Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pouting Pink

As mentioned in my last lipstick post, my newest lipstick additions didn't stop at two She lipsticks. Yet again, I was swayed by a buy one, get one free offer. This time it was the L'Oréal Colour Riche line. L'Oréal lipsticks are a ridiculous $21.95 each in Australia, so the BOGOF placed them at a much more reasonable price point. Initially, I contemplated one of the celebrity-endorsed nude lipsticks ("Collection Exclusive Nudes"), specifically Eva, but I found the formula to be drying. The colour also wasn't anything amazing — it reminded me of a less pigmented, more beige Colour Riche Extraordinaire in Nude Vibrato. I then spotted the Colour Riche Moisture Matte range and began swatching the shades on display. Sakura Petal (P501), a bright but pale, yellow-based pink, immediately drew me in.

l-r: Sakura Petal, Cherry Crush

L'Oréal Colour Riche Moisture Matte Lipstick in Sakura Petal (P501)

Let me tell you something about yellow-based pinks. I'm always on the lookout for them. I find them to be the rarest breed of pink at the "drugstore". There are many, many, cool-toned pinks, from your milky lavender/sheer baby pinks, to mid-tone purplish pinks, to fuchsia/hot pinks and deep berry/plummy shades. But I don't see warm pinks around very often, unless they're vibrant coral pinks like Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink About It or Sportsgirl Rosie Posie.

The only drugstore yellow-based pinks I can recall are the limited edition Revlon Matte Lipstick in Sky Pink (one of the very first lipsticks I purchased at the start of my makeup obsession — at an obscene $21.95 too), Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon and Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive. Along with MAC Viva Glam Nicki, those are probably the only yellow-based pinks I have. It doesn't help that the natural pigmentation of my lips turns almost any pink more blueish and cool-toned, especially if the formula is sheer.

When it comes to lipstick, I'm all about brights and the novelty of the colour itself. Sakura Petal is one of those crazy grandma shades in that it's both old-fashioned and clownish. It also makes my teeth look frightfully yellow. But I don't care. It's magic.

l-r: L'Oréal Sakura Petal, Revlon Sky Pink, Revlon Pink Lemonade, Sportsgirl Beauty Queen, MAC Creme Cup

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Sky Pink is close to Sakura Petal but lighter. Sportsgirl Beauty Queen looks similar but due to its sheerness doesn't translate as very yellow-toned on the lips. MAC Creme Cup is more pastel and dusty, not as neon as Sakura Petal. Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Pink Lemonade is much paler and more of a milky peach.

Speaking of coral pinks, I tried on Cherry Crush (P502) from the same Moisture Matte line and was sold. What was happening — two warm pinks?! The texture is a lot smoother and it's more forgiving on the lips than the drier, patchier Sakura Petal which requires a perfectly primed pout.

l-r: L'Oréal Cherry Blossom, Revlon Pink in the Afternoon, Maybelline Vivid Rose, Sportsgirl Rosie Posie, MAC Chatterbox

Annddddd I think we've found our "drugstore" MAC Chatterbox dupe. Chatterbox might be a touch more pastel, but we're splitting hairs. Of course, the finish is entirely different — Chatterbox is creamier, with a satin rather than matte finish. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon is more peachy nude in comparison. Maybelline ColorSensational Vivids Lipstick in Vivid Rose, which I thought would be similar, is hugely more neon and saturated in high-intensity pigment. Sportsgirl Rosie Posie is more orange/coral, less dark pink.

Now that we're done with that, it's evident I need to consider a serious pink lipstick ban. I was going to say lipstick ban period, but let's not be overly ambitious. Baby steps.


  1. These lipsticks don't get enough attention in my opinion! I have Cherry Crush and I love both the colour and formula. Agreed on yellow-pinks - basically unicorns. Even if they look warm swatched, on my lips, all the cool tones come out! Very annoying.

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  2. You don't understand how much I've missed reading your posts!! xx

    1. Makes me super happy to read that, thank you! :D

  3. Tell me about it! I have zero yellow-pink lipsticks and its not just drugstore for me.. even most high end brands can rarely find me a fit! I have gradually moved to more plums and brownish nudes.

    These look great on you especially Cherry Crush! :-)


  4. These look lovely! Cherry Crush is such a pretty shade x

  5. Haha, I'm all about avoiding the yellow-based pinks! That's one lipstick color I truly can't wear. I tried Pink in the Afternoon once and it clashed hideously with my skintone. Sakura Petal is lovely on you, though!

  6. I don't have these shades but I love the moisture matte formula, it rivals so many high end velvet matte finish lipsticks. Cherry Blossom is a really pretty shade. :)

  7. This is both so pretty and I've been looking into these but I might get both of these colors as they are my kind of shade and gorgeous.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

  8. These colours would look horrible on me. I wish I could wear lighter colours but the only ones that suit me are the deep berry, plum and reds.

  9. These colours are so unique. I love them.

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  10. Gorgeous! I personally steer CLEAR of these pale yellow toned pinks, my teeth aren't white enough to wear them without my chompers looking like a yellow mess! I wish home teeth whitening products were more easily sold here, I have to order anything crest online, we get none of it in our stores! The first shade looks like a great color dupe for YSL rouge volupte radient in shade 1 Nude beige, I have it and I always mix a touch more dark pink or brown into it to work best on my complexion!

  11. Cherry Crush is perfect for spring/summer!!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  12. Cherry Crush is gorgeouss *-* I really hope that they get to be released here!
    Although the last thing I need are lipsticks, specially when I am currently considering getting a few from Etude House in the Future... (I mean, that packaging is just way too cute!)

    Sakura Petal is also really pretty but, I think it would look quite weird on my complexion T_T
    Take care*

  13. Ohh Petal is just dreamy, I probably couldn't pull if off, but when its that pretty I don't care!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  14. I really like the colour Cherry Crush :]

  15. These are super stunning! I love Cherry Crush, what a gorgeous shade!

    Cass | CassandraMyee

  16. wow these look so pretty, definitely want to get my hands on these :) xx

  17. Wow both shades look really pretty, especially Cherry Crush :) I love the sound of the formula also of Cherry Crush - fab post hun :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

  18. I haven't heard about this formula before! Cherry Crush looks totally like something I would wear in Spring/Summer (or whenever I fancy, really. Lol).

  19. Could these names get ANY cuter?! I am such a sucker for lavender toned-pinks in blushes and lipsticks. Even though my color knowledge tells me no, I love the look of them!

    Chloé⎪ status.chlo (previously à la foliee)

  20. They both look so fresh and beautiful! xo


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