The makeup realm seems to be booming with lip product releases these days!
We have seen new ranges of lipsticks, revamped ranges, re-introduced shades, and now we are seeing hybrid lip formulas that seems to transcend varying lip categories we know of to bring us a whole new level of confusion. I mean category.
I don’t know if it is just my OCD-trait of having to understand everything but I can’t seem to wrap my head around these Lancôme Lip Lovers!
If you are already confused with the realm of lip products out there, the introduction of these Lancôme Lip Lovers (and another boundary crossing item, Dior Fluid Sticks) wouldn’t be helping you on your quest to understanding how the lip-world works.
I’m sorry y’all.
Though I have learnt to forget trying to understand and instead just embrace the presence of this ingenious product and thank Lancôme for putting out such a comfortable, decently pigmented and easy to wear lip product!
If your beef with the lip world is how drying some of them are and how unflattering some may be on cracked / dry lips, these Lip Lovers could very well be your new lovers!
If you would like to find out more (technical) information behind how lip loving these Lip Lovers are, then hop over to my introduction post about these.
For those who want a quick comparison to the Dior Fluid Sticks (for the purpose that these are ‘grey area’ products), I would say straight out that they aren’t the same at all.
Lancôme’s Lip Lover is closer to a gloss than a lacquer, with a jelly-like translucence that allows your natural lip color to show through. Yet, it is deliciously balmy, with a smooth finish on, lending a little more color-coverage than your typical sheer glosses, with a hydrating quality that doesn’t dry your lips out with wear.
The Lip Lover has a mild staining effect due to the color coverage and how the color adheres closely to your lips but that is the key point of this would be how hydrating and easy to wear (in all aspects, color and formula) it is.
Available in an array of 18 colors, I don’t want to be cheesy about it but there truly is a color for everyone.
Given the transluent nature of this product and how your own lip color plays a part in this mix-up, a single color will look different on everyone, hence it is best to check out these colors in person!
The translucent quality also ensures that no matter how bright, bold or dark a color is, it never looks overdone.
It would also mean that those craving for an opaque and clean pout wouldn’t be able to find anything here but this, soft and elegant color, is what Lancôme does best.
Dressing natural up yet have it appear so effortless, never ‘too much’ – perfect for everyday since how many of us are going to functions every single night, yes?
So, let’s get to it! Swatches, I mean!
Swatchin’ It Up!
While Lancôme designates their Lip Lovers into 2 categories (Basic Chic and Creative Chic), I had taken the liberty to further segment the 10 shades I have on hand to 4 ‘batches’.
What I will do with each batch is showcase a half lip and full lip swatch per color, since these run sheer you’ll have an idea of how much they color up my lips.
I had initially wanted to do a ‘look’ per batch but I’ll save that for another entry to come (hint, Lip Lover Lookbook!).
The Soft Spoken Trio
3 perfectly soft and natural lip colors that pack a little punch of color and a lot of juicy shine. These are a no-brainer to wear and perfect for days you want to dress up your lips with the look of nothing but yet something ;)
313 Rose Ballet – A milky pink that appears a little pale against my skintone, this gives you a lovely nude-lip-ish finish without the whole dead-out look.
316 Rose Attrape-coeur – A rather vibrant pop of pink amidst a translucent mix of gloss and shimmer, great for the pink-lip lover to take a break from the vivids and embrace a natural look.
318 Abricot Tango – The most natural against my skintone, this milky coral tone gives a perfect MLBB finish with a sprinkle of gold shimmer within. Very much like a NARS Orgasm meets Lip Lover situation, heh!
313 Rose Ballet
316 Rose Attrape-coeur
318 Abricot Tango
The Playfully Subtle Trio
For those looking to subtle define yet keep a rather neutral canvas on, nothing too strong nor vivid and bright but just enough statement, shine and gloss to have your puckers looking perfectly polished!
321 Rose Contre-Temps – A bit of mauve and a bit of plum, this shade is the perfect neutral for giving your lips some definition so it isn’t nude yet keeping it from looking too ‘bold’ either. I can see that this will be a universally flattering color across all skintones.
333 Rose Des Nymphs – A juicy raspberry pink that brightens your smile but isn’t too bright that it would scare neutral lovers away. It is shimmer-laden with gold, purple and silver sparkles but isn’t gritty at all.
