L’Oreal’s new Colour Caresse lipstick line ($9.99 at Drugstore.com) is described by the brand as “glossy” and “featherweight” without ever feeling “sticky or heavy.” I bought four of these to test, and would absolutely agree with that assessment.
Cherry Tulle is a cooler toned deep pink that’s nearly a berry red. Because this formula is slightly translucent, it looks soft and shiny on the lips. There’s no shimmer or frost. It’s a cross between a cream and a shiny balm – similar to the Revlon Lip Butters in look, but not so much in feel. Cherry Tulle, like the others I’ve tried from this line, feels like nothing on your lips. It’s actually a tiny bit hydrating, so I don’t find myself pressing my lips together while I wear it, trying to get more moisture from it.
This formula is slightly translucent – very color true to what you see in the tube, but just with a hint of sheerness. That means colors you don’t normally feel you can wear in lipsticks may work for you in this line – I had that experience with Fiery Veil, a bright orange. This one doesn’t sink into lines, and I haven’t experienced any feathering. For me, its wear time is about average for a lipstick, and considering this is more of a balmy product than your typical lipstick, that’s very good.
But there is one negative, which you’ll see in the lip swatch below:
While the lipstick itself feels like it applies very evenly, it doesn’t look so even on the lips. This is only noticeable when I’m applying it and looking into a mirror that’s just inches from my eyes. I didn’t have this problem with Fiery Veil, and I’m not sure what’s different about the pigments in this one. No matter how many times I swipe with it, this is the result I get. Again, you have to be within inches of my face and really looking at my lips to notice, so it hasn’t stopped me from using it and liking it – but your mileage may vary.