Read My Lips: L’Oreal Colour Riche Extraordinaire

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

Welcome to another segment of Read My Lips! Today I’ll be showing you 5 new lip lacquers from L’Oreal and I must say, they’re pretty darn good.

At first and quick glance, the Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip lacquers look a little similar to YSL’s Glossy Stains especially the area where you can see the colour of the lip lacquer. What you see in the Extraordinaire isn’t actually a “window” to the actual product but some sort of sticker or painted on colour. I’d say that’s where the similarity ends.

There are 14 shades in the range but for now, I’ll just be showing you five.

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

  • #102 Rose Finale: Baby pink. It has quite a milky formula that clumps on the gums (especially if you have gummy lips like I do). It’s not a good look and is my least favourite of the lot.
  • #201 Rose Symphony: Dusky rose.
  • #401 Fuchsia Drama: Bright fuchsia pink.
  • #204 Tangerine Sonate: Coral tangerine (warm tones)
  • #301 Rouge Soprano: Cherry red (warm tones)

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers Swatches

I love that the Extraordinaire lip lacquers have musical annotations to their names. They’re incredibly glossy with subtle gold shimmer. They’re not fully opaque either; you’ll still be able to see your lip lines. In terms of texture, I’d say they’re close to Maybelline’s Colour Sensational Elixirs but slighter thicker.

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

What I find fascinating is the applicator. You have your usual doe foot applicator but have you seen a split doe foot applicator? Neither have I! I don’t know if it works better than regular applicators though because it just works the same for me as other lipglosses. I just call it the camel toe applicator. :P

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

Another interesting fact about the Extraordinaire lip lacquers is that unlike their other lipglosses and lacquers, these contain oils (Argan, Lotus, Camellia and Rosa Canina Fruit oils) to keep the lips nourished. When I was swatching these lippies on my arm for this post, I couldn’t fully remove them with micellar lotion. What’s left behind on my arm is a waxy residue that repels water. I had to use an oil-based makeup remover to get rid of the waxy residue and remaining colour. On the other hand, I didn’t have any problems removing the lippies off my lips with a tissue and micellar lotion. Hmmm.

These are not very sticky lip lacquers but I’d still refrain from wearing them on windy days. Sadly, their lasting power is not good and don’t last past a meal. I had to reapply after a couple of hours and definitely after every meal.

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

Having said that, the colours are beautiful. My favourite out of the 5 lip lacquers above is the #201 Rose Symphony. It’s such a wearable daytime colour that’s my lips but heaps better. I find myself drawn to the #301 Rouge Soprano too. Beautiful!

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Lacquers

These lip lacquers are definitely worth checking out as the colours are pretty and the quality good. Heck, where else can you find a camel toe applicator, eh? :P

L’Oreal’s Colour Riche Extraordinaire lip lacquers retail at AU$21.95 each and is available at selected major pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.

Have you tried any of the Extraordinaire lip lacquers? Your thoughts? Yay or nay?

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10 comments… add one

  1. Allison

    What a great review of a somewhat weird product! I love the look of the packaging. It did seem like the sticker that shows the color was quite close to the actual color except maybe the lighter of the two pinks. However, from the packaging, I was expecting a lip balm like a lipstick…not a gloss. That applicator is just too darn odd. Frankly, looking at the photo before reading your copy, I thought the applicator was damaged. Why in heaven’s name would a split work better? I think it would streak. Boo. The colors were very pretty, and very pretty on your lips. I don’t really expect glosses/balms to be long-lasting so that wouldn’t stop me. I like the idea of the oils, and am thrilled that there is no peppermint oil in there. Since it is easily removed from your lips, it doesn’t matter that it was hard to remove from your arm, but strange nonetheless. Lately, L’Oreal products (except for the Voluminous Butterfly Mascara formula but not the wand) are leaving me either scratching my head or leaving me cold. Though there were things that intrigued about these, I think I will pass and buy the new Rimmel Lasting Finish Color Rush Lip Balm. The intense colors look amazing.
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    1. Tine

      I don’t get the camel toe applicator either. Initially I thought mine was damaged and so I checked the rest of the lip balms and all of them had similar split feet. How strange! Don’t know how they work better; they felt the same to me.

  2. gio

    That wand is so weird! I thought it was damaged too at first. I wonder why it’s split if it doesn’t perform any better than a regular one. The colours are very pretty, anyway, especially Routge Soprano. Too bad L’Oreal is ridiculously expensive here.
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    1. Tine

      I know right? I just enjoyed calling it camel toe applicators. Tee hee!

      L’Oreal is expensive here too compared to the US or even Asia. They’re at least dollar for dollar in Malaysia which means it’s triple the price. As for the US, man let’s not even go there.

  3. Norlin

    Ok, so I so did not realise that it had a “camel toe” applicator. I just you know…applied thinking it was the regular doe foot one. Now I really have to examine the applicator! I do love the colours so far, especially the Rouge Soprano and Fuschia Drama. Ok, umm..another thing. When I first received this…I thought it was a lipstick and tried to open the cap like you would a lipstick. I pulled like crazy then realised…oh…you have to twist the cap because it’s a lip gloss! DUH!
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    1. Tine

      Haha you weren’t the only one. I initially thought it was a lipstick too! AS for the camel toe applicator, I thought mine was a dud or something until I saw that every applicator has one too. Don’t know what sort of improvement there is for the application since it feels the same to me. :P

  4. May

    Oh, they have arrived! They look pretty good on your lips, I’m loving #301 Rouge Soprano.

    I think there are a few of these coming out soon, so I’ll wait and see :)

    Do you think these are worth the price?

    1. Tine

      If these weren’t sent to me for review, I’d wait for the 50% off sales at Chemist Warehouse to get it. If I were to pay full price for a good lip gloss, I think I still prefer the Maybelline Colour Elixirs. :)

  5. MonicaP

    The fuchsia color is sure pretty! I think the split doe foot applicator is to hold more product so you don’t have to dip into the tube for more product application ~ that’s my best guess for the split.

    Monica.
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    1. Tine

      That’s a good hypothesis! When you put it that way, it does make a lot of sense. I didn’t feel as though I needed to dip into the lipgloss as much as I do other lipglosses.

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