Review: L’Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Ink in ‘116 I Explore’.

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Here I am, back at it, writing about Liquid Lipsticks when I don’t even like them.

 

THE BACKSTORY: There’s no backstory as such with these. It was April, I was weak, I bought a shade to try out. And then I saw a lot of my favourite Japanese Makeup Artists and Bloggers use these. So, I was happier than I would have been. The end.

 

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THE PRODUCT: I’m not going to lie – I do enjoy the formula on these. They’re a lot better than what other brands have to offer. Especially those at affordable price-points.

 

I like the way these are packaged too. The soft-touch, matte black cardboards they come in are chic. The component itself is rather chic too – the unit, despite being plastic, mimics the look of frosted glass. The applicator is the kind I like: leaf-shaped and pointy.

 

The consistency of these Liquid Lipsticks is quite thin and watery. They go on smoothly and are pigmented and opaque enough to cover your natural lip-colour with a single swipe. They dry down after thirty seconds or so. They also get more and more matte over time but they never get uncomfortably so. That’s a big victory, in my books.

 

But I find that these don’t last as long as, say, a MAC or Huda Liquid Lipstick. Even the Etude House ones are more long-wearing. These last for about 3 to 4 hours before you consider re-application. Funnily enough, after they fully dry down, there’s very little transfer – if at all.

 

They have a slightly sweet scent to them, which dissipates after application.

 

I will say this, though – I do like these. I’ll give props where it’s due. I really enjoy the colour I’ve bought and all the others I’ve swatched are extremely pretty as well. In the beginning of the post, I mentioned how I do not enjoy Liquid Lipsticks and while I do stand by that, I will say that I find these to be an exception. They’re comfortable and weightless. So much so that I’ve sported this shade on multiple occasions.

 

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Initial application.

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After drying down. See the sheen? Is it just me?

 

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L’Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Ink in ‘116 I Explore’.

 

SWATCHES AND SHADES AVAILABLE: There are only a handful of shades available, at the moment, coming in at about 6 or 7. I do think a shade extension is in the works.

 

  • 116 I Explore – A light brown-nude with pink undertones.

 

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PRICE AND QUANTITY: 650 INR for 7 ml of product.

 

AVAILABILITY: L’Oreal counters, Amazon, Nykaa etc.

 

♥ OVERALL: I think L’Oreal got it right this time around. I like the formula, I like the pricing, I like the shades… It’s a win-win situation for us all.

L'Oreal Rouge Signature Matte Lip Ink in ‘116 I Explore’.

650 INR
8.4

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Longevity

7.9/10

Comfort/Wear

8.5/10

Formulation

8.5/10

Packaging

8.5/10

Pros

  • The formula is lovely - it's comfortable and weightless.
  • It's not drying like other matte liquid lipsticks.
  • They're pigmented and opaque enough to cover your lips with a single swipe. But they also layer well.
  • The packaging is pretty.
  • The shade selection is basic but wise. The pricing is also justifiable.

Cons

  • They don't last particularly long.

Midori

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