We waited anxiously in Barbados for these to hit the shelves as we were overwhelmed with ads in magazines and swatches on Youtube. Finally they arrived in Collins, Contour Beauty, Massy Stores, iMart and Cave Shepherd.
As seen in Collins
Smoothes.Description: Transform lips from ordinary to extraordinary. Color is richer, lip surface is smoother and shine is magnified. Formulated with precious micro-oils and rich color pigments, Extraordinaire provides the ideal balance of color and care for perfect lips. The unique soft-touch applicator allows for a silky-smooth, gliding application. How to use: Use the wand to apply starting in the center of your upper lip. Work from the center to outer edges of your lips, following the contour of your mouth. Then glide across the entire bottom lip".
From the site you can see that they are 16 colours available.
I purchased four to do this overview. I recently nominated these in my Lip Product Addict Tag post for the most disappointing product. Part of the reason is precisely why I only have four; the price. Researching just this minute it seems as though the cheapest they're available for in the US - without a coupon, promo code or some such deal - is $7.97. The standard price seems to be $9.99. That's by no means the cheapest lip product in the drugstore. I'm realising more and more that L'Oreal is increasing their prices but I digress...
In Barbados these are retailing for $21.50 in Collins to $26. 95 in iMart Welches to $35 in Cave Shepherd. Ber?! Even the beauty bloggers in the US think it's expensive for a drugstore item. Take a look at Cresent W's video:
Display in Contour Beauty
Display in iMart Welches
Display in Cave Shepherd Broad Street
From the photos you can see that the colour range covers all bases. If you like the formula and applicator you can find something that tickles your fancy. The packaging is a gold tube(?) with colour indicators on the front and base; as well as a colour co-ordinated label with the product name and number on the top.
The applicator is "soft touch" as described previously but it isn't all that unique. These products have been compared to the YSL Glossy Stains and the Maybelline Elixirs pretty much because of the same type of wand and liquid lipstick-esques formula. From my experience, the one found in the Maybelline products tapers to more of a point whereas these are more squared off at the top. I can't help but to mention that L'Oreal makes all three of the aforementioned products.
L - R: 104 'Dancing Rose', 106 'Fuchsia Orchestra', 500 'Molto Mauve', and 703 'Caramel Solo'
The swatches above are one pass in one direction. I hope that conveys how pigmented these shades are and how much product comes out on just one side of the wand. To see how they look on the lips check out this keek.
I have accumulated these four Extraordinaires over about two months and worn them numerous times. As I said in the video I don't like how much product comes out because it tends to lead to it pooling on the edge of the lips. Now with a colour close to your natural lip that may not be too bothersome but with that pink - and I assume the other bright colours in the range - it is a headache. The formula is very moisturising and that lasts on your lips for a while. It is the application that is not worth the stress for me. I always end up blending it in with my fingers which is essentially wiping some of the product away. Now you might say, just wipe off the wand before you apply it to your lips. Why um call fuh all o dat work?
I was using my Maybelline Elixir yesterday and it really stuck with me that the applicator in the Extraordinaires isn't the best. Back to the price, utter madness. If you're looking for this type of liquid lipstick, that's moisturising and not a stain I'd recommend the Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquers. You can find those in Collins for $13.80. Emily recently did her review of these Extraordinaires and it just goes to show that opinions vary. We both would opt for the Rimmel counterpart but she doesn't like the Elixirs whereas I prefer those to the L'Oreal ones.
If you've tried any of the products mentioned feel free to share your experiences in the comments.