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Revisit: L'Oreal Shine Caresse Stain 'Juliet'

Researching this has shown that these big companies does sometimes do a buhriffle of foolishness when releasing products internationally. In the US market these are called "Colour Caresse" and they're 12 shades (launched since December 2012). In the UK they're known as "Glam Shine Stain Splash" and everywhere else they're called "Shine Caresse". I picked one up from Cave Shepherd in '300 Juliet' (which isn't in the range on the American market). The sticker on the bottom just has 'Carisse'. This same item is labelled number 702 in the Asian Pacific and Australian market. So I dunno...

You can see the Australian releases swatched on the lips below:

From the L'Oreal site: "Discover a stain that thinks it’s a gloss. Now hydration & shine meet lasting, lightweight color. Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain combines the power of a lip stain with lip-gloss luster. This next generation lip stain, formulated with a blend of light hydrating oils & concentrated pigments, delivers lasting color with a glossy finish. Packed with 30% water, Colour Caresse Wet Shine Stain leaves lips soft, comfortable and hydrated for up to 6 hours.
Lipstain Power: Fresh color feels barely there
Lipgloss Shine: Lacquer shine + Non-Sticky feel
Caring Color: 6HR continuous hydration"

That last claim is a joke. I titled this a revisit because since I purchased this last year I've only used it once.

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At the time of purchase I was given no application instructions. So when I tried it initially I was underwhelmed with the colour. Regarding longevity it was normal i.e. a bit drying but the stain did last. I rarely touch up my makeup when I'm out so I'm always on the hunt for low maintenance products.

This was a day of first! Red extensions and brows to boot. Brows done by M.A.C Artist Celina (y'all know I couldn't muster that on my own).
One coat.

Recently I was watching a rave review on the relatively new YSL Nude Glossy Stains and the vlogger mentioned that you have to apply three coats, waiting in between applications until the previous coat dried. The proverbial light bulb went off.

Taken January 31, 2014.
Three coats.

Ba-da-bing! So many women asked me that day what I had on my lips. Now I'm not saying these products are perfect: I swear this smells like Histal. It doesn't linger but sheesh. As I mentioned previously they can be a little drying so make sure you moisturize your lips before you start your makeup routine. YouTube vlogger Judy, doesn't like them because they wear away patchy. That can emphasize dry sections of your lips. Re-applying the product, say every three hours or so, eliminates this issue.


If you can get over the scent and the $27.99BDS cost (they're cheaper in Collins), I'd say it's worth it for the lasting power. It's a cheaper alternative to the Make Up Aqua Rouges that I love. One thing I have to mention about these stain like products though: it's best to re-apply with only the product or in the case of the Aqua Rouge, the gloss provided. I've found that going over these types of long wear lip products with another gloss or balm cause them to break down and become "bitty". That surely isn't a good look.

Have you tried these confusingly named things? What are your thoughts?

The range available in Collins is the US releases. Available for $19.95.

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