L'Oréal x Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick, Winter 2017

New Release: L’Oréal × Balmain (Colour Riche Matte Lipstick)

I don’t usually post new releases that are unrelated to nail polish, but I do make the occasional exception when my interest is piqued.

I first heard about this collaboration between L’Oréal and Balmain via Austria-based Dandygal back in October. She picked up quite a few of these in the more unique shades, so you can visit her blog for swatches and reviews!

At the time, I remarked that we rarely get the cool collections in Canada.

But lo and behold, they have arrived! Not only that, but you can order them online in Canada, directly from L’Oréal. They are C$18 each, and shipping is free on orders of $50+. (Personally, I think I’ll wait to see if these turn up in stores.)

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Balmain Instinct

The new, limited edition collection consists of twelve high-fashion shades of matte lipstick. The casing is also slightly different, with colors and patterns reminiscent of semi-precious stones: to my mind, lapis lazuli, onyx, and malachite.

L'Oréal × Balmain Colour Riche Matte Lipsticks

From L’Oréal:

Introducing 12 new edgy, matte shades encased within an exclusive pack, designed by Olivier Rousteing. 12 lip colours designed to embody 3 femininities: Glamazone, Rock & Couture. Shades for every woman, no matter her origin, no matter her tribe. The formula is infused with pure pigments and camellia oil, to give our richest colour and most moisturizing matte finish.

“No matter your origin, no matter your tribe come together, be seen,
be heard, united, we are all invincible, because we are all worth it”
—Olivier Rousteing, Creative Director, Balmain

(That’s Olivier Rousteing in the middle of the banner at the top, by the way.)

The twelve shades are divided equally into four “femininities” or “tribes”: GlamazoneRock, and Couture:

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Coral Trianon, swatch

L’Oréal — Coral Trianon (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

SALE ALERT

Just a quick note to everyone: Sephora (at least on the Canadian site) is currently discounting selected Anastasia Beverly Hills lip gloss and eye shadow. The lip glosses on sale are shown ($11, reg. $21); the eye shadows do not have a special sale section yet, and you have to click on the individual shades to see the discount ($8, reg $16).

I found that if I bought 8 shadows and 2 empty eyeshadow palettes, I was able to get the $13 discount for regular-priced eye shadows! So go check it out. Here’s my damage, by the way. So glad I didn’t splurge on these during the VIB sale! [By the way, it was pointed out that if I had just placed 2 separate orders of 4 shadows and 1 palette, I would have gotten $13 off each order! That works out better even if you pay for shipping, and you get 2x freebies. D’oh!]

Also, don’t forget ebates.ca (referral link) with 8% cash back today, and Sephora has really good codes now for multiple samples: SUNVIBES for VIB/VIB Rouge, SUNSOUT for Beauty Insiders.

[Thanks to this reddit post for the heads-up.]

FYI, the sale eye shadows are:

  • China Rose (Metallic)
  • Dark Chocolate Shimmer (Shimmer)
  • Fawn (Matte)
  • Gem (Satin)
  • Gold Rush (Metallic)
  • Mermaid (Metallic)
  • Sateen (Metallic)
  • Smoke (Matte)
  • Soft Gold (Metallic)
  • 10K (Satin)
  • Topaz (Satin)
  • Truffle (Shimmer)

The sale lip glosses are:

  • Barbie Pink (High Shine)
  • Bordeaux (High Shine)
  • Bronzed (Shimmer)
  • Candy Coral (High Shine)
  • Date Night (Shimmer)
  • Dollhouse (High Shine)
  • Maui (High Shine)
  • Neon Apple (High Shine)
  • Neon Carnival (High Shine)
  • Orchid (High Shine)
  • Pastel Pink (High Shine)
  • Petal (High Shine)
  • Potion (High Shine)
  • Punchy Red (High Shine)
  • Purple Rain (Shimmer)
  • Rio (High Shine)
  • Runway Red (Shimmer)
  • Socialite (High Shine)
  • Venom (Metallic)

 

Happy Shopping! And now, back to your regularly scheduled program:


Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line.

Coral Trianon (442) is from the original launch, and it’s a superbly rich and juicy coral orange cream. It has a teeny touch of white to brighten it up nicely. The pigmentation is fantastic, especially for a drugstore brand.

trianon, by the way is a small villa, like a châlet, especially one that is situated on a larger ground, like the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon (big and small) at the Palace of Versailles.

Petit Trianon, Palace of Versailles, France

Petit Trianon, Palace of Versailles, France.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Coral Trianon

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Coral Trianon

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Nymphea, swatch

L’Oréal — Nymphea (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Summer 2016, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer [Launch]

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line.

Nymphea (226) is from the original launch, and it’s not the usual sort of thing I go for, but I dig these polishes so much that it’s got me buying the hot pinks! This is a surprisingly wearable fuchsia cream, with both cool and warm tones so I think it actually looks pretty decent on me! This will be perfection for a summer mani or pedi.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea

I’ve liked the application for all of these polishes that I’ve tried, but this one is especially good! It’s probably almost as good as the formula for Rouge Sauvage (red creams tend to apply very well). Two coats gives perfect, even coverage.

