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Butylene Glycol, Butrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Sucrose Cocoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sucrose, PEG-5 Soy Sterol, Paeonia Suffruticosa (Peony) Root Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Liimnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose) Fruit Oil, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower water, Linoleic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caprylyl Glycol, PEG-150 Distearate, Carbomer, Jojoba Wax PEG-120 Esters, Potassium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Red 4 (CI 14700), Red 33 (CI 17200), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).


I’m enjoying both cleansers. If you actually want a rose scent, I would direct you to the Aerin option. If you are simply looking for a cream cleanser, or want a cruelty free or budget option, go with the Pixi.

Are there other cream cleansers that should be on my radar?