Lancôme Lip Lovers – Lip Loving Formula with A Kiss of Color! (Swatches & Thoughts)

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
en t
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!

The Lowdown – YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush (Cheek & Lip Swatches)

Are youuuuu ready?

Get buckled because this is going to be one heck of a post featuring these babydolls from YSL – the YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush.

I had first talked about them in this post where I shared information about their formulation, what shades to expect, and also quick swatches of 9 of the 12 shades that are launched.

Though in this post, I’m going to get a little more personal, a little more intimate and a whole lot more in your face with pictures of how the 7 shades I have on hand wear (on both cheek, lips and cheek & lips) along with sharing my personal thoughts about this revolutionary nail-polish cos-playing product.

So what did I say, you might want to get comfortable, it could get a little long. Though if you are in any way curious about these little guys, this could be helpful!

First things first, let’s have a good look at the 7 shades I have on hand.

I’m missing a red, most of the nudes and that sexy deep plum shade but what I have here covers the usual lip and cheek suspects.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush collection, as a whole has most of the spectrum covered be it if you prefer understated shades like neutral pinks, soft warm pinks, milky corals or if you like to thread dangerously and flaunt a hot pink lip, fire engine red or fierce tangerine.

It’s even got a smexy plum thrown in too if that’s your kind of thing.

The bottles, which resemble up-sized nail polish bottles, are inspired by transparent inkpots to showcase the purity and clarity of the color within. Giving it its distinctively YSL quality would be the gold touch that is perfectly detailed with the YSL Cassandre logo atop.

I had briefly given some mention to the patented and unique applicator here, but let me show you more shots of this intriguing detail.

At a glance the applicator looks like your typical flocked doe-foot but take a closer look and you’ll see an odd ‘pearl’ in the centre of it.

I have explained that I’m not one who pays much attention to how ground-breaking an applicator is but I did find the shape of this comfortable and purposeful.

On the lips, it is detailed enough (at the point) to define my lip shape and the centre held enough product to lay down and blend a rich lip color on.

For the cheeks, it picked up enough product for application on both cheeks without the need for re-dipping. For me, at least.

The shape of it is meant to facilitate with precised dabs of color on the cheek but I don’t apply this directly to my skin (I dab my finger on it then dab that on my cheeks).

With all that said, I’m sure you’re curious to see how these would perform so here’s a hand-swatch first so you can compare the colors alongside each other.

I know right, these are pretty darn lean and mean!

With one swipe they’re bad-ass looking with their pigmentation and ready to whoop some butt but once you get down with them, pat them about, soothe and ease them a little they blend out to be such perfect seamless shades.

My camera had a bit of a spastic moment picking these up, so did my eyes, because they look so unfocussed in the blended-out pictures before I realized that that is how they look like – soft-focus and seamless, so perfect.

Swatcha-mania!

Now that I’ve got your attention after all those words, let’s get down to business, shall we?

Here’s the order the images will be shown in, just to give you a bit of a heads up of what you’re looking at:

  1. heavier cheek swatch (pre-setting)
  2. lip swatch
  3. lip and cheek swatch (after setting)

N°1 Fuchsia Désinvolte

On the rest of the face:

Biore UV BB Cream, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Beauty Cottage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

A vibrant blue-based fuschia, you only need a little, little bit of this if you are wearing it on your cheeks. On the cheeks and lips it is bright, hot and bold, definitely great for those who like to make a statement.

Of the 7 (that I have) this was the only shade that left a significant stain on and wore quite okay through some food and drinks.

N°2 Rose Frivole

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

A warm and sweet medium-pink, this is a color for those looking to find something natural yet prominent on – natural enough to wear it without much thought but prominent enough to give a distinct look of blush.

It wears a little ‘lighter’ than medium on my lips as opposed to on my cheeks and I prefer this for days that I wake up thinking I need a bright (yet not too bright) pop of pink in my day.

N°4 Orange Fougueux

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in 28E, Burberry Eyeshadow in Dark Sable, Burberry Eyeshadow in Chestnut, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

Now we’re talking Summer!

If you’re one who is captivated with bright tangerines, as I am, this is absolutely perfecto~ With orange being the hot color right now, I’m sure you can easily get on the trend with Orange Fougueux, a true yellow-orange that pops the minute you wear it on your cheeks.

On the lips I am a little bit disappointed because I expected the color to be more saturated though due to the slight translucence of the formula, it ends up appearing to be a more toned down, yet still quite statement, orange.

N°5 Rouge Effronté

On the rest of my face:

Biore UV BB Cream, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Eye Palette, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner

It’s no surprise that Rouge Effronté, a slightly warm bright red, would be my favorite of the lot. I mean, it’s a red, ’nuff said.

I’ve long loved red blush (hence my obsession with Merrily, Style Demon etc…) because red is really the mother of all natural flushes. So to speak

A red-toned blush makes fair skin look even fairer, and also imparts a very healthy flush – as if you just came from a jog or are flushed from the winter cold (impossibru here, but we can pretend to look the part?).

