L’Oreal Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipgloss

Does this franken-stain-gloss deliver?

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I consider myself a lip product junkie, since I have lipglosses by the pound and lipsticks by the dozen. But I just realized that I only have two lip stains – and one of them hasn’t even been opened! Stains are supposed to be convenient, long wearing, and a go-to product, but more often than not, they’re drying, inconvenient, wear unevenly, and gathers dust in my lip product drawer.

When L’Oreal claimed that their new Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipgloss aka Wet Shine Stain is “the next generation of lip stain,” a lip stain that thought it was a gloss, I was interested. Interested, but skeptical.

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Then again, L’Oreal has come out with a lot of amazing color cosmetic products recently. so what did I have to lose? The Colour Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipglosses/Shine Stains ($9.99) promise to have lots of color, a light feel, a hydrating oil blend, and are a formula composed of 30% water. A lot of our fellow beauty bloggers have compared these to Yves Saint Laurent’s Glossy Stains, but at a lower price point.

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The gold packaging is meant to feel luxe, and it looks pretty great, but the corners and edges make it feel a little bulky. However, the specially shaped sponge tip applicator is a bit more useful than the standard gloss/stain applicator.

Because of the formula and applicator, this isn’t a product you can apply on the fly. I found it best to use a mirror to evenly apply the product (rubbing your lips together won’t spread it out, like a normal gloss would).

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I tested two shades, Coral Tattoo and Infinite Fuschia, neither of which have any shimmer. The texture of the Aqua Lacquer Lipglosses/Shine Stains is like a jelly-ish lip gloss; it’s not tacky, but there’s a different consistency to it than most glosses or stains.

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Infinite Fuschia is a bold blue-tinged pink. One layer gives your lips a bright wash of color, and two layers results in opaque bright deep pink.

Coral Tattoo is a bright reddish orange. It can be applied sheerly as a coral shade, or it can be built up with a few layers to get the bold red-orange you see in the tube.

I like the versatility! And if these bold colors scare you, L’Oreal has some nice neutral shades as well.

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Feels light and moisturzing on my lips
Decent length of wear even when drinking
Color applies evenly, leaves a slight stain
Good price point

Packaging is a bit bulky
These are lightly scented (I prefer unscented lip products)

Overall, I feel the Colour Riche Caresse Aqua Lacquer Lipglosses do a really good job of combining the qualities of gloss and stain. This is one franken-stain-gloss moster that I am glad L’Oreal created!

Readers – what lip product hybrids do you love?

Marilyn is a makeup maniac and slow but stubborn runner. She loves color coding her day planner, reading celebrity gossip and drinking good wine. Marilyn blogs about makeup and fitness over at her blog, Lipgloss and Spandex.

photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC 25/30 skintone

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  1. Profile photo of lyssachelle

    “franken-stain-gloss monster” I love it!

    I don’t know if it’s a hybrid, but I use lip stain pens as lipliner; it stays longer and can be blended in to give less of a line. Then I apply lip gloss because I cannot live without lip gloss…
    I’m going to have to check these out; I think I know exactly what you’re talking about in terms of jelly texture and while it’s unusual, it’s not bad! (Ulta had a lip stain in their house line that was sort of like this, but their colors weren’t as good.)

  2. Profile photo of irene

    They look pretty fancy and at a very nice price! I like the packaging, though they do look like they don’t have much product in them.. I like the thickness of this gloss and L’Oreal has some nice neutral shades that I really love myself! Another great review @lipglossandspandex!

    1. Profile photo of Marilyn

      Irene, I got curious so I decided to see how many oz of product there are–L’Oreal’s lipgloss has 0.21 oz, whereas MAC’s Lipglass has 0.17 oz.

  3. Profile photo of Marilyn

    I like these a lot. They’re really a new sort of product, and I’m really happy with how comfortable it felt on my lips and the length of wear, and how evenly it wore off. The packaging is not my cup of tea, but I can overlook that. Four 1/2 stars :)

  4. Profile photo of mandabear

    I have a couple of these and I think they do a great job staining. I like their jelly/stain mixture that is sort of interesting being that it’s kind of “wet” if that makes any sense. I think the packaging is just okay. My one wish is that they had seals on them to prevent people from opening them in the store :(

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