Raise your hand if you’ve purchased the YSL Volupté Sheer Candy before. Now raise your hand if you’ve bought multiple shades (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice and well, I’m an idiot). Keep your hand raised if you were underwhelmed with the quality to cost ratio. Caution: both of my hands are touching the ceiling.
Reprimand me if I’m out of line here, but when I cough up nearly forty dollars for a tinted lip balm I
expect nay, demand to be wooed. Now here’s the thing. It’s not that the Sheer Candy was bad per say, but why did I pay $36 twice for a tinted lip balm? (I ask as tears fall down my face). I guess it can all be chalked up to some overhype and pretty packaging.
When you buy this product you are paying for extravagant gold hardware and bragging rights for owning a forty dollar glorified chapstick. What you are not paying for is a solid formula. This con artist left my lips almost as soon as applied, and that’s being generous.
Our Love Story
Now as you can imagine, the eighty dollars that I had set fire to left me emotionally wounded and had me believing I would never trust the cosmetic industry again (it was a dark time). But then, just like every preteen romance novel goes, my eyes met the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Balm and my heart instantly knew it was true love. I tried to fight it, but my feelings were too strong and I rapidly started swatching colors and throwing things into my basket. I was in such a flurry I didn’t even check the price. To my luck, these babies only set me back $5.89 a piece. You can literally own five different colors for the price of one Sheer Candy. Now that’s my kind of deal. If you are not a lipstick lady, but prefer a nice sweep of color without the boldness, these will be your next goldmine. They have eight different tinted shades plus three “pop” shades that are more pigmented. These are highly moisturizing and have great longevity. The best part is that they don’t get tacky like many lip glosses but stay soft, smooth, and glide right on. They smell like vanilla cupcakes and to be honest, that’s enough to have me reapplying every couple hours.(From left to right: YSL Sheer Candy in Cherise Desir, Loreal Balm Pop in Tender Mauve, Loreal Balm in Heavenly Berry, and Loreal Balm in Rose Elixir.)
Overall, these Loreal Colour Riche Balms have become a staple in my everyday makeup application. I find them especially useful for work and errand days when I can’t face public with my bare troll face and need a little help from the makeup department. I’m excited to test out some more colors as soon as I head back to the store (Target carries all the shades!).
Let me know if you’ve tried these out before and what your thoughts are!