336 Orange Manège – This looks like a fire-engine red in the tube but goes on a jelly-like watermelon tone. The translucence gives it a casual look, making it easy to wear for those taking baby steps towards a red lip look!
321 Rose Contre-Temps
333 Rose Des Nymphs
336 Orange Manège
The Sophisticatedly Vibrant Trio
If you are a ‘pop’ lip color lover through and through and must have your slick of striking red or flambouyant pink at all times, less you feel naked, then maybe you will find solace in either (or all) of these three Lip Lovers. Perfectly pigmented with just enough shine, just enough gloss and a jelly-like translucence that doesn’t take away from the color, these are great for those who live for color.
337 Lip Lover – A glassy medium pink that seems to thread between the lines of neutral and ‘pop’. Depending on how you pair this up, it could be a perfect compliment to a simple neutral eye or a smoked-out sultry cat-eye. This hints a tiny bit metallic in bright light but is still very wearable.
353 Rose Gracieuse – Not quite rose in terms of hue but this bright blue-based red slicks on a juicy and strong shade, with fine purple and gold shimmers to add dimension while hardly being noticed.
355 Framboise Etoile – A medium raspberry red, this leans towards pink but yet stays with a strong red tone, adding a playful burst of color to the lips. For days you want to be dolled up but yet not too serious / sultry. After all, make up is about fun!
337 Lip Lover
p.s. this is also the color I wore for the ‘cover photo’ in this entry !
353 Rose Gracieuse
355 Framboise Etoile
The Femme Fatale
Because this color is so tempting and heart-stopping (to me), I have decided to give it a batch of its own, given it is also the only ‘deep dark tone’ within the Lip Lover range. The next closest plummy shade for you purple-fans is 357 Bouquet Final (which I don’t have on hand to feature).
I have also featured this numerous times on my instagram, given I wear this shade so much.
362 Bourdeux Tempo – A lovely burgundy shade that is frankly, quite neutral for a vampy tone. It has hints of a darkened cherry red, a little brown with a soft plum twist. It’s a perfectly wearable vamp, if there is ever such a thing.
Much like Lancôme’s Gloss in Love, these feature the same dispensing method of pushing a little button to ‘pop’ open the lid, instead of twisting the cap as per usual glosses.
Though to put it in some perspective, these are a whole lot smaller than the Gloss in Loves, making them quite adorably compact.
I don’t know about the volume comparison but I would say giv
he smooth balmy texture and intriguing technology that allows for color to adhere better to your lips, the Lip Lovers aren’t all about fighting the big boys volume to volume.
After all, good things come in small packages?
The applicator of Lip Lovers isn’t much to talk about except that the flat, enlongated doe-foot works perfectly well in gliding color on while tracing a precise lip line with the tip.
Some Things You May Want to Know…
Pardon this getting incredibly long but here is the review portion though… I don’t really have a whole lot to say because I think this is a fantastic lip product if you are seeking it for its purpose – balmy, smooth, lip-perfecting and glossy color that lasts comfortably on.
These seep into lip line a little
Which you can probably tell from the close up shots above but I want to disclaim this by saying it is only this noticeable because the shots are so so close. Given a normal person’s distance the glossiness and plush shimmery color manages to conceal the lip-line issue well and give your lips a lusciously smooth (and glossy) look.
The color lasts, if you don’t eat / drink
Simply said. The technology Lancôme implemented somehow works… I don’t know how the color pigments know to adhere to your lips but even after all the gloss and shine which fades away (with talking etc), you will have color left on your lips. It doesn’t all fade away like gloss. However the minute you eat / drink or wipe your mouth it does get wiped off given it isn’t a stain.
Here’s a after-hours shot of how these look with wear.
Pretty impressive for a balmy lip loving formula!
Summing it up, these Lip Lovers are definitely great inventions and I welcome these boundary-bending, lip-product-confusing products with open arms even though I did have a moment with coming to terms with their purpose for a bit.
I highly urge everyone to give these a look because there truly is nothing quite like it out there (right now).
Here’s me signing off with my favorite of the bunch, Bordeaux Tempo!
The Lancôme Lip Lovers retail for S$40 and are available at all Lancôme counter islandwide
These are permanent.
Thanks for reading!