Lips-wise, (almost) everyone loves a red lip so, that’s case-closed.

N°7 Corail Affranchi

On the rest of the face:

YSL CC Cream in Rose, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up Store Marble Eyeshadow in Amarillo, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, Solone Magic Waterproof Eyepencil in Black Gold

If your heart can’t handle Orange Fougueux, fret not because here we have Corail Affranchi (a milky tan-peach) to the rescue!

This color is equal parts smooth milky dose of coral, along with a soft tan side to it that makes it very wearable on the skin. That, and also very summer appropriate for days you want to look the season but skip on being this immensely bright ray of sunshine.

N°8 Pink Hédoniste

On the rest of my face:

YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, YSL Flower Crush Palette in Pivoine Crush, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, MAC Powerpoint Liner in Engraved

If your calling is soft, neutral tones then you should be pretty pleased with this milky blush pink shade.

It’s got enough pink in it for color yet is as neutral as it goes – no stark blue tones, not too warming, it’s really quite the perfect no-brainer pink. Given how soft and dainty this color is, I do like dabbing a little of it on over the weekends (my no makeup period) too, to give my skin more life.

N°9 Rose Épicurien

On the rest of my face:

YSL CC Cream in Apricot, Urban Decay NAKED Skin Loose Powder, Dior Backstage Eye Prime, Make Up Store Eye Pencil in WAVE, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner

Rose Épicurien is a tricky one… For one it is slightly dusty yet still fairly bright a lavender pink.

It’s got some purple in it but not a whole lot to throw it off the pink course, yet just enough to keep it cool, light and maybe just a bit stark on the lips for me. Though I still fancy that lip-look once in awhile.

How I best like it is on the cheeks, though funny thing is, it is quite ‘invisible’ on. What this cool-toned pink does is brighten up my complexion, perking my cheeks up a little without seeming to deposit much color at all – the powers of a bright cool pink on warmer skintone. I now see the true appeal of an icy cool pink blush hue.

I think I’m packing this little baby to Japan for my trip, it brings to mind such a kawaii~ look.

Whoa, kudos for you to have made it this far! Are you tired of scrolling yet?

Or would you like to see more pictures of these Baby Dolls in action?

More pictures you say? Well… I’ve got just the thing for you then!

Mixing It Up!

With a bold spirit, YSL suggests for you to mix and match around their 12 shades because while it’s cool to be all matchy, it’s even cooler to be a rebel sometimes and challenge the creative spirit.

YSL did have a list of suggested pairings but hey, if we are rebeling, let’s just go all the way?

So here are 3 of my own takes on the idea of mixing and matching these babies up.

MIX&MATCH01 – A COOL SUMMER

MIX&MATCH02 – ROSEY HUES

MIX&MATCH03 – A BOLD STATEMENT

My personal favorite of the Mix & Match batch because it’s always fun to defy some makeup rules, yes? Who says you could only pair a pink lip color with pink blush. If Cara Delevingne can rock the mis-matched look on their promo materials than I jolly well can…. try to.

What do you think?

As far as I’m concerned, I like the playful color block but I think I’ll stick to similar hues (ala the first two) for my mixing sessions. Though to my own credit I did step out of the house today with the contrasting combo, whoop!

No, I don’t think I looked crazy.

The Formula Low-down…

After all the fun stuff of how the colors wear and mix together, here’s the meaty and important bit that those who are perhaps tempted to purchase might want to know more of.

How does this feel on?

I have gotten a few questions about this after my posting-spree of these on Instagram and I can only say that they feel delightful. The texture has a good amount of slip, feels light-weight and moussey, a little creamy too but generally very air-whipped.

How does this wear?

On the cheeks, it’s quite amazing and lasts through the whole work day but do note that I do to set it with a dusting of powder. It’s a personal preference because these don’t feel heavy or sticky on so you can choose not to (and those with dry skin may even prefer not to) but I feel a dusting of powder helps with the longevity and also blends the whole look together.

See below:

On the lips though, I would say they aren’t stellar performers because there is no staining involved, if that is what you are after. I don’t blame them, given the smooth and emollient texture, it is good enough that they weren’t drying on the lips (to me) and it felt quite comfortable having them on for as long as they lasted.

I don’t notice these settling into lines either because they have a slight ‘fluffiness’ to them, making your lips appear a little plush (as you can see from swatches above), so in all I think they are quite kind on the lips in terms of wear.

In all?

I am usually not one for multi-purpose lip and cheek products, as I have said I believe, but I am really quite impressed with these. I’m even more impressed that I reach for these for both the purposes – lips and cheeks. I personally feel these are very worth checking out and could very well be the latest ‘it’ item in the makeup scene because of how wonderful the formula is and how lovely the shades are.

I think they are permanent so while there is no rush to get them, you can ponder your selection, but they are definitely worth a swatch or two.

The YSL Baby Doll Kiss & Blush retails for S$50 and will be available in April or May at all YSL Counters.

These will be added to the permanent range.

Thanks for reading!