December 18, 2017

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick Review & Swatches

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick ($7.99) is a new glossy finish lipsticks available in 16 shades for the Spring 2018 season. Ahh finally some blessed relief from all matte lipstick everything! Glossy, shiny lips for Spring! I’m so tired of the endless round of matte finish lipsticks and hoping that with the introduction of L’Oreal Color Riche Shine Lipstick we’ll see even more brands embracing a shiny lip look for the seasons ahead. Burt’s Bees already launched a new Glossy Lipstick a few months ago which has a little kindling of hope burning in my mind that more brands will follow along with the trend.

I think Colour Riche Shine Lipstick could fill a the spot you have in your heart for the long gone L’Oreal Color Caresse Lipstick as the formula is a little thicker but just as lovely. And if you’re in the UK or Asia you’ve already been privy to these in some format or another like Colour Riche Nutri Shine Lipstick or Shine Gelee and of course, in September/October the Colour Riche Shine Lipstick Collection was launched just in different shades and packaging compared to our version.

Let’s take a look at my review and swatches of L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick arrives in a crystal clear plastic barrel that holds 0.1 oz of lipstick. L’Oreal launched these in 16 shade selection so as of now they should be a permanent part of their lipstick collection.

As I said above I’m happy to see a shiny lipstick launching for Spring since I am rather tired of the endless rounds of matte. Shiny, glossy lipsticks are a big part of my makeup collection as I’m a fond fan of Japanese makeup and many of their lipsticks are shiny in finish.

I purchased two shades but I’m looking forward to purchasing more as I’m enjoying this formula and after my experience with Maybelline’s latest Powder Matte Lipstick it is a refreshing change to wear something lighter and glossier on my lips.

This texture is lightweight and glides onto lips like butter. The lipstick has a melty consistency that has an easy, smooth glide on my drier lips with a smooth, shiny, and glossy finish. It feels lightly hydrating and didn’t migrate of feather through the four hour wear time. The glossiness doesn’t last through wear, you’ll likely get about two hours of that shiny finish before it fades away a bit but the color does remain true for another two hours after. This formula feels very pleasant and comfortable on my dry lips without being heavy. The colors I choose both provided great pigmentation. I detected no fragrance or flavor.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick Swatches (Varnished Rosewood and Sparkling Rose)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick (Varnished Rosewood)

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick (Sparkling Rose)

All in all, I had a great experience with these. The shiny finish looks incredible, the lightweight texture feels delicious on my lips and lightly hydrating, and the color pay off was just right. I think they have a better formula compared to the Caresse Lipstick line which had a balmy texture in comparison and a little less shine. This is pretty much what you can expect from many Japanese brands as their lipstick formulas are quite a lot like this consistency.

I’d recommend trying them if you like shiny, glossy looking color.


Muse Approved.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick is available now at

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Dee

    Very pretty and I agree about a needed break from matte finishes for lips. Can’t wait to try.

  • Anais Bon

    I just bought one of these yesterday and I love it. It’s so nice and moisturizing but not overly sticky.

  • Eraser

    Loving that rosewood shade! I also can’t stand matte lipstick so I’m happy to see one of the big companies move away from that.

  • Carol

    Thank you so much for this review! I could not find any info on these anywhere and I didn’t want to blindly buy one without at least one or two reviews/swatches. These sound like a dream and what I’ve been waiting for. I,too, hate matte lipstick and am glad to see a return to GLOSS! Yeah! I wanted to order a few of these on the Ulta website, as I cannot find them anywhere in my area in stores. But I want to see them in person before I make a decision on color. It looks like all the Walgreens are getting ready to re-set their makeup departments so I’m hoping these will be in stores soon. 🙂

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m positive they’ll be out in drugstores stores within the next week as the drugstores start taking down xmas and introducing new collections!

  • Magenta Wilde

    I do love mattes but I admit I’m getting a bit bored with them. Especially the liquid lipstick ones. They’re too drying for my tastes. L’Oréal, some years back, had this sheer line of glossy lipsticks that I adored. I hope this one is close to what they used to have — the bullet etc., looks the same, because they were comfy and had beautiful color payoff.

  • Adrienne

    Thanks for the timely post. I was in BBB last night and saw these. Did you ever get your other L’Oréal lippes that were only available at Ultra online
    I think it was Balmain Paris collection in a fancy green case.

    • Isabella Muse

      I did indeed but haven’t reviewed them yet. I didn’t get them at ulta though, I grabbed them at Barney’s.

  • kjh

    Really appreciate your knowledge on AB color for formulas. That’s one area in which the USA is always lagging, and hanging on to old news, like ultra matte liquid lips.

    • Isabella Muse

      Japanese lipsticks in particular are something to hail as they are beautifully formulated. Something that US has to catch up on as we have long since been embracing the liquid lipstick matte look for far too many seasons now!

  • Jen

    Thanks for the review! No traditional floral scent on these? I miss the fruit scented shiny lipsticks L’Oreal had a looonnngg time ago. They were the only ones I could stomach due to the alternative scent.

  • Alex

    Ooh, these remind me a little of the colour juice sticks that were out about a decade ago (I still have mine in Island Punch…whoops). I’ll have to check out the shade range.

  • Arcy

    I just kept scrolling your article until I found whether these were scented or not. So many of their lipsticks have a beautiful formula but I can’t wear them because of the odor. It’s so nauseating. They need to get rid of all the “L’Oréal” smells in their line of lipsticks.

  • Joyce

    Yes, the matte lip trend needs to stop! I personally think it’s uncomfortable feeling and don’t like the way it looks either…I need to check these out though I also really don’t need another lipstick.

  • Silvia

    These colors are so pretty. Glad they do not have any perfume I don’t really like that. Let me see, do I needyrt one more ?
    Wow Nader how they compare to Physicians Formulas? Nice!

  • Susan

    I’m late here, but thanks for the review! These are now $9.99 at Ulta, boo, but that’s still good especially compared to all the $20+ lip products. There’s a shade called Burnished Blush that’s calling my name; it’s kind of in between these two colors that you show.

    Let’s hope glossy is making a comeback and matte is dying. Today my New Year’s goal is to go through all my lippies and toss any that are dried up or unflattering, which unfortunately includes some of the Lorac Beauty & the Beast lipsticks. They dried out so quickly. I wonder if these L’Oreals will be a good substitute for my old but beloved Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butters, which I think are discontinued. ???

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure! Ulta sent out a $5 off $15 coupon that is still active I believe that might help cut down the cost! Check your email 😀 I sure hope so! I’m over matte with a passion! ;-D Those are long gone sadly, I loved them too! These aren’t quite that formula! They are thinner and a lot more shinier!

      • Susan

        Thanks for the answer. Do you know of any other lipsticks that feel like the old Revlon Lip Butters? They were the best, and I only have Sugar Plum left.

        I just “done good” — threw out about a quarter of my lippies. Dried out, gone. Unflattering bruise shades, gone. Unflattering matte mini, gone. On the bright side I rediscovered some I loved and had forgotten. 🙂

  • Michelle Luna

    I, like, *violently* detest matte lips so I am excited for these to hit my area!

  • Claudia

    Thanks for the review as always. The scent reminds me of the Shine Delice lipsticks they(L’Oreal) had in the early 2000s. I loved that fruity scent.

  • Jody

    The perfect dupe I think in formula to YSL rouge volupte shine lipsticks!! I love these