This polish is scented, and when dry it has that unique L’Oréal lipstick fragrance.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, swatch

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, swatch

These polishes are pretty much priced like Essie (both owned by L’Oréal), at CA$9.99 vs. a buck or two more for Essie in Canada. When they go on sale, the prices are essentially the same. If you like a wider paddle brush, these are definitely a superior option to Essie’s polishes, which have slender, rounded brushes.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, label

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Nymphea, label

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L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer is 0.45 fl oz / 13.5 mL. The polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and camphor. It is made in France.

L’Oréal was founded in 1909 and is the largest cosmetics company in the world. It is based in Clichy (a suburb of Paris), France. Its first product was a hair dye called Auréale, which presumably led to the development of the company’s present name.

🇫🇷Made in France
🇫🇷Company based in France
L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me, swatch

L’Oréal — Tweet Me (Colour Riche Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2012, Colour Riche Nail Color

I originally swatched this for a Throwback Thursday post, but then I realized it’s not quite old enough, being from a 2012 collection. So, here it is on a Tuesday!

Tweet Me (101) is an adorable canary yellow with golden shimmer. It is, most unfortunately, on the sheer side.

The name is, obviously, inspired by social media site Twitter, and should you wish to do as the polish says, click here.

L'Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me

L’Oréal Colour Riche Nail Color in Tweet Me

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CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation

CoverGirl — Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation Review

Last year, Revlon saw fit to discontinue my drugstore stalwart foundation, Nearly Naked (Nude 150), which was a wonderful formula for my dry skin. The shade match was pretty good, too, though it sort of landed in-between my winter and summer shades, making it a tad too dark or a tad too light for most of the year. But hey—it was cheap and it was certainly good enough for everyday use!

I didn’t discover Revlon’s treachery until earlier this year, and then I went about buying up several bottles of Nearly Naked foundation. Finally, I came to my senses and realized what I really needed to do was to find a new Holy Grail drugstore-priced foundation.

I’ve accumulated quite a few new ones, and I’ll be testing and reviewing them this spring and summer.

The first one in my rotation is a new formula from CoverGirl called Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation. I’ll be straight with you: I mainly bought it because it was on sale for CA$5.99, which is like, dirt cheap. (L’Oréal and Revlon foundations regularly go for upwards of $15 here, for reference. Even CoverGirl’s newest foundation, Vitalist Elixir, is retailing at Shoppers Drug Mart for around $17! Eeep!)

I also found that CoverGirl have stepped up their shades since I last used any of their foundations—probably in high school when I had few options and wore a way-too-Calamine-lotion-pink shade of Clean Liquid Foundation—which they still make! I gotta try it again just for kicks! Apparently it was introduced in 1961.

But lo and behold, I found a relatively good shade match in the new line.

And so CoverGirl Ready Set Gorgeous Oil Free Foundation in Medium Beige (210) came into my possession.

From CoverGirl:

Get insta-gorgeous with Ready Set Gorgeous! This liquid foundation’s oil-free formula provides medium coverage to even skin tone and cover imperfections. The result is a flawless, natural look that lasts all day.

The built-in powder system fights against shine, pulling oil and sweat AWAY from your face instead of trapping them under your foundation. Pair with the entire instaGLAM collection for a glam look on the go.

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Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (April 2017)

Haulage! Charity Purchase at Shoppers Drug Mart

Last fall, I noticed my local Shoppers Drug Mart holding a charity sale, in which they had pre-bundled goodie bags of higher-end skincare samples for $10. I can’t remember which women’s charity it was for, but considering it was October, it may have been for Breast Cancer research.

Of course I picked up one bag (I’ve reviewed the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser)!

Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (October 2016)

Shoppers Drug Mart Charity Purchase (October 2016)

Despite the fact that I hated this cleanser, I thought the charity bag idea was a dandy one and I was delighted to see that Shoppers has stepped it up!

A week ago, I noticed more charity bags at the same store, but only in the beauty department. (Previously they were at the regular checkout.) The goody bags now costed $5 and contained an assortment of full-sized makeup and nail polish from the mass market lines like Revlon, L’Oréal, Maybelline, and in-house brand Quo, instead of skincare samples from the likes of Nuxe and La Roche-Posay.

I didn’t get a chance to grab one then, but yesterday I hit up that Shoppers again, and they had packaged up some new bags that contained foundations and lipsticks.

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L'Oréal Colour Riche Le Vernis à l'Huile in Vert Époque, swatch

L’Oréal — Vert Époque (Colour Riche Le Vernis à l’Huile) Swatch & Review

Collection: L’Oréal Spring 2017, Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer

L’Oréal launched Le Vernis à l’Huile polishes in Canada last summer, and I’ve fallen deeply in love with this drugstore line. I’m happy to report that they’ve released several new shades for the spring, and while I haven’t been able to find all of them in stores by me—I’ve only seen two or three, one being a plain black cream, Noir Noir—I did manage to pick up one lonely new shade.

Here’s Vert Époque (770), a gorgeous midtoned turquoise cream. It’s bright enough to be spring-y, yet subdued enough to be effortlessly chic. This could very well be my new pedi shade for the spring!

The shade name literally means “green era/epoch”, though I’m unsure whether there’s a more specific meaning in French.

L'Oréal Le Vernis à l'Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

L’Oréal Le Vernis à l’Huile Nail Lacquer in Vert Époque

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