November 9, 2009

L’Oreal Color of Hope Lipstick and L’Oreal Color of Hope Infalliable LipGloss Review and Swatches

Anyone pick up the new L’Oreal Color of Hope Lipstick and L’Oreal Color of Hope Infalliable LipGloss?  During a recent foray through CVS I came across both and was pretty impressed with the colors so I indulged.

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Jump ahead for the review.

Ok, so, few reasons I purchased these. L’Oreal had a buy 1, get 1 50% off going on at CVS so it made hauling kinda of appealing. Secondly, I really loved the promo images on the display. The shades are really a warmer red which totally appealed to me and thirdly L’Oreal is donating money from each sale of the items to the Ovarian Research Fund…I kinda dig cosmetics that give back.

Considering these were marked at $7.99-$8.99 per lip item I wouldn’t call them cheap and I wouldn’t say they are worthy of a haul for that sort of price. For a few dollars more I can get a MAC Lipstick which has way better quality….get my mentality? But throw in that BOGO offer and I kinda feel like I’m doing myself a favor paying a little less per each piece (but not by much). When I did the purchase I was in the frame of mind that the shades would all work so well for the Holidays and yes they do at that.

Check it:

L’Oreal Color of Hope Lipstick in Hopeful Plum (Warm Wine)
L’Oreal Color of Hope Lipstick in Color of Hope (Nude, Dusty Rose)
L’Oreal Infalliable Lip Gloss in Color of Hope (Nude, Dusty Rose)
L’Oreal Infalliable Lip Gloss in Hopeful Plum (Deep Plum Purple)

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I was pretty impressed with the shades as they are all rather rich and beautiful ranging from plums, to roses, and warmer wine shades. These are actually shades I love in regards to reds as they wear best on me.

I reviewed L’Oreal Infalliable Lip Gloss a while back ago and it seems the formula has improved with age. Where as before I felt that the texture was a tad irritating it’s now quite comfortable wearing on my lips and packs plenty of pigmentation. It’s actually a very good lip gloss for a drugstore buy. Likey very much.

The L’Oreal Lipsticks I can’t speak as highly about. Although they have great color payoff the formula itself doesn’t glide on as well as I like and it leaves my lips a little dried out. On top of this it also has a rather nasty perfume taste, not good in my humblest. I am trying to overlook the taste and crummy formula as the colors are quite rich and pretty for the holiday ahead and I’m rather looking forward to using them in a few of my more festive party looks.

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Overall, the Muse would say the price point needs to be lowered a tad bit for the quality of the products. Worthy of a haul but only if you can get them on sale as $7.99 and upwards it’s just too high for drugstore makeup with a shabby formula. However, if you are feeling like you wouldn’t want to splurge on a $14 or so on MAC Lipstick these are a great alternative for holiday or evening looks.

Likey, just not a love.

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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  • Fresco Phyrra

    The hopeful plum gloss and lipstick look really good on you. I likey 😉

  • Lisa Kate

    These look gorgeous on you!! Too warm for me though…I know what you mean about the price range though…without the sales, its not worth it!

    • the Muse

      totally Lisa. The sale makes them good but without…no way!

      Thanks so much for the kind comment 🙂

  • MissTat

    I really like how you did your makeup in these pics. the lip colors both look very pretty on you!

  • laura r

    ya look lovely in wines, you’re right. but HEY i spy some eyeliner magic too! looks very profesh… you feel like you’re getting there? is that liquid or pencil liner?

    • the Muse

      hey laura!

      Thanks hun 😀 *hugs* I’m sorta kinda getting there 😀 This was liquid but as you can see a bit messy 😛 Thanks for the lovely comment!

  • Janet

    Wow, your eyeliner is flawless. I’m envious. =) I like both shades of lipcolor on you, but especially the color of hope.

  • Mollie

    I get what you mean about being able to pay a few bucks more to get a better quality lippie. I don’t much like L’Oreal anyway- their formulas tend to be wonky on me. And they were also recently bought up by *gasp* an animal testing company… it’s SO annoying when that happens. Because pretty soon all I’m gonna be able to buy are the expensive brands (if I want to stick to my guns anyway). Again, I’m not preaching to you… in fact, both of these combinations look AWESOME with your skin tone. I agree- your eyeliner is gorgeous. I can’t do that at all with liquid.

    • the Muse

      hi mollie totally! oh no…sorry to hear it 😛 I honestly don’t pay as much attention as I should to do these things. I’m an animal lover but with makeup I’m a bit of a mush same for green friendly formulas and parabens! I mix it all up 🙁 thanks 😀 you’re too kind as I’m all over the place with my liner haha!

  • Mollie

    No worries! I do really love those colors! 🙂 And nobody can save the whole world all at once, no matter how many companies you boycott or how much research you do. Are you suuuure you’re bad at doing eyeliner? Looks damn hot to me.

    • the Muse

      hey mollie but you’re making a change in the world, one person can do a whole world of good 😀 *hugs* Aw shucks I’m all embarrassed now haha thanks but I suck, promise!